Your passion is our passion! At Sea Saba, we've assembled a talented and professional team in order to ensure your dive vacation runs smoothly from beginning to end. Our all-instructor crew can teach you to dive, help you become a better diver or just enjoy sharing our passion with you. We've included these brief profiles on this page as updates for our many repeat customers and so that new customers know a bit about us before arriving. Our team's credentials are top notch--but be assured, the role of being a great dive guide remains a priority. The faces below include our dive team, office staff and even our popular puppy...we thought you would like to see the faces of those persons you will dive with daily as well as our supporting players. Sea Saba is a PADI 5-Star Resort, SSI Training Facility as well as a REEF Field Station. Our Training and Courses page provides more insight to our diving philosophy as well as providing loads of information on learning to dive or improving your diving skills.
Meet the Sea Saba Crew
Click on the pictures below to meet our crew members
Chad & Katy
Chad & Katy met while Chad was serving in the US Army, stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska in 2008. Married in 2010 with two amazing children, Caleb and Skylar. Katy was born and raised in Kotzebue, Alaska, and makes claim (along with the kids) of being the only Alaska Native’s on Saba! Chad was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Together, they decided on a more tropical climate and have made Saba their home since purchasing Sea Saba in 2021.
A unique opportunity led Chad to managing a construction project on the US Territory of Wake Island in the Pacific, which prompted Chad & Katy to give Scuba Diving a try. Needless to say, they were hooked, frequently going to Mexico, California, and even Egypt in their first year of diving. Chad quickly fell in love with Underwater Photography, and Katy makes sure that Chad doesn’t get lost while taking photos.
John & Lynn
John Magor & Lynn Costenaro met while diving in the mid-80's and have made Saba their home since 1989. They continue to dive both on Saba and elsewhere, keeping a fresh perspective on diving and our environment.
Nearly 35 years ago when spending a winter on St. Kitts, John looked at Saba on the horizon. He'd heard many a tale of Saba's dramatic diving but it wasn't until many years and many dives later that he first stepped foot on Saba. John's thirst for adventure began as a teenager--leaving his London family flat to backpacking trips around West Pakistan, Europe and Northern Africa. With a portable career as a hair stylist he headed to Ottawa, Canada, where he learned to dive and spent long weekends exploring the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Warm water trips to Belize, Tobago and the Red Sea resurrected his itch to travel. He boarded a schooner and after stops in the Azores and Spain he settled down for a three-year stint in the Red Sea.
Next stop was the famed MV Tropicbird in the British Virgin Islands where he met Lynn, who was on a dive trip with friends. A few months later in early 1987, Lynn abandoned her corporate NYC job and a daily commute from Greenwich for a more nomadic lifestyle with John in Sharm El Shiek, Egypt. They donned drysuits for the next stop in Quadra Island, British Columbia but as winter set in they decided Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands sounded more appealing.
Lynn was born and raised in the Midwest of the US. She became an instructor in 1989 just prior to their departure for Saba which was considered one of the last frontiers of the Caribbean at that time. John and Lynn have been managing Sea Saba as minority partners since 1992 and eventually "bought out" Sea Saba's founders, Joan and Lou Bourque in 1997. If it were up to John, he’d be underwater shooting photos all day but more often than not you’ll find him behind the scenes keeping the boats, vehicles, compressors and other operational necessities in order. And now that he has a new workshop, John has a new hobby--ask to see one of his hand-crafted knives or just check out KakonaSaba.com.
Lynn is normally in the Windwardside office helping to make your trip special from the point of first contact until after you arrive home. Lynn is also a founder (along with Johanna of Juliana's) of the annual Sea & Learn on Saba program. For more insight about John and Lynn and how their passion for nature effects Sea Saba, check out Emerald Planet Images and Sea & Learn on Saba.
Diving Saba since 1989
Lynn makes sure your trip goes smoothly; John keeps everything running.
Tennis fanatics, photographer, knife maker, Liberty's master.
Diving Saba since 2011
Aaron knows our muck dive like no other; while Vicky's forte is the super macro.
Chairman of local chapter of Longhorns Fan Club and Germany's World Cup Team
Vicky & Aaron
Vicky was on a career path as a dancer in Germany when she paused to pursue her life list. First on the list was scuba diving so she headed with friends to take the plunge in Egypt. Immediate love for the sport hijacked the pursuit of the arts and found her back in the Middle East just a few months later to take on an internship where she trained to the level of Divemaster. This successful quest led to an employment contract and her dream to dive daily in the Red Sea.
After seasonal divemaster work in both Greece and Mallorca, she completed her instructor training and next headed to the Caribbean, landing in Cozumel, Mexico where she met our good ol’ fashioned Southern boy, Aaron. Born and raised in Texas (as you can probably tell from his ever present Longhorns cap—not to mention the accent!) He's a big football fan but he was a baseball player since tee ball days and eventually went to college on a baseball scholarship. With a degree in accounting, Aaron soon balanced his weekday office life with recreational diving and wake boarding. Once he met Vicky, the twosome remained in Mexico for 2 years leading certified divers through the crazy currents, and introducing new divers to the underwater world, something which still gives them a kick.
Together, they next sought a destination less commercialized where a smaller more personalized dive shop would allow the quality time they enjoy with diving guests. On their dry days they enjoy hiking,poker night (yes, tourists can join in) playing with their pet cat (ask Vicky how she likes being a ‘kitty mama’!) or swapping stories at Swinging Doors. Aaron continues his hunt for the perfect hot sauce to go with Vicky’s cooking, but if you happen to bring a bottle of Mrs Renfro’s you may just make his day.
