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214-B Beacon Drive

Winterville, NC 28590

(252) 439-4390

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We are proud to be a NAUI Pro-Platinum facility.

We are proud to offer Freediving training from Performance Freediving instructors.

 

Pete Wagner, DO, FACC, FACOI

Shop Owner

NAUI Instructor Trainer

& SSI Instructor

Dr. Wagner is a board certified cardiologist and a diver since 1977. His interests are dive medicine and photography. He has extensive experience in pre-hospital emergency care having spent nearly 20 years in the rescue service and has instructed emergency medical technicians, paramedics and physicians.

Carolyn Wagner, RN, BSN

Shop Manager

NAUI Instructor
Carolyn is a Registered Nurse. Her first dive was in 1983 and has been actively diving since 2000. Carolyn's interests are photography and dive travel. She is the mother of four and active in the Pitt County Guardian Ad Litem program.
Carolyn is a NAUI Instructor and is the heart of Rum Runner Dive Shop.

Dillon Waters

Assistant Manager

NAUI Instructor

SSI Divemaster

Dillon is a graduate of East Carolina University's Education Department with teaching credentials. Although  Dillon enjoys all types of diving, his passion is Technical Diving and the way it humbles him, yet drives him to learn more. He holds several TDI certifications and is working toward full cave with an eye to Trimix and rebreather diving. He hopes to be a technical instructor someday. “One reason for my love of diving is the fact that there is always something new to learn, if you plateau it’s on you, because you can never be the best at every aspect”. He is a popular instructor and is always willing to help students.

 

Pete Wagner, DO

NAUI Instructor Trainer

SSI Instructor

Dr. Wagner is a board certified cardiologist and a diver since 1977. His interests are dive medicine and photography. He has extensive experience in pre-hospital emergency care having spent nearly 20 years in the rescue service and has instructed emergency medical technicians, paramedics and physicians.

Carolyn Wagner

NAUI & SSI Instructor

Carolyn is a Registered Nurse. Her first dive was in 1983 and has been actively diving since 2000. Carolyn's interests are photography and dive travel. She is the mother of four and active in the Pitt County Guardian Ad Litem program. Carolyn is a NAUI Instructor and is the heart of Rum Runner Dive Shop.

Dillon Waters

NAUI Instructor

SSI Dive Con Instructor

Dillon is a graduate of East Carolina University's Education Department with teaching credentials. Although  Dillon enjoys all types of diving, his passion is Technical Diving and the way it humbles him, yet drives him to learn more. He holds several TDI certifications and is working toward full cave with an eye to Trimix and rebreather diving. He hopes to be a technical instructor someday. “One reason for my love of diving is the fact that there is always something new to learn, if you plateau it’s on you, because you can never be the best at every aspect”. He is a popular instructor and is always willing to help students.

Robbie Marlow

NAUI & SSI Instructor

Robbie is a graduated of Charleston Southern university (BS) and The Medical University of South Carolina (BSN). He is employed by St Jude Medical as A Pacemaker sales Rep.
Originally from the Charleston area, he received his first dive Certificate in 1978. Kids and career came along creating a break from diving. Getting re-freshened and with his son now certified to dive Robbie once again had the exploration bug and it has been nonstop from there.
Robbie received his SSI Instructor in 2013 and then crossed over as a Naui Instructor to be dually affiliated in Dec of 2015.
Robbie loves to teach and loves SCUBA so naturally it had to come together!

Randy Mintz

NAUI Instructor

PADI Divemaster

Randy's profession is as a Certified Emergency Registered Nurse, but his passion is all types of diving. He is a certified TDI Technical Diver and would like someday to teach technical diving. He has a talent for photography and is working on his certification as a Pro Photog with the Professional Photographers of America. If that isn't enough he also teaches AHA ACLS, BLS and ATLS. You can feel safe in any emergency when he is around.

 

Tommy Pate

NAUI & SSI Instructor

Tommy graduated from NC State in 1982 and has worked as a financial planner ever since.  He received his first certification from Padi as a diver for Edgecombe County EMS in 1988.  Following a 15 year year hiatus he "rediscovered" diving with his son George and began their training anew with Rum Runner in 2007.  Tommy and George both received their Master Certificate with NAUI in 2013 with Tommy also receiving his Divemaster Certification that same year.  He completed his SSI Instructor certification in December of 2013.

