The Aquatic Team

Damian Jones

Owner and Managing Director at Aquatic Adventures

  • PADI Course Director

  • Speciality Instructor Trainer
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Trainer
  • EFR at Work Instructor Trainer
  • EFR Instructor Trainer
  • EFR Care for Children Instructor Trainer
  • Dive Centre Employee Instructor

Best Local Dive Site: Lonsdale Wall

Best Overseas Dive Site: Micronesia Marshall Islands, diving on the deep reef walls with the pelagic fish in the blue.

Why I Love Diving: I love the adventures, the travel and the social side of the dive shop.


Andrew (Muz) Murray

PADI Master Instructor

  • PADI Master Instructor

  • EFR/Workplace First Aid Instructor
  • DSAT Gas Blender
  • TDI O2 Technician
  • IANTD Rebreather and Trimix
  • PADI Side Mount Instructor
  • Oceanic, Scubapro and Poseidon Service Technician

Best Local Dive Site: Lonsdale Wall

Best Overseas Dive Site: The Rio de Janeiro Maru in Truk Lagoon.

Why I Love Diving: Drop in the shop sometime and I will tell you.


Chris Roulston

PADI Dive Master

  • IANTD Advanced Recreational TRIMIX
  • PADI Deep
  • SSI Nitrox
  • PADI Wreck
  • Deep Cavern CDAA
  • PADI TECREC Gas Blender / TRIMIX
  • PADI Rescue

Best Local Dive Site: The Zoo

Best Overseas Dive Site: Palau or Vanuatu – Coolidge

Why I Love Diving: I have been diving for 15 years. I like the adventure of the unknown especially ship wrecks, caverns and caves. I first got into diving at the Melbourne Aquarium – Dive with Sharks. Two days later I had booked in to do an open water course.

JohnJohn Yong

PADI Master Instructor

  • PADI Master Instructor
  • IANTD Inspiration and Evolution CCR Instructor
  • IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Instructor
  • DSAT Trimix Gas Blender Instructor
  • PADI EFR Instructor
  • PADI EFR Care for Children Instructor
  • Inspiration Advanced Trimix CCR Diver
  • IART Advanced Trimix CCR Diver
  • DSAT Trimix Gas Blender
  • CDAA Deep Cavern Diver
  • TDI Extended Range Diver
  • Cray Catcher Extraordinaire

Best Local Dive Site: SS Alert

Best Overseas Dive Site: San Francisco Maru in Truk Lagoon.

Why I Love Diving: After watching episodes of Jacques’ Cousteau and his incredible frogmen I decided at a very young age I wanted to be part of the underwater world. I enrolled in my Open Water course in the late 1980’s and have now been diving for over 20 years. I went down the professional path as an instructor much later in my diving career and have never looked back. My reward in teaching is seeing smiles from students who I take on their fist dive. I hope to pass on my passion for diving to all my students. I developed a lust for rust pretty much from my open water course onwards. Having participated in Heritage Victoria fieldworks such as corrosion research on the City of Launceston, I can also be found in my spare time planning and executing technical wreck dives or chasing a crayfish around the back beach. I have planned several overseas dive trips to remote dive sites, allowing access to some spectacular wrecks such as the Mikhail Lermontov in New Zealand. Come and share in my passion for diving.


Malcolm (Mal) Fretz

Malcolm (Mal) Fretz

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

  • PADI Specialty Instructor Enriched Air
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Deep Diver
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Underwater Navigator
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Night Diver
  • EFR Instructor

Best Local Dive Site: Hanging Garden

Best Overseas Dive Site: Brasil

Why I Love Diving: My first dive was also one of my favourites. I was 17 on the Great Barrier Reef and a Manta Ray swam only about half a meter over the top of me, and I was hooked ever since. From then on I dove while on holidays in tropical locations before I discovered the many enjoyable and varied sites available in Melbourne.

I enjoy teaching due to the many different people from all walks of life that I get to meet. Watching as they learn new skills and become proficient, while marvelling at their new environment. It is the only job where being relaxed is encouraged.

