Meet the Team Behind Your Scuba Adventure

Destination Dive Vacation is a company built on supplying our customers with brilliant and vivid scenic scuba vacation experiences. Come take a swim with our amazing staff of instructors in exotic locations around the world. We give the underwater experience new light to people all over the globe.

President | Master Dive Instructor

Rick Butler

Rick started his scuba diving career at the age of 15. He received his YMCA and NAUI open water certification in 1978.  Rick has been diving all over the world.  In 1987 he did his internship with a dive shop in St Petersburg, Florida.  He started teaching and became an instructor in 1988.  Since then he has taught at SPC south campus and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  Over the years he has certified many divers at all levels.  He is currently an Instructor Trainer.

Dive Instructor

Russ Novak

Russ is a full time Deputy Sheriff with Pinellas County and has been in Law Enforcement for 24 years, he has been diving Since 1990 and received his PADI OW certification in 1992.  In 1993 he got his SSI nitrox certification and continued sport diving, and in 2020 he started teaching scuba diving part time and is currently an SEI and PDIC Instructor.  Russ did this the old fashion way… through an Internship.  He assisted in teaching classes, fixing equipment and dive mastering existing classes.  He feels that scuba diving is a great sport and enjoys teaching it.

Dive Instructor

Charles Mayes

Charles splashed into the world of diving back in 2018 and has hit the water swimming ever since. Climbing through various recreational certifications with an initial goal of becoming an ice diver, Charles’ educational journey brought him through the PADI Divemaster program. He has found his passion sharing his love and knowledge of scuba diving with new and old hat divers of every age. Charles currently resides on the east coast of Florida and aside from Diving, is an avid Poker Player traveling around the world to play in tournaments and is a landscaper traveling throughout the state specializing in irrigation services. Charles rarely misses an opportunity to dive and is almost always available to chat about the industry. 

Look Back at Life and Say,
"I can't believe I Did That!".

Instead of, “If only I had”.

Come make incredible memories with us.