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.
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.
(Advanced Open Water Instructor/Shop staff)
Hello, is it me you’re looking for? Ben walked into Scuba Culture in October 2018 after 5 years of working overseas in Borneo, Thailand, Komodo – Indonesia and the UK. He is a fully qualified Scubapro and Bauer Technician so is Reddy and willing to help you out with your equipment needs or issues. You will find him working around the shop, servicing equipment, setting up gear for your dives helping you with any gear you may need. He will also be found in the water making sure you have a great time with your diving.
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.
Marine Biologist & Assistant Instructor
Dr.Kate Naughton isn’t just Australia’s leading marine invertebrate expert, she’s also part of our team of dive guides who guide you and bring you the joys of diving every week! Recently back from various marine discovery research expeditions, she is busting to share her discoveries with you! Kate has a knack of being able to intrigue divers and focus them on some of the most interesting critters that inhabit our waters.
Mic has been diving for around 10 years and has loved every minute of it, so much so that he just kept on going until he became a Specialty Open Water SCUBA Instructor. Mic’s diving has taken him not just under water but also to the opposite extreme above water, having recently led a Scuba Culture trip along the Kokoda Track. You can find Mic teaching Open Water students as well as Navigation, Perfect Buoyancy and other specialty courses.
Ken is our International Man of Diving Mystery. Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese he often assists on courses but his main love is underwater photography and leading our guided dives. Also known as Scooby Ken (make of it what you will) you will most often find him under piers leading our divers on magical marine tours photographing Weedy Sea Dragons, Nudi Branchs and more.
Originally from the land of the long white cloud, Dave now dives with the Aussie’s and loves nothing more than helping people learn how to dive and guiding divers around the underwater sites. Dave has traveled extensively throughout Australia and the South Pacific for his diving. Normally found in the IT world during his day job, Dave revels in his underwater pass time and side hustle.
San became an Assistant Instructor with Scuba Culture 3 years ago. His passion for diving and the underwater world led him from being an Open Water diver through to his current professional diving level. Whether it is fresh water or salt water diving San is into it. Otherwise found flying his drone over dive sites, San loves underwater and aerial photography – just SANsational!
Shane has been diving since 2016 and his rise to scuba diving stardom has become meteoric with him falling in love with cave diving. Having completed his cave diving and GUE Fundamentals course, he is passionate about technique and skills especially buoyancy, and is now one of our go to instructors for our Perfect Buoyancy course. He is a regular visitor to Mount Gambier for his own love of diving in fresh water holes and caves and so also runs our trips to South Australia in order to introduce Scuba Culture club members to the joy of wet rocks.
Tom has been diving for many years, extensively through out Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He is well versed in diving in both temperate and tropical waters and is a strong believer in the Halcyon systems. He is a thorough and attentive guide who is very open to sharing his knowledge and techniques with new divers to help them better their diving experience. You will usually find him guiding our guided dives or assisting on courses.