Staff

John VanDerVoorn
John is a PADI Staff instructor and Master Instructor from East Peoria. He began diving in 1966, received his PADI instructor certification in 1974, and started Aqua Diving School in 1975. John teaches numerous specialties. He is an Emergency First Responder Instructor and an EFR Instructor Trainer (John can certify students to become EFR instructors!). He was a Red Cross WSI instructor. John is a former chemistry professor at Illinois Central College and has taught college scuba classes for Bradley University, ICC, Eureka and Lincoln College. John has taught more people to scuba dive than anyone in the Peoria area.  John has traveled throughout the Caribbean and the Pacific over the past 40 years. He is a certified travel expert for the Far Pacific including Bali, Truk, Palau, Fiji, New Guinea, and Australia. John loves to guide trips to these exotic locations.  John completed the PADI Self Reliant Instructor course, PADI’s version of solo diver, June 5, 2012.  John became a Fusion Dry Suit Instructor in 2013.  Specialty instructor in Wreck, Deep, Night, Videograpy, Search and Recovery, Cavern, Boat, Nitrox, and more.

Lauri VanDerVoorn from East Peoria, PADI Instructor since 1983, John’s wife and favorite dive buddy. Expert U/W digital photographer.

Suzanne Roth  from Normal, John’s daughter, store employee, divemaster, and bookkeeper

Ed McKenzie from Morton, PADI Master instructor. Instructor for ten years and is a Venture Crew staff member. Specialties: Dry Suit, Nitrox, Wreck.  Ed has completed over 1500 dives and certified over 200 students.

Jeff Sutton from Pekin, store employee, new PADI instructor, repair technician for seven years, instructor in First Aid and CPR.  Oxygen and DAN instructor.

Chris Sanders from Morton, 3rd year as a PADI Instructor and store employee.  Digital photography and Drysuit specialty instructor.

Ryan Pray  from Blooomington, PADI Instructor for seven years.   Ryan who is a teacher by profession is also available to teach classes in the Bloomington area.

George Driggs, new PADI instructor.  Seal Team instructor.Rick Farmer from East Peoria, PADI Assistant Instructor and repair technician emeritus. Rick has 20 years of repair experience and is available for consultation and repair instruction.

Assistant instructors in training: Ed Mann


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