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362 Lancaster Avenue Frazer PA 19355

Ika Merkel

Director, Public relations

Ika (Ē-Kah) is the official greeter at Aqua Adventures. She isn't much into diving just yet, but loves to hear all of your stories! Her favorite part of being in the dive industry is all the friendly people who come in to play tug of war with her!

Jeff & Lori Merkel

Owners

Jeff began his love affair with scuba diving while studying it at Temple University in the early 90's. He rekindled the flame by getting certified through SSI at Aqua Adventures in 2007 and quickly found diving to be the peaceful escape from the corporate world he had been searching for. He eventually gave in to that little voice in his head that was encouraging him to pursue a career change, and became a full time dive professional. He is currently a Dive Control Specialist Instructor and a Platinum Instructor.

Lori was hooked the moment she saw a green sea turtle during a Try Scuba session with Jeff in Hawaii.  She is now a Dive Control Specialist and holds the Gold Diver rating.

Ted Bolton

Instructor

With a life-long love for the water, Ted first experienced Scuba on resort dives in Hawaii and Nassau as a “check off” on his bucket list and eventually completed the Open Water certification in 2007. Becoming instantly addicted to diving he then worked toward becoming an Open Water Instructor and enjoys introducing his students to the intriguing, challenging and peaceful world of Scuba. Be it the Caribbean, Florida Keys, New Jersey or PA quarries, Ted appreciates diving anywhere with anyone and believes that there is always something new to experience in life and in diving.

Lee Paynter

Assistant Instructor

Lee began diving in 1986, when his work occasionally took him to the British Virgin Islands.  Over the next few years he took a resort course, more than once, when the occasion to dive presented itself.  His open water certification was with Aqua Adventures in 2000.  Other than a Dry Suit  certification in 2007, Lee just dived when able until 2014, when he had the opportunity to combine his love of flying with his love of diving, in an underwater aviation archaeology trip to a remote area of the mid-Pacific.  In preparation for that trip, he added several recreational and professional certifications and is currently an Assistant Instructor with Aqua Adventures. 

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