Staff

Valerie Earl: Manager
Valerie Earl: Manager

Valerie is the manager of Calypso - The Dive Shop of Joplin. She became a diver in 1985 and simply fell in love with the sport. She worked her way up through the levels of certifications and became a Certified Instructor of Scuba Diving in 1988, and has earned Instructor Trainer status.

In addition to the instruction of Open Water Diver scuba classes, she is rated as Instructor for many Specialty Courses, for the Dive Control Specialist Program, and is an active Instructor Trainer. Valerie was in the first group of Instructors for the Scuba Rangers, a Youth Development Program for youngsters age 8 through 12. She loves teaching all ages and levels of students, and has logged well over 2000 dives.

Valerie was awarded Instructor of the Year, North America/Midwest Region, for the Year 1995 by the National Association of Scuba Diving Schools.

She is also a published Author in RODALE'S SCUBA DIVING magazine, OZARKS OUTDOORS periodical, SHOW ME THE OZARKS, and the State publication, WAKE UP TO MISSOURI. She was featured in photographs in the Safe Scuba training manual.

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Joel: Master Instructor
Joel: Master Instructor

Joel is an Open Water Diver Instructor, Advanced Open Water Instructor, and Dive Control Specialist Instructor and is both a Platinum 1000 Diver and a Platinum 1000 Instructor.

He enjoys teaching everything from beginners in the Open Water Diver course up through Professional Dive Leader courses.

When he’s not teaching, Joel enjoys leading local, regional and international travel excursions to some of the world’s most breathtaking dive locations.

Doug Mercer: Dive Control Specialist
Doug Mercer: Dive Control Specialist

Doug became a scuba diver in 2007 and has truly expanded his destinations and his education since first entering the realm of Neptune. One of the busiest, most on-the-go guys we know, he has found (or somehow made) the time to go diving locally and makes occasional escapes to the Caribbean.

After completing many Continuing Education Specialty Courses, he has just recently graduated from the Dive Control Specialist Program. Consider yourself lucky to have him lead one of your dives!

Levi Earl: Service Technician & Swim Instructor
Levi Earl: Service Technician & Swim Instructor

Levi became a diver in 1988. He holds Master Diver Rating with SSI.

Levi is Calypso's Equipment and Service Technician and is a Swim School Rated Swim Instructor.



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