About Us





Freedom Scuba USA

& Arrow Charters

A company run by Divers for Divers!

The Crew

 Freedom Scuba USA is a PADI dive shop located just outside of Syracuse, NY. We pride ourselves on making a connection with each student to create a more meaningful educational experience. We keep our classes small in order to give each and every student the attention they deserve and need. Our company can help you start diving, continue your diving education, organize your travel needs and help you with product selection. We are an authorized dealer for TusaTilosWaterproof wetsuits, Mares, UK underwater lights, Intova Cameras, and Sealife cameras to name a few. Check out our Gear or contact us for any of your scuba diving needs!

We run the largest Charter Boat on the US side of the St. Lawrence Seaway.  


Carl Sanfilippo: PADI Master Instructor & USCG Captain

Email Carl at: csanfilippo@freedomscubausa.com

With more than 30 years of experience and over 5,000 dives to his credit, Carl Sanfilippo is one of the most respected divers in Central New York. His passion for diving extends into his classrooms, where he still enjoys the thrill of watching first time divers begin their love affair with the open water. A PADI Master Instructor, Sanfilippo has been privileged to certify hundreds of divers at all levels of diving. As a 41 year educator and 33 year head football coach, a person's safety and well being are the most important components in teaching you to dive. You always come first at Freedom Scuba USA.  He will be more than happy to get in the water with you.

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Kyle Dreverman:  PADI Divemaster & NYS Paramedic

Email Kyle at: kdreverman@freedomscubausa.com

Kyle has been diving with Freedom Scuba for 7 years and has made the St. Lawrence river his home away from home. As a Marine Corp veteran and Certified Paramedic he is a fundamental member onboard The Arrow. Kyle enjoys teaching and watching students fall in love with diving. Kyle plans to become an Instructor in the near future, and would love to take you to the props of the Keystorm(his favorite spot on the wreck).  Kyle is always available for questions you may have. 



Scott Elliott: PADI Divemaster

Email Scott at: scotte@freedomscubausa.com

Scott has been with Freedoms Scuba since the move to the Thousand Islands in 2010.  Scott is an insured Divemaster with 100's of dives under his belt.  Scott enjoys the wrecks of the St. Lawrence Seaway, you can always find him exploring for new things to show students.  Scott is also taking the USCG Captain's Course this winter.  If you want to dive just ask him, he is ready to dive all the time.


Mary Candlish: Charter Booking / Travel Booking

Email Mary at: maryc@freedomscubausa.com

Mary is a big part of the crew, originally from the Syracuse area.  Mary spends the summers at her Cottage in Alex Bay.   Mary is an Advanced Open Water diver with a true love of the Seaway.  Now that she is retired she will be with us on The Arrow, you will meet her when you check in.


Dana Eells: PADI Divemaster

Email Dana at: danae@freedomscubausa.com

Dana started diving in 2003. Since then he has continued to dive, learn, and train with Freedom Scuba USA to his current status of Divemaster. As a high school physical education teacher he enjoys watching people fall in love with a new lifetime activity. Dana also loves the adventure, excitement, and friendships that diving provides. He'd love to see you on our dive boat, The Arrow this summer.


Peter Clark: PADI Instructor

Pete is a PADI Instructor that joined the crew last year.  Pete enjoys teaching new students, and diving the Seaway.  Pete's long range goals are to be in warm waters year round.  You will see Pete in the pool and on the dive boat.  Pete fits right in with the crew.  He loves to dive.

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John Flanagan: PADI Divemaster

John is a Divemaster from our 2017 class. John is also a Pediatric Emergency Nurse at Upstate hospital. John fell in love with diving after taking his Open Water Class.  He is always ready to help people in the pool or on the boat.  John will never turn down an opportunity to dive.  Freedom Scuba USA looks forward to having John with us for a long time.


Jody Meeks: PADI Divemaster

Email Jody at: jodym@freedomscubausa.com

Jody has been with Freedom Scuba USA for 5 years.  He lives in Clayton, NY, and has been on the Seaway a good portion of his life.  Jody's son's Merritt and Jaden are also PADI Divemasters; and his daughter Kendall was Open Water certified last summer.  You will see the entire family on the boat.  Like the rest of the crew Jody is a very helpful person that is alsways willing to go for a dive.


Crystal Dunn: Divemaster

Crystal has been with Freedom Scuba USA for 4 years.  Crystal completed her Divemaster last summer with Freedom Scuba USA.  You can find her in the pool with Open Water Students, or on the Boat having fun on the wrecks.  Crystal is always ready to do a search and recovery dive to find lost gear.  When you are on the boat or in the pool, Crystal will be eager to help you.