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
Ting ting Lee
I fell in love with the underwater world since I first discovered scuba diving! Wreck dives and night dives are my absolute favourites, and scuba diving is my #1 excuse to travel to new cities and countries!
Having 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 decided to venture into technical diving due to the urge to explore shipwrecks beyond the recreational level, it is simply magical diving these wrecks and learning the stories behind each one of them.
I love my shore dives and pier dives just as much, they are simply so relaxing and enjoyable. I find it very rewarding to see happy faces of new divers taking their first plunge underwater, and to see existing divers taking their skills to the next level.
Scuba diving for me is fun, therapeutic, relaxing and exciting! I also love bringing colours underwater, always on the lookout for colourful dive outfits or toys. Join me today for a colourful & fun dive!
I have been captivated by the underwater world all my life. I was always a ‘water baby’ growing up in suburban Melbourne, and spending family summer holidays on the Morning ton Peninsula foreshore. Scuba diving was a natural progression for me. I gained my Open Water certification in the early 1980’s, and eventually progressed into dive leadership/ instruction during the 1990’s.
I dived whenever I could (in those days, every weekend), whilst ‘paying the bills’ doing my ‘weekday’ job as an accountant. A lot has changed in my life since those early days, but my passion for scuba remains as strong as ever.
I have dived extensively along the Australian east coast, and have also been fortunate to experience some amazing diving overseas, in the Pacific Islands, Asia and Europe.
As an instructor, I have always enjoyed introducing people to the thrill of SCUBA diving. I never tire of it, and am constantly in awe of our stunning diving here in Victoria. My motivation is always to teach new students in a fun, but informed way, and give them the tools and confidence to continue their underwater adventures.
After many years living interstate, I have now re-settled on the Bellarine Peninsula, and have been teaching with Stephen here at ADI for the last 12 months. It is a great place to work. The PADI training system is also a very good one. So if you have ever wanted to ‘get wet’ … come on in… I look forward to seeing you on my next Open Water dive course.
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 love affair with scuba diving started when I saw my first episode of The Undersea World by Jacques Cousteau. My son and I started our journey in 2008 in Fiji and I continued on to become a Divemaster in 2014. My passion is to put back into the dive community that has supported me; I never tire of helping newly certified divers to hone their skills. The feeling of diving underwater is the closest we have to flying and love the control of neutral buoyancy. I get excited finding different species of fish, Nudibranchs and Invertebrates. My Scuba diving training has expanded recently to include Technical diving using Closed Circuit Rebreathers. This enables me to do different dives to target deeper wrecks and recently did a trip to Truk Lagoon.
Diving is, and always will be my passion, I love being to help and dive with like-minded divers of all levels of skill.
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.
From my first breath underwater on a Discover Scuba experience in Thailand, I was hooked on diving. After doing my Open Water in Malaysia in 2011 and my Advanced Open Water in Honduras in 2012, I travelled to Indonesia, Fiji, Philippines, Borneo, Mexico, the Maldives and many destinations in Australia seeking out dive experiences. Sharks are my absolute favourite creatures to encounter underwater.. Some of the species I am lucky enough to have dived with include Tigers, Bulls, Grey Nurses, Oceanic White Tips, Leopard, Whales and Great Whites. In 2017, I combined my love of diving with my passion for photography when I did an underwater photography internship in Mozambique. Photography is now a big part of my diving - you will often see me carrying my huge underwater camera around. When I moved to Geelong in 2018, ADI welcomed me to the local dive community and opened my eyes to the amazing underwater world we are lucky to have right on our doorstep. I'm thrilled to be working as a divemaster and am excited to share Victoria's beautiful diving.
I started my PADI adventure in 2009 in Mauritius when I first did my open water certification, it was the best thing ever happened to me as an adult. Just to dive is an awesome therapy where I find stillness. My experience kicked off again after I met Steve & Ting in 2019 who encourage me to be the best. Following proper standards and guidelines to achieve my divemaster as the first Professional certification, it help me grow as a better person and as a better diver.
I like to guide people on diving adventure as I remember my first one how happy I was and nothing in the world would have replaced that smile I had; that day after my first dive. Thats why I do what I do - I like to see divers happy and following safe practices.
My biggest goal and motivations as a diver is to project safe diving practices and Protect what we love so much the ocean.
Project aware - Dive against Debris is what intrigue me as a personal achievements. I believe to be able to enjoy the natural state of the ocean we have to maintain its natural cycle. Every dive I do, I make it a habit to clean up any rubbish that is affecting the ecosystem of the ocean.
