Valerie Earl, Manager
Valerie is the manager
of Calypso - The Dive Shop of Joplin. She became a diver in 1985 and simply
fell in love with the sport. She worked her way up through the levels
of certifications and became a Certified Instructor of Scuba Diving in 1988,
and has earned Instructor Trainer status.
In addition to the instruction
of Open Water Diver scuba classes, she is rated as Instructor for many Specialty
Courses, for the Dive Control Specialist Program, and is an active Instructor
Trainer. Valerie was in the first group of Instructors for the Scuba Rangers,
a Youth Development Program for youngsters age 8 through 12. She loves teaching
all ages and levels of students, and has logged well over 2000 dives.
Valerie was awarded Instructor of the Year, North America/Midwest Region, for the Year 1995
by the National Association of Scuba Diving Schools. She is also a published
Author in RODALE'S SCUBA DIVING magazine, OZARKS OUTDOORS periodical, SHOW
ME THE OZARKS, and the State publication, WAKE UP TO MISSOURI. She was featured
in photographs in the Safe Scuba training manual.
Joel, Master Instructor
Joel is an Open Water Diver Instructor, Advanced Open Water Instructor,
and Dive Control Specialist Instructor and is both a Platinum 1000 Diver and a Platinum 1000 Instructor. He enjoys
teaching everything from beginners in the Open Water Diver course up through Professional
Dive Leader courses. When he’s not teaching, Joel enjoys leading local, regional
and international travel excursions to some of the world’s most breathtaking dive
Bill Joslen, Dive Control Specialist
Bill became a diver in 1994
and has continued to expand his diving horizons and levels of Certification. He
is an SSI Dive Control Specialist Certification. Bill owns and operates Quality
Memorials, Inc. in Carthage, Missouri. He assists with Classes in addition to teaching
snorkeling classes. Planning and leading Boat Dives, Dive Activities and Excursions
are among his list of favorite things to do.
Doug Mercer, Dive Control Specialist
Doug became a scuba diver
in 2007 and has truly expanded his destinations and his education since first entering
the realm of Neptune. One of the busiest, most on-the-go guys we know, he
has found (or somehow made) the time to go diving locally and makes occasional escapes
to the Caribbean.
After completing many
Continuing Education Specialty Courses, he has just recently graduated from the
Dive Control Specialist Program. Consider yourself lucky to have him lead
one of your dives!