I’m Allison Vilardi, your resident “scuba Ally”! I was born and raised in New Jersey, but have found a wonderful (and much more temperate) home here in Sarasota, FL. I got into the world of diving almost by accident when I was 15 and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My passion lies in marine science and scuba diving has only made me even more invested in my fishy interests. Sharing my love of the underwater world has pushed me to become an instructor over recent years, which I love almost as much as my fish. I hope to go for my master’s degree at some point to study on how to best help preserve our local waters.
My name is Kendra and I am a Mom, wife and PADI Open Water Dive Instructor. I have a background in Marine Biology and the ocean has been a passion of mine for over 30 years.
Diving is a dream job for me. I get to work outside doing something I love, I get to be a frontline for conservation and environmentalism and I get to bring others into a world that so few ever visit. More divers means more ocean advocates.
Most importantly, diving allows me to be the example I want to be for my daughter. I want her to see a strong, assertive woman and I want her to know that if you want something enough, you do it and never let the opinion of others drive your decisions. I hope that she will see my passion for our oceans and the environment and she will generate a passion for it for herself.
My Dad was an avid boater, and I spent a lot of summers as a kid boating the waters of Puget Sound with him. Over the years I became very curious about what was under there. Little did I know that taking a peak would change my life forever. After hearing me talk about trying diving for years, my husband finally signed us up for diving lessons. We earned our Open Water Diver credentials Puget Sound in August 1997. From ther