Small, Friendly, Flexible
We are a team of dynamic divers who are passionate about sea life, the environment and our job. We will be more than happy to share our passion with you, and help you discover the amazing underwater world of Statia.
We are the Small, Friendly, Flexible dive shop on Statia where people get to dive the the way they want. Safety is our primary goal and we value quality over quantity.
Our divers leave feeling like family, not just another person on a dive boat!
We pride ourselves in providing valet dive services to our customers allowing divers to just come and enjoy! Leave all the gear schlepping, cleaning, and heavy lifting to us.
Our team is committed to ensuring every diver that comes to Statia can have an enjoyable and safe dive vacation. We are able to adjust for various levels of physical abilities within safety and medical guidelines.
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Shop Base Manager
Ciara is a PADI MSDT and PADI Staff Instructor. She and Gary are from Ireland, but have lived, worked, and travelled all over the world.
With her extraordinary organization, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills, she manages the day-to-day dives, staff, and shop schedule with friendly, direct, and patient efficiency.
But don't worry, Ciara will continue to guide and teach!
Ciara loves looking for the little ocean creatures, especially shrimp and arrow crabs, and really enjoys watching turtles and stingrays swim past. She is exceptional with our nervous divers to build confidence and dive skills.
Outside of diving, Ciara loves to travel, and takes her cooking inspiration from countries she has visited, especially spicy Indian curries.
Gary is a PADI MSDT and PADI Staff Instructor. Along with Ciara, he is from Ireland, but has lived, worked, and travelled all over the world.
His calm, consistent, and easy-going demeanor make him the perfect Lead Instructor and dive guide, ensuring that all standards and safety measures are being met and still have a great dive vacation!
Gary loves exploration dives, diving side-mount, and teaching wreck specialties. His favorite marine creatures are the Stingrays, but he is also great at finding the sail-fin blennies. When he is not diving he enjoys watching all sports, especially soccer. He also enjoys adventure travel, conquering volcanos and climbing ancient temples.
David is one of the happiest people you are likely to meet! Always willing to do whatever he is able to make your trip enjoyable, David is known as the problem solver and fixer-upper around the shop! David is an avid swimmer and loves boating. His favorite dive site in Statia is Hangover with the abundant overhangs under which to find nurse sharks, lion fish, and eels!
David is our primary dive boat captain and will help everyone safely on and off the boats.
Along with Ciara, Sarah will probably be one of the first people with whom you will come in contact, for she helps people plan their trips to Statia.
Sarah's passion lies in teaching people about the ocean life and the biology of our marine environment, especially the local youth on Statia. You will often see her picking up trash both above and below the water!
Her favorite dive site is Double Wreck due to the combination of the archeological remnants and all of the macro marine creatures that are found all along the historic old wreck.
Sarah devotes a majority of her time with project development and marketing including photos and videos both above and below water. SMILE!
The Golden Team!
Smokey the Shop Dog
Golden Rock Dive Center is occasionally seeking new team members to join us.
We are currently hiring!
Are you looking for a small, friendly, and flexible place to work? On a relaxed and friendly Caribbean island surrounded by nature? Do you love to hike, snorkel, get to know your neighbors, and relax? Are you looking for a long-term full-time employment position with security and consistency? We just might be the right fit. Click the link below to apply. If we are not actively hiring, we would be happy to keep your contact on file.