Hannah Trimby

PADI Instructor

  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care Instructor
  • EFR Care for Children Instructor
  • CDAA Deep Cavern Diver
  • DSAT Gas Blender
  • TDI Advanced Nitrox / Deco Procedures Diver
  • IANTD Deep/Nitrox Diver
  • IANTD Inspiration Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver

Best Local Dive Site: Sanctum Reef

Best Overseas Dive Site: Oite Destroyer, Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

Why I Love Diving: I started diving with the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) while I was at uni in the UK. Most of my early dive experiences were conducted in murky quarries, where if you arrived too early you had to break the ice to get into the water. It was all fun and games though and I was a recreational diver for many years before deciding to take the step into professional diving. Some of my favourite overseas dive experiences were a live aboard in the Red Sea, pretty much every single wreck dive in Truk Lagoon, and of course the beautiful Great Barrier Reef in Queensland! After a few years as an I.T. Consultant I decided to take a career break to advance my diving, so I lived on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand for six months to train and work as a Divemaster. While I was there I developed a love for wreck diving, so Melbourne – with its extensive Ships’ Graveyard – was the logical location to train and work as an instructor. Since arriving in Melbourne, in addition to the fantastic array of wrecks, I have been introduced to cave diving through the CDAA which has opened up a whole new world of dive sites in the amazing crystal clear freshwater caves of Mt Gambier. And most recently I have got into closed circuit rebreather diving which enables divers to stay even longer on the dives sites they love. That’s the best thing about diving… there is always more to discover and you never stop learning!

Eduardo (Eddie) Aliaga

PADI Instructor

  • PADI Dive Master
  • PADI Rescue and First Aid
  • PADI and INTD Deep
  • PADI and INTD Nitrox

Best Local Dive Site: The Canberra

Best Overseas Dive Site: Not an overseas dive site but I love Fish Rock Cave in NSW. It is a great experience diving with sharks.

Why I Love Diving: I love the adventure, sharks, travelling and people.

Anthony Trovatello

PADI Instructor

  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • PADI Drysuit Instructor
  • PADI Wreck Instructor
  • PADI Deep Instructor
    PADI SMB Diver
  • PADI Nitrox Instructor
  • DSAT Gas Blender
  • rEvo Trimix Diver
  • EFR Instructor

Best Local Dive Site: The Pioneer Wreck

Best Overseas Dive Site: Oite Wreck in Truk Lagoon

Why I Love Diving: I started diving in 2003. Most weekends you will find me down the peninsula diving all year round. Melbourne is one of my favourite places to dive. We have awesome wall dives with amazing soft corals and very pretty sponge gardens. My passion is wreck diving and we are very fortunate here in Victoria to have the ships grave yard with dozens of dive sites for all levels of diver. Some of my favourite dives sites here are The Pioneer, the J-class submarines and also Hanging Gardens. Also love sea food and hunting for crays. I look forward to overseas trips, my favourites are Dahab Red Sea and Truk lagoon.

Mick Whitmore

PADI / TEK Instructor

  • PADI Master Instructor
  • EFR First Aid At Work Instructor
  • DSAT Tek to Trimix Instructor
  • TDI Adv Trimix Instructor
  • IANTD Trimix/CCR Instructor
  • IART Kiss CCR Instructor
  • TDI O2 Service Technician Instructor
  • ABC Vic Boat Operators Instructor
  • ISC Megalodon Mod 3 diver

Best Local Dive Site: TSS Kanowna

Best Overseas Dive Site: Truk Lagoon

Why I Love Diving: I started diving in the early eighties and fell in love with the underwater world. My passion for shipwrecks soon followed becoming a member of the Maritime Archaeology Association and assisting Heritage on many projects also completing AIMA NAS training to learn more about them. Having been involved with the research and finding of many shipwrecks in and around Victoria nothing can compare to the thrill of diving on a wreck that hasn’t been picked over with everything still in situ. I really love sharing my passion for diving teaching from open water right through to CCR, if you want to find me I will be in the water somewhere including leading the Wednesday night dive which I have done for the last 15 or so years. See you in the water somewhere!

Come to the shop and pick up a copy of my book ” Victorian Ships Graveyard”