Our Staff

Let our staff take you to paradise.

We encourage you to explore the other 70 percent of the planet.

Please click on each level to learn more about our team.

 


Ownership

Philip DePalo

Philip DePaloDr. Phil has been diving since he was 10 years old and hasn’t turned back. His passion for diving has taken him from recreational, to public safety dive teams, to commercial and finally as an Instructor with PADI as well as an Emergency Response Dive Instructor with ERDi, part of TDI/SDI. He Cofounded Eastern Watersports in 2014 and looks forward to expanding business. His other activities include sky diving, flying planes, jet skiing, swords swallowing and fire eating. He is a Lieutenant at the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Company and is on their Marine Emergency Team. He also works part time as a flight paramedic with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a Doctor of Science he also owns Consultology, a healthcare IT consulting firm.

 


Instructors

Ken Barrick

PADI 251092 PSAI 541Ken BarrickKen is an active instructor of Eastern Watersports. This includes sharing his love of diving by teaching both new and advanced diving courses as well as the PSAI In-Water Boat Maintenance course. Ken firmly believes that SCUBA instructors have a responsibility far greater than the average educator. You might hear him say bluntly that learning to dive has many inherent dangers, the first of which is a bad initial learning experience. It is Ken’s goal to make sure that every person who chooses to dive with Eastern Watersports has an amazingly positive experience. Ken has written a book about some of his diving adventures – “The First 130 Feet: True Stories from the Dive Deck” and he has produced seventeen underwater short films… which are often on the big screen at the shop. He also authored the PSAI In-Water Boat Maintenance specialty course and has trained countless boat owning divers how to safely maintain their boats in the water. He believes every customer who walks in the door should be treated like family. He invites you to experience what Eastern Watersports is all about. The joke among those that know him is that this group of donkey’s is the only thing that will listen to him… So here he is in all his glory… Preaching to the only ones who will listen. (Photo by Michelle Barrick)

 


Philip DePalo

PADI 234756 ERDI 12672Philip DePaloDr. Phil has been diving since he was 10 years old and hasn’t turned back. His passion for diving has taken him from recreational, to public safety dive teams, to commercial and finally as an Instructor with PADI as well as an Emergency Response Dive Instructor with ERDi, part of TDI/SDI. His other activities include sky diving, flying planes, jet skiing, swords swallowing and fire eating. He is a Lieutenant at the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Company and is on their Marine Emergency Team. He also works part time as a flight paramedic with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a Doctor of Science he runs Consultology, a healthcare IT consulting firm. As a Master Scuba Diver Trainer if you are looking to get certified or advance your diving, Dr. Phil can teach: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Ice Diving, Public Safety Diving, Dry Suit Diving, Deep Diving, Nitrox, Navigation Diving, Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Search & Recovery Diving, Full Face Mask Diving and Self-Reliant Diving. He also provides the following medical courses: Emergency First Response, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Care for Children, AHA CPR, AHA Healthcare Provider and AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support.


David Apple

PADI Specialty Instructor #251091 PSAI Master Instructor #582David AppleEver since he saw his first Sea Hunt episode and Jacques Cousteau Special as a youngster, David Apple has been fascinated with the underwater world. As a diver for over 20 years, he found he wanted to share his excitement and love of SCUBA Diving with others. As a professional educator, David has a personal philosophy of, Never Stop Learning!, and learn as much as you can. Experience is a great teacher, but also ask questions from those who are more experienced! David’s favorite diving activities include diving on and exploring the historic shipwrecks of the Mid-Atlantic, and photographing the beautiful tropical reefs and fish of the Florida Keys and the Caribbean from the Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos Islands to Cozumel and Honduras. David was originally trained by SSI and worked his way up to attaining the rating of Dive Control Specialist Instructor. David is currently teaching Open Water and Advanced Courses under PADI, SDI and PSAI, where he holds the rating of Master Instructor. When not exploring our underwater world and teaching SCUBA classes, you can find David teaching instrumental music at the middle school level in the Howard County Public Schools, or playing his trumpet with various groups in the Baltimore Area.


 

Kayak & Paddleboard Tour Guides

 

 

Michelle Barrick

Michelle Barrick Michelle is responsible for Ken’s addiction to diving. Michelle has been diving for more than twenty years and is a certified Rescue Diver and RN (BSN.) She currently works as a Clinical Research Associate in the Pharmaceuticals industry. You may see her from time to time milling around the shop or at one of the many shop sponsored diving events or trips. She is an avid runner, paddle- boarder and kayaker and loves to soak up the sun on beaches around the world. Look for her as a guide on your next kayaking or paddle-boarding tour.


Ken Barrick

Ken BarrickKen is an active instructor of Eastern Watersports. This includes sharing his love of diving by teaching both new and advanced diving courses as well as the PSAI In-Water Boat Maintenance course. Ken firmly believes that SCUBA instructors have a responsibility far greater than the average educator. You might hear him say bluntly that learning to dive has many inherent dangers, the first of which is a bad initial learning experience. It is Ken’s goal to make sure that every person who chooses to dive with Eastern Watersports has an amazingly positive experience. Ken has written a book about some of his diving adventures – “The First 130 Feet: True Stories from the Dive Deck” and he has produced seventeen underwater short films… which are often on the big screen at the shop. He also authored the PSAI In-Water Boat Maintenance specialty course and has trained countless boat owning divers how to safely maintain their boats in the water. He believes every customer who walks in the door should be treated like family. He invites you to experience what Eastern Watersports is all about. The joke among those that know him is that this group of donkey’s is the only thing that will listen to him… So here he is in all his glory… Preaching to the only ones who will listen. (Photo by Michelle Barrick)


 


Paddleboard Yoga Instructors

Suangela Abrams

Sue Abrams Bio PicSuangela Abrams is a very energetic, fun loving Yoga Instructor who enjoys taking her Yoga practice outdoors. She also teaches Pilates Mat, Reformer, Dance and Barre.She began teaching Yoga in 2012. Exploring her Yoga practice took her outside of the studio environment. She enjoys connecting with nature by practicing on trails, slopes, beaches, boats and most of all, paddleboards! She finds the challenge of uneven surfaces and undulating waves exhilarating!Providing options for students of all levels, she encourages them to let go of their expectations and find their inner strength, focus and balance. Find your flow with Suangela and enjoy taking your practice onto the paddleboard with Eastern Watersports!

 


Kira Lamb

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Kira came to the mat after being a lifelong athlete running track, cross country, and competitive horseback riding, Kira tried her first yoga class as an alternative to the regular gym routine. She was blown away by the challenge both physical and mental and was completely hooked!
Kira completed her teacher training through Charm City Yoga and received her yoga alliance certification in 2013. Kira continues to follow her path on the mat and share that passion and joy through teaching others. She remains a student, studying vinyasa and ashtanga styles and builds her classes from her own personal practice. You can expect to explore your physical and mental boundaries during class. Kira loves the outdoors and will find any excuse to combine exercise and sunshine! Get out of your comfort zone and Join Kira on the water for a challenging and fun practice!

 

 


We are actively seeking SCUBA Instructors, Paddle Board and Kayak Guides, Paddle Board Yoga Instructors and Trip and Tour promoters. Contact us to find out more about these fun and exciting opportunities.


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