Meet the Staff of Salty Endeavors
The staff of Salty Endeavors is a fantastic mix of locals and legal foreign workers. Captain Felipe represents the Yucatan while Mariana hails from Mexico City. All our dive instructors speak English as their mother tongue, ensuring you have no problems with communication.
Felipe Javier Pech Maza
Captain Felipe is a key staff member in our team. In his own words…
I was born in a small villa called Baca, which is northeast outside of the capital city of Merida, not far from the coast and Progreso. My brother and two sisters where brought to Cozumel more than 40 years ago as my family searched for better opportunities. My mother remains in Cozumel but the rest of my family has moved to Playa del Carmen.
When I was 12 years of age I began fishing off the waters of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. I can remember there being so many fish you could just reach out and grab them. My first formal education around the ocean began in Tuxpan, Veracruz along the east central coast of Mexico. I stayed there for many weeks learning about boats. My first job was that of a cleaning boy, but with hard work over 30 years I progressed through the ranks as a marine, helmsman, foreman, coastal skipper and then finally captain. I’ve been lucky enough to have sailed ships for 10 years to the USA coasts of Florida and Galveston, Mississippi, in addition to Cuba.
The love I have for my family is what first brought me into the tourism trade of Cozumel. I am the proud father of 4 boys ranging in age from 23 to 2 years of age. Being home for the family nightly was the motivation to captain scuba boats, but now I cannot imagine having another job. Meeting the new guests, creating new friendships, and delivering our divers not only the incredible reefs of Cozumel, but also showing them a bit about the Mayan culture of the Yucatan is a great joy for me.
Henry C. Schultz, III
Instructor, Operations Manager
Who wants to go diving?
My love affair (read: addiction) with the ocean was perhaps more uncommon than most as I grew up in the suburbs of southwest Chicago. You might say that is a long way to any ocean – and you’d be very correct! But my father was kind enough to introduce me to a saltwater aquarium when I was around 5 years of age… and I was hooked forever. When I moved into my first college apartment I quickly secured my first credit card a
nd promptly maxed it out on my own saltwater aquarium. Soon after that aquarium lead to several more, than a larger apartment to house even more aquariums. Eventually I was breeding and selling marine fish (roughly 20 species in total), writing about marine aquarium fish and getting published in trade magazines worldwide in multiple languages (over 100 publications in the USA alone), and farming both hard and soft corals in my home aquariums. This was all before age 25. Before you know it I’m working as a SCUBA Instructor in Fiji farming corals to repair damaged reefs and training local Fijians to not only dive, but repair storm-damaged reefs for themselves.
Nowadays I’ve been entrusted to run the operations of Salty Endeavors. I look forward to assisting you during your travels and hopefully we get to share some bottom time!
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer 301795
SSI Open Water Instructor 61484
My first thought after completing my first Open Water dive was, “I finally know what I want to be when I grow up!” My second thought – “I can’t believe my guidance counselor didn’t tell me I could do this for a living!” But I can! …and I do! I have been doing this since 2010 and I cannot see myself doing anything else.
Before finding my scuba path I served four years in the United States Air Force where I served as a Tactical Air Controller Party member. In the military I learned attention to detail is paramount, and I bring that mentality to my scuba career and instructing new divers. Currently I am a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, which I’ve achieved by not only teaching many students over many years, but also consistently pushing my knowledge with continuing education of not just scuba theory, but also the reef, it’s inhabitants, and the full environment of which we submerge. I have a goal of reaching PADI Course Director, but along that path I want to share my interests in fish identification, environmental conditions, and equipment service/repair, and do so in a casual atmosphere which keeps teaching and learning fun and innovative.
I have the heart of a teacher, a love of diving, and a constant hunger for more knowledge that I can’t wait to share with you!
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