PADI Course Director, Technical Instructor Trainer and one of the creators of the Cabbage Tree Bay aquatic reserve, Richard has been and continues to be all things Scuba Diving in Sydney and Australia.
He has owned and run Dive Centre Manly for over 26 years and having dived all over the world, he continues to be passionate about bringing people into the underwater world.
Dive Centre Manly Co-Owner
"When I emigrated to Australia in 1990 learning to dive was first on the list of things to do, up to that point snorkeling in the Isle of Man was as exciting as it got. Little did I know that my Diving Instructor would become my life buddy and I would own a dive shop with him.
"My own career outside diving has for the most part restricted my diving to weekends and holidays, but I am fast approaching dive #2000 (and yes I have every dive logged).
"Early morning dives at Shelly Beach in Manly, still rank right up there with the very best and I try and get at least one in a week."
Assistant Manager & Technical Manager
"My role encompasses teaching Technical diving, GUE courses and equipment servicing, alongside general organisation of the dive centre. I can help particularly with advanced dive training, equipment advice and repairs.
"My passion is deep diving and for me I’m in it for the adventure and the challenge as well as the satisfaction of seeing my students set high standards for themselves, develop and achieve their goals."
"As soon as I started diving I instantly feel in love with it and became an instructor only one year later! I'm passionate about our beautiful marine life, particularly those with a toothy grin - sharks! The reason I started diving was to observe sharks in their natural environment. Now I get to do what I love every day by diving with our local shark species! I teach Dive Centre Manly's Advanced, Rescue, Deep and Divemaster Courses, not to mention one of my favourite courses to teach, the Shark Awareness Specialty Course."
"I love being in charge of our Divemaster program where I get to introduce divers to a career in diving! It's such a great experience seeing divers progress from recreatonal to professional diving!"
Ana loves sharing her diving knowledge with her Divemasters-in-training and producing high quality 5* PADI Divemasters, most of which go on to complete their Instructor Development Course with us. Do you have a shark question or professional diving query? Ana is here to help!
"From my Open Water Course in India, to my Advanced on the Great Barrier Reef all the way up to my Divemaster in Indonesia, I became a lover of the underwater creatures and an enthusiastic preserver of the ocean."
Originally from Canada, I now live here in Manly. I love guiding people through their scuba diving and snorkeling journeys in this beautiful place."
I am Camille, an enthusiastic diver from Brussels, Belgium. In 2017, I decided to complete my Open Water certﬁcation, not really knowing what to expect from it. Three years later, after many dives and more experience, I ﬁnally reached the PADI Instructor level, at the same place where everything started, in Cairns, on the Great Barrier Reef.
As an ocean and wildlife lover but also as a dive professional and leader, I am convinced that I am part of the necessary environmental change to have an impact on the people I am educating and guiding through my scuba diving journey.
Having this certiﬁcation has changed my life and will hopefully change and inspire other people’s life too!
I love all the marine creatures but if I had to choose three of them I would probably pick eels, nudibranchs and rays! I feel lucky to be able to see all these incredible animals in their natural habitat and that’s probably why I love taking pictures of them so much!
I'm so happy to settle here in Manly to discover Sydney’s underwater secrets...
"I've been a certified diver since 2003, and became an instructor in 2016. I love introducing land lubbers to the wonderful underwater world, and nothing beats floating around inside a lovely wreck.
"Whether doing a very deep, tech dive, or a shore dive off Shelly Beach, 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 harbour is stunning, especially when so much of our land based wildlife is no more as our cities grow.
"When out from under the water, you will find me on the water kitesurfing, 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!!"
"First certified as a PADI Junior Open Water diver at Shelly Beach in 1993, I'm now a PADI Master Instructor and Tec Instructor with over 1000 dives in 15 countries. My favourite diving is advanced wreck and cave penetration, and love diving with big animals like manta rays, hammerheads, dolphins and whalesharks. However, there's nothing more satisfying than giving someone their first experience underwater."
Dive Instructor / Marine Biologist
"I got into diving cause I watched shark week and thought it would be cooler to see them in person rather than on the TV, I'm also a marine biologist. I pretty much go diving to interact with all the animals and see all the cool stuff! I have a particular passion for sharks and have worked closely with them as a study species, and I think cephalopods are some of the coolest creatures about.
"I started diving with DCM and quickly became a regular and DM, completing all my training with the shop and becoming a local guide. After a stint working overseas with a shark research facility I returned to Australia and completed my instructor level training. Now I take out the guided shore dives and discover scuba dives, helping out where I’m needed."
"I got into diving to get over my fear of the ocean, now I love traveling the World and exploring coral reefs. I conduct diving courses, guided dives and discover dives at Dive Centre Manly."