Derrick and Anne met on St. Croix in 2002 and started N2
the Blue in September that year.
Derrick and Anne fell in love and started N2 the
Blue with just one boat, a small compressor, a bunch of
tanks and dive gear. Over the years N2 the Blue grew
more and more. When they first started the were running
the business out of their house, later on out of a
little shack next to their apartment, then they opened a
bigger shop on the north shore combined with a shop on
the beach out west, and eventually they ended up in the
to them most perfect location (the shops current
location), only 100 steps away from the pier in
In 2010 they added a second boat to be able to
accommodate more customers and still keep the small
groups. They truly enjoyed building their business over
all these years together with a wonderful staff and are
very proud to what N2 the Blue has grown into over the
Derrick & Anne are both USCG licensed captains and PADI
instructors and share an enormous passion for the ocean
and everything in it.
In 2010 their son Mason was born and with him getting
closer to 'school age' they decided in 2013 that it was
time for them to move on and bring Mason to an area
where they would have more options for a better future
for their family.
With great pain in their hearts they sold the shop in
December 2013 but both feel like they left ‘their baby’
in great hands and hope that N2 the Bue will continue
growing and become even more successful with this
amazing group of people (old and new!).
In February 2014 the Hill family packed up their
belongings and moved to Florida. Leaving their 'island
family' and St. Croix's diving behind was extremely
difficult for both and it is therefore not too
surprising that they moved only 1 flight away from STX
and into an area where the dive industry is very active.
Derrick accepted a job as instruction & community
Divers Direct in West Palm Beach and is working on
developing the instruction side of the company while
teaching and diving a bunch and Anne is currently
Capt. Sl8r charters, a dive boat out of Jupiter, where she continues to share her
passion for the ocean with everyone on the boat. Mason
is still growing as a weed and starts 'real school' in
august 2014 and loves all the playgrounds, beaches,
zoos, musea and so on and so on...