about us

Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures (JASA), based in South Florida, innovated and set the bar for diving with large predatory sharks without a diver cage. For over 35 years JASA has been the premier outfitter for up close and personal encounters, in addition to world-class photography opportunities, with tiger, great hammerhead, oceanic white tip, bull, lemon and whale sharks. He is best known as a passionate crusader for shark protection. For decades Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures, Inc. has conducted top rate charters and expeditions in south Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas. In 1999, JASA added a 10-passenger live-aboard vessel (M/V Shear Water) and has since been the leader in photography/video expeditions with a mission of interacting with some of the world’s largest predatory sharks.


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Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures


220 North Federal Highway
Lake Park, FL 33403-3552

our team

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    Jim Abernethy – Conservationist, Photographer, Filmmaker and Author
    Jim Abernethy is an award-winning author, photographer, cinematographer and conservationist who pioneered shark encounters without a cage. Starting at a young...
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    Susan Papes – Boat Goddess
    USCG 100-Ton Captain / PADI OWSI / Nitrox Blending Technician: A USCG Captain, Divemaster and retired PADI Instructor, Susan has...
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    Ryan Sobel – Reservations Specialist
    Ryan joined the JASA family in June of 2014. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan Sobel is a marine artist...
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    Jackie Bailey – Bookkeeper
    I am the bookkeeper and have been doing books forever.  I am just your normal bookkeeper, other than currently I...
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    Blue and Gold Macaw Zoe is a 25 year old Blue and Gold Macaw who has been Jim Abernethy’s life...
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    Emma is a 14 foot Tiger Shark.  She was born somewhere in the Atlantic, and started frequenting Tiger Beach in...
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