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Diving Adelaide Instructor Ron van der Marel

Ron van der Marel

Owner / PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Originally from The Netherlands, Ron took the plunge for his first Discover Scuba Dive nearly a decade ago while on a holiday with friends on the Caribbean island “Isla Margarita” (Venezuela). Diving instantly became Ron’s biggest passion and, besides doing his master’s in business economics and entrepreneurship at the University of Amsterdam, he has since travelled the world to quickly progress up the diving ladder.

He started by doing his PADI Open Water Diver Course in Egypt, followed by his Advanced in Thailand, his Rescue and a couple of Specialty Courses on Bonaire and finally progressed into the professional levels in 2010 by doing his Divemaster and Technical Extended Range courses in South Australia and his instructor’s course while living on the island of Curaçao! Meanwhile (and since then), working on the marine life bucket list with plenty  of fun dives in Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia, Greece, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Iceland, France, Cyprus, Ireland and of course in The Netherlands).

Together with Denise, Ron has also lived in Sydney for a year, where he has worked as a full time diving instructor and in recent years he has travelled through all the states of Australia to discover everything the underwater world of this amazing continent has to offer.

E-mail: ron@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Denise Kuijlaars

Denise van der Marel

Owner / PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Denise was lucky enough to start diving at the age of 14 on a holiday to the beautiful Red Sea in Eilat (Israel). Caught by the diving bug other diving holidays and courses were planned in Egypt, Thailand, Curaçao (Caribbean) and Indonesia.

Although Denise had just finished a master’s degree in Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, she decided to incorporate the diving aspect in her studies and moved from Amsterdam to Adelaide to complete a master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University. It didn’t take long for Denise to enroll in the Divemaster course and enjoy all the diving South Australia has to offer. Together with Ron she went on a “drive and dive around Australia” trip. Apart from Tasmania they enjoyed diving in every mainland state in Australia (Tassie is still on the list!!).

After completing her degree in Australia, Denise lived in the Caribbean where she became a dive instructor and master scuba diver trainer before returning to Australia in 2012. Working as a full time master scuba diver trainer in Sydney provided her with the necessary experience to continue teaching in Adelaide. Recent travels have brought her to the Philippines, Iceland and France ~ lots of bucket list diving!

E-mail: denise@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Lara Pecchiari

Lara Pecchiari

Shop Coordinator / PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Grown up in the beaches of Shellharbour, NSW as a keen surf lifesaver, Lara has always had a love for the ocean.

She completed her PADI open water in Shellharbour in 2012 as a birthday present and have never forgot the feeling of my the first experience of being able to breathe underwater!

After finishing high school, Lara has studied biology at university for 4 years. After graduation, all she wanted to do was get back diving in the water. She completed her PADI Advanced Open Water Course in Cambodia whilst on a volunteer marine conservation programme. After that experience, she realised that she wanted to be a part of the diving industry, so a few months later she was jet setting to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean where she spent months doing a dive internship going from a PADI Rescue Diver to Open Water Scuba Instructor! Although it was an intense few months, it was the best experience!!

Coming back to Australia she moved from NSW to SA to start working as an instructor and is now part of the Diving Adelaide team as full time shop coordinator and instructor!

E-mail: lara@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Shelley Snyders

Shelley Snyders

Shop Coordinator / PADI Divemaster

Although Shelley always loved the ocean she never thought she would actually end up diving, but in 2010 her husband and she decided to take the plunge and get their Open Water certification while on honeymoon in Thailand. After falling in love with the experience, dives were only kept to the warmer waters, diving places like the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Vietnam, Bali and Brisbane. In 2013 she traveled back to Thailand to complete her Advanced Open Water & Wreck Specialty. Also investing in her own gear that same year meant more diving local spots around South Australia and she really got addicted!

In 2014 Shell met Ron and Denise from Diving Adelaide and signed up for her PADI Rescue and Divemastercourses and now loves taking leafy sea dragon tours as she has a keen eye for spotting the tiny critters. Some of her favourite spots are the Rapid Bay and Edithburgh Jetties and she is always looking forward to her and her hubby’s next traveling and diving adventures!

E-mail: shelley@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Nick Slowinski

Nick Slowinski

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Born and bred in Adelaide, Nick moved to Cairns a few years ago to live the good life and enjoy the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef! Three years down the track, he decided to move back to Adelaide to study again and is now one of the main instructors of the Diving Adelaide team!

Nick has a wealth of experience with 3.000+ dives under his belt and an amazing record of DSDs and courses taught! He is in the dive shop teaching almost every weekend and you can recognise him by his big smile as he is usually the happiest instructor in the house :).

On his days off he prefers to drive to Yorke’s to go for a dive on the many reefs and jetties around the peninsula, so if he isn’t in the shop, you know where to find him!!

E-mail: nick@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Sean Vermeulen

Sean Vermeulen

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Full time instructor Sean grew up in The Netherlands and was raised by two travel addicts. His parents travelled with him for at least 1-2 months every year and he caught the diving bug when his mum wasn’t allowed to dive anymore and his dad needed a new diving buddy. Going on holidays in the Caribbean each year, it wasn’t uncommon for Sean to do up to 3 dives a day growing up, stacking up his dive count!

