Meet The Team

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MEET THE TEAM


Name:
James Griffith – Director, skipper and mantas resident Mr Fix-it!
Qualifications:
SSI Adv Open Water Instructor
Extended Range technical diver
Coxswain
Padi MSDT
React Right First Aid Instructor
Scuba service technician
Number of dives:
4000+
Favourite place to dive:
Manta Bommie – North Stradbroke island
Dream dive trip location:
Solomon Islands
Why I love straddie diving:
The variety of marine life and seasons

Name:
Daniel Fitzgerald – General Manager
Qualifications:
SSI Instructor Trainer
SSI Tech Trimix Instructor
Scuba service technician
First Aid Instructor
Rebreather Instructor
Number of dives:
3500+
Favourite place to dive:
Mikhail Lermontov wreck – New Zealand and Sevens Reef – North straddy!
Dream dive trip location:
Can’t pick between the HMHS Britannic and Bikini Atoll!
Why I love straddie diving:
The range of sites from shallow entry level dives to deep technical dives!

Name:
David Biddulph – Mantas resident dive legend!
Qualifications:
Padi Divemaster since 1981
Master Photographer!
Number of dives:
5000+
Favourite place to dive:
Manta Bommie!
Dream dive trip location:
Solomon Islands
Why I love straddie diving:
Can’t beat the volume of unique marine life! (especially mantas ?)

Name:
Tyler Rae – Assistant manager and Canadian ex-pat eh!
Qualifications:
SSI Adv Open water instructor
Padi MSDT
Commercial diver
Number of dives:
5000+
Favourite place to dive:
Turtle caves – North Stradbroke Island
Dream dive trip location:
Galapagos
Why I love straddie diving:
Mantas, whales, sharks, you never know what you’ll see!

Name:
Sheryl Gotje
Qualifications:
Reception whiz!
SSI Open water diver
Number of dives:
12
Favourite place to dive:
Straddie!
Dream dive trip location:
Vanuatu
Why I love straddie diving:
Manta Rays!

Name:
Neil Vidler
Qualifications:
SSI Open Water Instructor
Extended Range technical diver
Number of dives:
500+
Favourite place to dive:
Flat Rock – North Stradbroke island
Dream dive trip location:
Solomon Islands
Why I love straddie diving:
Sharks and Manta rays!

Name:
Bruna “wheres my crocs” Sanches - Instructor
Qualifications:
SSI Divemaster Instructor
Number of dives:
600
Favourite place to dive:
ex-HMAS Brisbane
Dream dive trip location:
Antarctica
Why I love straddie diving:
The amazing range of marine life across all seasons.

Name:
Adrian “ricky martin” Saceda - Instructor
Qualifications:
SSI open water Instructor
Number of dives:
1000
Favourite place to dive:
Great Barrier reef
Dream dive trip location:
Indonesia
Why I love straddie diving:
Challenging and lots of big marine life

Name:
Felipe "sandbank" Bouzon - Skipper
Qualifications:
Coxswain, SSI Divemaster
Number of dives:
75
Favourite place to dive:
Turtle cave – Flat rock
Dream dive trip location:
Galapagos
Why I love straddie diving:
The sharks!

Name:
Georgina Pickford - Instructor
Qualifications:
SSI/Padi Open water Instructor, Coxswain
Number of dives:
350
Favourite place to dive:
Asho’s gap – Coral bay, WA
Dream dive trip location:
Truk Lagoon
Why I love straddie diving:
The team at Manta 😊

Name:
Emma Pietsch - Instructor
Qualifications:
SSI/Padi Open water Instructor
Number of dives:
150
Favourite place to dive:
Manta Bommie
Dream dive trip location:
Micronesia
Why I love straddie diving:
You never know what you’ll see!

Name:
Pieter Demmers - DM
Qualifications:
SSI Divemaster, IT guru
Number of dives:
100
Favourite place to dive:
Turtle cave, Flat rock
Dream dive trip location:
Maria island, Tanzania
Why I love straddie diving:
The huge range of marine life

Name:
Nick Nortje - DM
Qualifications:
SSI Divemaster, Yamaha mechanic
Number of dives:
100
Favourite place to dive:
Turtle cave
Dream dive trip location:
Cocos Island
Why I love straddie diving:
Biddy’s pumpkin soup (oh and the mantas 😊)

Name:
Chloe Taylor – Hostel operations manager
Qualifications:
Our resident accommodation whiz!! (not a diver yet 😊)
Number of dives:
2

Name:
Felicia Sutjahjo - DM
Qualifications:
SSI Divemaster
Number of dives:
200
Favourite place to dive:
Indonesia
Dream dive trip location:
Galapagos
Why I love straddie diving:
Roaring deep and the team at Manta!
Name:
Imogen Ramsay - DM
Qualifications:
SSI Divemaster
Number of dives:
200
Favourite place to dive:
Stradbroke island
Dream dive trip location:
Palau
Why I love straddie diving:
The amazing marine life