Family Owned and Operated

Bottoms Up Scuba is an Indiana based Scuba Diving shop and instruction facility. We offer Scuba 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

We all love what we do, and it shows. We want to share our knowledge, expertise, experience, and passion with everyone: beginners, novice, and experienced divers.
Renata Ellis

Renata Ellis

Owner / Specialty Instructor / Dive Instructor

Renata is a registered nurse in Indiana. She fell in love with scuba diving in the beautiful underwater world of the Cayman Islands. Since then, she has been to numerous places and was inspired to start a business and share her love of diving with the world. She is a Certified Dive Instructor and teaches specialty courses including Underwater Photography.

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Master Instructor / EFR Instructor

Mike is retired from the Marine Corps and found a new passion in my life, scuba diving! He is a NAUI and SDI Certified Instructor and an Emergency First Response Instructor. He is always ready for a new adventure. For Mike, becoming an instructor was a new adventure.

Carlos Cabrera

Carlos Cabrera

Dive Instuctor

Carlos a very outgoing and intrepid person. He loves to push the boundaries and look for the best adventure. Wanting to go where few go and do things that few have done, Carlos enjoys pushing the limits! He became an Instructor through Bottoms Up Scuba and is ready to show you your next adventure.

Dean Ellis

Dean Ellis

IDC Staff Instructor

Dean began diving with his dad and Bottoms Up in 2016 and hasn’t gotten out of the water since (figuratively speaking, of course!). He has joined the Navy Reserves, following in the military footsteps of his dad and older brothers. Dean plans on marrying in the spring of 2020 and will welcome his soon-to-be-wife officially into the Bottoms Up family. Dean primarily teaches our Open Water and Advanced diving courses and is known for his extreme patience and adaptability according to the needs of his students.

Philip Lillge

Philip Lillge

Dive Instructor

Philip tried Scuba diving at a resort in a pool many years ago and thought it was the coolest thing to breathe underwater.  Several years later a friend referred him to Bottoms Up Scuba before a family trip.  His family loved it! What a cool family activity! Now Scuba is on his mind all the time, and every time he sees a body of water, he wonders to himself what it would be like to dive it.  During the week he is a Sales Manager and Loan officer helping folks to either buy a new home or their first home.  He loves spending time with his family and friends, target practice, Scuba diving, and teaching others about Scuba diving.  

Kyle Musick

Kyle Musick

Dive Instructor

Kyle is a master of many things including an Alfa Romeo Master Technician, Backpacker, Luthier, Furniture/Cabinet Maker, Scuba Diver/Instructor, master of diving with a beard,  and most importantly a trophy husband!

Jesse Larrabee

Jesse Larrabee

Dive Instructor

Jesse is an NAUI and SDI certified Instructor. He started his dive career 2017 after taking a cruise to the ABC islands. He quickly fell in love with diving and began his training with Bottoms Up Scuba Indy to obtain his professional license. Jesse primarily works with youth but also teaches adult Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Nitrox, and Divemaster training. Jesse has a background in computer programing and currently works as a network architect. 

Tom Buckrop

Tom Buckrop

Dive Instructor

Tom has been a certified diver since he was 13 and now enjoy diving with his son.  He is a Deputy Fire Chief with the Fire Department in Morgan County and is a member of the Morgan County Public Safety Dive Team.  He became an instructor to share his love of diving with everyone else!

Amber Lane

Amber Lane

Dive Master In-Training

Amber started diving in 2017. She started as a recreational diver enjoying diving in caves, quarries, and oceans. In 2019 she decided to join her husband in his professional dive career as a PADI Divemaster (currently in training). Since then, she has assisted with the youth programs and adult Open Water certifications. Amber has 15 years of experience working with youth in structured programming. 

Maranda Hollar

Maranda Hollar

Dive Master

Maranda first discovered her love of scuba diving in the beautiful Cayman Islands 8 years ago. Her passion for diving has since grown to include teaching new divers and a special interest in marine/reef conservation. She is also a cardiac registered nurse. On her days off she enjoys traveling, swimming, reading novels, and spending time with family and friends.
Paige Stender

Paige Stender

Dive Master

Paige started diving in 2017 when her mom, stepdad and brother bought her a class for Christmas. She has always been pulled to water and instantly fell in love with diving and this dive family. She knew after the first lesson she wanted this to be more than a hobby and wanted to share her passion for diving with others.
Outside of looking for her next diving location, she enjoys spending time with her girlfriend, their three kids, and three dogs (yes, they have a full house!)
Domingo Saravia

Domingo Saravia

Dive Master

Domingo started diving in 2017 after watching the Bottom Up Scuba classes take place where he was a certified lifeguard, Thatcher Park. He was instantly intrigued and took an exploratory class. Now on top of being a certified lifeguard and his a certified Divemaster! In his spare time he loves to spend time with family and friends. 

Kayleigh Carlin

Kayleigh Carlin

Dive Master

Kayleigh is a first-year Divemaster! Her deepest dive to date is 130 feet. She enjoys shipwreck dives, warm weather diving, underwater photography, and reef diving. She is looking forward to a lobster hunting dive this year! When she is not scuba diving she is with her dog Whiskey either backpacking or jet skiing on her lake.

Margaret Paugh

Margaret Paugh

Dive Instructor and Shop Assistant

Margaret is a new Dive Instructor and likes to go fishing and camping. She can be found teaching students are assisting in the shop. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughters. 
Michelle Ross

Michelle Ross

Divemaster In-Training

Hailing from the Region, Michelle moved to Indianapolis in 2015 to work in the non-profit business world. She got certified in 2018 and soon after fell in love with Dean Ellis – the two will be married in 2020! In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling to new places, skiing, hiking and spending time with her chinchilla Ralph. Michelle can most often be found tagging along for Open Water and Advanced classes as she progresses in her diving ability. 

Our Dive Shop

Located at 8915 South Keystone Ave, Suite C, IN 46227. Our shop offers a wide range of scuba equipment and learning space. We are an authorized dealer of Cressi scuba equipment.

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