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Dive Centre Bondi

Duncan

Owner

Hi Duncan! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I’m originally from Scotland but have called Australia home since 2005.  I learned to dive right here at Dive Centre Bondi – the best Dive Centre in Sydney!

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

Diving is relaxing and fun. There’s so much to see under the water and when you can do it with a feeling of weightlessness, it’s a fantastic experience. I enjoy the technical aspects of deeper and more challenging dives, but I’m just as happy on a warm shallow tropical reef as I am inside a shipwreck in deeper water or inside a cave.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

So many to choose from, but on a good day, Shark Point (shore dive) or The Apartments (boat dive) are both world class dive sites. So many sites here in Sydney can be access from the shore... there aren’t many cities in the world where you can go for a dive in the morning before work - we’re very lucky!

 

 

 

Jadi

Instructor

Hi Jadi! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I’m from Italy, and have a bit of Serbian blood in me, which is why I have a “special” name Jadranka (but everybody calls me Jadi).  I started diving in 2008 in the beautiful island of Ponza, just off the coast of Rome.  I spent three years working and learning there.  I’ll never forget the first breath I took underwater.

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I’m a marine biologist, an ocean swimmer and my name comes from one of the seas that surround Italy, the Adriatic or Jadransko More in Croatian. It’s like if the ocean was in my blood since I was born. I love being in the water, I knew I wanted to be a marine biologist since I was 6 and I never changed my mind. When I dive I am exactly where I want to be and I feel completely myself.

I have a great passion for teaching scuba diving and when I meet new students I love seeing them learning about the Ocean and how to respect it. I believe Scuba diving is not just a sport, it also teaches people how to overcome fears and how to be part of the underwater world which we are privileged to explore.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

I just love every single dive I do.  I really enjoy Bare Island because of the beautiful and colourful sponges.  Sydney is special – you might see nudibranch, cuttlefish and octopus one day and then next time, turtles, sharks and whales!!  It’s full of surprises and no matter what the conditions are like, you’ll always have a special dive site to get wet!

 

 

 

Tony

Instructor

Hi Tony! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I live in Rose Bay and learned to dive on the Great Barrier Reef on a holiday to Port Douglas in 2010.

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

When I first got into diving I loved the weightlessness and peaceful escape from the crazy working lifestyle I had at the time.  Then I started underwater photography which gave me a passion not only to keep improving my photographic skills but more importantly my buoyancy and trim that a good underwater photographer needs.

I was then introduced to GUE at Dive Centre Bondi to improve these skills.  My curiosity for deeper diving developed and with so many shipwrecks a short boat ride from Sydney harbour I developed an interest in technical diving. I enjoy diving with like-minded people who dive deep but with the discipline that maximises safety and minimises risk.  This kind of diving also brings a camaraderie between us all at DCB and we have a great community of divers.

As an Instructor there’s nothing better than helping individuals with no prior diving experience – and sometimes even a fear of open water – to overcome their challenges, finish their Open Water certification and achieve their goal – it’s extremely rewarding.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

I love all the dive sites in Sydney but there are two that stand out: Bare Island because of its diversity – you always see something interesting, and Shark Point for its rugged beauty.

 

 

 

David

Instructor

Hi David! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I’m originally from Fiji but have been living in Australia for 20 years. I became a certified diver in 2008 after doing a couple of Discover Scuba Diving experience dives. I then progressed through to PADI Instructor in 2009 and then a GUE instructor in 2014.

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy the challenges in helping people learn to dive and improving their diving skills. For some it’s not easy and so it’s always a great feeling when you see the smile on their face when they overcome their challenges or improve their skills.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

The variety of diving is great here in Sydney, from the many shore dives to the deeper wrecks in the technical diving range.

 

 

 

 

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Laurent

Instructor

Hi Laurent! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I come from the centre of France where water isn’t particularly accessible but discovered diving in 2012 when I started travelling the world and found myself in Thailand. I was pretty scared of the concept but fell in love with the first bubbles and have almost never had a day without them since.

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I love the peacefulness of diving and the variety of opportunities that it can offer. Exploring the multiple colours and types of a shallow reef and marine life plus the topography and wrecks of the deep are exciting too. I enjoy the technical nature of deep decompression dives on wrecks or drop offs and I’m always refining my diving skills to help me execute these dives or simply to take better photographs which I can bring back to dry land as memories.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

My favourite recreational dive site is Bare Island. The Dee Why (off Long Reef) is my favourite deeper technical dive here in Sydney.

 

 

Ben

Divemaster

Hi Ben! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I'm from Somerset in the UK, a county of fields and farm animals. I started diving when I moved to Australia back in 2014 - I took a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and did my Open Water course. It wasn't until the following summer that I completed my Divemaster course with DCB and the wonderful Jadi and I've never looked back since!

