SCUBA NETWORK STAFF
The Dive Shop Crew
Owner, Course Director, Instructor
A Northeast diver for over 30 years, and owner of Scuba Network since the 1990's, Martha is the Den Mother to hundreds of Long Island Divers.
Martha has devoted much time to training persons with disabilities through the Handicapped Scuba Association. She has also worked with veterans projects like Wounded Warriors.
Martha is a NAUI Course Director and SDI Instructor Trainer. and has dove all over the world from Fiji to Curacao, Canada to Costa Rico and everywhere in between!
Course Director, Instructor Trainer
Swim and Scuba's former owner and resident PADI Course Director, Steve "Scuba Steve" Scigliano has been diving for over 40 years. He is also a SDI-TDI instructor and DAN Dive Emergency Specialist.
He brings a wealth of Northeast Dive experience and know-how to the scuba divers and Instructors he trains. Steve helped set up the beach 8th Dive Site in the Rockaways, sinking the dive cages at the pier.
IDC Staff Instructor
PADI IDC Staff Instructor/SDI Instructor
Bob is a homegrown Long island diver and enjoys all kinds of diving both in cold and warm water.
He enjoys taking students out to explore the waters of Long Island and pointing out the varied sea life that exists here.
He is an avid underwater photographer as well, so feel free to ask him about that!
Steven Katz (Papa Smurf) has been diving since 1991 and an instructor since 1998. As a small child he always wanted to learn how to dive and he finally got his chance in Florida and New Jersey. He took full benefit of diving by going around the world in places like Fiji, Maldives, Indonesia and Galapagos. He teaches Open Water, as well as Advanced Diver up to Instructor. He also teaches Full Face Mask, Side Mount, Dry Suit and other specialty courses. He is certified to teach Handicap Scuba diving where he has taught blind, paraplegic and other injuries needing a specially taught dive buddy.
He has retired from the Air Force after 28 years and a member of the Wounded Warriors. You can usually find him at the store on Saturdays. Ask him to tell you about the great and unique adventures that are there for scuba divers.
IDC Staff Instructor, Instructor Trainer
Dan is an IDC Staff Instructor and Technical Instructor with PADI and SDI-TDI, he is also a DAN, EFR, and Red Cross Instructor Trainer. Dan is working with several local Fire & Rescue teams as their Public Safety Diver Training officer.
Dan is wreck penetration, full cave and trimix certified and has been diving since 1996. He has done work as a Scientific Diver, in Maritime Archaeology and with GIRT. He loves local diving and has been as deep as 330 fsw diving the wrecks of the deep Atlantic like the Andrea Doria and 280 ffw in the beautiful caves of Florida.
Instructor, Shop Manager
Nicole is an Open Water Instructor for PADI NAUI, SSI and SDI. She has worked with Scuba Network since 1993, and has travelled the globe, staffing scuba shops n the Pacific and the Caribbean
With more than 10 thousand dives logged, she is always ready to Go Dive!
Bill started diving in 2007 at 57, and became an instructor in 2019. With over 420 dives, all with Martha Katz, Bill has dove all over the World: the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Maldives, Galapagos Islands, Fiji, Chook (f/k/a Truk), and Indonesia.
Bill loves that there are no cell phones, IPads, or Blackberrys on a dive When experiencing the joy of diving and seeing new marine life, whatever you may have seen on television, or in the movies does not compare to seeing it in real life. Also, when you come back from a dive trip your friends and coworkers will be both jealous and envious because you went diving in a location that they could only dream of going and/or never heard of.
Born and raised in Toledo Ohio, Gardner served in the U.S. Marine Corps and shortly after moved to New York, and became a Correction's Officer retiring after twenty years.
On a trip to the Bahamas, he was introduced to scuba diving. "Don’t let the regulator fall out your mouth and squeeze your nose if your ears start hurting" - that was my first dive, in 2009 my instructor, Matt Meyer of Scuba Network took us to Beach 9th street Far Rockaway, NY. My Instructor journey began in 2016 and I’m very happy with it. Please remember….
(If You Get Tired, Learn to Rest Not to Quit.)