Our Staff:


Bryan Stafford (Course Director & Co- Owner)

Bryan was certified as an Open Water Diver in 1995 at the age of 13. He had watched his dad go diving for years before that and could not wait till he could get certified. Since that time he has achieved many levels of certifications in both Recreational and Professional levels of Scuba Diving. Being an Instructor For SSI, SEI, PDIC, PADI, CMAS, EFR, and The American Heart Association, has allowed him to share his passion for diving with others. He is also our main instructor for Public Safety Diving and Underwater Crime Scene Investigations. He is an Instructor Trainer for 2 different diving organizations and a Course Director (the highest level you can reach) for CMAS (The Under Water Society of America) allowing him to take divers from Open Water all the way to the Instructor level.  Follow him on Facebook



Tim Stafford (Instructor & Co-Owner)

Tim, shown here with his wife Jeanie, was certified as an Open Water diver in 1985 at the age of 20. Tim is Bryan’s Father. Tim’s father (Hugh Stafford) got him into diving making Bryan a third generation diver. Tim has many dives under his belt. He is also an instructor and along with Jeanie, leads most of the trips we have here at the store.  Follow him on Facebook




Jean Stafford (Sales)

Jeanie is Tim’s wife and Bryan’s mother.  Jeanie does all the office work and also keeps Tim on his toes.  Jeanie got certified in  1987 and has enjoyed her life as a diver.  She has dove all over the North Carolina Coast and really enjoys diving in Cozumel, Cancun, and Curacao.  Jeanie travels with Tim on all of the trips out of the Country. She calls herself an 80/80 Diver. She wants at least 80 degree water and 80′ of visibility.  When Jeanie is not diving or running the office, she serves her community as a Social Worker helping others in times of need. Follow her on Facebook



Heather Stafford (Shop Manager)

Heather is Bryan’s wife (and his boss). Heather helps out in the office and works the retail side of the store on the weekends.  Heather spends most of her time cleaning up after Bryan, and bringing smiles to people’s faces.  She is our social media guru, stock coordinator and loves to spend her days on the beach while Bryan has students in the water.  Heather brings youth to Lake Hickory Scuba & Marina and always keeps us up to date with the ever changing ways of retail sales. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest




Alyshia Sweet (Sales)

Ms. Alyshia is one of our sales girls and an awesome little diver.  Some of her favorite places to dive include, Ginnie Springs and Blue Grotto in Florida.  Alyshia is recent high school graduate and plans on attending college this fall.   Her dream job is to work in forensics.  Thankfully Lake Hickory Scuba trains many Under Water Criminal Investigators, so she should have an upper hand on her class mates.  You can follow her on her Facebook. 


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Meredith Rogers (Sales)

Meredith is another one of our sales girls.  She is a newly certified diver and has recently just got back from her first international dive trip to Curacao. Meredith enjoys several outdoor sports, like tennis and track, but has a true passion for Scuba Diving.



Brianna Roberts (Sales)

Brianna is another one of our sales girls, and she is also our resident Mermaid. Brianna is slowly working her way up the ranks and has a goal to become a dive instructor one day.



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Mark Sipes (Mechanic)

Mark has been a Marine Mechanic for over 30 years and currently runs the Boat Shop for Lake Hickory Scuba & Marina.  He has an extensive knowledge of all things related to boats, PWCs, or anything to do with vessels.  Mark can fix just about anything that goes wrong with your boat, and can service just about any boat out there.  After Lake Hickory Scuba Center acquired the Marina and Boat Shop we felt with his experience he was the obvious choice.  Mark works Monday – Friday, but remains on call for emergencies 7 days a week.


Jackie Kalbfelb (Boat Detailer, Boat Shop Assistant)


Jackie works in the boat shop along side Mark, detailing boats.  Jackie comes from the retail industry, formerly working in hunting retail, and loves anything to do with outdoor activities. You can follow her on FaceBook.

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