After finishing high school, Sean decided to take a gap year on the island of Curaçao (where he met Denise & Ron) to become and work as a dive instructor. Sean extended his gap year to a total of 5 years, travelling and working in the dive industry in Curaçao, Gran Canaria, Grand Bahamas, Indonesia and now here in Australia!

The best thing Sean has seen on his travels are tiger sharks and hammerheads in the Bahamas, manta rays in Indonesia and the beautiful leafy sea dragon right here in SA!

E-mail: sean@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor David Zakarias

David Zakarias

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

David grew up diving in Adelaide, logging his first dive at the age of 13 at The Bluff in Victor Harbor. During uni, David was bit hard by the travel bug. He took a year off, venturing overseas, keen to not only explore the world above ground, but underwater too. Some of his highlights include diving the World War II shipwrecks of the Philippines, the coral playgrounds of Thailand and diving with pelagic Sunfish and manta rays in Indonesia.

In 2010, David entered into the professional world of diving. He returned to Thailand to complete his PADI Divemaster course on the tropical island paradise of Koh Tao, then continued working as a guide in Thailand’s Similan Islands, Indonesia’s Komodo, Sumatra and Gili islands and in Malaysian Borneo. David then completed his Open Water Instructor Course in Nusa Lembongan, which still remains as his favourite place in the world to dive.

David keeps his courses engaging and fun and enjoys sharing his dive travel experiences. Above the surface, he is quite an outdoorsy person and can usually be found rock climbing, rowing, surfing, skateboarding, twirling fire or planning for his next trip overseas.

E-mail: david@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Grant Moyle

Grant Mo

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Grant grew up diving in South Australia and has dived most South Australian dive sites. Grant is thé expert when it comes to diving in South Australia. If you’re after more information on a specific South Australian diving area (especially the Victor Harbor area) Grant can inform you about all the best spots!

Grant has a real passion for diving historical shipwrecks, and has not only dived the great ones here in SA like the Clan Ranald, but loves diving overseas to explore them. Truk Lagoon is one of his favourite trips and Grant can tell you all about the amazing historical background of each and every shipwreck.

Other than Truk, Grant has been on some amazing overseas diving trips like Christmas Island, Vanuatu, Fiji, Thailand, Borneo, Bali, and Malaysia.

You’ll most likely encounter Grant teaching Advanced or Specialty Courses like the Deep and Wreck Specialty course.

E-mail: grant@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Kym Baldock

Kym Baldock

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Kym has been diving since 2008, but was born and bred in the water, I mean Adelaide. He has worked guiding dives at 5 star resort Hayman Island in the Whitsundays and has spent a lot of his time on the various Great Barrier Reef boats from Cairns and Port Douglas!

Kym is one of Diving Adelaide latest additions to the team and with experience on the west coast, far north coast and of course our own southern coast of Australia, he has a wealth of knowledge of both local, interstate and overseas (mainly Bali!) dive sites! Known throughout the industry for his energetic and passionate personality, he has a love for Adelaide’s Rapid Bay Jetty and the Ex-HMAS Hobart wreck, but his all time favourite Australian dive site is Queensland’s 125+ year old Yongala shipwreck (go check out the massive green sea turtle that he says gave him cuddles and kisses – ask him about it at the dive centre, he’ll tell you all about it)!

E-mail: kym@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Stefan Andrews

Stefan Andrews

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Stefan grew up in Adelaide and always had a passion for the ocean, which resulted in becoming a fanatic scuba diver and studying Marine Biology at the University of Adelaide.

When Stefan completed his Open Water Instructor Course and studies, he moved to Cairns where he worked as an Open Water Instructor, where Stefan was able to use his Marine Biologist skills to educate people about the wonderful Great Barrier Reef.

Always inspired by other countries and cultures, Stefan decided to travel abroad to work as a diving instructor on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Spending so much time underwater led to a concern about the destruction of aquatic environments and Stefan went back to Australia where he finished his honours degree in Marine Biology.

We are proud that Stefan was elected as “Our World Underwater Rolex Scholar” of 2013 and currently spends a lot of time travelling the world, participating in some amazing projects involving underwater research. Read about his experiences on the Rolex Scholarship Blog and watch some of his amazing videos on Stefan’s Youtube channel. When Stefan is not travelling the world you will find him right here in Adelaide, where he’s continuing his passion to teach people to dive and broaden their knowledge of their world underwater – you’ll know Stefan is here when you see his shiny dark blue Mini parked outside the dive shop ;).

E-mail: stefan@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Robert Rath

Robert Rath

Underwater Photography Instructor / PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Robert’s great passion and talent is photography, both on land and underwater. You can view his work at http://www.robertrath.com or on the artwork on our shop’s windows and doors! Robert loves teaching all levels of photography, whether it’s with a simple point and click camera or a complete system with strobes. He can teach you the basic and more advanced courses, and provide you with advice regarding your equipment as well!