I am proud of all the divers I meet at the dive club and I always lend a helping hand to fellow divers whenever they need one. They do the same to me. We all care for each other as we all are here to have fun. Go Team ADI
As a small child chasing fish in the shallows, the ocean and it's inhabitants have always captivated me. I've always been a avid snorkeler and on my second trip to the GBR I tried scuba, I loved it! It was many years and four children later I decided it was time to get my open water certification. I was hooked! It wasn't long before I was booked to do Advanced open water, night dives are the best! Then completing Recue diver all with Australian diving Instruction. 2020 saw me through divemaster training and successful completion. This was by far the best experience for me as a diver and one I look forward to sharing with new divers in the future. You will see me underwater taking pictures and doing my best to identify all that i see. Cephalopods and Weedy sea dragons are my favourite. I look forward to sharing my passion with other ocean enthusiasts now and in the future.
I began my love for diving at Pro Dive Nelson Bay in 2003, where I completed my Open, Advanced and Rescue courses. I then moved to the Whitsundays in 2005 where I worked on a live aboard dive boat for Pro Dive Whitsundays where I completed my Dive Master training.
I returned to Geelong 13 years ago for family reasons and lost my passion for diving. I have only recently rediscovered the passion for the underwater environment. I look forward to working for Steve at ADI and showing other divers the great diving sites in our local area.
My passion is photography and find it very relaxing and satisfying taking photos of the creatures and scenery underwater and showing my non diving family and friends the diversity of the life underwater.
Before I go on to introduce myself I would like to say coming into ADI has been one of the most pleasant experiences I have had with a new organisation. I have been involved in many different clubs from member status to volunteer and also committee member. ADI has most certainly been the most welcoming and inviting club/business to be involved with thus far.
My whole life, as far back as I can remember I was either on or in the water. My first scuba experience goes back 30+ years at the tender age of 14 sharing air with dad in Port Phillip bay. At 22 years old I dragged my now wife and a group of mates along to an open water course and out of the group only 2 of us progressed with our diving.
Over the years I have dived many destinations. Vanuatu, Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Maldives, Papua New Guinea and Australia. At home my shore dives have been coastal, Lorne, Torquay, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff and the East and West Coast of Tasmania. Till this day Cottage in Queenscliff remains one of my favourite dives.
As a young man diving was not what it means to me today. As you get older you tend to understand how fragile this wonderful planet of ours is and with that a little over 15 years ago I adopted the giving back philosophy. Whether it's giving back through clean up days or giving back by encouraging others to respect the environment around them, be it below or above the ocean's surface.
I enjoy sharing the experience and knowledge I have gained over the years. Everything from teaching the countless apprentices I have had through my business, the volunteers assigned to me through surf life saving teaching inflatable boat rescue, to showing friends the fun of water skiing on the river, so it felt natural that the next step in diving was to work my way to instructing allowing me to give back in scuba.
I pride myself on my patience with students and to make their learning experience fun and memorable whilst keeping the required level of professionalism. There is a feeling of satisfaction that can't be described when you hear someone telling you how fun their experience was knowing you gave that to them.
My goal is to continue growing as a Divemaster then into an instructor enabling me to share the wonderful world that lives below the ocean's surface.
When I started scuba diving with ADI in 2019, I realised that is something I want to do a lot more than just occasionally on holidays. Scuba diving is way more than I expected. It is exciting, breath taking, exhausting but also at the same time relaxing. Scuba diving is my passion.
I´m very grateful that ADI welcomed me. Thanks to all the magnificent instructors and divemasters who helped me and inspired me to become a better diver, even more so a better person.
Now it´s my turn to return it to the community. I always enjoyed helping others and support my buddies wherever I can. That´s why I choose to complete my divemaster with ADI so I can help people like others have helped me.
I improved my knowledge and skills, especially demonstrating skills. After 7 weeks of intense training with different instructors and assisting on a variety of different courses, I´m proud to call myself a divemaster with ADI.
Dive safe. Dive often Cheers Jörg
I did my Discover Scuba Diving in July 2017 while on my honeymoon in Fiji. I remember my first dive on the wall well, the beauty of the underwater world was mesmerizing. It was an amazing feeling and one that I will never forget. From that moment on I was hooked. I knew I wanted to continue and further my diving qualifications, so as soon as I arrived back home in Melbourne, I got my open water certification with ADI. I loved completing this course, especially learning about the technical side of diving. This led me to complete Advanced Open Water, Enrich Air, Deep, Wreck and Rescue. I was always looking at which course I could do next to further my diving career. The friends and dive buddies I have made along the way are very encouraging. We have had outstanding training which ensures safe but fun dives together. Loyalty and respect is quickly formed. This journey has lead me to want to become a Divemaster, to become a role model, to encourage and help others. I wish to use everything I have learned from ADI to help the next open water diver that comes through. I look forward to where this next course will take me.
I first experienced the underwater world snorkelling on my honeymoon in December 1990 on Kangaroo Island. Seeing a big blue grouper, I duck dived so many times wishing I could stay under the deep ledge with the blue grouper. Two years later in March 1993 I did my PADI open water course, and started my life long journey and love of the world below sea level.
I have really enjoyed helping others enjoy the underwater adventure over the years. I found ADI Geelong a place that really has a passion to pass on that love of diving and have enjoyed joining them.