View All Staff

Sam Abbe

Sam Abbe

SSI Instructor Specialties:

React Right, Scuba Ranger, Snorkeling, Coral Identification, Deep, Dive Guide, Dry Suit, Nitrox, Full Face Mask, Independent Diving, Marine Ecology, Night & Limited Vis, Navigation, Perfect Buoyancy, Sidemount, Science of Diving, Scooter/DPV, Search & Recovery, Stress & Rescue, Wreck. 

International Training (SDI/TDI) Instructor Specialties:

Veterans Affairs GI Bill SDI Basic Scuba Bundle (SDI Open Water Scuba Diver + SDI Computer Nitrox Diver)

Veterans Affairs GI Bill SDI Full Advanced Diver Bundle ( SDI Deep Diver + SDI Underwater Navigation + SDI Night/Limited Visibility Diver )

Veterans Affairs GI Bill SDI Rescue Diver Bundle ( SDI Rescue Diver + First Response CPR  + First Response Oxygen Administration + First Response Bloodborne Pathogens  + First Response Airborne Pathogens )

SDI Instructor Specialties: Boat Diving, Computer Nitrox, Dry Suit Diving, Drift Diving, DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle), Full Face Mask, Integrated Full Face Mask Communications, Ocean Reef Full Face Mask, Night-Limited Visibility Diving, Marine EcoSystems Awareness, Advanced Buoyancy, Computer Diver, Snorkeling, Deep Diving, Sidemount, Shore and Beach Diving, Search and Recovery Diving, Shark Awareness, Turtle Diver, Underwater Navigation Diving, Wreck

TDI Instructor Specialties: Nitrox, Intro To Tech, Sidemount

Diver's Alert Network Courses:

Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid (BLS),
Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries (EO2)
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries (HMLI) (phased out 30-Jun-22, merged with  DFA Pro)
Neurological Assessment (Neuro) (phased out 30-Jun-22, merged with DFA Pro)
Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) (phased out 30-Jun-22, replaced by DFA Pro)
Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro)

Additional Diver (Non-Instructor) Certifications:

Helitrox, Trimix, Ice.

Sam Abbe is an SSI Open Water Scuba Instructor.  He started diving in 1994 while on a business trip to Jupiter, FL and took a job in RI to be closer to the ocean.  He loves wreck diving and has dove wrecks in New England, the Carolinas, Florida, California, as well as Normandy, France.  Next on his list is the wrecks of Scapa Flow, Scotland.  He volunteers as Dive Officer for the avocational archaeology group, Battleground of the Atlantic Research and Expedition Group ( where he combines his computer science background with scuba to map and create 3D models of historical shipwrecks. 

With a leave no trace policy on historical shipwrecks, Sam also enjoys diving for megalodon teeth, as well as local quarries between Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Sam's spouse, Lisa Abbe, also works at Virginia Scuba as a divemaster and equipment service technician.  His two sons, now grown, started diving at age 12.