Aquatic Adventures is part of the AAA Scuba Group

Our Staff

Meet the crew at Aquatic Adventures

 

We have a large and dedicated staff of Scuba Diving Professionals at Aquatic Adventures, who come from a variety of backgrounds and industries.  Our staff each bring their own unique skills and knowledge base to the company, offering our customers an unparalleled level of experience within the Victorian dive industry.

Ollie Payne

Owner & Managing Director

 

PADI Course Director, EFR Instructor Trainer, RTO Trainer

 

Originally from the UK, Ollie has worked all over the world as a Scuba instructor.  After 5 years working in the Victorian dive industry, he became a PADI Course Director, the highest rating within the organisation, and purchased Aquatic Adventures so that he can pass the wealth of his experience on to a new generation of Scuba Divers.

 

Favourite local dive sites: Spectacular Reef & Rye Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: Mabul island, Malaysian Borneo

Josh Eades-Sedgers 

Store Manager

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor, RTO Trainer

 

Josh has done much of his training in the temperate Victorian waters including his Open Water Scuba Instructor course meaning he has got extensive knowledge on the best places to go and the best teaching methods for cold water diving. He is qualified to teach everything from open water to divemaster plus a great many specialties. Josh is also a qualified first aid instructor both nationally and internationally recognised.

 

Favourite local dive sites: The Plateau & Rye Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: Aese Island, Vanuatu

Victoria Wasilewski 

Environmental Officer & Shop staff

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor

 

Vic has yet to write her staff profile - presumably because she's too busy diving!

 

Favourite local dive sites: TBC

 

Favourite international dive destination: TBC

Christie Payne

 

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor

 

Christie learned to dive in Melbourne in 2014 and found her introduction to the underwater world far more challenging than she expected.  Not everyone loves everything about diving when they first start to learn; this is something that Christie recognises as an instructor, and she works hard to support and encourage all levels of divers, helping them turn their fears  into courage and a sense of accomplishment.

Favourite local dive sites: Party Point & Rye Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: Mabul island, Malaysian Borneo

Darrell Pearce

 

 

PADI IDC Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

Having completed most of his training in the temperate waters of Melbourne, Darrell is well adapted to all kinds of diving from wrecks through to caverns, recreational to technical. He likes to keep himself busy, so his spare time is taken up as a professional photographer and professional musician.

 

Favourite local dive sites: Ex-HMAS Canberra & Blairgowrie Marina

 

Favourite international dive destination: Beqa Lagoon, Fiji

Ben Barnewall

 

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor

 

Ben started scuba diving in 1994, on the west coast of Victoria, and while being married with 2 wonderful daughters takes up a lot of his time, he always finds some extra time for diving - whether it's under one of our local piers, off the boats and descending to 40 metres and weaving his way through one of Melbourne's many diveable wrecks, or just trying to capture a half decent photo. 

Favourite local dive sites: Blairgowrie Marina & Rye Pier (especially at night)

 

Favourite international dive destination: Roratonga, Cook Islands

Hannah Trimby

 

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor

 

Hannah started diving while she was at uni in the UK. After a few years as a recreational diver, she took a career break and moved to Koh Phi Phi in Thailand to train and work as a Divemaster. Hannah is a big wreck diving enthusiast, so Melbourne – with its extensive Ships’ Graveyard – was the logical location for her next move to become an instructor. Since arriving in Melbourne, she has been introduced to cave diving, and closed circuit rebreather diving. That’s the best thing about diving… there is always more to discover and you never stop learning!

Favourite local dive sites: HMAS Canberra

Favourite international dive destination: Oite Destroyer, Truk Lagoon

Anders Rasmussen

 

PADI Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

Viking transplant from Denmark, Anders' first scuba diving experience and Open Water certification took place in Perth, WA, though he quickly made Melbourne his new home both above and below the waves. Anders has a growing bucket list of places to explore, new specialties to master, and plan to pass on his passion and excitement for diving.

Favourite local dive sites: Devil's Dropoff & Rye Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu

Stuart Watson

 

PADI Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

Stu started diving in Melbourne in 2014. He enjoys everything about our local diving, from the wrecks, to the reefs, walls and piers.  Passionate about sharing his love for diving and passing on his experience to students, Stu can often be found leading a club dive somewhere, or in the mountains at the snow over Winter.

Favourite local dive sites: Ex-HMAS Canberra & Lonsdale Arches

 

Favourite international dive destination: Havannah Bay, Vanuatu

Chris Roulston

 

PADI Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

After diving with the sharks in Melbourne Aquarium in 2001, the very next weekend Chris completed his Open Water Course.  He is passionate about all levels of Scuba, from diving Flinders pier, to caves, wrecks, technical diving and closed circuit rebreathers.  Weekends off usually involve exploring and taking photos of the vast number of wrecks we have or exploring the extensive reefs of  our local Lonsdale & Nepean walls. “You’ll never have a bad wall dive, the colour and marine life is spectacular”.

