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Dave Coyle

As a young boy, Dave used to accompany his dad on his lobster boat. He credits those times as having helped to instill in him a love of the water. In 2003, he fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a SCUBA diver and what started off as a hobby quickly became his passion. Additional certifications soon followed and he worked his way up to be an Advanced Open Water Instructor. When he became the owner of Aquatic Specialties in January of 2014, he became one of those lucky people who can turn a favorite pastime into a career. When asked what he loves most about diving and certifying new divers, he answers, “SCUBA diving allows you to explore another world without leaving this one.” Dave loves to certify new divers and is in the water just about every weekend, year-round. Dave & his wife live in Manchester, NH and also have a cottage on Lake Winnisquam.
Isaac Boyd

Isaac was first introduced to diving when on vacation where he and his father first learned to dive. after a few years, he took his advanced course. Isaacs passion for diving kept growing and he wanted something more. in 2018 he found Aquatic Specialties. Isaac now works as a part-time employee and furthering his diving knowledge. Isaac now attends community college works at aquatic specialties and is an on-staff EMT.
Barbara Milkovits

Barb was recently certified and her love for the sport has been growing rapidly. Her husband had been diving for years but had never thought about doing it herself. When she read “The Soul of an Octopus” by Sy Montgomery she was inspired to try it for herself. She was certified at the beginning of summer 2016 and by the end of the season, she already had over 40 dives under her belt. She went on her first dive adventure with us to Cozumel in October 2016 and had the time of her life. Now she works here in the shop sharing her love of the sport with others and helping new people to start their own diving adventures. Barb loves to go on her sailboat with her husband and spend time with her grandchildren and her dog Molly.
Rachael Boyd

Rachael is our swim instructor, she is currently working with children at a Day Care center. She loves working with children. Racheal finds working with children is a rewarding experience!
Nathan Boyd

Later in life, Nathan started his adventure in diving while on vacation.  With a love for the ocean, his passion for diving grew quickly.   In a few short years, Nathan has explored 3 different oceans, Atlantic, Pacific, and the Carribean.  Nathan became a Dive Master with Aquatic specialties in 2019 and is working on his Assistant Instructure Certification.  Nathan is also an avid photographer and has brought that passion to the underwater world.  You can see a sample of his photography on his website and blog SSIDiver.Pro.

Rob Sylvestre

After he tried SCUBA diving in Spain while serving in the military and loving it, Rob knew he’d become a certified diver the first chance he got. In 2001 that led him to Aquatic Specialties, where he met Barb. Not only did he become certified as a diver, he & Barb were married six months later. Today Rob is an SSI Gold 500 Instructor, First Aid & CPR Instructor and Dive Master Instructor. He’s also a certified repair technician. Rob loves teaching SCUBA Rangers because he finds working with kids to be tons of fun. He also finds it very rewarding to be able to work with dive students who are experiencing difficulties and being there to see when it finally clicks and becomes fun for them. His advice to someone thinking about becoming certified as an open water dive,: “Find an instructor you trust. That makes all the difference.” When not diving Rob loves to cook and go camping.
Barb McKenney

Barb grew up on Lake Winnipesaukee, started diving in 1992 and became one of the youngest ever Open Water Instructors in the SSI organization. Barb’s family opened their first dive shop in 1992. Barb was certified as a Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor and Platinum Pro 5000 Dive Instructor Certifier. Barb dedicated her life to running the store, putting in long hours, building a great team and loving every minute of it. Barb has had many exciting underwater adventures, once coming nose to nose with a hammerhead shark, another time finding an FBI badge, and once experienced a coral spawn from start to peak while diving. A desire to spend more time with family led to the sale of the store to Dave in January of 2014. Barb still manages the store and teaches swim and SCUBA. Barb is passionate about animals, especially dogs.
Doris Morrissette

Doris became an Open Water Instructor in 2009 through Aquatic Specialties. Her favorite part of teaching SCUBA is working with students who don’t think they can get certified, helping them, showing them they can and then being there for the thrill when they realize she was right. Her advice to someone considering becoming certified as an open water diver, “Take a Try SCUBA class at Aquatic Specialties first to see if it’s something you want to do.” When she’s not diving, Doris enjoys playing the saxophone and the guitar. She also enjoys free diving. Doris is a talented painter as well and a number of her paintings are on display at Aquatic Specialties.