Stephen has been training divers locally and overseas for over 34yrs. And his credentials speak for themselves NAUI Course Director and Asia Pacific Representative, IANTD Advanced Trimix/Nitrox and Extended Range, SDI/TDI Extended Range and Decompression Procedures, PADI Master Instructor and PADI Deep Tec 90+ Trimix Instructor, SSI Advanced Scuba Instructor
I first discovered scuba diving in 2013, and fell in love with the underwater world since. I learnt to swim as an adult, it was the diving bug that made me challenge myself to become a much better swimmer and diver, I am always looking for the next course to improve my diving skills. During my divemaster internship, I really enjoyed being able to share my love and passion for diving with fellow divers, and decided to take the next step to become an instructor.
I enjoy diving in colours, absolutely love wreck dives and night dives, in fact any dives. I’m always planning the next fun dive if you’re looking for a buddy to go out with!
After completing various specialised PADI courses with Australian Diving Instruction such as Deep, Wreck, Tech etc to improve my skills I became interested in teaching others about diving so they can also enjoy the “world below”. The first step was to complete the Divemaster program and spend time assisting other instructors train people. The most rewarding part was to see the expression on their faces as they learned new skills and became qualified divers now able to enjoy diving along with the opportunity to meet new people. This experience further increased my desire to be able to teach diving so after many discussions with Steve ( and encouragement ) I took the opportunity to be part of Australian Diving Instructions first ever Instructor training program. The IDC/IE was very challenging and rewarding and as a qualified Open Water Scuba Instructor I look forward to working with ADI to introduce people to the fantastic world of Scuba Diving.
My name is Jemma Newman, I first started diving when I was 18 but the scuba dream started long before that. I knew I wanted to take diving on as a passion/ career when I was 14 on our first family holiday to Cairns, when I got to experience my first ever guided snorkel swim/ explore on the Great Barrier Reef and instantly fell in love with the ocean. I started my diving dream when I enrolled at William Angliss Institute studying Resort Management with scuba as my elective. Halfway though the course I got extremely sick and had to drop out. It took me some time to find my path again, until I found Steve at Australian Diving Instruction and have been here ever since. Everyone at the club have been beyond supportive, inspiring and make diving fun(er). Looking forward to finally completing my Instructors course.
I was a bit slow to get going with my diving career, I did my open water course in 2002 and didn’t get back into the water until 2015. Joining ADI was the best thing I could have done. The help, support, training, advice and friendships are second to none. After a summer of helping out around the dive shop and tagging along on courses, I decided to do my Dive Master training and I haven’t looked back. Being a DM not only means I can assist on courses, but also the training has made me a much better diver. I may become an instructor one day, but in the meantime I have the opportunity to really perfect my skills and knowledge. It’s an absolute bonus to have beautiful Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait as part of my working environment.