Instructors

Ken Barrick

PADI 251092
PSAI 541

Ken BarrickKen is active in every aspect of the day to day operations of Eastern Marine Services. This includes sharing his love of diving by teaching both new and advanced diving courses as well as the PSAI In-Water Boat Maintenance course. Ken firmly believes that SCUBA instructors have a responsibility far greater than the average educator. You might hear him say bluntly that learning to dive has many inherent dangers, the first of which is a bad initial learning experience. It is Ken’s goal to make sure that every person who chooses to dive with Eastern Marine Services has an amazingly positive experience.

Ken has written a book about some of his diving adventures – “The First 130 Feet: True Stories from the Dive Deck” and he has produced seventeen underwater short films… which are often on the big screen at the shop. He also authored the PSAI In-Water Boat Maintenance specialty course and has trained countless boat owning divers how to safely maintain their boats in the water.

He believes every customer who walks in the door should be treated like family. He invites you to experience what Eastern Marine Services is all about.

The joke among those that know him is that this group of donkey’s is the only thing that will listen to him… So here he is in all his glory… Preaching to the only ones who will listen. (Photo by Michelle Barrick)


Philip DePalo

PADI 234756
ERDI 12672

Philip DePaloDr. Phil has been diving since he was 10 years old and hasn’t turned back. His passion for diving has taken him from recreational, to public safety dive teams, to commercial and finally as an Instructor with PADI as well as an Emergency Response Dive Instructor with ERDi, part of TDI/SDI. His other activities include sky diving, flying planes, jet skiing, swords swallowing and fire eating. He is a Lieutenant at the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Company and is on their Marine Emergency Team. He also works part time as a flight paramedic with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a Doctor of Science he runs Consultology, a healthcare IT consulting firm.

As a Master Scuba Diver Trainer if you are looking to get certified or advance your diving, Dr. Phil can teach: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Ice Diving, Public Safety Diving, Dry Suit Diving, Deep Diving, Nitrox, Navigation Diving, Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Search & Recovery Diving, Full Face Mask Diving and Self-Reliant Diving.

He also provides the following medical courses: Emergency First Response, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Care for Children, AHA CPR, AHA Healthcare Provider and AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support.


David Apple

PADI Specialty Instructor #251091
PSAI Master Instructor #582

David AppleEver since he saw his first Sea Hunt episode and Jacques Cousteau Special as a youngster, David Apple has been fascinated with the underwater world. As a diver for over 20 years, he found he wanted to share his excitement and love of SCUBA Diving with others.

As a professional educator, David has a personal philosophy of, Never Stop Learning!, and learn as much as you can. Experience is a great teacher, but also ask questions from those who are more experienced!

David’s favorite diving activities include diving on and exploring the historic shipwrecks of the Mid-Atlantic, and photographing the beautiful tropical reefs and fish of the Florida Keys and the Caribbean from the Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos Islands to Cozumel and Honduras.

David was originally trained by SSI and worked his way up to attaining the rating of Dive Control Specialist Instructor. David is currently teaching Open Water and Advanced Courses under PADI, SDI and PSAI, where he holds the rating of Master Instructor.

When not exploring our underwater world and teaching SCUBA classes, you can find David teaching instrumental music at the middle school level in the Howard County Public Schools, or playing his trumpet with various groups in the Baltimore Area.