Vicky Gabriel & Aaron Smith

Vicky Gabriel & Aaron Smith
Vicky was on a career path as a dancer in Germany when she paused to pursue her life list.  First on the list was scuba diving so she headed with friends to take the plunge in Egypt.  Immediate love for the sport hijacked the pursuit of the arts and found her back in the Middle East just a few months later to take on an internship where she trained to the level of Divemaster.  This successful quest led to an employment contract and her dream to dive daily in the Red Sea. 

She balanced her dancing career with seasonal divemaster work in both Greece and Mallorca.  With some real diving experience under her belt, she completed her instructor training and next headed to the Caribbean, landing in Cozumel, Mexico where she met our good ol’ fashioned Southern boy, Aaron.  Born and raised in Texas (as you can probably tell from his ever present Longhorns cap—not to mention the accent!) He's a big football fan but he was a baseball player since tee ball days and eventually went to college on a baseball scholarship. With a degree in accounting, Aaron soon balanced his weekday office life with recreational diving and wake boarding. Once he met Vicky, the twosome remained in Mexico for 2 years leading certified divers through the crazy currents, and introducing new divers to the underwater world, something which still gives them a kick.

Together, they next sought a destination less commercialized where a smaller more personalized dive shop would allow the quality time they enjoy with diving guests.  On their dry days they enjoy hiking,poker night (yes, tourists can join in) playing with their pet cat (ask Vicky how she likes being a ‘kitty mama’!) or swapping stories at Swinging Doors.  Aaron continues his hunt for the perfect hot sauce to go with Vicky’s cooking, but if you happen to bring a bottle of Mrs Renfro’s you may just make his day.

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