Capt. John Russell

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John L. Russell awarded
Platinum Pro 5000 Diver Award
by Scuba School International (2011)

The SSI Platinum Pro5000 Diver card is the calling card of the world’s most elite water explorers. The list of cardholders is a “who’s who” of diving, containing the world’s most prominent dive leaders, scientists, photographers, manufacturers, retailers, and resort operators.

What makes the SSI Platinum Pro5000 Diver award so special is that it’s all about diving. The unsung dive master on any island and Jacques Cousteau earned their cards the same way—by diving 5,000 times.

Let’s put 5,000 dives into perspective. It takes 500 dives a year for 10 years, or 100 dives a year for 50 years! That’s a lifetime of dedication and commitment to the sport. John Russell has 7588 logged dives!

This award documents the dedication and commitment of diving’s pioneers and industry-makers. Scuba Schools International is proud that the sport’s most elite people carry the SSI Platinum Pro5000 Diver card.

Many Pros have confided that it’s the first diving credential they ever received…and their favorite!

About the Platinum Pro 5000 Diver Level

The Platinum Pro5000 Diver card cannot be purchased. Individuals must be awarded the award by being recommended in writing by two Platinum Pros.

The History of the Platinum Pro 5000 Diver Level

The roots of the Platinum Pro 5000 Diver level go back to 1992, with the introduction of the SSI Century Diver card, the first card in the industry earned for making 100 dives. It was such a hit that SSI announced it would create additional cards for 500 and 1000 dives. Bill Gleason from Skin Diver Magazine proposed that there should be a card recognizing the most experienced divers, those with 5000 dives. Bob Clark, founder of SSI, thought this was an outstanding idea.

SSI and Skin Diver Magazine decided to recognize these people at a grand and formal cocktail party at DEMA, the world’s largest diving show. Nikon cameras offered their award-winning team to put together a professional presentation of underwater images, and the first Platinum Pro5000 Diver party was held in 1993.


St. Petersburg Spearfishing Open


Hunter Daniel and Capt. Richard Daniel
The Daniel's Boat took 4 (of the 18) trophies given out for the tournament


Award Winning Florida crawfish. This 150 quart IGLOO cooler is 3 and ½ feet long! Taken from Captain Richard’s Lobster hole under the Gandy Bay Bridge, Tampa. (Where Capt. John used to live with the Trolls)


We will be diving in North Florida 10/23-10/24/11 at Devil's Den and Blue Grotto.
Six (6) or more dives are planned. See information
at Facebook come join us. These dives will be real fun and count toward certifications

We will be diving 40 Fathom Grotto in the next months and this will be very exciting and count toward certifications or become a guide at the Grotto.

In October with will be scheduling dives in Key West at Looe Key and a dive on the Vandenburg Wreck during Fantasy Fest. Keep you eye on this event it will be special.



Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto

Former students (Alumni) may go diving on training days for tune ups and fun ($50.00 per person dive and gear.

We will be teaching Open Water Classes almost every weekend on the Florida West Coast and weekdays in Central Florida.

Advanced Open water at Devil's Den and Blue Grotto

Divemaster Class monthly.

Manatee tours, dives and encounters available!

Gulf Water temps

Online Calender

Capt. John's Get Rich Scheme Number Three

Cool Web


Arrrrr, Talk like a Pirate Website

Article by David Barry, Miami Herald about 'Talk like a Pirate'

Related stories:

My favorite 'New Diver Story' by David Barry, Miami Herald 1989 the The Blub Story.

See also 'Sea Hunt' at Florida Scuba Diving and Florida Dive Sites and September 2003 Newsletter ~ Why Capt. John wears underwear on his head...


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