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Staff


 

Jim McNeal - Owner, PADI Staff Instructor, TDI Instructor, 
College Professor

Jim McNeal is the leader of our band of divers and one of the most experienced divers in Virginia.  Jim started diving in the 1950s while growing up in West Palm Beach, FL.  After listening to a few of his stories, you will know just how raw the diving was in those days.  He started off as a YMCA Instructor and in the early '80s converted to PADI, through which he has certified thousands of students. 


Certifications:
 PADI Staff Instructor, TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures, Drager Semi-Closed Rebreather Instructor, Most PADI Specialty Courses
Favorite Dive Site: 
Favorite Destination:  Cozumel, Mexico
Bucket List Destination: I'll ask him when he gets back.

The Dive Shop has truly been Jim's dream in helping to bring scuba diving to everyone. In 1982 he left his job as a marine biologist working for the state of Virginia to open The Dive Shop. Jim's love is teaching new divers and introducing divers to new experiences. Whether it is VCU, William & Mary, the Boy Scouts, or someone leaving next week for the Bahamas, Jim wants their underwater experiences to be as amazing and wonderful as his have been.
   


Judy Muller- Shop Staff- Dive Master

          

Judy started diving in 2005, Jim instructed Judy on her Open Water Diver. She became a Divemaster at The Dive Shop in 2010. Judy has dove all over the Caribbean and plans to continue diving for the rest of her life. Judy is the spirit of the shop and always has a smiling face!  

Certifications:  PADI Advanced Open Water, Deep, Nitrox, Wreck, Rescue, EFR, Dry Suit, Dive Master.
Favorite Dive Site: St. Lucia- Devil's Drop
Favorite Destination:  St. Lucia
Bucket List Destination:  Iceland- Continental Divide 
    

Mary Boltz- Shop Staff, Dive Master 

 
Mary has been with The Dive Shop for over three years now! She obtained her bachelors degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. She was first introduced to the possibility of diving through VCU. After meeting Jim during the course, Mary knew she wanted to pursue her passion of the sport. She obtained her Open and Advanced Open Water certifications while on one of our trips to beautiful Key Largo and has continued her career in diving up to dive master candidacy!  
Certifications:  PADI Advanced Open Water, Deep Diver, Rescue Diver, O2 provider, Gas Blender, NITROX, Divemaster
Favorite Dive Site: The Spiegel Grove, Key Largo, FL. 
Favorite Destination: Roatan, Honduras
Bucket List Destination:  Cozumel, Ireland, Greece


  The Dive Shop - Richmond's Best Scuba Diving Destination
9320 West Broad St. Suite H & I, Richmond, VA 23294
804-270-0700 - Email: info@thediveshoprichmond.com