Graydon is no newbie to Saba — just as a part of our team — and, at 6’ 7”, an easy team member to spot! Having been to Saba several times as a visitor, COVID-19 provided him with the opportunity to make the leap and join us as a dive instructor and boat captain. This is not to say that he is inexperienced. Prior to Saba, he worked in Grand Cayman and Tobermory, Ontario, Canada which means that he brings a wealth of experience to us! In addition to his status as a PADI instructor, he also holds a Canadian Coast Guard 60-ton Masters Ltd. ticket (captain's license).
Not just a diver, Graydon is also a musician: piano, oboe, trombone, timpani, and all sorts of drums. He majored in history and international relations at the University of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. From there he took a sabbatical to travel and go diving — a la Saba — before attending law school. With this in mind he spends his spare time reading and keeping up-to-date on the news. You may also spot him occasionally at the Swinging Doors!
James & Kerry
James was born and raised in St Vincent and the Grenadines. He literally grew up playing in the water and swinging from trees, a true mini Tarzan. At the first opportunity James utilized his dual citizenship to experience the bigger island of the United States. It didn’t take long to realize that banking and life in the big city were not his true calling; the salt and sun beckoned his return to The Grenadines. The time away reinvigorated his love for the Caribbean lifestyle but specifically his interest to protect the environment. Almost 20 years in the industry as an instructor and boat captain, James continues to love sharing and teaching people about our amazing underwater world. While in the Grenadines, James expanded his story base by working with the super wealthy on the private island of Mustique. Here he was on a first name basis guiding return VIPs from the Royal Family to a variety of celebrities. The travel bug veered again and took James to 5 different dive shops around the Caribbean. Most recently, he on Grand Cayman where found his much better half, Kerry.
Kerry was born in England and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Somerset, famous for its cider and cheddar cheese! Since childhood, Kerri was drawn to the seaside where her love for nature continued to grow as she did. With a zest to inspire, Kerry moved to London to study Animation and Film at the University of East London. Kerry decided the best way to travel the world and film its oceans was to become a dive instructor and work in the dive industry. After completing her instructor course in the very cold waters of England she spent some time working for a dive shop in the UK. Kerry quickly ditched the dry suit for a suitcase and set off for warmer climes. Working for a fleet of liveaboards had her chalking up thousands of dives on the reefs of Egypt, the Maldives, and Greece. She spent the past five years on Cayman where she expanded her CV to include boat captaining.
As soon as James arrived in Cayman, they were introduced at the local dive bar by friends. A few rums later, James convinced Kerry he was the one for her and even after a global pandemic and a few quarantines, they are stronger than ever. Two years and two fur babies later, they pack up their lives for a new chapter together on Saba. Poppy (pictured here) made the journey but Covid complications have her big brother Pete on stand-by waiting to join them.
Posted on Facebook that she and her med student hubby Matt and dog Stan were looking for a place to live when they moved from New Hampshire to Saba in September 2020. Not only was her timing perfect but her background! Kelsie is the inspiration behind the daily Kakona posts and our online store. She’s not only well-traveled but has a strong retail/social media background with a degree in computer art and exceptional organizational skills. When Matt’s exams schedule allows, they enjoy de-fragging by diving and hiking. With the present airline issues, we are working hard to get Stan to join our doggie day care. In the meantime, Kelsie fills that void with having one or another of Sea Saba’s mascots at her feet.
Gunner was born in Phoenix, May 30th 2019. Chad and Katy took him into their lives when he was just 8 weeks old, where he quickly became a member of the family. Becoming fast friends with the kids, Caleb and Skylar (then 6 and 3), Gunner never lacked attention and love. Being a Vizsla (Hungarian Bird Dog), Gunner loves to run! You will find him on any given day either hanging out at the shop or down at the Harbor.
Emily grew up in Wisconsin and is a proud “cheesehead” (Go Pack Go!). She obtained her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Wisconsin Lutheran College. In 2017, she traveled to England and the Philippines to complete her MSc by research in environmental science from Lancaster University. Due to her passion for conservation and travel, Emily came to Saba to help organize the Sea & Learn program. In addition to Sea & Learn, she is gaining experience in the dive shop office. You won’t just see her smiling face behind our counter, she spends her days off either on our boats or volunteering for the Saba Conservation Foundation or ticking off the list of Saba’s hiking trails.
Liberty Harlem - Was rescued on the 4th of July with his brothers Freedom, Justice and Spirit. John and Lynn were introduced to him when he was just 5 weeks old. A paperwork mishap at the Miami airport translated to being stuck until another vet visit and paperwork from the FDA could be obtained…enough time for training and bonding…only to get turned away again by airport officials. Having lost dear Seneca just months prior, they couldn’t imagine an empty house for the required 4 more months. Caroline came to the rescue and volunteered to mule this boy south. Thinking outside the box, Libs joined Caroline on a little diving detour starting in St. Croix, USVI, an acceptable route to authorities for a puppy. After a dive or two and a few new hearts captured, this twosome flew on a small aircraft to Statia where by strange coincidence the Sea Saba crew happened to be diving a wreck while throwing a going away party from Giant Stride, conveniently available to transport Sir Liberty to his new home, under the shadow of darkness. Three kittens, the same age (Moet, Chandon and Foster) greeted Liberty upon arrival—one with a kiss, one with a hiss and one with a snuggle.
Two of our favorite return clients, The Harlam’s went to efforts to help us find this lucky new addition.
Stealing hearts since 2015.
Loves walks in the forest, swimming either cove, and tenderloin raw cuts.
Bark is worse than bite.
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