Meet Our Team

Cheryl Patterson

CEO & Founder

Cheryl was born and raised in London, England, and has been an avid traveler since visiting Venice at the age of 8. During her school years, she traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean and her early passion for travel romanced her into earning a degree in Travel & Tourism with distinctions at age 18. Cheryl’s career has taken her from travel agencies and tour operators in the UK to American Airlines in the US.

It was while in Tucson, Arizona, that she first gave scuba a try, and in a breath, her second passion was born. She went on to earn her instructor certificate in order to share her love for diving with others. Cheryl recognized a large gap in these industries when it came to providing full customer service and an honest and quality product to scuba enthusiasts.

Between travel and diving, it seemed only natural to combine her two passions into one, and thus, Deep Blue Adventures, Cheryl’s highly successful dive travel company, was created. Cheryl’s deep love for the sport fuels her goal to provide the scuba community properly and completely, and at the same time show that above and below and everywhere in between, there is an untold story to share with the planet.


Skype: CherylatDeepBlue

Phone Ext: 101

Kari Brown

Travel Specialist / Office Manager

About the time Deep Blue Adventures was being created, Kari was taking her first plunges into the cool waters of southern Michigan, a giant stride not only into diving but a first step towards Deep Blue Adventures. While we met Kari shortly thereafter, we were impressed when she finished her PADI Instructor’s certificate a few years later, and attended Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Psychology and Biology.

As our business grew, we needed to fill a very demanding role with someone up to the task, someone highly motivated, diligent, and able to rise up to any challenge and we are so happy that she joined our team in 2018.

Kari’s role began managing our back office and also providing monumental support not just to the boss but for the whole crew at large. She’s been engaged in nearly every facet of our business, from new program development and deployments, customer invoicing, and social media through to updating our website content and trade show specials. Through it all, her main role has been to keep us running smoothly, a very large undertaking yet one she is stellar at.

Kari’s transition to travel specialist for Deep Blue grows as she builds her global travel resume. At this point, she’s had numerous dives domestically in Michigan’s Great Lakes and icy rivers, Ohio’s quarries, the Carolina’s shipwrecks and the Florida Keys, and abroad in the Bahamas, Dominica, Roatan, Curacao, Statia, Saba, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


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Cindy Knutson

Travel Specialist

Having raised 2 boys to near adulthood, Cindy seized the opportunity to earn her SCUBA certification when she re connected with and married a classmate from Jr. High school. Scott, an avid diver and underwater videographer helped coach Cindy though a nearly vertical dive profile.

Certified in the frigid and murky waters off the California coast, followed almost immediately by a 10 day live aboard experience (arranged by Terri Huber) to Palau! Spoiled rotten from then on, Cindy & Scott have acted as group leaders throughout the Caribbean and Southern Pacific for over a decade.

After years of arranging travel through Deep Blue Adventures, Cindy became one of our very own travel specialists and we are excited to have her onboard. She is incredibly detail orientated and loves enlightening her friends and clients to the wonders that live below and above our earth’s oceans. Having been a member of her local snow ski club for the same amount of time and serving on its board in the capacity of Director of Winter Activities, Cindy brings a wealth of knowledge to the Deep Blue team. Above or below Cindy certainly goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible experience for her clients.


Phone Ext: 103