Captain Ani Gonzalez is a native of Miami (raised in Hialeah) and has had a love affair with the ocean since her parents took her for her first dip at the beach in Key Biscayne at the age of 1. In 1985, at the age of 17, Ani earned her NAUI Open Water certification by Instructor Rick Smith and began diving on RJ Diving Ventures. In 1996 she attained her Divemaster rating and shortly thereafter became PADI Instructor #99376. In 2009, Ani earned the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating. Her passion for diving led her to become a State of Florida certified bridge inspector for the FDOT where she would inspect all the bridges in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, above and below water. In 2012 another goal was attained by earning a Commercial Scuba Diver rating through the Diver Certification Board of Canada on Vancouver Island, BC. During the last 18 years her love of diving has led her to be involved with local dive shops as an instructor and as a dive travel coordinator / instructor at Ocean Safari Diving Adventures. Dive travel is another passion that helps Ani share her love of the ocean with so many. From local trips to places such as Cozumel, Belize, Galapagos, Saba, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas and Guadalupe Island to name just a few of the adventures! Capt. Ani holds a USCG Captain’s license and works as Captain and crew whenever she is not instructing or inspecting.