My name is Tony and I am the co-owner and founder of ScubaTony Cozumel. I used to be a police officer in Los Angeles, and one day I learned to scuba dive. It took me about a month to decide that there was more to life than being a cop in L.A. Within a short time I quit my 11 year career with the LA county sheriff's department and went on a walkabout. I landed on Cozumel with a bag of dive gear and little else. I knew little about Mexico nor did I have any friends here but it took me less than a week to fall in love with the island and its people. This island is magical and the diving is some of the best in the world. It is the ideal place to learn to dive and one of the best return dive destinations in the world.

I started ScubaTony about 15 years ago with the idea of offering a level of service that no other shop here offered. It was a one-man show but it quickly grew and I found myself torn between diving and administrating the day-to-day operations. It became too much for one man of the sea to keep up with so I found Adam to team up with to make ScubaTony even better. With their help we offer more services and continue to improve the operations. I think you will find our level of service above and beyond any other in Cozumel. We don’t have a storefront that you can walk into. All our business is done through our online reservation system and then we bring our service to you. We are not the cheapest but I am sure you will appreciate the quality we offer. Read our reviews on TripAdvisor if you want some outside proof.

Meet Our Team

Tony Co-owner and Founder of ScubaTony

Back in 1999 I got certified to dive and my life's path has never been the same. I love diving in all kinds of water and through my travels I have found Cozumel to be consistently the best diving. So I started ScubaTony and dedicated my life to creating the best dive service I could.

There is no way you could truly understand the sea unless you have lived and breathed below the surface. We look forward to showing you the world below the waves and I know that you will fall in love with this incredible environment as well.

Adam Co-owner of ScubaTony

Adam is co-owner of ScubaTony. I came down to Cozumel in 2012 and since my first dives here I was trying to find a way to live here permanently. Tony and I became partners in 2016, and my dream of owning a dive operation in the Caribbean came true. Since the very first dive that I went on in Cozumel, I knew this was a place that I'd like to dive regularly. Now I get to dive anytime that I want to and with the best dive crew on the island. I am down in the marina meeting divers regularly and always down to go for a dive or go out for dinner with guests if I'm not doing any office work. If there is anything you need while you're in Cozumel, don't hesitate to reach out to me. My e-mail is

Captain Carlos (Papo) Captain

You will also get to meet Carlos, (aka Papo) our boat captain. He has over 18 years of experience operating different dive boats in Cozumel. He is the captain of the Chiquilla Bonita (our first boat) and has been since we bought it. He is a human GPS and knows the reefs here better than anyone. He is always there to help out. He watches the bubble and keeps us safe during the dive, then he is there to change out your tank and check your gear when you come up. Carlos is first to offer a fresh shower or a cold drink to make sure you are comfortable while on board the Chiquilla Bonita. We are very proud to have such a great captain to round out the Scubatony service above and below the water.

Captain Hector (Mago) Captain

We are lucky to have Captain Hector (aka Mago) driving the Atila. He comes to us with many years of running dive boats in Cozumel. He is a true asset to our crew and knows the dive reefs like his back yard. He had helped me many hours preparing the new boat (Atila) and takes care of her like it was his own. He loves being on the water and loves to meet new people. He will take care of your gear and change out your tanks in between dives and be the first to offer a drink or warm towel when you surface. He is never outside far when you surface and quick to pick you up. I can't say enough about Hector. He is our energizer bunny. He never stops moving around. Always thinking and fixing stuff. I am very happy to have him with us. Don't forget to ask him why they call him Mago.

Israel Rivera Instructor / Divemaster

My name is Israel, I am from Mexico city, since I was a kid a was always fascinated by the underwater world (I used to put on a mask and look into a fish tank, so go figure!) I have been a Cozumeleño for the past 20 years, now I do what I love for a living: diving! I'm more than happy to help others enjoy this fascinating world! Come visit and let me show you!

Miguel (Chicken) Instructor / Divemaster

I started diving 26 years ago and this has been my only job. I was a sailor and captain for 6 years. I loved taking divers to have fun. I never thought about diving for a living because I was a little scared. Thanks to the help and insistence of my first boss I did it and I loved it from the first time. Now after 16 years diving I still love it like the first time. It is a pleasure to do this kind of work.

Jesus Instructor / Divemaster

I was born and raised in Mexico City. I came to the island for the first time in 2016. I spent 8 years as a circus performer in Mexico City before I decided to try to change the scene for the Mexican Caribbean. I took a plane ticket and moved to Cozumel to try out the island life and its magical diving. And guess what? It was a life-changing experience! Since the first day underwater I was totally blown away by the surroundings of the beauty of the marine life. I decided to swap the juggling clubs for the regulator & stay in Cozumel. I have been working professionally in diving since 2016 and an instructor since 2018. I have been enjoying every single day underwater ever since.

Cris Instructor / Divemaster

Hi! I'm Cris, I'm a Brazilian instructor very passionate about teaching and taking people to what I like to call the underwater planet for the first time. My love for the ocean is extended to my students so my approach also includes marine life identification, environmental awareness, and sustainability. I can teach in Portuguese, Spanish, or English.

Pedro Instructor / Divemaster

Hi I'm Pedro! Since I was a kid I always loved the ocean, I would spend hours watching Jacques Cousteau's documentaries or reading books about the sea. As soon as I was old enough to do a DSD I did it and I was hooked! After a short career in animation and visual arts, I decided to go back to what I loved as a kid and I became a dive profesional. I love diving in Cozumel and I love finding rare creatures, watching fish behaviour and sharing that with other people!



Joei St Germain Reservations

Joei is part of the reservations team with Brenda. She or Brenda will be helping you with your reservation details.

When Joei was a teenager and people would ask "What do you want to do when you grow up?" Joei would joke that she was going to move to Cozumel and earn her living as a scuba diver. She had come to the Island on a family dive vacation to complete her Junior OW certification. She fell in love with scuba diving and the Island. Over the years her family took her on yearly dive vacations to Cozumel. She didn't immediately follow those dreams to be a professional diver, but she eventually moved to the island in 2012 to complete her Divemaster course. She arrived with a couple of suitcases and her trusty adopted dog, Mazie. Over the years she's worked for various dive shops on the island as well as for the Humane Society of Cozumel Island. She took a break from diving when she became pregnant in 2017. She returned to diving as a freelance Divemaster and Instructor when her daughter Luna was 6 months old. The opportunity to join ScubaTony as part of the Reservations Team is perfect for her because she can be a work-at-home mommy and freelance on her days off from ScubaTony. In her free time Joei also enjoys going shore diving with her husband, Nelson. Joei and Luna love taking Mazie for long walks along Melgar Avenue. Joei and Nelson take Luna to the beach as often as possible and enjoy going on family bike rides.

Brenda Reservations

Brenda is part of the reservations team with Joei. She or Joei will be helping you with your reservation details.

I am originally from Brazil. I traveled the world working as an underwater photographer for a few years. I have a passion for the ocean, nature, and life. You will always see me smiling and making jokes. When I’m not working I’m doing some exercise. Either some running, biking, skating, or any other adventure activity. I also like cooking healthy recipes.