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

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

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

Zhiqi “Jim” Mao

PADI Divemaster

Diving Since: 2015

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: Divemaster

Bio: Jim recieved his Open Water certifications from Island Divers in March 2015.
Over the next year, he recieved his Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver certification. Then became a Master Scuba Diver in December 2016.
After two years of diving for fun, he decided to step into professional level and became a Divemaster in May 2019.

Zhiqi “Jim” Mao PADI Divemaster

Gerhard “Gerry” Morell

PADI Master Instructor
& Travel Coordinator

Diving Since: 2001

Cert: PADI

Cert. Level: PADI Master Instructor

Bio: Gerry has a long history of helping divers begin their adventures and helping dive professionals begin theirs as well. Gerry is our group travel coordinator. He can also help you customize your own individual dive travel adventure.

Gerhard “Gerry” Morell PADI Master Instructor
& Travel Coordinator