In the early 70's, Jim Fentress, founder and namesake of Jim's Dive Shop began teaching SCUBA lessons in the St. Petersburg area. With SCUBA lessons, came the need for SCUBA gear and soon Jim was selling gear from the living room of his home. As the popularity of SCUBA was growing in the area, Jim and his friends pooled their money and bought an air compressor. It was soon apparent that there was not enough space in Jim's living room so he and his wife opened SCUBA Nautics. Well, as things go, so do wives and when Jim and his wife split she kept SCUBA Nautics and Jim opened Jim's Dive Shop on Starkey Rd. In 1985, Jim moved the location of the dive shop to it's current location at 9385 C Bay Pines. Blvd.

In 2002, Teresa joined the Jim's Dive Shop staff  and in 2007 she purcased the dive shop.  Currently, Jim and his wife Michelle are enjoying their retirement traveling and diving the Caribbean aboard their boat "The Dragonfly".


Teresa Hattaway
Owner / Manager

A native Floridian, Teresa earned her open water SCUBA certification in 1985 and became an open water SCUBA instructor in 1994. From 1991 - 2002, Teresa taught SCUBA lessons on nights and weekends for Woods & Water in Brandon, Fl. and Terrace Watersports in Temple Terrace, Fl. In April 2002, Teresa left her job in mortgage banking and came to Jim's Dive Shop full time. Teresa has logged thousands of dives throughout Florida and the Caribbean. She enjoys underwater photography, videography, spearfishing and fossil diving. Her favorite dive location is right here in the Gulf of Mexico. She currently holds the rating of Dive Control Specialist Instructor with SCUBA Schools International. Teresa has also been awarded the Platinum Pro Instructor Award, in recognition of certifying over 2500 students and the Platinum Pro Diver Award, in recognition of over 5000 dives. Active in the local dive community, for over 10 years she served as vice president of the Florida Skin Divers Association. She participates in many of the local SCUBA related events such as photography and spearfishing tournaments.