Our Team

The Professionals here at Bayou Divers have almost 300 years combined experience in Scuba Diving. We hold our instructors to incredibly high standards. We are not a bare minimum dive center. We go the extra mile with every student. Each member of our staff is constantly being trained so that we are always on the cutting edge of the latest and most current training standards in the industry. The thing we hear most often from our students is “I wish I would have done this sooner.” So if your thinking about taking the plunge then please come by and visit. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We are all family here and invite you to become part of it.

CJ Brossett

CJ Brossett

Course Director / Shop Manager

CJ is in charge of Training and Instructor Development. He has been diving all his life. He is a 2nd generation Scuba Instructor. He is active in several cave exploration projects and has a love for deep water wrecks. Sometimes you will also see him just snorkeling at the beach. If your shopping for scuba gear or just need your gear serviced stop by and let him show you a “sweet deal”.

Ben Dillingham

Ben Dillingham

Master Instructor / Owner / Travel

Ben has been Scuba Diving for 55 years. He has been a PADI Instructor for over 25 years. He teaches classes here at Bayou Divers as well as LA Tech. He is also in charge of the travel department and arranges trips to some of the most exotic and beautiful dive sites around the world. One of Ben’s biggest passions is underwater photography. If you have interest in becoming a photographer Ben can certainly get you started on that path. Have a look at the Bayou Divers Facebook page you can see over 40 albums of his work.

JP Prichard

JP Prichard

Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Owner / Senior Service Tech

I love adventure! Scuba diving and skydiving are my favorite adventure sports! I fell in love with scuba when I was 20 years old and have been hooked ever since. I have been instructing for over 20 years and I am always learning new things. I have traveled the world scuba diving and people often ask me about my favorite destination. They are all wonderful, but Sipadan in Malaysia and the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador really stand out as my favorites.

David Price

David Price

Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Shop Manager

Being a child of the 60’s and a fan of Lloyd Bridges Seahunt. His childhood was spent in the river as a skin diver. In May of 1975 he started diving with the Dillinghams on the Ouachita river. After surviving the initial 1st dive he decided he may need to seek more formal training. He began his path as a PADI professional in 1997. David enjoys teaching Veterans as well as people with unique challenges. He enjoys Cavern diving, Drift diving, and Wreck diving. Dave is a great teacher and mentor with students at Bayou Divers. You will hear his favorite quote almost daily “My favorite dive is the next dive.”

David Bell

David Bell

Open Water Scuba Instructor

Having a lifelong love of the water and fascination with what all lies beneath the surface, I finally wore down my parents in 1970, and got them to agree to letting me begin scuba diving, and have loved it ever since! As much as I love diving, I can honestly say I enjoy teaching it as much if not more! While I’ve been fortunate to dive in some awesome locations outside the US, I really enjoy diving in the Gulf of Mexico (Pensacola) and probing inside all types of wrecks!

George Strickland

George Strickland

Assistant Instructor

My wife and I decided that scuba diving would be a great family activity, and the rest is history. After taking several dive vacations, we decided to take Advanced Open Water classes from Bayou Divers. We had a blast and met some wonderful people. She then purchased a Rescue Diver class for my birthday. After that it was just one more step and “Boom” Divemaster. While working as a Divemaster with Bayou Divers I found that I loved helping others learn to dive. My mentor, CJ, says “Hey George , why don’t you consider becoming an Instructor”. I’ve had several hobbies in my life, but none that I love more than diving. There’s nothing like diving in the warm clear waters of the Caribbean with my wife during the day and then hanging out on the beach with her in the evening.

Robert King

Robert King

Divemaster

Robert King otherwise known as “King of Roberts” has been diving since 2015. His favorite place he has been diving thus far has been Cozumel. His passion is continuing his education as a diver and assisting our Awesome Instructors at Bayou Divers as they teach their students the greatest sport on earth. He is currently working his way to become an instructor.

Marty Ballard

Marty Ballard

Divemaster

Can you fly? I can. I enter the water, I slowly submerge, and wow, I’m weightless!! I can fly down to the bottom and glide up, and just hover over all the wonders the water has to offer. I’m as one with the fish, the sharks the stingray, and the coral. Beauty you can only imagine. I can tell you all about it but you’ll never understand until you go!! That’s scuba to me. I’m 50. I’ve loved this world since I was young. Certified at age 19. There’s not a body of water I don’t like. My favorites are the Bahamas, because of the sharks, and Cozumel because I love the drift!! Now my whole family dives.