Bio Neil Begley


PADI Instructor
HSA Instructor

Cornelius “Neil” Begley was first introduced to scuba diving during gym class at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Upon graduation, Neil was commissioned a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army, and served in a variety of positions at different bases throughout the country. While stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Neil developed a love of the underwater world and a strong desire to help introduce others to the experience. Neil became a master scuba diving trainer with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and a diving emergency specialist instructor with the Divers Alert Network (DAN).
In 2002, Neil was medically discharged from the Army for a severe shoulder injury.  A
s a disabled Veteran, Neil has great empathy for those with physical disabilities and a deep understanding of the benefits scuba diving can offer.  Not only is scuba diving a great sport in its own right, Neil believes it can also help others overcome some of their challenges.  Neil became a scuba diving instructor with the Handicapped Scuba Association International (HSA) because he knows what a great adventure diving can be for those with physical disabilities.  Neil has spent many hours sharing the underwater world with people who have a variety of disabilities and in doing so, has shared the wonderful world of scuba diving with those who might not otherwise be able to participate.
Neil holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University and is the Principal of Saint Leo the Great School. In his spare time, Neil is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) on a number of emergency management organizations.