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About Panama City Diving

The driving idea behind Panama City Diving is essentially to be a clubhouse. The central hub of a community of divers and place for them to meet up, plan their next adventure and be a resource to further the knowledge and safety of that community.  All are welcome. The origin of our Dive Shop started as a simple boat charter in 2008. It consisted of Capt Pat, a Divemaster, a boat, a cell phone and a website. Pat, a Panama City Beach native, believed that since none of the other dive boats in town were run by their owners or the owners weren’t active divers there was a gap in customer service being provided. Since then, the fundamental idea that has driven our expansion has been that the status quo is not good enough. We have continuously looked at the systems at work in the business of diving and questioned if they are safe, efficient and FUN for the customer and the diving community.

That idea seems to work. The boat grew a dive shop to support the gear needs of its patrons. The shop has in tern grown into a full retail and training facility. Thanks to the investment of Capt James, the shop finally owns the ground it sits on. and will continue to grow and offer new services as we develop our new land to better serve the dive community.

Meet Our Team

Papa John believes that better ingredients makes a better pizza. Capt Pat believes that better Divemasters makes a better Dive Shop. A founding principle of our shop is that the most valuable asset of any business is it people. So we keep and retain the best in the industry year after year.

Capt Pat is the leader of this motley crew. He is a Panama City Native. The driving philosophy Pat brings to the shop is the idea that we can always do a better job and striving to do so makes us all better people (and businesses). Pat got the scuba bug back in 1991 and has been diving in Panama City ever since. He has thousands of dives locally and loves traveling to the Keys and Belize on vacation. Spearfishing is his true passion and he has also become actively involved in fisheries management politics for the last decade.


James Green Owner

James Green is usually found driving the Steel Slinger on an offshore charter.  Although now that he is an partner in the shop you may find him going bald doing payroll in the office. In addition to being able to reach the items on the top shelf, James brings a solid background in business and finance to the operation having had a career in commercial banking before discovering the dive life.


Aleese is a PADI Divemaster and a EFR Instructor. She also has her 50 Ton Master License including Auxiliary Sail. Aleese followed the call of the ocean from Indiana in 2012 to pursue her dream as a Professional Diver and generally living the Salt Life. She first learned to dive with ASP Diving in Fort Wayne Indiana while obtaining her Bachelors’ Degree from Indiana University Purdue University majoring in Environmental Policy. Her passion for being on the water is quickly evident if you talk to her she might convince you to go pirate too.