Atlantic PRO Divers Jacksonville Scuba: About US
Atlantic Pro Divers
North Florida's Only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center.
We are a full service dive center offering PADI certifications up to Open Water SCUBA Instructor, professional gear sales from the top dive brands, and full service center for SCUBA equipment.
Our instructors and employees are held to the highest standards for safety and customer service. We guarantee thorough instruction with low professional to student ratios.
Meet The Team
Bob Bunkley, Owner
Captain Bob is a retired Senior engineer from Gulf Stream Aerospace. He has successfully taught over 3,000 students to safely SCUBA dive. Many of his students went on to be dive professionals, Merchant Marine officers, marine biologists, and world class spear-fishers. Capt. Bob has also been featured/quoted in many major publications including, Florida Times-Union, NY Newsday Magazine, and Scuba Diving Magazine (Gray's Reef). Bob has also served on the NOAA Gray's Reef NMS Advisory Council.
General Manager + PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer
Bailey is a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and USCG Master Captain. Her parents got her certified to dive at 10 years old in 2000 with Atlantic Pro Divers. After graduating from FSU she moved to St Croix, USVI where she successfully completed her PADI dive master and open water instructor course. After teaching for a couple years there she moved back to her hometown to be closer to family and started her career with Atlantic Pro Divers. You can find her in the shop on most days ready to answer all dive related questions regarding courses, gear, services, and trips.
Assistant Manager + PADI Open Water Instructor
Meet Carmen! A native of southwest Florida, Carmen grew up on the water and fell in love with the ocean at a very young age. She studied Marine Biology at Duke University, where she first got certified to dive in preparation for a trip to Australia. After graduation, Carmen moved to Palau to work for a sustainable aquaculture start-up before moving to Indonesia to pursue her PADI Divemaster and Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications. Prior to returning to Florida, she spent some time working in the Turks and Caicos for a marine science research station. When she isn’t at work, you will find her surfing or tending to her garden. If you stop by the shop, chances are she’ll be there ready to talk about all things diving!
Chad Pratt, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer
Chad grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. At 16 years old he moved to Maui, HI for a couple of years. There, he developed a passion for the ocean. He learned to surf, free dive and SCUBA dive. He loved the power of the waves and the abundant life under the water. After joining the Army, building a family and developing his career as an IT professional back in Utah he began diving again with his wife and daughter. After diving all around the world, he worked to become a Dive Master and in the spring of 2019 he and his family moved to Jax Beach. This is where he joined the Atlantic Pro Diver family to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
His favorite place he has dove is Blue Corner, Palau. He loves finding small ocean life like nudibranchs and Jawfish as well as experiencing the large creatures of the ocean like turtles, sharks and manta rays.
Will Hinton, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer
Before the move from Nashville TN to Jacksonville FL, Will graduated from Western Kentucky University and worked as a research Biologist in Cambodia where he received his first PADI Open Water Certification. He later moved to Florida to begin his career as an Aquatic Biologist. Within a year of living in Florida he began working towards his PADI Divemaster with the Atlantic Pro Diver family. Now a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Will teaches frequently on the weekends and tries to plan as many offshore trips as possible.