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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Steve McGregor
    Vice President

    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.

    Executive Assistant, Equipment

    I have been in customer service for 19 years and I am happy to assist you with your equipment needs.

    As Executive Assistant I can assist you with quotes on equipment, sales, and questions about your order.

    When I am not at work I am typically golfing, wake boarding or running with my pup.

    You can reach me at extension 24.

  • Linda Meininger
    Director of Finance

    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.

    Cheryl Mocilnikar
    Assistant Director of Finance

    As the Assistant 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 can also answer questions regarding online orders and billing. You can reach me at extension 23.

  • Jaclynn Strauss
    Director Of Education Operations

    My responsibilities include organizing classes, sourcing and shipping training materials, coordinating between host, students, and trainers, and overseeing records and recertifications.
    I can take orders for student materials, work with you to help you earn your trainer certifications, and field questions about attending or hosting classes. When I’m not in the office, I am usually enjoying the Colorado mountain air and climbing some of our many 14,000′ peaks with my faithful boxer Kona and new puppy, Grizzly. I can be reached at extension 18.

    Jessica Knittle
    Training Administrative Assistant

    I’m happy to assist you with processing rosters for classes held, completing recertifications, sending certificates earned in a student or trainer program, or updating training records. I can also take registrations for upcoming class and orders for student materials. Aside from assisting with training-related inquiries, I’m the Social Media Coordinator in charge of promoting future classes and hosting our weekly Live Interview video series on Facebook. (Ask me about volunteering to be on our series!)

    Outside of the office, you’ll either find me with my Aussie mix, Bandit, reading a good book, hitting the punching bag, or enjoying the outdoors.

    If you have questions regarding trainer information or about the recertification process, you can reach me at extension 22.

  • Mike Reeves
    Director of Development

    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

  • 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.

    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.

  • Angi Smith
    Training Administrative Assistant

    In the office, I work part-time with the training department assisting with updating training records, issuing certifications and re-certifications and author the Fitness Friday 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.

    When not working, I volunteer with local organizations focused on the prevention side of domestic human trafficking. 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.