Barbara Gentile-Crary




PADI Course Director & EFR Instructor Trainer, DAN Instructor, Director of Education & Training, quarterback and all-star player of sorts, with her love of sports and teaching, and her desire to share it with the rest of the world, she became a PADI scuba instructor achieving over 20 specialties and her instructor rating and an underwater photographer. Barbara also has a MBA in Operations Management and Finance and BS in Biology and Chemistry. As a co-owner. she manages the strategic financial, business and marketing requirements, manages the educational programs and Pro's at Malibu Divers.  She also continues to teach SCUBA diving from beginner diver through Professional levels, private clientele, including special SCUBA diving introductory programs for youth, families, and women. Also, she became underwater SCUBA actor for the original and subsequently released PADI Open Water instructional video, the largest release of SCUBA educational materials in the world. She has authored a number of dive articles, blogs and written the PADI KELP Diver and PADI Pirate Diver Specialty. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Dive Team (Reserves) and Reef Check Volunteer Diver.  During the summer months, she has been managing and serving as the Director of Dive Staff at Camp Emerald Bay, the largest BSA Scouting SCUBA program in the world.

Her photography, Under Our Oceans, appears in office buildings, medical facilities, private homes and museums. She has been invited to present her photographs, and share her experiences for organizations, businesses, schools and a variety of associations. Over the years, Barb has traveled extensively including: China, Japan, Palau, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Galapagos Islands and Latin America. She is also participates as an active dive team member and underwater photographer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Dive Reserve Team which conducts search and recovery operations that take her into fresh and salt water environments.

Throughout college and to today, like many boomers, her life-long dedication to transforming the next generation, the environment, health and fitness and her genuine love of sports and athletics continues in SCUBA & freediving, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, surfing, 10K races and marathons, and just being in the great outdoors.

As she is fond of saying - "if you are diving and not having fun, then you're doing something wrong."   She loves training new divers and divers who are ready to improve their skills, all the way to Pro.

Scuba Name?   Barbarella M.O.D. (Mistress of the Deep)

Scuba Kit?

  • Computer - ScubaPro Galileo G2
  • BCD - DiveRite Transplate Pkg/Voyager XT Wing
  • Regulator - Atomic Aquatics T3
  • Exposure Suits - DUI Drysuit Flex 50/50, Xcel Thermoflex Dive TDC Fullsuit 8/7/6 DV18

Favorite Dive Spot?  The last place I dived. But seriously I can have as much fun in the pool as the ocean. There is usually something cool on each dive. it's easier to say my most "unfavorable" spot: dieing or damaged reefs, polluted waters, low viz, dangerous divers.  I can't pick just one.

Join Barbara for all of your training especially going Pro and on the monthly fun dives.