A 25 year veteran of the fire and EMS service, Tommy enjoys wreck diving, night diving and "critter identification.

Garrett Killian

NAUI Instructor

Garrett is a graduate of ECU and has been diving for over 10 years. His diving adventure began with Rum Runner's open water course and has progressed up the NAUI ranks to Instructor. He can often be found in the dive shop where he is the resident "tank man" or helping out with classes. His main interest is underwater photography and has worked as a professional photographer. Garrett is a systems analyst for ECU's IT department.

 

 

John Hill

NAUI Instructor

SSI Divemaster

John has an undergraduate degree from the University of Mount Olive, a masters from Baptist Seminary in Richmond, VA, and a Doctorate from Campbell University. He has been scuba diving for 10 years and  has acheived his SSI Divemaster and NAUI Instructor certifications. John is very active in the Winterville community. He is the recent past president of the Winterville Chamber of Commerce, current President of the Winterville Civitan Club, and a vocal advocate for community development.

John Whichard

NAUI & SSI Instructor

John began diving in 1987 as a PE elective in college and found a skill set to last a lifetime.  An avid diver throughout his college and early career life, he saw a decline in his diving career as he raised three daughters.  In early 2008 the diving itch returned and John returned to the Rum Runner family diving and progressing through the certification ranks.  Certified as a NAUI Instructor in 2015, he enjoys wreck diving and learning the history of our offshore wrecks.

 

 

Tyler Boruff

NAUI & SSI Instructor

NAUI Course Director

Tyler is an enthusiastic addition to our staff. He is a Red Cross Lifeguard and his diving experience includes Full Cave, Advanced Nitrox and Deco Procedures. He is also trained as a Scubapro and Sherwood technician.

Virgilio Gonzalez

NAUI Instructor

Virgilio has been diving for 10 years, and spent nearly half of his life diving from the shores of Puerto Rico. He began wreck diving in 2010 and has not stopped since, culminating well over 400 hours in the water. He is currently a Recreational and Scientific Scuba Diving Leadership Management major at East Carolina University and has been a NAUI Instructor since 2015. In addition to SCUBA diving he can also be found spear fishing and technical diving. He enjoys teaching people how to safely enjoy the sport he is passionate about and is excited to meet you!

 

Kerry Hollowell, MD

Performance Freediving International Instructor

Kerry began freediving five years ago and has been hooked ever since. She has had a lifelong love of the ocean that started with sailing near her home town of Edenton, North Carolina. Initially she was trained in scuba diving and still enjoys diving with tanks but after she took the PFI beginner course she was hooked and rapidly progressed to instructor. She not only teaches freediving but competes internationally. Above water Kerry works as a physician, is an accomplished triathelete and an avid sailor.

Kurt Wagner

NAUI , SSI & PADI Instructor

Kurt has been employed with Rum Runner Dive Shop since 2006 as retail staff and service technician. He was originally Scuba certified in 2002 and has earned his Instructor certification with NAUI, SSI and PADI. His major area of interest is the history of NC wrecks, technical diving, underwater videography and kayak diving. Kurt graduated from ECU in 2010 with a BS in geology. Kurt splits his time between NC and the Florida Keys. He is now trained in technical diving to the level of Trimix divier.

 

Steve Benson

Performance Freediving International Instructor

Steve took his first free diving course in 2010 with Performance Freediving’s world class instructors Ren and Ashley Chapman.  In his first class, Steve’s breath hold was 6 minutes 15 seconds, and he reached a depth of 20 meters. He was hooked.

 He became a member of an extended family he affectionately calls his “water tribe” when he competed for the first time in 2012 at Deja Blue Grand Cayman. There he completed a personal best 60 meter dive, and also broke the US national static breath-hold record, setting a new mark at 7 minutes 43 seconds. His record still stands.  He has since competed in the 2013 Caribbean Cup in Roatan, Honduras, and Deja Blue Curacao where he placed third overall. 

Steve grew up about as far from the ocean as you can get, in Colorado, but always had a love of the water. He started scuba diving in 1989, and can’t remember a time in his life when he didn’t have a mask and fins. Steve spent 4 years in the US Navy, where he also served in Desert Storm.  Steve worked his way through college earning a bachelor of fine arts degree and subsequently a Master of Science.   

