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Derik Crotts

Ruskin, Florida Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN,
Derik Crotts
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LANGUAGES English, Italian
CERTIFICATES & AWARDS NAUI Outstanding Service Award

Derik Crotts

Ruskin, Florida Travel Agent

An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN

Cycling and Scuba Diving Travel Specialist

I am the founder and owner of Amore Bella Adventures, LLC.  This veteran owned travel and leisure company specializes in small group, catered, cycling tours, scuba training and adventure travel. I have more than 30 years experience in cycling and diving related training, travel, management and instruction. I have planned and conducted certification training for SCUBA instructors, diving leaders and dive operations/resorts throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Europe.  I have trained hundreds of divers from basic scuba to instructor trainer. I have extensive experience in all aspects of diving, dive operations and resort management.

I have been actively involved in the dive travel and tourism industry as a sub-contractor for Club Med’s North American Zone.  In this role, I conducted crossover and instructor training programs for one of the world’s premier diving resort operations.  Presently I serve as the Course Director for Europe’s Dive Training Center for Excellence at Vicenza Outdoor Recreation in Vicenza, Italy.

When I'm not in the water you'll find me on the road.  I have lived, rode and raced all across the US and Europe.  While living in Italy, I was a member of GS Granciclismo participating in Grandfondo and racing events across the country.  It was here where I learned the back roads of  of Northern Italy and share that experience with the guests of Amore Bella Adventures.  While living in Belgium I member of Cyclo Club Haute Senne and raced in local events like the amateur version of the Tour of Flanders, Bastogne-Liege-Bastogne, Mons-Chimay-Mons, and Paris-Roubaix.  My life and riding experiences among some of cycling's most legendary rides/routes make me uniquely qualified to offer memorable cycling tours.

I retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps in 2011.  I offer first-hand knowledge of travel in Europe, the South Pacific, Asia, and the Caribbean, as I lived and worked in those regions for more than 30 years.


I lived in Hawaii and the Republic of the Marshall Islands for six years and traveled throughout the Island Chain and South Pacific. I have lived and worked in Italy since 2002 and am extremely familiar with the Veneto Region, along with Venice and Rome. I've spent time all over Europe, from Germany to France, and many places in-between. I also lived in Belgium for three years. I even spent some time training officers at the Russian General Staff College in Moscow. My more than 30 years of military life afforded me the opportunity to visit many places around the world and experience their lifestyle and culture either on a professional or personal basis.