Meet the Team
Our Tres Pelicanos team is as diverse as the thousands of clients who have come to join our Pelican family. The owner is from Alaska, our Mama Pelican is from Missouri, our cruise director is Canadian while our shop manager and dive staff are all local. We are a perfect blend of charm and expertise above and below the surface.
Hola. My name is Steve Belmont and I am the sole owner of Tres Pelicanos Dive Center. Our company mantra is to “Build our business one satisfied diver at a time.”
Prior to owning a dive shop I spent 44 years in the construction industry as a carpenter. In 1984 I discovered scuba and in 2007 I discovered Cozumel and fell in love with the culture. As my construction career was winding down, I needed another challenge and it was my late wife, Ardean, who suggested I open a dive shop.
So how does a carpenter start a dive shop? I considered it as a new construction project and found people who knew the business and let them do what they do best. Jeanie and Pony were the two who guided me into this venture and Servando became our divemaster/instructor. They not only ran the business but taught me in the process. I became the orchestra leader guiding those 3 in the direction I wanted the shop to go. They are the real 3 pelicans and are the reason for our success. In 2012, Tres Pelicanos opened its doors.
Your first contact with Tres Pelicanos will likely be with Jeanie. She has over 20 years of experience putting together diving and/or dive & hotel packages. Many of our clients are astounded at the speed in which she responds to requests and questions. She is our well known secret weapon. Contact her by email, and you will be glad you did.
She can also assist with information on Whale Shark tours and Cenote dives on the mainland and has a restaurant list that will take you to some out of the way places where the local food is good and cheap. Jeanie will be happy to work with you so you get the most out of your dive vacation. Jeanie and her husband Mike also work closely with the Cozumel Turtle Conservation Program.
Dive Shop Manager
When you arrive at our dive shop you will meet our shop manager Pony . He will greet you with a smile and take care of your questions, equipment or perhaps fit you with rental gear. He has over 20 years in the aquatic tour business and it was my very good fortune to seduce him into joining my start up operation, Tres Pelicanos Dive Center. He is the person who really keeps the operation running smoothly. He manages the business scheduling clients, boats and crews. However more importantly he is my very good friend. I rely heavily on his council and translation of the Spanish language. Tres Pelicanos would not be Tres Pelicanos without Pony. In Pony’s free time he helps his wife decorate cakes for her business, Pasteleria Jasiby.
(Jose Julian Ramirez Conrado)
Meet Pony’s big brother Julio. At age 16 he began working at Dive Cozumel filling tanks, captaining boats, washing gear, managing diver/boat schedules and boat maintenance and solving equipment problems. He went to work with the same operation through 5 owners and a name change (now known as Scuba Shack) for over 30 years. During the early years, he learned to speak English by practicing with American clients and his British born wife, Anna, and he is now fluent. Julio joined the Tres Pelicanos team in December of 2018.
Cathy is the dive shop’s “Cruise Director.” She visited Cozumel in 2017 from her home in Canada looking for a refresher scuba diving course after being away from diving for 20 years. She now has over 700+ dives under her belt and several PADI courses including: AOW, Nitrox, Coral Reef Conservation and multiple specialties. You’ll often see her on the dive boat and in the water. She is fluent in English and French and is a tremendous asset to helping both in the shop and on the boat. She now lives in Cozumel about eight months per year.
(Jose ex. Pech)
Jose started in the aquatic world in 1982 filling tanks in a dive shop. In 1986 he started his career as a divemaster. In 1990 he left Mexico to provide a religious service for 2 years. Jose acquired his instructor certification in 2015 and in 2018 he came aboard the Tres Pelicanos operation and has worked as a divemaster and our instructor. All of his students speak highly of his skill and calming patience when working with him. He is a real asset and we love how he interacts with his clients on the boat and beneath the surface. His infectious smile is contagious and his knowledge of the reefs and tremendous eyesight will show you things that others will miss.
Born on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chan Fran has been a resident of Cozumel since he was four years old. He grew up with his uncles fishing and learning the waters of Cozumel. He has captained boats working inside the National Park for over 20 years. His knowledge and skill are at the top of his trade. He navigates the boat safely to the sites and is there when divers surface. He is fast and has the eyes of an eagle and can spot divers on the surface from distances. He puts the boat over the drop areas and maneuvers the boat to play the wind and current when picking up divers. We are fortunate to have him as El Capitan of the Skinny Shark.
George began his career in the Aquatic tourist industry in the 1980’s first filling tanks, then becoming a sailor and eventually a boat captain. Over the years he worked for a number of different dive operations. He knows all of the reefs and by just using landmarks and his own memory, he can put his divers right on the spot. His smile is contagious and although quiet in nature, he has a wonderful sense of humor. George came to us when we needed a third boat Captain and gladly took on the responsibility of getting air tanks, driving the boat and filling in as a divemaster when needed. We are happy to have him in our Pelican family.