About Us

Mission Statement

Provide Superior Training for all Responders to Aquatic Incidents by:

  • Providing Peer-Reviewed Best Practices
  • Providing Quality Training
  • Outfitting through Value-Based, Innovative, Industry-Leading Educators

Our Staff

Founded in 1977 by dedicated law enforcement officials, Dive Rescue International has remained exclusively committed to providing training and equipment for all public safety professionals involved in aquatic incidents. The rescue industry has witnessed a tremendous growth especially in the water rescue arena largely due to greater community involvement and the demand for preparedness for aquatic emergencies. Dive Rescue International is the leader in preparing public safety professionals for aquatic incidents with an extensive list of over 20 course offerings covering diving, non-diving and trainer programs. The Dive Rescue International training system is unique in that it draws on the expertise of an extensive network of public safety professionals. Dive Rescue International has trained over 1,500 trainers throughout North America and the world. If you are a member of a public safety dive team and need training call us at (800) 248 3483. Dive Rescue International has been setting the Public Safety Diving Standard since 1977.

  • Pete Gannon
    Co-Owner

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    I live in Lauderhill, FL and have been involved with diving since 1973. My credentials include but are not limited to: Retired as Battalion Chief, Lauderhill Fire Dept. (25 years); Dive Team Coordinator, Plantation Volunteer Fire Department (25 years); Dive Team member, Broward Sheriff’s Office (assisting in training for 12 years). I have worked as a Dive Rescue Corporate Trainer since 1980.

  • Blades Robinson
    Co-Owner
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    I live in Vero Beach, FL and have worked on the local countywide fire department since 1980. My department has an active Marine Rescue component and I serve as one of the three Marine Rescue Field Training Officers. I have been a certified SCUBA instructor since 1984 and began teaching Dive Rescue International training programs in 1990. In 1993, I joined the Dive Rescue International Board of Directors and today I am fortunate to work with a network of true professionals who are dedicated in keeping the “safety” in Public Safety Diving.

  • Justin Fox
    Partner-President/Ceo

    Dive Rescue International, Dive Rescue International : About UsMy duties revolve around responding to inquires about education, training, team development, SOP’s/SOG’s and other operational questions. I’ve been a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International since 2005. Other aspects of my position include: Assisting agencies in selecting appropriate courses, Booking course dates, Informing hosting agencies of their duties, and New product review. As President, I oversee the day to day operations of the office and strategic planning for the future. I can be reached at extension 14.

  • Steve McGregor
    Vice President
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    As a former US Marine Corp Drill Instructor, Police K-9 Officer, Narcotics Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Firefighter and a Dive Team Commander, I have spent a lifetime as a first responder dedicated to public safety. I have been a certified diver for nearly 30 years to include a PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor certification. I’ve successfully completed and attended many DRI certifications and can speak to their superior training programs both as an attendee but also through my Public Safety Diving experience and as the Division Chief/Diver for the Benton County Arkansas Dive Rescue Team.
    I am extremely knowledgeable in the quality equipment and training we have available, and I’m here to serve you with all of the training and/or equipment needs that you/your department may have. As the Vice President, I also welcome your feedback regarding any of our training programs, service delivery, or equipment related concerns as we continuously look for opportunities to improve how we can serve you better. I can be reached at extension 11.

    Steve (SJ) Carpentier
    Sales Associate

    Dive Rescue International, Dive Rescue International : About UsAfter working for 10 years as a Paramedic and more than 20 years in the medical field, I transitioned into the adventure and outdoor industries.  I have constructed several aerial challenge courses around the country, instructed beginner and advanced rock climbing courses, and outfitted customers with a variety of gear for activities like kayaking, mountaineering, skiing, and backpacking.  I maintain my Personal Trainer certification and enjoy jiujitsu.  I spend most of my free time rock climbing and successfully climbed “the Diamond” on Longs Peak, CO.

    As a Sales Associate, I am here to assist with technical questions, create estimates/sales orders, and facilitate returns and repairs.  Whether you’re ready to buy or just looking for information, I can be reached at extension 24.

