Amanda Prystupa



amanda - instructor staff photo


amanda - diving in roatan

Amanda - mermaid

Training Manager
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor
SSI Mermaid Instructor

       Amanda didn’t always plan to become a dive professional. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, it seemed fitting to explore the diving community and career path. Once certified in May of 2018 at Hudson Grotto, she then participated in a dive intensive coral research internship in Roatan, Honduras, and was hooked. After completing her Stress and Rescue course at Heroes, she jumped at the opportunity when offered to work here and complete her Dive Master courses. “Teaching diving to people as a career sounded like the perfect way to combine my love for marine biology and my passion for scuba diving.” Amanda joined Heroes team in October of 2018 and has since worked her way up to Training Manager and Advanced Open Water Instructor. The marine wildlife and coral reef systems are her passion, and she’s always ready to teach aspiring divers.


Scuba Diving Since:
May 2018


Favorite Fish:
Smooth Trunkfish


Favorite Dive Site:
Cordelia Banks, Roatan, Honduras

Favorite Specialty Class:
Coral Identification


Favorite Dive Type:
Coral reef diving


Future Dive Goal:
Become a scientific diving instructor

SSI Instructor Certifications
Open Water Diver
Enriched Air Nitrox
Scuba Skills Update
Perfect Buoyancy
Stress and Rescue
Science of Diving
Dive Guide
Full Face Mask
Deep Diving
Photo and Video
Night and Limited Visibility
Underwater Communication
Waves, Tides, and Currents
Fish Identification
Coral Identification
Manta Ray Ecology
Marine Ecology
Sea Turtle Ecology
Shark Ecology
Scuba Rangers
SSI Freediving Instructor Certifications
Try Freediving
Try Mermaid
Basic Freediving
Ocean Mermaid
Model Mermaid


My Dive Equipment


Atomic SS1 Octo Aqua

Alternate (OCTO)
Atomic SS1


suunto D5 Dive Computer

Suunto D5


Dive Rite Transplate Travel BC

Buoyancy Compensator (BC)
Dive Rite Transplate
Mares Pure