Meet Our Team

The people behind Dive Centre Manly

Richard Nicholls - Founder

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 29 years and having dived all over the world, he continues to be passionate about bringing people into the underwater world.

Janet Clough - Founder

“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.”

Michael Gavaghan - Owner

Straight off the plane from the UK 8 years ago I faced my fear of the ocean; I embarked on my first Discover Scuba Dive hand in hand with my PADI Instructor on the Great Barrier Reef.

Fast forward 8 years, add in  a ” career break ” from hospitality and I am leading the operations of a multi-award winning PADI 5 Star Instructor training facility and assisting others on their own journey.

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your students coming back time and time again developing a love for the ocean.

I love the adventure of diving and sharing my passion with others.


Lisa Hodgson - Assistant Manager

“Hi! I am Lisa, a very enthusiastic divemaster from South Africa! My relationship with the ocean began at a very young age, growing up 5 minutes from the sea, and I have seldom been far from it ever since. My scuba diving adventures began when I was 15 when I did my open water certification in Mauritius, and I have been slowly adding courses and dives around the world since. I completed my divemaster course here at Dive Centre Manly in 2020, and have loved working as part of this incredible team since!”

” My passion for the ocean extends past scuba as I also hold a BSc in Marine Biology, and am an avid freediver. I adore being able to take people diving and help fuel their passion for the ocean and ocean conservation. I also greatly enjoy being able to educate customers on marine life and encourage them to learn more about their environment and how to protect it.”

“We are incredibly lucky here in Manly to have a marine reserve like Cabbage tree bay to show people what a diverse and healthy marine ecosystem can look like, and have a visual representation of how an area can return to a healthy state if we take care of it. “

Marcos Raphaelli - Instructor

“Hi, my name is Marcos. I started diving at my family’s Dive Center in Brazil and I’ve been amazed about it since then. In 2017 I decided to work with diving and travel to places I always wanted to know! Since then I’ve worked in Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Greece and now in Australia!”

“I love to be in the ocean and teach new divers about this amazing world! So far my favorite places for diving are Fernando de Noronha in Brazil and the Philippines.”

Cameron Russel - PADI Instructor

“Howzit! I’m Cam, I am a fun-loving South African who started travelling the world one dive centre at a time. I started diving in 2013, braving the cold waters of Cape Town, and have been completely in love with the ocean ever since.
Since then I have done everything possible to spend more time in the ocean, starting with becoming a PADI instructor in 2016, and following up with four years of studying to achieve my BSC honours in Marine Biology”

“I have been a dive instructor in a number of different countries, but always dreamed of diving in Australian waters! Now I finally get to experience them in all their glory, with the added bonus of teaching people to see the ocean as I do on a daily basis. Admittedly I have probably spent more time talking to fish than people, but then again there are so many
amazing species that I just cannot resist! So come on and let me show you how diving changed my life! And let’s work together to save this wonderful place that we cannot live without“

Tate Wray - PADI Divemaster

“Hey! I’m Tate, your friendly neighborhood Canadian who has escaped the cold waters of British Columbia to come to work and dive in Oz.

I have always had a great affinity for the ocean and grew up spending most of my childhood at the beach and in the sea (yes even in the winter). In 2017 I started my scuba journey learning to dive in the waters off of Vancouver Island and although drysuit diving was mighty fun, I decided to take the rest of my dive training to Utila. I spent many months on and off in the Caribbean working through my Advanced to getting my Divemaster in 2019. Since then I have worked as a DM in both Canada and Australia and I have been loving the ability to share my passion for the underwater world with others.”

“In addition to my DM, I studied at the University of Victoria, working towards a BSc in Environmental Studies and Geography so I am always keen to talk conservation and restoration with anyone interested.“

Bill Robson - PADI Tec 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, tec 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!”

Chris Fletcher 'Fletch' - Instructor

“My journey into the underwater world started back in 1987, becoming a new and excited open water diver. Since then it has been an amazing ride – from diving around the Asia Pacific, seeing what we are doing to this wonderful environment, and more importantly what we can do to protect it!”

“The best way I believe is to get people to experience it, love it and embrace it.
If not diving, you will find me flying a drone or on a sail boat. For me life is under the water, on the water or over the water.
Looking forward to blowing some bubbles together!”

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 and my Instructor course with DCM, I became a lover of the underwater creatures. I am an enthusiastic preservationist of nature and a strong advocate for ocean conservation.”

“Originally from Canada, I now live here in the Northern Beaches. I love guiding people through their scuba diving and snorkelling journeys in this beautiful place.”