Friday, December 09, 2005

Diving Accident Claims Life of Beloved PADI Course Director Zak Jones

From the ProDive USA Website at

Zak Jones
1975 - 2005

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Zak Jones, one of the most popular and most loved young professionals in the dive industry died recently during a recreational, non-training, staff dive with his buddies at Pro Dive International where he recently began working as a PADI Course Director. Zak and other Pro-Dive staff members were on a traditional, Thanksgiving Day dive, enjoying what Zak enjoyed most ‚ diving with those who loved diving as much as he did. Zak touched many people during his 12 years in the dive industry and he will be sorely missed.

Zak began his diving career in July 1992, the same year he received his first certification. At the time of his death, Zak held over 25 certifications, including instructor certifications from SSI, and IANTD. Zak was a PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer). Over the years, Zak worked for several dive centers in Washington State, teaching, developing, marketing and selling dive related educational programs. He spent a year in Belize where he was general manager, director of education and course director at a dive center on Ambergris Cay. Zak recently joined Pro Dive International as a Course Director. Frank Gernert, CEO of Pro Dive said, "Zak was excited about the part he would play in the future of Pro Dive and we were ecstatic about the talent, energy and fun he brought to our family. We are deeply saddened by his untimely death and will honor him in life by remembering his positive attitude and by implementing several of the ideas and programs he had already begun here during his short tenure at Pro Dive."

An account has been set up to assist Zak's wife, Robyn, who has recently begun a new career after relocating to Ft. Lauderdale with Zak. Robyn is in need of financial assistance and Pro Dive now invites others to join them in contributing so that Robyn's basic needs can be met during this time of grief and adjustment. To contribute through PayPal, click the donation link below or you may send a check to: Robyn Woodman Jones, 1448 SW 10th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312.

Zak's Pro Dive friends in Ft. Lauderdale have gathered to remember life with Zak, after which Robyn will leave for Seattle where a memorial service in Zak's honor is planned for Sunday, December 4, at the Seattle Aquarium.


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