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 a year later. I'm passionate about marine life, particularly sharks. The reason I started diving was to observe sharks in their environment. Now I get to do what I love every day. I teach all courses from Open Water to Divemaster, including my favourite, the Shark Awareness Specialty Course."
"I'm also in charge of our Scuba Groms program which is for 12 to 18 year old young divers."
"Master Scuba Diver Trainer of 31 years old. I am a dynamic and enthusiastic person who loves sharing his passion as a job.
"My many trips overseas have allowed me to be open-minded and develop my linguistic ability. I can teach in French, English and Spanish. I also can instruct five diving specialities : Drift Diving, Shark Conservation, Oxygen Provider, Equipment Specialist and Nitrox."
"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."
"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!!"
"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."