Each of us has our own reason for becoming a dive professional and working in the wonderful diving industry, but for all of us there are a few things that are paramount to why we dive, why we want to take you diving, and why Academy of Scuba is different to most businesses out there.
Come in on any Thursday night for our club nights to meet some of the crew and the wonderful people that are part of our extended AOS family.....
Owner & Training Manager
PADI Course Director #483447
DDI Instructor Trainer
I started diving when I was 16 years old on a venturer camp and was addicted from the first breath. Working in other industries I realised that diving was my calling to life, so I became an instructor in 2004 and never looked back. I dont really have a favourite course to teach. With teaching Open water courses, introducing people who have never been underwater and making them safe, competent divers gives me a huge buzz.
As divers, we get to escape into a world that not everyone has the privilege to see. Its incredibly rewarding to be able to give people that opportunity. Making people the best divers possible so that they can enjoy this tranquil world is what it is all about to me. The people I meet through Academy of Scuba is why I keep diving.
My favourite dive site in Melbourne is anywhere on the walls of the shipping channel. The colours and the diversity of fish life is outstanding, and to most (especially me till I saw the walls with my own eyes many years ago) completely surprising.
My favourite overseas destinations so far have been Palau (for the sheer beauty in a stunning island paradise), the Maldives (for more beauty and abundace of fish, as well as being able to snorkel with a 2m manta ray looping and feeding only half a metre away from me) and Vanuatu (being able to dive on a huge wreck called the Coolidge. It is 6 metres smaller than the titanic. This old luxury liner turned naval vessel is a step back in history and is just a great dive. Everyone must see the flashlight fish at night on the Coolidge!! :)
Diving instruction has given me the freedom to explore places most can only dream about, and the ability to meet hundreds of people to take them on underwater adventures. Obtaining my PADI Course Directors rating in 2014, I am now part of a priveledged few who can help future instructors gain the same buzz that I get out of teaching, all the while helping to change other peoples lives for the better when introducing them to our underwater wonderland.
Come diving with me and my team anytime.
My love for the ocean began at a very early age watching Aquaman cartoons and it continued with the Jacques Cousteau documentaries of the 70’s.
The underwater world has always been a place of beauty and wonder for me, and in 2002, I completed my Open Water course. Five years later I became a PADI Instructor.
All of this has allowed me to meet wonderful people and have the most amazing experiences. From Diving in the caves of Mount Gambia, to diving the ship wrecks and reefs of Victoria, and throughout Australia, South Pacific, South East Asia and the Caribbean.
In the immortal words of Jacques Cousteau: “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish”
I've been a qualified diver since 2003. I have lived in many places, including Sydney and Brisbane - for some reason, I waited until I moved to the cooler waters of Melbourne to get get serious about my diving... (I am clearly good at picking the best diving city!)I became a Dive Master in 2016, and it was during my DM Internship that I very quickly realised that I utterly enjoy introducing land lubbers to the wonderful underwater world, and signed up straight away to become an Instructor!
With amazing coaching by Kat at AOS, I am now living the dream, teaching people and showing them the amazing world we live in.Diving for me is a release from the stress and hassle of the world - worries and concerns float and stay on the surface. Seeing the amazing creatures that live in our bay is stunning, especially when so much of our land based wildlife is no more as Melbourne grows. When out from under the water, you will find me on the water kite surfing, sailing (racing skiffs), swimming, windsurfing - in fact, any water sport there is... When on land, you can find me running ultra marathons, mountain biking, rock climbing, dancing - I don't do sitting still.Originally a Pom, I've lived in Australia long enough to call it home, and have learned to like cold beers... (And no matter what, I get to win the ashes!).Come diving with me, and see what my office looks like!
I had just finished my first year of a BSc in Biology (2001) when I started diving. As soon as I saw the beauty of the underwater world, I was totally sold! Diving inspired me to do a Master in Marine Biology and to dedicate my life to the protection of ocean life.
As part of this life’s mission, I also work for the Port Phillip EcoCentre, an environmental not-for-profit organisation in Melbourne, where I am the resident Marine Biologist. I educate schools, corporates and the community about taking care of the environment, living more sustainably and to connect with the natural world around them, especially with Port Phillip Bay. I also research the effects of and solutions to marine plastic pollution, something that we as divers are confronted with regularly. You will therefore rarely see me in the water without a catch bag, cleaning up plastic rubbish, fishing line and the odd rubber thong!
At Academy Of Scuba, I love teaching people to become not just great divers, but ocean ambassadors as well. Being part of AOS means that you are involved in so much more than just a dive school: it’s a great community of passionate people with great knowledge and love for the places they dive.
So what are you waiting for? Come diving with me! And don’t forget to bring your catch bag…
I started diving in 2008 and instantly caught the bug. Within 6 months I realised that my passion in diving was to teach and I became a PADI Divemaster.
In my first year of diving I logged 120 dives, most of which were assisting instructors on courses and by 2010 became a PADI instructor.
Along with teaching, Cave diving is my ultimate diving passion. My favourite dive site is Tank Cave in Mt Gambier, which consists of over 8km of underwater passage.
