Meet the Team at SDI/TDI/ERDI/PFI

We want to be sure that you feel like you are getting the attention and customer service you deserve.  At International Training, it is our job to make sure you not only receive the support, but feel that you are a valued member of our team as well.

Please take the time and get to know your team members in the scuba diving business.

Brian Carney

The best way to describe what Brian does at International Training is whatever needs to be done, he does it.   His passion for the sport of Diving started at a very young age with the fascination of fish.  Always loved snorkeling for hours where ever his parents would allow; sometimes that meant a murky river in New England where he grew up.   Now Brian feels fortunate enough to be sharing his love for the ocean with Jack, his son who is just as passionate as he was at that age.  Enjoying time exploring with Jack and wife Steph are what he likes to do during down time but he is also a little (a lot) addicted to exercise these days, regularly competing in Cross fit competitions when time will allow.

Sean Harrison

As a long time scuba diver and an avid outdoorsman, Sean enjoys a lot of activities nearly all of which involve being outdoors. At the office, Sean deals with almost everything from training, RSTC, Insurance, and everything else that involves company relations with other agencies, manufactures and the industry as a whole. During most of his off days when not at the beach with his sons, you can find Sean enjoying kayak fishing, canoeing, cycling and walks through local parks introducing his kids to the outdoors and helping them identify the flora and fauna. “I have been fortunate enough to live and travel around the world and one day will be able to take my sons to some exotic destinations.”

Kirk Krack

A pioneer in the freediving world, Kirk Krack has been on a quest to make the sport as safe as possible for over two decades.  He developed the educational philosophy, standards, procedures, and manuals that PFI is built on. To this day, Kirk continues to improve and perfect the PFI system with the newest and most innovative techniques. After training more than 10,000 students, coaching seven athletes to 23 different world records, and setting up world class events, Kirk shares everything he learns with his students in his never-ending journey for more knowledge. The PFI educational system was the first in North America to offer a complete course that included not only ways to improve in depth and time, but also (and most importantly) the safety aspects of the sport. In Kirk’s program, you learn the theory behind breath-hold diving, practice the techniques in the pool, and perfect the skills in open water. The PFI system of freediver education is one of the most comprehensive freediving educational systems worldwide.

Shipping/Inventory and Accounting

Sally Camm

Sally is responsible for maintaining our wide variety of inventory items, making sure orders get to the customer on time, and keeping our vendors in line. Sally’s diving “career” started in Lake Champlain, VT.  Outside of diving, Sally enjoys road cycling, strength training, and spending time with her family.

Phil Knight

As a natural born Floridian, Phil has always enjoyed the Florida outdoors despite his fair complexion and red hair. After receiving a degree from the University of Central Florida, he moved to Pennsylvania in 2015 for a change of scenery. After 3 years of experiencing mild summers and battling cold winters and frozen waters, Phil decided to move back to Florida, brave the Sun, and start his career with International Training. Phil has experience in Shipping and Receiving from prior employment at Barnes and Noble, FedEx, and Amazon.

Product Development and Technology

James Councill

A North Carolina native, James graduated from Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  With a passion for travel, he studied international entrepreneurship at The University of Alicante in Spain and lived as a ski bum in Steamboat Springs, CO for a brief period of time.  James started in the Marketing Department before moving over to manage the Product & Web Development Department.

Aaron Lazar

A Northeast Ohio native, Aaron graduated with a major in Digital Media Production from Ashland University in spring 2016. Aaron obtained his open water scuba certification in 2012 and has been hooked on diving ever since. His duties at International Training primarily involve the creation of promotional and instructional videos. In his free time, Aaron enjoys diving wrecks off Florida’s east coast and the caves of North Florida.

Richard Carlson
Describing Rick as creative would be an understatement.
This is why he prides himself of being International Training’s Multimedia Artist. With responsibilities ranging from photography, advertisement design, brand enforcement, and educational material layout, Rick has the opportunity to work on almost any task. It looks like all those years of “Art School” jokes finally paid off!
Outside of the office, when he’s not painting, carving, sculpting, or building, Rick can be found with his wife. Together they explore Florida’s outdoors through hiking or diving and enjoy taking care of and spending time with their pets.

John Bentley

John worked as an instructor at a small mountain dive shop in VA and shared his love of diving with the community through teaching as an Instructor Trainer, running trips, and equipping divers. He now projects this passion by working for International Training. His favorite class to teach is still SDI Open Water, helping to introduce people to the underwater world for the first time. In his spare time John loves diving in North Florida caves and Florida Keys shipwrecks.