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I teach high school Biology and have a great love for flora and fauna across the globe and this encouraged me to get into diving. My two favourite animals are sharks and nudibranchs - on opposite ends of the size spectrum! My dream is to stumble upon a Great White Shark whilst diving.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

My favourite dive site in Sydney is Blue Fish Point near Manly. I have seen Weedy Sea Dragons and Lion Fish here, plus the best visibility I've ever had in Sydney.

 

 

Fiona

Instructor

Hello Fiona! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I’m from Bonnie Scotland and before you ask, yes I have dived there and yes it was bloody freezing. I started my diving career when I was on holiday one year in Dahab, Egypt.

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I dive because it’s the closest thing to being able to fly I can imagine, coasting through underwater landscapes like Peter Pan. As a result, I love to teach OW as there is nothing more rewarding than enabling people to enjoy that childlike feeling.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

I like Shelly Beach because I’ve still never found the motorbike and I feel it’s a box I need to tick.

 

 

Sam

Instructor

Hi Sam! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I am originally from Lancashire , England, and started diving in the Portsmouth area on England's south coast in 1978. The opportunity to dive in Sydney was a major influence in my decision to emigrate to Australia where I have lived for the last 30+ years.

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I love to see the wide variety or marine life that we have here in Sydney. Some of my favourites are the sharks that we see , including Port Jacksons , Wobbegongs and Grey Nurse Sharks, and the Giant Cuttlefish that are spotted mostly in the winter months.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

I enjoy diving many of Sydney's dive sites . I am the current president of the Gordons Bay SCUBA Diving Club that built and maintains the Underwater Nature Trail , so clearly Gordons Bay is one of my favourites. I also very much enjoy diving the canyons and caves at North Bondi where we have been lucky enough to see a collection of Grey Nurses Sharks taking up residence in recent months. We are hoping they will be moving in for the long term.

 

 

Scott

Instructor

Hi Scott! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

Sydney Born and bred.....I first learned to dive waaaaay back in 1995 in Bali, Indonesia.

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I love the peace of being underwater. It’s a whole new world! I love teaching as well... The course I enjoy teaching the most is the PADI Rescue Diver course.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

Shark Point

 

 

Mark

Instructor

Hi Mark! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

In 2018 I started diving for Gold on the wrecked Spanish treasure fleet off Sydney heads. – ummm, OK Mark! – ed

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I love my deep technical wreck diving and I love teaching PADI Advanced Open Water Diver courses, being able to assist divers in exploring their chosen specialties is very rewarding. I keep diving with the hope that one day I'll get it right.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

Favourite dive site is the rooftop pool of the Hyatt... but only if cocktails are involved and then… The Birchgrove Park (shipwreck off the Northern Beaches) and night dives at Camp Cove.

 

 

Thierry

Instructor

Hi Thierry! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I grew up on a tiny French Island called La Reunion, I started to dive in Sydney in 2001 – in the middle of the winter!!

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I really love seeing marine animals in their own environment and how they behave. I also love interacting with them (when they initiate the interaction, not when we as divers harass them). For the same reason, the speciality that I like the most is underwater photography – I never go diving without my camera. The kind of dive that I like the most are the ones where we get to see lots of unusual critters!

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

My favourite dive site in Sydney is Shark Point, near Clovelly. There are actually five or six completely different dives you can do there!

 

 

Glen

Instructor

Hello Glen! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I come from a Dairy Farm near Masterton in New Zealand. I first experienced diving on a Discover Scuba Diving course on the Great Barrier Reef then later became a certified diver back in New Zealand (in Auckland).

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I live and breathe SCUBA! Those moments when I'm underwater and realise nothing else matters. The best thing about diving is exploring new sites with awesome, fun people that share their passion for the ocean. One of my next adventures will be in Papua New Guinea! It ‘s exciting how diving can take you to such incredible places.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

The Leap to Steps or North Head. On a crystal clear day, just drop me off anywhere.

 

Preston

Instructor

Hi Preston! Where do you come from and when/where did you start diving?

I’m from Ireland and learned to dive here in Australia in 2002. I slowly made my way up to IDC Staff Instructor and began teaching in 2007. My favourite course to teach is the PADI Rescue Diver course. When you sign up for the course you’ll see why!

What is it about scuba diving that you like, and what kind of diving do you enjoy the most?

I love to dive socially as well as teach. You’re guaranteed to have a different experience each time, from the creatures you see, the conditions you dive in or all the great people you dive with. Instructing for me is satisfying, when you see someone come in to Dive Centre Bondi and ask about how they learn to dive they are often nervous, excited or both. You guide them through an experience that they will never forget and sharing that experience with them is different each time.

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

I don't have a favourite dive site in Sydney as they are all different and offer a different experience. However outside of Sydney I loved diving around the islands of Papua New Guinea.