Larry Thompson retired from the United States Army after more than 22 years of service. He grew up in Florida and began diving with friends in high school and college. Larry earned his initial Advanced Open Water certification in 1982. He is an active PADI Course Director. He has also completed training as a Master Underwater Criminal Investigator, Advanced Public Safety Diver Instructor, Scientific Aquarium Diver, and Open Water Scientific. Additionally, Larry is a Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) Instructor. Larry is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and a professional member of the Diver’s Alert Network (DAN).




Gary Tilden has attained the rating of Silver Course Director by PADI. Gary has been Diving since 1996 and a PADI Professional since 2004 and has trained thousands of divers. Gary is an Advanced Public Safety Diver Instructor. Prior to becoming a PADI Professional, Gary had an extensive background in recreational SCUBA diving where he has logged thousands of dives across the United States and throughout the world. Gary previously conducted instructor training in Nevada, Arizona, California, Bahamas, Roatan, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Florida. He relocated to Florida to assist in the establishment of the Calypso Pro Dive Academy Instructor Development and Public Safety Training Center.