Rob Goodenow

Initially hired as a customer service representative in 2004, when the office was located in Maine, Rob quickly proved his value beyond customer service, displaying an ability to transform data and build systems to help streamline processes throughout the company. Rob created the first in-store system for printing c-cards and continues to work on refining and optimizing all our web systems today. Rob still lives with his favorite companions in Maine (Wife and pets), where he enjoys cooking delicious food, landscaping the yard and all manner of technical toys and distractions.

Gregory Toscano

Greg grew up in Jensen Beach Florida right near HQ. He has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University. He is a member of the web development team here at International Training. In his free time, Greg enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and coding/programming.

Allison Van Sickle

My work as a rider and groom in equestrian show jumping brought me from my hometown in California to sunny South Florida. I couldn’t resist the abundance of beautiful dive sites and favorable conditions and decided to move from the horse industry to the dive world. My academic background in archaeology and anthropology fueled an interest in our relationship with the underwater world, and I look forward to furthering my education with International Training! When not working or in the water, I can be found reading, manatee watching, or practicing photography.

Maddy Jones

Maddy is a Florida native that graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Graphic Information Technology. She has always had a passion for web development and when she isn’t coding at home with her pets, she loves to spend time outdoors or with friends exploring the Treasure Coast. She also enjoys traveling and spends way too much time at Disney World.

Austin Overton

In Memory… 10/06/1989-09/09/2017

Austin was one of the web developers at International Training. Programming was a long time passion and hobby of his and he spent a good bit of time outside of work learning new tech and coding side projects. When he wasn’t programming he enjoyed SCUBA diving with the office crew and spending time with family. While his work was flawless his addition to the team will always be remembered for an ability to unify and his contagious laugh. Along with the skill to unite, Austin kept the office on its toes with quick and clever comebacks. Never making any mistakes, blame for coincidences and random errors were always, and are still, attributed to Austin. Austin routinely stopped his whole world to put others first with his genuine ability to listen and give out the best advice. Always remembered, loved, and part of our family.

International Business Development

Paul Montgomery

Hailing from Maine, Paul started diving recreationally while a Firefighter/EMT-I and then became an instructor as well as owning and operating a retail dive center. “Like many of my generation, we were influenced and driven to explore the oceans by Cousteau and his teams as well as the television show, Sea Hunt.”  Paul is responsible for our 24 global regional offices that serve our members and divers in over 100 countries and territories as well as new business development. “While I enjoyed my time as a dive center owner and instructor, working with our global partners is truly rewarding”. During down time, Paul enjoys the beauty of Maine with activities that include camping, hiking and kayaking.

Alan Cale

Alan is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s in general studies and a minor in Scuba Diving and is working on his masters in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration.  He became a Divemaster through the WIU Scuba program and has assisted many students learning to dive and how to improve on skills as they progressed through the program.  Alan has been diving since 2007 and started diving for the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department Dive Rescue Team shortly after completing his Open Water Certification.  The team would later reform as the Western Illinois Dive Rescue and Underwater Recovery Team and Alan would become one of the Assistant Commanders for the team.  Alan has served in the Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer since 2005, but since moving to Florida has switched to an Infantry Fireteam Leader.

Mark Powell

Mark had his first experience of diving at the age of 10 when he did a try-dive in a local pool. He was hooked from that point onwards. He learnt to dive in 1987 and has been diving ever since. He has dived all around the world, however he is most at home in the waters around the UK and Europe where there is some of the best wreck diving in the world. Mark became an instructor in 1994 and has been actively instructing since then. He is an SDI/TDI Instructor Trainer and is a regular contributor to a number of diving magazines as well as being a regular speaker at Diving conferences around the world.

In 2008 Mark published Deco for Divers, a widely acclaimed overview of the theory and physiology of decompression. In 2010 Deco for divers was awarded “Publication of the Conference” at the EuroTEK.10 technical diving conference and in 2014 it won the Media Award at TekDive USA. Mark’s passion is wreck diving and spends all his spare time diving the wrecks around the coastline of the UK and abroad and has led expeditions to a wide range of locations around the world.

Jordan Greene

Jordan Greene originally went to school for EMT/Firefighting but quickly found his passion for scuba diving.  He works in our International Business Development Dept assisting and training our global offices.  In his free time, he can be found with his adorable lab Dexter, diving Florida’s wrecks or looking for ways to explore and travel the world – again.

Kate Heller

I’m originally from the Chicago area in Illinois and graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Scuba diving.  I earned my Open Water certification in 2013 and my passion for diving has grown ever since.  Once I graduated college I started working at DJ’s Scuba Locker Inc. where my career took off and I was able to explore areas of diving that initially I didn’t know were a possibility. I am excited to be here and hoping to grow my passion for diving.  When I’m not diving, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.