Meet Our Team

The people behind Dive Centre Manly

Richard Nicholls - Owner

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.

Janet Clough - 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.”

Ana Poulalion - Senior Instructor

“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!

Genny Hebert - Instructor

“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.”

Bill Robson - Instructor

“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!”

Daniel Vandervaere - Instructor

“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.”

Kyle Goodman - Senior Instructor

“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.”

Michael Gavaghan - Instructor

“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.”

Rosie Leaney - Photography Instructor

Rosie has been a Divemaster at Dive Centre Manly, as well as photographing underwater, since 2009. She has been awarded in some prestigious global underwater photography competitions including being winner of the 2018 UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition and the 2021 Underwater Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Category “Highly Commended”..

She has also had her photos and articles published in some of the worlds best dive magazines. Rosie loves showing off our local marine life and helping others to get off to a great start in their underwater photography.