SCUBA Dick judging Keith's lobster catch

SCUBA Dick judging Keith's lobster catch

keith zappo  


PADI assistant Instructor #242226

Keith was the kind of PADI Professional who got the greatest enjoyment from sharing his passion for safe diving with students and new divers.  Keith originally hails from Philadelphia, and moved to Springfield IL in 1991. He is the father of two daughters and has been married to his wife Gail for 42 years.

"To see the excitement on the face of a new diver is what makes it all worthwhile." 


Diving Timeline

  • 2002 - While on a family vacation to Destin Florida, took a Discover Scuba class and was forever hooked.
  • 2002 - Two months later got my Open Water certification.
  • 2009 - PADI Divemaster
  • 2016 - PADI Assistant Instructor 


Favorite Dive Destination

Ulong Channel, Palau.

2nd Favorite Dive Destination

Anywhere else!


Fun Facts

  • Ice diving will NEVER be on my bucket list.  Stop asking.

  • Inventor and avid consumer of the original "Lobster Punch"

  • Have never turned down the chance to make a night dive.

  • 3 time winner of the prestigious Wrong Boat award (ask Keith about this).

  • Helping student divers master a skill makes my day!

  • Keith suffered a fatal heart attack on Aug 28, 2017.....a major loss to MDS and the diving community