About Us


Scuba Commander owners, Johnny & Annette Barbarise, are active PADI Instructors, who channeled their combined education and business experiences into the scuba diving industry. Today, diving is not only part of their lifestyle, it's their career.

Born and raised in the Hampton Roads area, Johnny has had a lifelong obsession with water.  When Johnny is not working as a professional educator with the Chesapeake Public School system, you can find him exploring the underwater world and inspiring others to dip their fins in too!  Annette has an established 20 year career as an accountant.   She comes from a Navy family and is passionate about scuba diving, travel, marine life and conservationism.  Both have their Bachelors Degree from Old Dominion University.  Additionally, Johnny has a Masters Degree from ODU and Annette has her Masters Degree from Liberty University.

Together, this dynamic duo enjoys sharing their passion for scuba diving with all who wish to learn. Based in Chesapeake, VA, their full service scuba shop, is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and dive training available in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.

Their team of friendly, knowledgeable staff members is always on hand to offer expert product advice, personalized assistance with snorkel and scuba gear selection, and ongoing support to ensure the safety and comfort of their customers as they enjoy their favorite underwater activities.

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