Hi, I am Tammy. I moved to the Virgin Islands with Frank in 1988 to open up a Snuba operation. At that time, we anticipated staying for only two to three years and over 28 years later we are still here!
We started our Snuba operation on the south side of St. John while trying to obtain special use permits to operate in the United States, Virgin Islands National Park. In 1990 we obtained these permits and started operating Snuba out of Trunk Bay, one of the world's top 10 most beautiful beaches. Operating out of one of the most popular beaches on St. John has its ups and downs. Many locals say Trunk Bay is much too crowded and they would not go there; but being a “local” that works at Trunk Bay, I know that the beach is usually only crowded (not really crowded compared to stateside beaches) for the short time that the cruise tours are there. Besides, it is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches on the island. Usually only the locals that work on this beach know this secret, so don’t tell the others!
In 1998, we celebrated the birth of our daughter, Kaitlyn, and the opening of our St. Thomas Snuba operation at Coki Beach. Our dives on St. Thomas take place at Coki Beach, a very popular beach on St. Thomas. This beach is considered the top snorkeling spot on St. Thomas, due to the abundant schools of Tang, Snapper, Angel Fish, Parrot Fish, and Sergeant Majors.
Our daughter, Kaitlyn, is now 16 years old and could give you the whole Snuba orientation herself. Kaitlyn is now in a traditional "brick and mortar" school after being homeschooled for five years. While she enjoyed her home school experience and its flexibility, she really enjoys her current situation and the interaction with diffent teachers.
Teaching Snuba has left me with a valuable life experience. I have become overall a more patient person while teaching (notice I said while teaching!). I enjoy seeing people that are totally scared succeed and experience a wonderful time. Taking people out on their first undersea adventure while breathing underwater, seeing them experience the beauty of the underwater world, and seeing the joy on their faces as they come out of the water makes my job exciting and fun. I always recommend to those that are certified divers and who are concerned that Snuba will be a lackluster adventure (due to their dive expertise), experiencing their spouse's, friend's or family member's first dive experience is an amazing reward in and of itself.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our islands and will try Snuba while you are here.
My husband and I did the dive at Coki Beach with Tammy and it was absolutely fabulous. Tammy has the patience of a saint. I had wanted to do this since I found out about it, but got nervous and didn't think I could go through with it. Thanks to Tammy's patience, I made it and it was the highlight of our cruise, especially since I spent most of the time seasick. I highly recommend snuba to everyone. Try it, you will be glad you did. Tammy, you're the best!! FIVE STARS ***** PS_Tammy, I am coming back with my PADI certification next time!!
Tammy, Thanks for a great dive (ie. Snuba)
experience. It was one of the highlights of our cruise. Next
time we hope to have enough time to use up more than one tank
of air with you.
JD & Kelly Crow
Little Rock, AR
I did it! Thanks to you Tammy. I found your
instruction and patience very comforting and helpful. Thank
you for providing me (and Dan) one of the highlights of our
trip to beautiful St. John. All our best to you...until we