  • Cheryl Murphy
    Director of Finance

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    As the Director of Finance, I can help you with Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, setting up an account, checking the status of an order, and tracking an order. I also help with inquiries about sales tax, account reconciliations, status of shipped orders, and office fun. I love being a team player and learning more about our products and training programs. I am a certified Ice Rescue Specialist and Interspiro Technician.

    When I am not at the office, I am spending time with my family and fur babies. I love the cold that Colorado winters bring, and one of my favorite winter past times is sitting by the fire watching superhero movies….especially after baking cookies.

    You can reach me at extension 23.

    Harmony Stallings
    Accounting Assistant

    Dive Rescue International, Dive Rescue International : About UsAs the Accounting Assistant, I can help with questions about your account or invoices: paying invoices, setting up a new account, and any other account and invoicing questions you may have. My role will expand as I learn new tasks & duties. 

    I am a person who is positive about every aspect of life. There are few things that I don’t enjoy, but some of my favorites are volunteering, traveling, and usually anything that will get me outside. I always love learning and doing new things, and these are always made better with friends and family. 
    You can reach me at extension 19.
    Linda Meininger
    Semi-Retired

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    Linda continues to help us with equipment, shipping and training needs on an intermittent basis. She can be reached at extension 15.

    Jas Shearer-McMahon
    Head of Design and Manufacturing
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    I have been in the custom design and manufacturing business since 1976 and manufacturing dive rescue equipment since 1986.

  • Lindsey Weisbrook
    Training Program Coordinator

    Dive Rescue International, Dive Rescue International : About UsI’m happy to assist you with the coordination of hosting a class with one of our competent corporate trainers, sourcing and shipping training materials, taking registrations for a class, processing Corporate class rosters, sending certificates earned in a student or trainer program, or updating training records. 

    My love of all things “water” and any activity associated with it has created a new career path in my supporting and equipping you in training for aquatic rescues. I am a graduate of University of Northern Colorado and one of my most memorable classes was SCUBA Diving to get certified. My family and I love to travel near and far for new experiences and delicious food. I also enjoy camping, going to concerts, and playing card and board games with friends. 

    If you have questions regarding training information or hosting a class, you can reach me at extension 18.

    Angi Smith
    Rosters & Recertifications – Training
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    In the office, I work part-time with the training department, and I process department class rosters and issue certificates/cards, process student and trainer recertifications, assist with the purchase of training kits and class registrations as well as processing student and trainer recertifications.  I author the Fitness Friday series as well as the PSSI Special Edition series. You can reach me at extension 12.

    I am a certified US Master’s Swimming Coach (Level 1 and 2), and have been a certified LifeGuard/WSI. I am also a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor. With my background, I can offer assistance with your preparation for and successful completion of the I.A.D.R.S. Annual Watermanship Test, as well as assist with learning to swim, stroke development and/or building swimming endurance.

    I swim three mornings a week on a master’s swim team training for 5K+ open water swims. I also enjoy road cycling, cross country skiing and hiking in the mountains. I balance this with my love of food and cooking.

  • Mike Reeves
    Director of Development
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    As a certified diver for over a decade and water rescue first responder for six years I am ready to help your organization achieve the training required to ensure the highest level of safety and service for your community and for your responders.

    Through first-hand experience with years of training with Dive Rescue International I have the knowledge to help your organization execute a training program that will fulfill water rescue, investigation, and recovery needs for all types of aquatic environments found in your area.

    With a 30-year background in customer service I’m the man that can help you schedule the training and establish the equipment you need to advance our proven techniques in water training to fit your needs.

    Get my desk at extension 16

    One Comment on “Dive Rescue International : About Us”

    1. Justin and Lindsey
      Checking to see if the Panama City DR-1 class July 18-20 is going to be a go. If possible I would like to be able to sit through the class. When I last talked with Blades he advised that you always had need for more training photos. In retirement I have ramped up my photography and would welcome the opportunity to take any class training photos that you may have need for.
      Who is going to be the Trainer for the program?

      Thanks
      Steve Linton
      715-292-8344

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