|Matt - Captain/Instructor|
Matt was born and raised in Southern California and started SCUBA diving in high school in the mid 80’s, originally certified by the YMCA. After High School, he joined the NAVY working as a jet engine mechanic on A6 Intruders onboard the USS Nimitz. He is a Gulf War Veteran serving two tours in the first Persian Gulf War. After the NAVY, Matt attended the California Culinary Institute in San Francisco. He worked as a chef for almost 20 years before following his heart back to the sea. Matt got his PADI instructor certification in 2006 and started working on the KONA AGGRESSOR II™ before being transferred to the PALAU AGGRESSOR II™. After working in Palau for a couple years he spent some time working on private yachts and has now rejoined the Aggressor Fleet.
Cliff - Captain/Engineer/Divemaster
Born and raised in Oklahoma, I've been an avid diver for 30 years. I've been with the Palau and KONA AGGRESSOR II™ and Rock Islands Aggressor since 2010. I worked as a diesel mechanic for many years and now am a USCG approved and licensed captain and qualified member of the engineering department for the company.
Brian - Video Pro/ Instructor/ Captain
After going from Open Water to Instructor in San Diego, I headed straight to the tropics to teach on liveaboard boats in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef. A year went by then I ended up bumming around Southeast Asia for a bit working as an instructor in Thailand. After a few years working back in San Diego, I'm stoked to be here in Kona in the warm waters. I have a strong passion for diving and love being underwater with the marine elements. I always make sure everybody has a good time. See ya down there!
Shelby - Dive Master / Cruise Director
Originally from McLean, Virginia, Shelby learned to dive during a semester abroad in Bonaire. Having grown up with parents who dove, it was no surprise that she fell in love with the sport. From there, she went on to complete her Divemaster certification while interning at MarineLab in Key Largo, Florida. After graduating from Allegheny College in 2013, she taught outdoor education for three years on Catalina Island and spent summers in Ketchikan, Alaska, taking guests from the cruise ships snorkeling. Shelby is very excited to be in Kona on the Aggressor, surrounded by the fantastic flora and fauna Hawaii has to offer. She looks forward to meeting everyone on the boat!
Celia - Dive Master
Celia’s heart and soul has always been with the ocean being raised in Southern California, but it wasn’t until she was certified as an Open Water diver during a gap year after high school in Guam that she found a passion for diving. It took her over a decade to be able to take diving more seriously until she decided to leave her career in event planning. She knew it was time for a lifestyle change and sold everything she owned to travel the world two years ago.
During Celia’s nomadic years abroad much of her time was spent in Komodo
National Park, where she spent four months working on her dive certifications from Advanced to Divemaster. All of Celia’s diving experience has been outside of the U.S. exploring places like Indonesia, Australia, and Central America. She’s thrilled to get to know our marine life closer to home.
I grew up in upstate New York and then moved to North Carolina. I continued to move towards the palm trees and warm weather and spent some time in California. After vacationing in Hawaii for a week, I felt like it should be my home. I have resided in the Hawaiian islands for almost three years now. Having been in the restaurant business for over 25 years, I decided try my cooking skills on a smaller group of people. Taking the job as Chef on the KONA AGGRESSOR II™ was the perfect opportunity for me to test the waters. Cooking is my hobby and an enjoyment for me. I like to entertain people with the meals that I make.
Cameron- Divemaster/Relief Chef
My name is Cameron Smay. I was born in San Diego, CA and then moved to Kona, Hawaii at the age of 18. I love living in Kona. I have been working for the Aggressor Fleet for almost five yeas now and love every minute of it. I first started as a Chef on the Rock Islands Aggressor as well as the Palau Aggressor II. I recently moved back to Hawaii where I serve as a Divemaster and a backup Chef on the Kona Aggressor II. I love meeting people from all over the world and share in their enthusiasm of diving. I look forward to many more years of diving, cooking, and taking care of my guests that come on board our vessel. Happy Diving!!!!
Meet the Crew