In his day job, Steve is a Physician’s Assistant with Eastern Urology, in Greenville, NC. He is a father of two, and is an accomplished cyclist, both on the trail and on the road.

Jay Henn

NAUI Divemaster

Brenden McLean

NAUI Divemaster

Daniel Glover

NAUI Divemaster

Daniel began diving in 2006 and quickly fell in love with the sport. He spent most of his time diving in the Caribbean thanks to his family. Currently studying Biochemistry at East Carolina University, he is still an avid diver and working towards Technical Diving and Instructor certifications. Other than SCUBA, he enjoys mountain biking and disc golf.

 

 

Peter Wagner

NAUI Instructor Trainer

Carolyn Wagner

NAUI Instructor

Dillon Waters

NAUI Instructor

John Hill

NAUI Instructor

Garrett Killian

NAUI Instructor

Robbie Marlow

NAUI Instructor

 

Tommy Pate

NAUI Instructor

Randy Mintz

NAUI Instructor

John Whichard

NAUI Instructor

Virgilio Gonzalez

NAUI Instructor

Jay Henn

NAUI Divemaster

Brenden Mclean

NAUI Divemaster

 

 

Daniel Glover

NAUI Divemaster

 

 

 

Kerry Hollowell

Performance Freediving International Instructor

Steve Benson

Performance Freediving International Instructor

 

Dillon Waters

Assistant Manager

NAUI Instructor

SSI Divemaster

Dillon is a graduate of East Carolina University's Education Department with teaching credentials. Although  Dillon enjoys all types of diving, his passion is Technical Diving and the way it humbles him, yet drives him to learn more. He holds several TDI certifications and is working toward full cave with an eye to Trimix and rebreather diving. He hopes to be a technical instructor someday. “One reason for my love of diving is the fact that there is always something new to learn, if you plateau it’s on you, because you can never be the best at every aspect”. He is a popular instructor and is always willing to help students.

Ed Lowthert

Ed began diving in 1993, is PADI Open Water, NAUI Advanced and Nitrox diver. A Marine Veteran, Retired. Graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Secondary Education/ Social Studies. Masters from University of Southern California in History Education.

Brenden McLean

 

NAUI Divemaster

Brenden began diving in 2014. He has since worked his way from Basic Open Water to his NAUI Divemaster. As Eagle Scout and rising freshman at East Carolina University, Brenden is also a member of the ECU Scuba Club. A graduate from DH Conley High School with an interest in marketing. He is enjoying learning about different career paths at ECU. An outstanding recreational diver that has now become our newest and most promising Divemaster. Brenden has unlimited potential and is a huge asset to the shop. He will soon make Ed his Sherpa.  He also helps Dillon reach things off the top shelf.

Alea Hansinger

Alea is studying Biology/Ecology at East Carolina University, and plans to attend graduate school for Marine Biology. She is also an executive member of the university’s SCUBA Club. Alea started diving during her freshman year of high school in 2011, and has been kindling her love for the sport ever since! She’s been diving in exciting locales such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Philippines, and numerous sites in the Caribbean. Currently, Alea is certified NAUI Advanced Open Water and is working toward her Rescue/Master Diver/Divemaster certifications.

Alea will be working in sales and marketing.

Daniel Glover

NAUI Divemaster

 

Clay Stewart

Clay is a student at East Carolina University majoring in Information and Computer Technology with a minor in Business Administration. While at ECU he took a Basic Scuba Class as an elective and fell in love with the sport. Since his basic class in the 2014 Fall semester he has continued his Scuba education up to Rescue and Master Diver. Clay is currently working towards his Dive Master certification at Rum Runner. He is the President of the Scuba Club at ECU and has recently joined the Rum Runner Team as an I.T. Intern.

 

Garrett Killian

Master Technician

Scubapro, Genesis, Sherwood

DiveRite

PSI Certified Tank & Valve Technician

Pete Wagner

Master Technician

Scubapro

DiveRite

Poseidon

Atomic

PSI Certified Tank & Valve Technician

Ed Lowthert

Technician

Scubapro

Dive Rite

Atomic

PSI Tank Technician

 

Dillon Waters

Technician

Dive Rite