(940) 383-3483 The Stonehill Center, 5800 I-35 N, #308, Denton, TX

The Team

Turns out, we are more than just divers.

Lee Gano

PADI & DAN Course Director

Diving Since:

Cert: PADI & DAN

Cert. Level: Course Director

Bio: Born and raised in Dallas, Lee did a lot of his early diving in Texas lakes and all around the Caribbean.

He moved to California and became active in the film industry above and below the water as well as a scientific research diver collecting data on the pelagic sharks of that region.

He holds over 30 different instructor specialty certifications and his USCG 100 Ton Master Captains License.

Lee Gano PADI & DAN Course Director

Rob Pittman

PADI Master Instructor

Diving Since: 1966

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: Master Instructor

Bio: Rob began diving in 1966 and still has the receipt proving he paid $69.95 for a US Divers Royal Aqua Master two-hose regulator.

His first paying job as a diver consisted of sawing off a tree limb that a Texas Parks and Wildlife fish survey crew had hung a trawl net in. It was January, 1967, and he didn’t own a wetsuit. He got paid $5.

His motto: Learn something new every day.

Rob Pittman PADI Master Instructor

Jordan Mitchell

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Diving Since: 2006

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Bio: Jordan began diving in 2006 and became an instructor in 2010.

Coming to Island Divers as a PADI divemaster and PADI National Geographic intern from Utila, Honduras, Jordan continued on the professional path to instructor and is working towards becoming a Master Instructor.

He brings his adventurous and dedicated personality to every class he teaches. He loves to learn from, and share his experiences with new and seasoned divers alike.

Jordan Mitchell PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Jay Carradine

PADI Open Water Instructor

Diving Since: 1989

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: Open Water Instructor

Bio: Jay got his Open water Certification in 1989, and has lived in Denton since 2000.

He furthered his skills to become a a Certified ScubaPro tech, and an Open Water Instructor.

He has a Bachelors of Science degree from SFASU, where he graduated in 1984.

When Jay isn’t diving, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Katrina and Candice and his grandson Aiden.

Jay Carradine PADI Open Water Instructor

Brandii Gilmore

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Diving Since: 2010

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Bio: Brandii has been diving since 2010. She holds several specialties and was a 4th Generation Landman until she bowed out of the Oil and Gas world towards the end of 2014.

Now she spends her free time with her husband Josh and Grandson Brentlee.

When she is not teaching classes at the shop she and Josh can be found somewhere in the Caribbean searching for the perfect palm tree to retire under.

Brandii Gilmore PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Jackie Fauver

PADI Divemaster

Diving Since: 2005

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: Divemaster

Bio: A PADI Divemaster who received her Open Water certification from Island Divers in 2005.

Over the next six years, she earned her Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver certifications, and became a PADI Divemaster in 2011.

Jacque first fell in love with diving in the summer of 1999 during a Discover Scuba on the Great Barrier Reef. When she is not diving, Jacque enjoys traveling with her husband Dan, hiking, and camping.

Jackie Fauver PADI Divemaster

Matt Manning

PADI Divemaster

Diving Since: 2008

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: Divemaster

Bio: Matt got interested in scuba diving in 2008 after a vacation to Jamaica.

The resort offered Discover Scuba and he was hooked.

He got certified in 2009 and has been diving ever since. After years of diving he decided to pursue the professional level of diving and became a PADI Divemaster in 2012.

Matt Manning PADI Divemaster

Craig White

PADI Divemaster

Diving Since: 2010

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: Divemaster

Bio: Craig received his open water certification from Island Divers the summer of 2010.

Over the next two years he received his advanced open water, rescue diver, and master diver certifications along with a number of other specialties.

After completing his Dive Master certification in October 2012 he has joined the staff at Island Divers.

Craig White PADI Divemaster

Shaun Goolsby

PADI Divemaster

Diving Since: 1995

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level:

Bio: Shawn started diving in 1995 when he earned his Open Water and Advanced Open Water certifications.

In 2012 he decided he wanted to get his Rescue and Master Scuba Diver certifications. By then he was hooked and made the decision to become a professional shortly after earning his Divemaster certification in 2014.

Shaun Goolsby PADI Divemaster