Meet Our Adventure Staff

CAPTAIN TJ KONITZER– FOUNDER / OWNER

Captain, NAUI Instructor Trainer and Avid Commercial Spear fisherman.

TJ founded “Off The Wall Adventures and Outfitters” 25 years ago in South Lakeland.

Since then he has created a company that boasts 2 retail stores that specialize in Scuba Diving, while encompassing several other hobbies.

He also runs Off The Wall’s charter business in St. Petersburg, hosting spearfishing and fishing charters.

He loves taking people out on the boat and sharing his love of diving with everyone.

CAPTAIN SHAWN DURRANCE – OWNER

Shawn has been with Off The Wall Adventures since 2019.

He is a skilled diver and spear fisherman with years of experience and knowledge.

Captain Shawn loves to help beginner spear fishermen and women learn to hunt and shoot fish as well as putting divers on trophy fish.

CAPTAIN JEFF JONES – OWNER / INSTRUCTOR

Jeff joined the adventure in March 2020 after retiring from a 33-year law enforcement career.

He has extensive experience in search and recovery diving, with 25 years on the Polk County Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team.

Jeff has been diving for 33 years, and has held his instructor rating for 15 years.

In his semi-retired position, he added his Captain’s license to his resume.

CAPTAIN GARRETT WILLIAMS – GENERAL MANAGER / INSTRUCTOR TRAINER

Garrett started working with Off The Wall for a summer job in 2010 as a paintball ref.

He fell in love with diving and all other aspects of the Diving as well.

He’s currently a Naui Instructor Trainer, First Aid Instructor, and USCG Licensed Captain.

He enjoys pretty much anything outside.

Hiking, sailing, rafting, mountain biking, golf, long walks on the beach are some of the current hobbies.

He’s always looking to find more and jump in on the next adventure.

His favorite color is the color of the ocean in the Bahamas on an August afternoon reflecting up from the sandy bottom.

If you want to see that, you’ll have to come with him to the Bahamas on one of our trips 🙂

CASSI WOLF – INSTRUCTOR & TRIP / EVENT COORDINATOR

NAUI Instructor and Lobster Hunter.

Cassi started her scuba journey in 2019 and became instantly addicted.

She joined the OTWA family in June of 2020 and loves organizing events, trips (local and international), socials and sales that give divers and non-divers an opportunity for excitement.

Cassi loves decompression wreck diving and teaching people about the wonders of the ocean.

Contact CASSI for all your travel wants and needs.


CHAD TRIPP – COMMERCIAL SPEAR FISHERMAN

ROBBIE STEELE – NAUI INSTRUCTOR

DR. DOUGLAS EBERSOLE – TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Douglas Ebersole, MD is an interventional cardiologist at the Watson Clinic LLP in Lakeland, Florida and is the Director of the Structural Heart Program at Lakeland Regional Health, an 850-bed tertiary referral hospital in Lakeland.

He has been diving since 1974 and is an avid recreational diver, technical diver, rebreather diver, and cave diver. 

He is also a recreational, technical, and rebreather instructor for several training agencies, is a cardiology consultant to Divers Alert Network, RAID medical advisor, and is the Florida Sales agent for KISS Rebreathers.

NIKKI JACKSON – INSTRUCTOR

Nikki has been an AAUS certified diver for 8 years and is currently a Dive Instructor in training here at OTWA.

She enjoys green diving, salvaging marine plastics, promoting conservation of marine environment through education and outreach.

Fun fact: Nikki’s favorite fish is a spotted trunkfish.

MARK DYE – DIVE MASTER / SKIPPER

Mark is a retired Naval Officer and has been a Scout leader for over twenty years.

In 2016 he chartered a Sea Scout Ship through St. Stephens’s Episcopal Church to enable older youth (14+) to have a safe place for high adventure activities.

The youth of the ship elected to focus on Scuba Diving and the ship teamed up with OTWA to help make this happen.

This is when Mark joined OTWA to provide a youth program that focus on training youth to plan and dive safely.

Mark’s been diving since 1990 and has logged over a thousand dives all around the world.

In the Navy, Mark was an Aviation Search & Rescue (SAR) Swimmer before receiving his Commission and becoming a Naval Cryptologist Officer. He served a total of 25 years before retiring in 2012.

Skills include: Dive Master / Equipment / Youth Programs / Sea Scouts

CAPTAIN SHAY CRAWFORD – DIVE MASTER

Shay got her open water certification with Off The Wall Adventures in 2019 and has continued her diving education up to Dive Master.

In 2021, she decided to make a career of her passion and became a part of the OTWA Family.

In 2022, she earned her six-pack Captain license.

She enjoys being on the boat, whether that’s being Captain or Dive Mastering.

When diving, Shay enjoys saving the reef from the invasive Lionfish.

Hunting for lobster and spearfishing.

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