Melissa joined the Silver Thatch crew in September 2019! She first knew she wanted to learn to dive when she did a night snorkel with manta rays in Hawaii. She loved the experience, but just wanted to go deeper! She has an 11-year-old daughter who shares her love of diving and passion for discovering all the wildlife the ocean has to offer. Her favorite dive site here in Cayman is Snapper Hole.
1) Where are you from?
I’m from the USA. I was born in Iowa, but also lived in Texas, Tennessee, Missouri and Nebraska. I consider Nebraska home.
2) Where did you learn to dive?
Right here in Grand Cayman! I did my pool work in Nebraska and then came here to do my test out dives with Silver Thatch Watersports. Obviously, I got hooked!
3) What do you love about diving?
I’d say the sense of peace you experience underwater. There is so much beauty to observe… and the sweet sound of nothing. It’s my happy place.
4) If you could dive anywhere in the world, somewhere you’ve never been diving before, where would it be?
The Galapagos Islands! I love sharks and I’m told that’s where you go to see hammerheads!
5) Have you ever met anyone famous?
Yes! Here at our retail shop, actually! Vera Farmiga, an actress, stopped in once with her husband. They were both really friendly! I acted like I didn’t recognize her because I didn’t want to be a big nerd or bug someone on their vacation. I immediately texted all my friends and family though!
6) What would you be doing right now if you weren’t doing this?
I was a Branch Manager at a staffing company before I moved here. I loved my job and the people I worked with, but I fell in love with some Aussie guy (Captain George) here on the island and the rest is history!
7) Tell us one funny fact about you.
I can make my eyebrows move independently of each other. My daughter can do it too. Special family trait, I guess. Very proud. Haha!
8) What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
I took a lot of professional development courses at my last job and a lot of focus was put on how happiness is a choice and how being in control of your thoughts and attitude is a big factor in finding your own happiness. I’m not sure who said this quote, but I love it. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you feel about it.”
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right.”