Family Owned and Operated
Bottoms Up Scuba is an Indiana based Scuba Diving shop and instruction facility. We offer PADI dive courses to the central Indiana region. Initially, we started as a small mobile teaching operation and have grown tremendously since we began 5 years ago. We think our success comes from the great people we work with and treating everyone we teach like our own family. Check out what we are all about and call us to see how you can be a part of the Bottoms Up Scuba family!
Meet the Team
Owner / Specialty Instructor / Dive Instructor
I am a registered nurse in Indiana. I fell in love with scuba diving in the beautiful underwater world of the Cayman Islands. Since then, I have dived numerous places and was inspired to start a business and share my love of diving with the world. I am a PADI Certified Dive Instructor and I teach specialty courses including Underwater Photography.
Master Instructor / EFR InstructorI am retired from the Marine Corps and found a new passion in my life, scuba diving! I am a PADI Certified Instructor and an Emergency First Response Instructor. I am always ready for a new adventure. For me, becoming an instructor was a new adventure.
IDC Staff InstructorI have been diving for six years. I started with the family and grew to love working with students and staff. Recently I just finished my IDC Staff Instructor training which means I help with new instructor training. In my spare time, I like to hang out with family and friends and go to the gym.
Dive InstructorI was a member of the US Marine Corps. I was first introduced to scuba diving when I was 15 years old. I have enjoyed diving ever since. I have recently become a PADI Certified Instructor. In my spare time, I like to hang out with friends and family, hunt and fish, and do lots of outdoor activities.
Mike Ellis Jr
Dive Master in Training
I got into scuba diving because my little brother Dean talked me into trying it, and I loved it. I attended Ball State University for five years for General Education. My hobbies include Playing Rugby for the Indianapolis Impalas, exercising, songwriting, rapping, and hanging around loved ones.
Dive InstructorI have my bachelors in education, and I am a third-grade teacher. I started diving about a year ago and fell in love with it. My background in education has served me well being a Certified Dive Master, and I am currently training to be an Instructor. In my spare time, I love to be active outdoors, go wakeboarding, hiking, and being with my dog.
Tom Witmer has been in the dive industry for over 30 years, training nearly 2000 dive instructors and issuing over 4000 dive certifications. During that time, he has achieved PADI Platinum Course Director Status for nine years, and he has been awarded the Platinum Pro 5000 award. Also, he has been a Divers Alert Network Instructor Trainer for over 25 years and has held a USCG Masters Captain’s License for more than 25 years. Tom is also a PADI Instructor Trainer for technical courses Tec 40 through Trimix. He has logged over 8,000 dives (over half of them in a drysuit), has well over 150 Instructor Trainer, Instructor and Diver certifications including Handicap Diver Instructor, and Public Safety Diver Instructor Trainer. He also consults with Dive Store Owners, Managers, and Instructors.
Tom teaches all of the Bottoms Up dive Instructors, and certifies them from Instructor all the way to Course Director.
Dive InstructorI am from Monrovia, Indiana. I have been diving since 2016. I liked it so much that I have worked my way up to Dive Instructor in July of 2017. In my spare time, I enjoy wakeboarding and kneeboarding.
Dive InstuctorI am a very outgoing and intrepid person. I love to push the boundaries and look for the best adventure. I want to go where few go and do things that few have done. I became an Instructor through Bottoms Up Scuba and cannot wait to show you your next adventure.