Aqua Action Dive Center
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Aqua Action Dive Center Staff

Sam Piscitello

Sam has been an avid SCUBA diver for 15 years, diving in such diverse locations as the Red Sea, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and the Great Lakes (Lake Erie). He holds a USCG (United States Coast Guard) 100-ton Master's License, with both Inland and Near Coastal routes. During the summer months in Cleveland, Ohio (where he is from) he captained the Express and the Linda Mae, 36' and 40' Lake Erie charter dive and fishing boats owned and operated by Discovery Dive Charters, located in Wildwood Marina in the Cleveland Lakefront State Park. He was also an instructor on the staff of Just Add Water SCUBA in Willoughby, Ohio, teaching diving on the weekends at their shop and at quarries in Northeast Ohio.

When not in the water, Sam served as Director of Engineering for the VAC Division of Multi-Dimensional Imaging, the Medical Device division of the Healthview Center for Preventive Medicine. Prior to that, he spent 20 years working on and leading teams designing CT (Computed Tomography) systems for Philips Medical Systems.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University with an emphasis in Networking. He is also an IT (Information Technology) Specialist, with several certifications from Microsoft and CompTIA. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Windows Server 2003 systems.  Sam is the owner of Sea-I-T, LLC, an IT company specializing in Small Business network and server installations. As a registered Microsoft Partner and Small Business Specialist, Sea-I-T, LLC has designed, installed, and currently maintains systems ranging from small home networks to large-scale Microsoft( Small Business Server installations.

Nowadays, Sam (along with his wife Diane) is owner/operator of Aqua Action Dive and Watersport Center and Splash! Caribbean Boutique, both located at Secret Harbour Beach Resort, St. Thomas, USVI. He is a PADI Master Instructor, an SDI/TDI Dive Instructor and an HSA (Handicapped SCUBA Association) Instructor. He is also certified as a Primary and Secondary Care Instructor/Trainer by the Emergency First Response Corporation.

Diane Gonda

Diane is an SDI/TDI Divemaster and PADI Assistant Instructor. She is also an attorney and owned her own law firm in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to St. Thomas. She specialized in Domestic Relations and Constitutional Law, so when diving with Diane, you'll ALWAYS have a shark in the water!!!

She finally got tired of the stress of the courtroom and pressed the "escape" button on her computer and ended up in St.Thomas with her husband Sam. She and Sam have never regretted the move for a moment.