Well, What About Us?
The staff at Family Fun SCUBA & Snorkel and Missoula Scuba & Snorkel are certified PADI SCUBA diving professionals, and nice people to boot.
The great thing about us is we are all fun-loving people that are addicted to Scuba and sharing our love with the underwater world. Our Dive Professionals are available to assist you in all aspects & levels of your SCUBA Diving and Snorkeling. A personal and friendly approach always ensures you’ll receive the attention and customized SCUBA diving programs you have come to expect from a premier organization.
Even though we are located in Billings and Missoula, MT, we commonly serve folks within a 3+ hour radius of Billings. In Montana, we have certified people in multiple areas including, but not limited to: Missoula, Drummond, Stevensville, Thompson Falls, Anaconda, Laurel, Red Lodge, Butte, Roundup, Big Timber, Bozeman, Great Falls, Harlowton, Lewistown, Hardin, Forsyth, Anaconda, Plains, Fromberg, Belgrade, Bridger, Colstrip, Columbus, Livingston, Bozeman, Mikes City, Helena and more. In Wyoming it includes, but isn’t limited to: Cody, Powell, Sheridan, Ranchester and more!
Working with Scuba Divers is always special, BUT working with young Scuba Divers is beyond special! It’s so rewarding to help kids learn to have fun and teach mastery of underwater skills. Children are so eager to learn and thrive for success. We can meet and exceed all of your needs and theirs and yours!
Our shops have the largest supply of in-house regulators, computers, BCD’s, wet-suits, submersible pressure gauges (SPG’s), fins, masks and more so you don’t have to wait for them to be ordered! Scuba is supposed to be fun and we can provide the equipment to optimize your experiences!
There’s a wide variety of Scuba classes and experiences that children as young as 8 years old can get involved in! As a matter of fact, PADI even offers the ability for Boy Scouts to earn a Scuba Merit Badge which very few scouts have! The legacy that we bestow to our children by opening up the “other” 71% of the world allows them to become certified Scuba divers. Scuba provides unparalleled experiences and an adventure that they will remember for the rest of their entire lives. The owner of FFS&S, Marc Dean has said many times that “the two things he loves to do the most in the world is dive with his family” and to allow others to do the same!
OWNER, PADI MASTER INSTRUCTOR, HANDICAPPED SCUBA INSTRUCTOR & EQUIPMENT TECH
Marc a PADI Master Instructor, SSI Assistant Instructor Trainer, & Emergency First Responder Instructor. He is a former United Sates Marine that served in Washington DC and Camp Lejeune, NC. Marc is one of the few Scuba instructors in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Wyoming to receive the PADI Elite Instructor Award in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 by doing all of the certifications himself from start to finish! Marc was trained as an instructor at the renowned “Rainbow Reef Dive Center” in Key Largo, FL. His lead instructor was no other than Ross Neill, one of the top PADI Course Directors in the world (multi-time instructor of the year)! Marc enjoys teaching all levels of Scuba, working with those with disabilities and instructing military groups. Marc is married and has three children. Guess what they all do together? SCUBA!
PADI DIVE MASTER, EQUIPMENT TECH
Brandon Pope began calling Billings home in 1996. This proud papa loves working with kids and volunteered on the Billings Little Guy Football Board and coached for 7 years. Brandon will do anything to get in the water! With that being said, he has taken part in the Polar Plunge multiple years to support The Special Olympics. When Brandon began Scuba Diving, he was instantly hooked and became certified in everything he could. Now as a PADI Divemaster, he looks forward to introducing water enthusiast to the “underwater world” and expanding his training and knowledge as a diver. Brandon is also a PADI Dive Master, Master Diver and Equipment tech.
DIVE MASTER, PADI DIVE MASTER, DIVE MASTER HANDICAPPED SCUBA ASSOCIATION, EQUIPMENT TECH
From the start, Chris was welcomed addition to FFS&S and a lot of fun too! Chris is a PADI Dive Master and certified repair tech. He enjoys traveling abroad and seeing and learning new things. Chris is a certified in Search & Recovery, Deep Diving, Wreck Diving, Altitude Diving, Boat Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy and more.
Dan has been diving since the summer of 2020. He was introduced first hand to diving on a missions trip in Bonaire, and had a desire to scuba dive ever since. He received his PADI Open Water Certification in July of 2020, his PADI Advanced Operator in September of 2020 and never looked back, achieving his PADI Divemaster Certification in August of 2022. Dan enjoys seeing the looks of joy and confidence when new divers achieve their certifications, and also enjoys the looks of discover and wonder as he teaches PADI Discover Scuba Dives to those who are just dipping their toe in the water. He has a passion for conservation and the beauty of the underwater world. Dan helps around the shop when he can, assists PADI Instructors in certification training, and serves as the liaison for our trip coordination. Dan is a US Army Veteran, and a veteran of the First Gulf War 1990-91. He lives with wife, Robin in Billings and has a son Josiah (PADI AOW Certified!) living in Alaska and a son and daughter-in-law, Nate & Catarina serving in the US Air Force in South Carolina.
Rochelle “Ro” Loyning
DIVE MASTER IN-TRAINING
Rochelle Loyning is a resident in the booming metropolis of Roberts, Montana. Ro earned her PADI Open Water certification with Family Fun Scuba and Snorkel in April, 2021 and the quickly thereafter, her PADI Advanced Open Water certification. Currently, Ro is a PADI Rescue Diver and is working towards Dive Master rating. Ro ABSOLUTELY loves everything there is to do with Scuba from confined water, lake diving and especially, all the AWESOME salt water. She especially relishes going on trips with her Scuba family, Family Fun Scuba and Snorkel.
PADI Dive Master in Training, LOCAL OUTREACH / COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Emily comes to FFS&S with a Bachelor’s degree in photography/art and a background in SCUBA. With Emily’s creative art background, she has novel concepts that will take FFS&S to the next level in graphics and photography. Emily also has experience in community outreach and education, that will engage new and innovative ideas to divers and non-divers alike.
Partner, PADI Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association – Instructor
Scott is a Navy veteran and a intracule part of the daily goings-on at FFS&S. Scott is a PADI Instructor and SSI Assistant Instructor. Scott is our head equipment tech and cylinder technician. Scott is a partner of the the organizations and an irreplaceable asset. Scott’s dream is someday to retire and living somewhere warm and instructing in his spare time.