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.
(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.
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.
Sarah was a star graduate from the Diploma in Dive Resort Management at William Angliss Institute of Tafe. She is a popular Open Water Instructor who ready, willing and able to teach you to SCUBA dive or take you on a guided dive somewhere in the Bay. Some of the places she has dived include Vanuatu, Bali and the freshwater ponds of South Australia. You can find Sarah working in the shop or in the water.
Nikki is another star graduate from William Angliss Institute of TAFE. She is an Open Water Instructor and just loves getting in the water and showing people with wonders of the deep. You can find her both above the water (in the shop) and under the water leading and teaching people. She has dived extensively in Victoria, South Australia and QLD. She has also had the pleasure of diving in Vanuatu.
Madison learnt to dive with Scuba Culture 12 years ago at the tender age of 15 and has since progressed through to Open Water SCUBA Instructor. He has dived extensively throughout Australia and you can now find him working in the shop, servicing equipment, guiding and teaching people to dive.
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.
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.
(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’ 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
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.