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Alex Slade

Master Instructor 50099

I learnt to dive in 1987 with Richard Bull at Current State Diving in Bristol. Doing the PADI Open Water course was inspired by a trip to the Maldives, and after that trip I was hooked! Every holiday was about diving, and I dived a lot in the UK too.

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I spent 2 years working as a Divemaster then became a PADI Instructor and ran my own dive school in Bath – Scubaleisure – until 2001. We ran many trips to the Red Sea and most weekends I could be found diving on the Dorset coast, weather permitting.

After selling that business I worked as a college lecturer for 4 years but missed the diving, so in 2005 I took a year out to join a diving expedition in Belize with Reef Conservation International. Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world and I worked with a Marine Biologist helping with reef surveys; we sent the data to the University of California and that area (the Sapodilla Quays) is now protected. After Belize I travelled to the Galapagos and experienced diving with penguins, sea lions and hammerhead sharks!

Since returning to the UK I have worked as a lecturer in further Education but the thing I love teaching most is diving. This past year has seen me running a Seal Team. Designed for children as young as 8, this has been lots of fun. The younger generation are the divers of the future, and our oceans are in their hands.

I love putting a smile on people’s faces, taking them underwater for the first time, and even after 1000’s of dives, I still love diving. Nothing beats floating in liquid space, watching life on the reef.

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Helen Shaw

PADI Divemaster 641875

Helen Shaw

When I went to University in 1999 to study Wildlife Photography at Lancaster there was the opportunity to learn to scuba dive so I completed my Open Water and Advanced Open Water PADI courses diving mainly in Capernwray quarry and Coniston water in the Lake District.

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It wasn’t really until 4 years later that I got the bug for diving. I moved up to London for work and my brother put me in touch with one of his old school friends who taught through the British Sub Aqua Club at the University of Kingston. I joined the group as an external member and did much of my diving off the south coast of England, mainly out of Swanage and Weymouth. Deciding to take my diving further I went out to Spain in 2006 and studied for my PADI Rescue diver and Divemaster qualifications.

I mainly dive in England but if there’s water to be dived on holidays then I’m jumping in exploring what is to be seen in other parts of the world. I love the variety of wildlife that you can see whether it’s the corals or fish and how different the environments can be depending on where you are. I tend to dive on wrecks as you not only get an historical aspect to your dive but they are an absolute haven for wildlife, creating whole mini eco-systems and you never know what might be lurking in any of the nooks and crannies!

Taking any new person into the water for the first time always brings a smile to my face, seeing their reaction to a completely new sensation is always exciting and wondering how many amazing underwater experiences they will go on to have because they decided to take that first plunge….

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Ireneusz Lodziana

Open Water SCUBA Instructor/Specialities Instructor 287713

Ireneusz Lodziana

My history with diving started in Spain 2007.

I made the first step with a DSD in Nerja, Costa de Sol Spain. Under water at 7 metres deep I saw a dolphin. (After the dive the Instructor said that in many dives at this place they had never seen a dolphin in the water).

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2008 - I started my Open Water Diver Course in Warminster. After this course I started Dry Suit, Deep Diver, and Advanced Open Water.

2009 - PPB, Night Diver, SMB, Underwater Navigator, Digital under water photographer, Oxygen provider , Rescue diver and I studied Master scuba diver.

2010 – Nitrox, Equipment specialist.

2011 - I started my Divemaster course with Divezone and I am now working for DiveZone Bath and do a lot of Bubblemaker and DSD courses. I'm DSD leader, Instructor of Digital underwater photography, Oxygen provider and EFR

2012 – I finished my Instructor course

I love diving , watching life on the reef, always something new to see or experience, no matter how many dives you go on, and the looks on people’s faces when they go underwater for the first time .

I dive every weekend all year if is possible! I dive in Red sea, Cyprus and around England. I also speak Polish and a little Russian.

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Katie Laming

Katie Laming

Open Water SCUBA
Instructor/Specialities Instructor 270389

I learned to dive with Aqualeisure (now Divezone) in 2006, doing my Open Water and Advanced courses with the company. I decided to take the course when I accepted a place to study Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth.

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I loved it from the start and have since undertaken a HSE commercial SCUBA course and the PADI levels up to instructor. In the UK I have mainly dived Vobster Quarry and various sites around Plymouth where I did my Divemaster course. While at Uni I went on a volunteer expedition to the Seychelles with Global Vision International where we collected data on juvenile coral growth for the local authorities.

In 2010 I left University and decided to go and work abroad for a year. I went to the Philippines for a couple of months to do my Instructor course, meeting some amazing people and seeing Thresher Sharks and Manta rays, a highlight of my trip! Underwater, I also love looking at the little creatures such as nudibranchs and coral, there’s always something to see! After that, I worked in the Cayman Islands before travelling in Thailand and diving Koh Tao and Koh Phi Phi. Finally, before I came home I worked in Honduras for Operation Wallacea, a company that takes school groups and university volunteers to educate them about marine conservation and get them to carry out their own research and dissertation projects.

I love that there is always something new to see or experience, no matter how many dives you go on, and the looks on people’s faces when they go underwater for the first time is always priceless.

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