Meet Our Team

Charley Oxley – President/Instructor Trainer

Charley Oxley (MSN, RN, CNL) is a Cardiovascular ICU Nurse in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. She is a SSI Instructor Trainer, PADI IDC Staff Instructor and Is the President of the SSI Classified Diving School.







Emily Franco – Instructor

Emily Franco is a Sales Engineer with Johnson Controls in Houston. She is a SSI Open Water Instructor, PADI Dive Master.








Gillian Tilbury – Instructor

Gillian has been diving since the mid-80’s and is an SSI OWI and SSI Classified Instructor, in addition to an instructor for many SSI specialty classes.  She has enjoyed most of her diving experiences in the Caribbean including Belize, Bonaire, Cozumel, the Cayman Islands, Saba and St. Kitts, but her passion is the South Pacific.  Gillian served as a SSI Dive Control Specialist for many years, but was enticed to become an instructor when she became actively involved with the Dive Pirates Foundation – a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity dedicated to bringing scuba diving to persons with mobility disabilities.   Regardless of a person’s ability, she enjoys teaching and helping his students become confident and comfortable divers so that they will enjoy the incredible underwater world as much as she does.  When not in the water, Gillian is a Managing Director for The Carnrite Group, serves as the Fundraising Chairman for the Dive Pirates Foundation, and volunteers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.



John Oldmixon – Instructor

John is an SSI Open Water Instructor and SSI Classified Instructor, in addition to an instructor for many SSI specialty classes! John has been diving since the mid 80’s and has dove in as many countries as years he has been diving!





Jean Jones – Instructor

Jean started diving in 1983, it was one of the best things she have ever tried. In 2002 She decided to share by love of diving with other and began teaching. After retirement from IT, she joined a local dive shop full time. In 2015 She became a Master Instructor with SSI. After her retirement from the dive shop she joined Dive Pirates as one of their instructors.