Meet the Crew

MEET THE CREW – Most of our staff are all in-house trained from Open Water to Instructor status, and if their background is from elsewhere, they have been put through a rigorous indoctrination and training procedure to ensure that our values are reflected in their approach to their work.

 

VACANCY – CENTRE MANAGER/SCUBA INSTRUCTOR

SCUBA CULTURE is a multi award winning SSI Instructor Training facility. Located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in Burwood and established for 15 years, our reputation has grown to be Melbourne’s destination training and retail facility for the discerning diver who demands superior service, the very best dive equipment, the ultimate in travel destination opportunities and a dive club second to none.
The job involves staff supervision, course, student & equipment management, teaching, sales and possible interstate and overseas travel.  Please send your CV to xavier@scubaculture.com.au

xavierXAVIER
(Director, Instructor Trainer, Course Director)

Xavier has been diving since the age of 8, Xavier’s love of diving and the sea comes from his father, whom as well was a diving instructor in the 60’s in France. Xavier is a NAUI Course Director, an NASDS Instructor Trainer, SSI Instructor certifier, and is a DAN Oxygen Provider and First Aid Instructor.
Xavier has taught Scuba extensively both in Australia and overseas. With well over 4000 certified Open Water divers trained in his career, Xavier is arguably one of the most experienced instructors of Scuba in Australia.

 

Random staff memberMELISSA

Melissa is a keen diver with both work and academic accreditations and experience in the tourism, travel, and communications industries.  She is kept busy by her 2 little boys and the mountain of paperwork that she must climb in order to keep Scuba Culture in line.

 

 

Michelle Ng
大家好~~我叫Michelle, 剛加入Scuba Culture 這個大家庭, 有機會希望可以跟大家一齊潛水, 分享, 交流一下, 亦希望可以幫到各位在潛水上的需要!! ^^

Michelle comes to us originally from Hong Kong and is a Registered Nurse and Midwife but more importantly a SSI and PADI SCUBA Instructor! She has spent the last 2 years in Airlie Beach and Bundaberg showing people the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and teaching people to dive. Being fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English she is able to deliver training in various languages. The SSI training system has online and paper training materials in these languages and Michelle has the native tongue to deliver these courses for you. You will meet Michelle in the shop, leading guided club dives and teaching people to SCUBA dive. Michelle has dived in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand and can’t wait to do more diving in the waters of Port Phillip Bay. Should you want Michelle to teach you in any of these languages please let us know!

 

 

Vanuatu 2008BRAD
(Advanced Open Water Instructor)

Brad learnt to dive with us in early 2007 and straight away the bug of diving bit him… bit him very hard in fact, so much so that within months of doing his Open Water course, Brad was taking his dive education further and further, as well as gaining valuable diving experience by partaking on numerous club dives and trips including our 2008 trip to Vanuatu, 2 dive trips to South Australia’s Ewen Ponds, several trips to Queensland, as well as locking himself into our Kangaroo Island dive extravaganza in January 2009. Brad is now active with SCUBA CULTURE in a leadership and Instructional capacity running regular club dives as well as teaching dive courses, and being part of our Helicopter Rescue Training Support Dive Team.

 

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DAVID (Advanced Open Water Instructor)

David is another graduate from The Gordon’s program, he is also now a SCUBA CULTURE Open Water Instructor who came through the 2009 Instructor course. David has gained valuable experience in the dive industry both in Western Australia on Ningaloo Reef and in falling off a dive vessel in Queensland. David answers to the name of Rowdy due to his boisterous and loud mannerism. He has also discovered that one of the joys of being a Diving Instructor is that you never need to experience a Melbourne Winter again. He divides his time between Melbourne Summers and US Summers.

 

chrissimmondsCHRIS
(Dive Control Specialist/shop/Freediving Instructor)

Otherwise known as “The Hammer”, Chris can usually be found leading dives in the Bay and assisting on courses.  He is an avid Dive Traveller and relishes the opportunity to travel to destinations such as Palau, Santo, The Ponds, and the list goes on…..  As a Dive Control Specialist you will find Chris leading your dives or giving you a Refresher on your rusty Scuba skills.

 

Chris JonesCHRIS
(Advanced Open Water Instructor)

Chris’ introduction to diving was a shark dive at the Melbourne Aquarium.  From this came a thirst for more and soon she was taking non-divers into the Aquarium herself!  Having worked as a Dive Professional since 2006 and an Instructor in 2009, she is has done the majority of her diving in Melbourne so can give you a true insight into the wonders of our bay.  A woman of many talents and surprises, Chris’s other passion is ice skating, having represented Australia and travelled the world as part of the Ice Cadettes from 1986 through to 2008

 

John SalamyJOHN
(Open Water Instructor)

John is an Open Water Instructor who started diving in 2002 and teaching 3 years ago. He is technically certified and has travelled extensively overseas diving in Vanuatu, Florida Keys, Vietnam. He enjoyz free diving for Crays and Abalone along with working in the Finance world during the week.

 

marcoMARCO
(Advanced Open Water Instructor / Technical Instructor)

Marco computer nerd by trade, Instructor by nature!! Marco’s hard work and love of the underwater environment has seen him come all the way through his training to Instructor. His passion for technical diving has seen him progress further into the depths of cave diving and into GUE training. Marco has graced our parties dressing at both ends of the spectrum, recently as Jesus Christ, prior to that as Ozzie Osborne Marco began diving in 2003, taught by Xavier, Marco’s air consumption resembled somewhat of a human vacuum cleaner, now days Marco has curbed his air greed based upon a recent study revealing that the rest of the human population on the planet also needs to breathe air to survive. To his fellow dive crew members, Marco is occasionally known as Phat JC, you’ll need to ask Andrew about that one!

 

SUE
Specialty Instructor/shop staff

Sue started diving in 1993 and became a dive professional in 1999.  Most of her diving has been in Melbourne, but other memorable locations include Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Queensland, Greece and Iceland.  When not in the water, she can be found developing software, playing badminton or tennis, or camping.  Fun fact – fellow Scuba Culture instructor Chris J was one of Sue’s open water students.