Favourite local dive sites: Lonsdale/Nepean wall & Flinders Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia

Tim Synnot

 

PADI Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

Tim has yet to write his staff profile - presumably because he's too busy diving!

Favourite local dive sites: TBC

 

Favourite international dive destination: TBC

Jack Holihan

 

PADI Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

Jack has yet to write his staff profile - presumably because he's too busy diving!

Favourite local dive sites: TBC

 

Favourite international dive destination: TBC

Stephen Marshall

 

PADI Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

Stephen began his scuba diving life off Williamstown back-beach when he was 18 and his love for diving in Victoria has continued to grow. One of his great interests is night diving, when all sorts of critters come out to play, from baby squid to hunting seals. Stephen particularly enjoys the sense of community in the Victorian dive scene and loves to make new comers feel welcome. As an experienced teacher, he applies these skills to help others to become confident, competent divers so that they too can enjoy this great sport for many years to come.

Favourite local dive sites: Party Point & Flinders Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu

Andreas Modinger

 

PADI Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

Andreas started diving in 2005 in the amazing waters of Tasmania.  He became a Divemaster in 2007, but as someone who loves teaching & mentoring people, becoming an Instructor was always on the cards.  Andreas has a family with two young boys, and while family life takes up lots of his time, he still dives regularly either off the local boats or on some of the amazing shore dives in Victoria.  With a passion for photography and wreck diving he believes there is always more to see and more to photograph!

Favourite local dive sites: Ex-HMAS Canberra & Blairgowrie Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu

Glyn Thomas

 

PADI Divemaster

 

Glyn is one of the most passionate and active divers you will ever meet, always keen to lend a hand, and ready to buddy up for a fun dive.  His favourite kinds of diving involve catching Crayfish, and drifting for Scallops, however no matter what the dive site or activity, Glyn is always keen to join in, and is a regular face on local boat dives.

Favourite local dive sites: Lonsdale Wall

 

Favourite international dive destination: Menjangan Island, Bali

Marc Alexander

 

PADI Divemaster

 

Born and raised in Melbourne, Marc's diving began in Port Phillip Bay, and it is still his favourite area in the world to dive. The passion to be in the water led to the desire to help others enjoy their diving in Victoria’s best dive spots, hence why he decided to become a PADI Divemaster. But when Marc isn’t diving, you’ll find him out bush walking, cycling, or watching the footy.

Favourite local dive sites: Blairgowrie Marina

 

Favourite international dive destination: Ari Atoll, Maldives

Sean Purcell

 

PADI Divemaster

 

Sean has yet to write his staff profile - presumably because he's too busy diving!

Favourite local dive sites: TBC

 

Favourite international dive destination: TBC

Emily Hughes

 

PADI Divemaster

 

Emily started diving as an escape from people whilst working onboard cruise ships.  While very used to being 10metres above the ground it took the open water course to become accustomed to being 10metres underwater.  After completing her PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course she was hooked and completed all the Specialties she could in her almost weekly calls to Vanuatu!  While most of Em’s diving has been in the tropical waters of Vanuatu, with the right gear she now happily enjoys the beautiful diving we have to offer here in Victoria. 

Favourite local dive sites: The J4 Submarine & Flinders Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: The Cathedral, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Alex Martin Butchard

 

PADI Divemaster

 

Alex has yet to write his staff profile - presumably because he's too busy diving!

Favourite local dive sites: TBC

 

Favourite international dive destination: TBC

Joe Sasso

PADI Divemaster

 

Joe's day job is as a mechanical engineer in motorsport, but when he's not busy working on fast cars, he likes to relax with some diving.  He learned to dive up on Magnetic Island, but has since done all his training in our local waters in Victoria.  Joe decided to become a Divemaster to challenge himself and to learn more about Scuba, and now enjoys passing on his diving experience and knowledge to others.

Favourite local dive sites: Ex-HMAS Canberra & Blairgowrie Marina

 

Favourite international dive destination: Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia

Mark Tracey

PADI Divemaster

 

Mark learned to dive after a Shark cage experience a few years back.  He has a passion for Sharks, Underwater Photography, and loves just spending time underwater in general.  Whether fun diving or helping fellow dive professionals & students, Mark is sure to see you in the water soon!

Favourite local dive sites: North Wall Corner & Flinders Pier

 

Favourite international dive destination: SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu

Zhiyanne Naera

PADI Divemaster-in-training

 

Zhiy has been a fixture of the Victorian dive industry since she was 12 years old.  Coming from a scuba-centric family, there is very little Zhiy doesn't know about local diving and dive equipment.  Most will remember Zhiy as the cheery voice who used to greet customers when they came to the store, but she has now moved on to a career in marketing.  Zhiy is still an active member of the club, and is currently working her way towards becoming a PADI Divemaster

 

Favourite local dive sites: Blairgowrie Marina

 

Favourite international dive destination: Verde Island, Philippines