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: Ghost Mountain
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, Randolph-Macon College, 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.