In Feb 2013 I successfully dived over 4km to Toad Hall in Cocklebiddy cave on the Nullarbor Plain in Western Australia.
This has been the highlight of my dive career as less then 70 people in the world have ever made it there. You can watch the movie here:
Why am I part of Academy of Scuba? AOS teaches the most diverse range of courses and employ some of the best dive instructors in Australia. They have the most fantastic club nights where you can meet new divers and make lifelong friends. The staff and members at AOS are always friendly and keen to dive which makes it a perfect club to be a part of and share experiences in a sport I love.
I’ve worked for academy of Scuba since the start of 2014 and can honestly say that my work life is amazing. Who wouldn’t want to get paid to do something they love?! I started diving a few years ago and by the end of my open water course I was hooked. I came up from that last dive and all I wanted was to go straight back down. Since then I have been working my way up the ranks towards becoming an instructor so I can share my love for being underwater with others.
In terms of interests I really like shipwrecks both outside and going inside. However there isn’t much that doesn’t interest me when it comes to the underwater world. The ultimate dream for me underwater I think would be to go ice diving in either Iceland or Antarctica, or both!
Everyone has their own reason why they dive. I dive because it gives me a peace that I am yet to find on land in the same way. When I was asked at primary school what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered “mermaid” - I’m not totally living in fairy land, but I’d like to think I’ve taken a decent stab at achieving my dream.
In all seriousness, though, it fills me with pure joy to be able to introduce people to a world that is so fascinating and still so unknown, and see lives change for the better. I am captivated by the underwater world, and feel a strong sense of duty to protect it and educate others about ocean conservation. Working at Academy of Scuba gives me the opportunity to do all this and more, so I’m a pretty happy bunny. Getting the opportunity to grow professionally as well as personally in your field of work is special and rare, so I’m very grateful to Kat and all those who make AOS a fantastic place to be. If you come into the shop you’ll likely find me in close proximity to food and/or tea, and I’ll probably be running around. Outside of the shop, I help coordinate our Dive Against Debris and other conservation efforts.
As Alison Brie once said, I look really good in a scuba suit.
I have always been a water baby. Becoming a lifesaver during my teens, I was addicted to the beaches down the surf coast. It wasn’t until I began diving, that my perspective of the ocean completely shifted.
My passion for the underwater world began in 2014, where I completed my PADI Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Qualifications through a family friend. You could ask any other team member here at AOS the same question, but like them, I was absolutely hooked. During this time, I was travelling on a gap year after graduating from high school, and decided to do my PADI Divemaster course in Koh Tao, Thailand, as well as my Wreck, Nitrox and Deep Specialties.
My love for diving has led me to progress further into the marine biology field, where I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) at Monash University. I also hope to complete a post-grad in Marine Biology someday.
The #1 thought I have while diving is: ‘I don’t know what heaven is like, but whatever it may be, this must be it.’ My absolute favourite thing about diving is seeing the look on a person’s face when they have realised the beauty and sensation of breathing underwater. It is a feeling that one cannot describe until they have experienced it for their own.
Thanks to Kat and the team for welcoming me to AOS!
I started my diving career in 2007 with 2 discover scuba dives up at Port Douglas. I was instantly hooked. It wasn’t until 2 years later I actually did anything about it and looked up a PADI Dive Centre close to where I lived. This happened to be Academy Of Scuba in Glen Iris.
The staff here made me feel at home straight away and I have never looked back from there. After obtaining my Open Water Certification I continued on with Advanced Open Water, Rescue, and other courses culminating in Divemaster Course.
Having travelled overseas on 4 dive holidays with AOS I have experienced more than I ever imagined and hope to do more trips in the future.
I really enjoy helping people learn to dive and seeing them enjoy the underwater world is a fantastic feeling for me.
My diving journey began as a kid, snorkelling around the reefs off Rottnest Island in Western Australia. When I finished high school, doing my PADI Open Water Course seemed like a much better idea than going to schoolies at the time; just like that I was hooked. I lived in Western Australia for a couple of years after that to do volunteer work with dolphins, diving there occasionally and on holiday in Florida. I moved back over to the eastern states for university before eventually starting work as a paramedic here in Melbourne. This is where the diving journey really stepped up a notch.
Thanks to the guys at AOS I’m now a qualified divemaster and have a number of specialities under my belt. I have dived various places along the east coast however I believe Victoria holds some of Australia’s better dive sites. A few of my favourites would have to be the J4 Submarine, ex HMAS Canberra, RipBank, the Eliza Ramsden, Portsea Hole, and Lonsdale Wall.
I have been diving for 14 years, since purchasing a Discover Scuba Dive for my girlfriend for her 21st birthday. We both did our first course in Tanzania on our honeymoon in 2005 and have been diving ever since. I love meeting other passionate divers and experiencing amazing dive locations. I have dived many sites up and down the east coast of Australia and have dived the various piers and beaches on the Mornington Peninsula many many times. My favourite pier dives are Rye and Flinders as they always deliver some awesome creatures. When in doubt, stay still and the creatures come to you!!My next big excitement is teaching my daughter how to dive and sharing this amazing under-water world with her.I have recently embarked on the professional diving journey and can’t wait to become an instructor under the expert guidance of the AOS team.