Laura S. Hay

Senior Scientist
PHD Molecular Biology and Bio Chemistry
Dive Master


As a little girl, Laura Schild Hay (a.k.a. Laurie) always dreamed of swimming with the fish in the ocean. Growing up on the Jersey shore instilled a love for the sea and all its creatures, most especially sharks. Despite her passion for marine life, she majored in Biochemistry at Virginia Tech and has a doctoral degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Purdue University.

The opportunity to finally learn to scuba dive came in 2000 when she lived in Northern California and she learned to dive in beautiful Monterey Bay. After leaving California to take a position as a scientist in Maryland in 2002, she wandered into a local dive shop asking for opportunities to dive. Here, she met dive instructor Dave Hay, and has become more involved in diving than she could have ever imaged! Her original request to Dave to do more diving has been answered by meeting and marrying her lifetime dive buddy, becoming a Divemaster and together she and Dave founded Atlantis Divers.

Laurie always knew she was destined to swim with the fish in the ocean and marine biology has always been one of her passions, an area she loves to discuss with all the new divers that come through the doors of the Atlantis Divers. Some of her favorite dive spots include the Channel Islands of California, the Bahamas and Cozumel.







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