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Meet The Team

Say Hello To Our Talented Team Members

John Cotherman

Owner, Staff Instructor

John was certified right here at Gene’s Aqua Pro in 1986 and became a PADI Instructor by 1988. Thus a lifelong passion for diving ensued. Gene Frusher handed him the keys to the dive shop in 2014. When he isn’t underwater, he’s probably working his “real job” as a Captain with an Oklahoma Fire Department.


Favorite Dive Destination


“Lake Tenkiller with my wife or one of my kids as a dive buddy.”


Bucket List Dive Destination


Bikini Atoll


Fun Dive Fact


When John purchased his first piece of scuba equipment from Gene’s back in the 80s, it was a Scubapro MK10 First Stage with a G250 Second Stage. Now, he’s diving the MK25 with an S600 - the direct descendant of his very first regulator.

Larry Perry

Staff Instructor

Larry started diving in 1972 right here at Gene’s Aqua Pro. A few years later, he joined the U.S. Navy - a career that would take him around the world and make possible dives in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf and Caribbean regions to name a few. After retiring from the Navy and Arizona Highway Patrol, Larry and his wife (and favorite dive buddy), Cherylee, moved back to Oklahoma. He’s come full circle and now trains divers for the same dive shop that sparked his passion for diving decades before.


Favorite Dive Destination


Guam - the only place in the world where you can touch a World War I and World War II shipwreck at the same time, plus beautiful coral heads and marine life.


Bucket List Dive Destination


"Truk Lagoon" Micronesia


Fun Dive Fact


While stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, Larry and Cherylee enjoyed diving inland rivers and searching the bottom for prehistoric shark teeth and artifacts.


Philipp Neuhoefer

Associate Instructor

Philipp was certified in the Philippines in 1999 and has dove all over the world in the years since. In 2011, he earned his Instructor certification and proceeded to teach on shore and on a live aboard in Thailand. These days, he can be found teaching a wide range of specialties right here on Lake Tenkiller.


Favorite Dive Destination




Bucket List Dive Destination


Salmon Run and Salmon Shark in Alaska


Honorable Mentions: Ice Diving in Antarctica, Great White Shark Diving in South Africa, Diving between Europe and America Tectonic Plates off Iceland, Cave Diving in Florida and Mexico and the Nuclear Missile Silo in Texas.


Fun Dive Fact


Philipp’s favorite course to take was Rescue Diver, and now as an instructor that’s his favorite class to teach, too.


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Gene's Aqua Pro

96638 Highway 10A

Gore, OK. 74435


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