About Us

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, nondiving 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.

Mission Statement

Provide Superior Training for all Responders to Aquatic Incidents by; Providing Peer Reviewed Best Practices, Training, and Outfitting Through Value Based, Innovative, Industry Leading Educators

Our Staff

  • Pete Gannon
    Co-Owner

    I live in Lauderhill, FL and have been involved with diving since 1973. My credentials include: Lauderhill Fire Dept. for 25 years; retiring as a Battalion Chief, Plantation Vol. Fire Dept. for 25 years as dive team coordinator, Broward Sheriffs Office as a dive team member, assisting in training for 12 years. I have worked as a Dive Rescue Corporate Trainer since 1980.

  • Blades Robinson
    Co-Owner

    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
    President/Ceo

    My 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.

  • Brian Derrington
    Vice President Equipment Sales

    After a short hiatus, I am back at Dive Rescue International as the Vice President of the Equipment Division. I can help with questions about equipment, quotes and requests for bids. I have been a Public Safety Diver since 1992, a Public Safety Scuba Instructor since 1994, a Corporate Trainer and the Director of Technician Services for Dive Rescue International from 2001-2004. I can help answer most questions related to your teams needs. Reach me at extension 12.

  • Linda Meininger
    Financial Services Manager

    As the director of the accounting department I can help you with questions about your order, bid, invoice or payment. I have been with Dive Rescue International since 1996 so I can also assist you with other topics like repair and servicing of equipment. Reach me at extension 15.

  • Jas Shearer-McMahon
    Head of Design and Manufacturing

    I have been in the custom design and manufacturing business since 1976 and manufacturing dive rescue equipment since 1986.

  • Andrea Troyer
    Program Services Director

    As Program Services Director, It is my job to help potential students with registration and class information for Student and Trainer level programs. Other duties include advertising for programs, preparing materials for courses, coordinating with class hosts, and preparing and shipping course materials. I have been with Dive Rescue International since 2006. You can reach me at ext. 18.

  • Andrew Wilson
    Repair Technician

    It is my responsibility to determine the feasibility of repairing equipment. I make cost effective, quality repairs that sustain the user and support department economics. My current certifications include: Interspiro Repair Technician, and Whites (Aqualung) Repair technician. I can also repair Viking Dry Suits and Communication Rope. I can be reached at ext. 24.

  • Jaclynn Strauss
    Records and Recertification Specialist

    I specialize in assessing student and trainer paperwork to ensure participants meet Dive Rescue International certification standards. I can take orders for training and recertificaiton materials. You can reach me at extension 22.

  • Steve McGregor
    National Director of Sales and Marketing

    I have been a certified diver for over 27 years. I’m also a Master Scuba Diver Trainer/Instructor with multiple specialties. I am also a First Aid Instructor.
    My background includes a former US Marine, Marine Corp Drill Instructor, Police Officer, K-9 Officer, Narcotics Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Firefighter, Dive Team Commander, Public Safety Diver with multiple Dive Rescue International certifications, and most recently Division Chief/Diver for the Benton County Arkansas Dive Rescue Team. All of these experiences have given me a firsthand view of what life is like for First Responders; what works, what doesn’t and what it takes to be safe.
    In my role at Dive Rescue International I will use my experiences along with Dive Rescue International’s tried and proven methods of training and our quality equipment to serve you with all your equipment needs, quotes, request for bids, training, or any questions you may have. Contact me at ext. 11 and let me know how I can help you and your team.

  • Cheryl Mocilnikar
    Financial Services Specialist

    As the Financial Services Specialist, I can help you with Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, setting up an account, checking the status of an order and tracking an order. I can also answer questions regarding online orders and billing. You can reach me at extension 23.

  • Jen Cook
    Shipping Specialist

    As the Shipping and Inventory Specialist, I can help you with questions regarding the shipment of your order. You can reach me at extension 17.