Charles “Mike” Nichols
Owner — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

  • PADI Master Instructor
  • Ocean Reef Instructor
  • SDI Open Water Instructor
  • TDI Nitrox Instructor
  • NSS-CDS Cave Diver

Mike has been diving since 1977 and teaching since 1986. Started Scuba Ventures in 1988 to provide quality scuba service in a friendly atmosphere. Has made over 5000 dives on every continent except Australia (on the list to do) and Antarctica (not on your life). Favorite dive destinations are Cozumel, Mexico (50th group trip this year) and the Cooper river for artifact recovery.


Gary Laubscher
Instructor — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

  • PADI Open Water Instuctor
  • PADI EFR Instuctor

Gary began diving in 1983 in the cold waters off the Northern California coast. He has been a past member of the York County Emergency Response Team, He hold a certificates for advanced rescue diving, is currently a PADI Master Scuba Diver, Dive Master and EFR Instructors. Gary will be attending the PADI Open Water Instructor Course in July of this year.
Gary has dove all of the world including the Philippines, Diego Garcia, Okinawa Japan, Hawaii, Cozumel and Honduras just to name a few.

George & Sherry

Dr George D Smith
Instructor — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • PADI EFR Instuctor

Dr. George teaches kids and adults for a living and loves working with new divers. George has been in many of the local waters here in SC & NC as well as the Keys, Caribbean and more.

Sherry Smith
Divemaster — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

Sherry will often be found behind the underwater camera capturing your moments below the surface. She works with new students and enjoys helping people get more comfortable in their new aquatic environment. Her passion as a shutter bug is evident in many of the pictures at the shop.


Cheryl Miller
Divemaster — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

Cheryl Miller is an IT manager for Wells Fargo for her day job and a diver in her off hours as much as possible. She completed her Divemaster certification from Scuba Ventures in February 2012. She’s been diving for several years now and is completely hooked! Diving has opened up many opportunities over the years including meeting her finance on a trip to Dominica three years ago. Cheryl loves talking about diving and going on dive trips. Diving combines her love for travel, adventure and the development of life-long friendships. She resides in Charlotte with her friend Anne who also dives.


Laurie Certo
Divemaster — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

Laurie has been SCUBA diving since early childhood in her family’s back yard in-ground swimming pool in Pittsburgh, PA under the instruction of her dad also a PADI Divemaster. She grew up idolizing the Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida. Officially certified as an Open Water Diver in 1995 with SSI, she later earned her Advanced Open Water Certification in 2003 with PADI and then continued her requirements for Nitrox, Rescue, and finally finished her Dive Master Certification in February 2012. Laurie enjoys underwater photography and finding all the little interesting sea creatures hidden on the reefs. Laurie works for Bank of America to fund her travel and dive habit.
Her Diver’s Log Book Includes – USS Oriskany in Pensacola, Key Largo & Disney’s Living Seas Aquarium at Epcot Center in Florida. Cozumel, Mexico, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Maarten. Favorite Spots – Dominica & St. Lucia
Bucket List – Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, Bora Bora, The underwater Archaeology Park of Baiae, Italy.

ali and sydney

Ali Memita
Divemaster — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

Ali used to tell people that she was a SCUBA diver & worked as an IT professional between dives. She's no longer an IT professional but she's still a diver! Ali began diving in May 2006. In February 2012, she completed her Divemaster certification with Scuba Ventures. Diving is both exciting and challenging for Ali. She has been on more than a few trips with Scuba Ventures and looks forward to many more. Ali lives in Matthews with her teenage daughter and dive buddy Sydney, who is also SCUBA certified.


Leeann Hyland
Divemaster — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

Mrs. Pinky! Leeann is the neighborhood nut around the shop! She like to keep everything light hearted and fun! She enjoys diving anywhere she gets an opportunity and is constantly looking for that next adventure!


Jason Adams
Divemaster — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

Jason started diving in 1990, first certified by none other than Mr. Mike Nichols. After an extended break and a newly kindled love of the underwater world and conservation, he's back at it. His diving portfolio includes Hawaii, the Florida Keys, Cabo San Lucas, the Dominican Republic and many others. He and his wife actually decended in the Sea of Cortez only to acsend in the Pacific Ocean.
Jason has a spark to share his love of diving with others and enjoys leading dives and working around the shop (just ask him, he'll tell you).


Christie Adams
Rescue Diver — Scuba Ventures — Rock Hill, SC

Chrisite is our Shop Organizer and Design Freak, she started diving in 2009 and has quickly fallin in Love with the water. Her diving has taken her to Florida, Cabo San Lucas and even the Dominican Republic. But be careful, she loves to explorer and we have to keep an eye on her. But her eye for design and perfection is the reason we love having her around. Don't like the way something looks, blame her!