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
CCR diver
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:
Ian Powell
Qualifications:
SSI Adv Open water instructor
Padi MSDT
Scuba service technician
Coxswain
Number of dives:
1000+
Favourite place to dive:
Flat Rock – North Stradbroke island
Dream dive trip location:
Solomon Islands
Why I love straddie diving:
The huge variety of marine life, you never know what you’ll see!

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:
Rhyanon Powell
Qualifications:
SSI Adv Open water instructor
Padi MSDT
Marine Biologist
Number of dives:
800+
Favourite place to dive:
Flat rock for the sharks, rays and coral!
Dream dive trip location:
Raja Ampat, Komodo and Galapagos
Why I love straddie diving:
The cute skipper with the ginger beard!

Name:
Chris Garraway
Qualifications:
SSI Adv Open water instructor
Padi MSDT
Coxswain
Scuba service technician
Number of dives:
3000+
Favourite place to dive:
Anywhere with clear water and Mantas!
Dream dive trip location:
Raja Ampat, Galapagos, Chuuk lagoon
Why I love straddie diving:
The huge range of marine life interactions

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:
“Serious” Doug Townley
Qualifications:
SSI Advanced Open Water instructor
Padi Open Water instructor
Extended Range technical diver
Hilarious internet meme
Number of dives:
500+
Favourite place to dive:
Popes Eye – Melbourne
Dream dive trip location:
Popes Eye – Melbourne
Why I love straddie diving:
My entertaining co-instructors

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!