About Us

We are a family business and the best part of that is the large dive family that shares our love of the underwater world! The professional staff here at Stuart Scuba have many years of dive experience and are waiting to share that with you.

Peter_FriedmanPeter Friedman – Owner

Peter has been scuba diving both recreationaly and technically since the 1970’s in New York and New England. Peter is also an avid cave diver and Cave instructor. An Electrical Engineer by trade he opened his first dive shop in the Orlando area in 2004 and divided his time between his engineering company and the dive shop. In 2011 Peter and his local Martin County partner opened another store, Stuart Scuba and shared the time between the dive shops and their primary occupations. Not long after opening Stuart Scuba Peter sold his engineering company and retired to work exclusively in the diving industry. Peter currently holds instructorships in multiple recreational agencies (NAUI, SDI, IANTD, DAN PADI) with Course Director Level and Course Examiner level instructorships in NAUI, SDI/ and TDI. Peter teaches and holds certifications for Cave, Multiple models of Rebreathers and Technical instruction with TDI, NACD, IANTD and NSSCDS he continues to be a very active Technical diving Instructor, Instructor Development instructor and is the Director of Operations in both dive shops.

Christy-make upChristy Campbell – Owner

Christy started diving in 1989 off the coast of San Diego. After taking a twenty one year long hiatus from diving to attend school and pursue a career Christy moved to Florida 2001 taking a position with a local area Dentist. Christy returned to diving some years later by being recertified as an Open Water Diver. As luck would have it Christy’s PADI Instructor was actually a PADI Course Director that mentored what turned out to be her part time occupation all the way to achieving certification as a Scuba Instructor. Christy is an avid underwater photographer and rebreather diver leading dive trips all over the world. In June of 2011 Christy opened Stuart Scuba with her Orlando based partner and continued to share time between the dive shops and her dental position. Not long after Stuart Scuba opened Christy retired from her job to work exclusively in the dive shop and is currently the Director of Training. Christy currently holds Instructorships in three recreational training agencies – SDI- Instructor Trainer/ Examiner, NAUI- IDC Staff Instructor, and PADI- Master Instructor.

Matt_Siegel_Headshot_LrgMatt Siegel – Store Manager

Matt is a new father but he is not new to scuba diving and managing the complexities of the dive business. When you stop in our store be sure to ask to see pictures of his daughter. You will find Matt an excellent diver when you dive with him, but more important, he knows more about recommending the right dive equipment and training than dive professionals twice his age. So feel free to avail yourself of his expertise, and of course also feel free to pet Riley and the other shop dogs. They are the friendliest dogs anywhere.

 

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Paul Seldes – Instructor

Paul Seldes took his first NAUI dive class in 1978. He can often be found serving as crew or guiding dive trips along Florida’s Treasure Coast with Stuart Scuba. He is an SDI certified dive instructor for most SDI specialty classes, a TDI Technical Dive Instructor, and IANTD instructor and has advanced training and certification in dive medicine, search and rescue and emergency response. When he is not diving, Paul works for a government contractor providing homeland security and emergency management services. Paul also holds certifications in Fire/Rescue, EMS and law enforcement and is a certified Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) and a Florida State Fire College Instructor.

 

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