He is currently working on his 1000 images project – taking and posting a photo every day for 1000 days in a row! Make sure you have a look at his Facebook page, personal website or his dedicated 1000 daily pictures website http://wetshutter.com/ to see his amazing work!

E-mail: robert@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Carl Charter

Carl Charter

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Carl was born in SA and studied with BSAC Adelaide in 1985 before moving to Nowra (NSW) where he got certified in Jervis Bay. Carl later moved to northern NSW to study bachelor of applied science in fisheries and aquaculture. Shipwreck archaeology was his fascination for a number of years, while he worked with NSW Department of Heritage and Southern Cross University to research. He has published a number of journal articles on shipwreck heritage along coast between Ballina and Byron Bay.

His favourite dive sites include the Neptune Islands, Edithburgh Jetty, Rapid Head and Rapid bay Jetty, Stony Point (Whyalla) and Encounter Bay. Carl has travelled extensively within Australia as well as overseas in places as Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Thailand and New Zealand (where he snorkelled with orcas)!

Carl has called Adelaide home for the past 15 years and has recently returned to his passion of photography both above and below water. He presently uses a Nikon D80 with Aquatica housing and both macro and wide angle lenses! Carl is self employed and currently works contracts for Conservation Council – Reef Watch SA coordinating reef surveys and special events and as Executive Officer/Program Manager for EMS (Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries), which he co-founded in 2015.

In the words of Baba Dioum, a Senegalese Conservationist –
“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

E-mail: carl@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Mark Williams

Mark Williams

PADI IDC Staff Instructor (IDCSI)

If you’re looking for diving experience, you’ve found it. Mark has taught many different people from all walks of life both recreational and professional diving courses and has inspired many of those people to start teaching themselves.

Mark’s Rescue Courses are famous for being tough, but lots of fun and he will make sure that you become the best rescue diver possible. Besides being a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Mark is an avid Cave and Tech diver. If you want to get into technical diving, Mark is your guy! Mark loves to talk about his past diving experiences, so whether you have a question or want to hear more about the magnificent (cave) dives South Australia has to offer, feel free to ask!

Besides many local and interstate trips, Mark loves to get to those special dive spots and has explored Truk Lagoon, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and many other magnificent places!

E-mail: mark@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Divemaster Shane Lees

Shane Lees

PADI Divemaster

Shane came down to Adelaide a few years ago, sold his beloved motorcycle and jumped into diving with both feet (a giant stride so to say)! Shane has done a massive liveaboard up in Cairns, diving all the amazing spots up there and has dived all of the well known sites here in SA!

One site is his absolute favourite though and for good reason! Shane served on the HMAS Hobart, before it was scuttled of the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula and became the Ex-HMAS Hobart! He knows the ship inside and out and can show you all the well-known and lesser known spots on it! Apart from the Hobart, Shane loves to dive with leafy sea dragons at The Bluff and Rapid Bay and usually takes his whole family out to dive on the weekends!

This year his favourite dive site may change though, as Shane will be leading a shop trip to Truk Lagoon in September and is looking into another Queensland trip near the end of the year! Shane is also a member of the Flinders Uni Underwater Club and can often be found on their boats (especially when it’s a dodge tide and he can do a double on the Hobart!!).

E-mail: shane@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Renee Lang

Renee Lang

PADI Divemaster

Born and bred in Adelaide, Renee first became interested in diving while on holiday in Egypt, where she undertook her first PADI Discover Scuba. Upon return to Australia she commenced her open water course right here in Adelaide, with her first dive being the Glenelg Dredge! Straight away she joined the Flinders University Underwater Club, which nurtured, educated and encouraged her in many aspects of her diving.

In the 4 years since Renee learnt to dive, she has dived extensively in the Adelaide region but has also been lucky enough to dive in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand and the Great Barrier Reef!

Loving to explore wrecks Renee’s favorite local dive site is the Ex HMAS Hobart, which she will dive at every opportunity. She is easily recognizable by her pink gear. Her best dive to date was off the coast of Zanzibar in Tanzania, where the corals are very intact, and there are lots of opportunities to spot turtles!

E-mail: renee@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Sharon beckmann

Sharon Beckmann

PADI Divemaster

Sharon learnt to dive here in Adelaide about 8 years ago and hasn’t looked back! There’s just so much to love about being underwater and not knowing just what each dive will bring. Rapid Bay remains one of her favourite dive locations with such diversity … leafy sea dragons are truly mesmerising but even without seeing one on a dive there, it is a most spectacular site. The look on divers faces the first time they dive there is such a treat!

Other local favourites would have to include Edithburgh jetty, HMAS Hobart, the Star of Greece and the Dredge.

Sharon especially enjoys helping divers improve their skills and confidence underwater and running refresher courses. She is also a member of Flinders University Underwater Club and gets to enjoy some great diving with them. With a couple of awesome overseas trips coming up this year (Tulamben and Truk Lagoon!) the excitement of diving continues for Sharon!!

E-mail: sharon@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Daniel Kinasz

Daniel Kinasz

PADI Divemaster

Daniel learned to dive at Edithburgh Jetty on the Yorke Peninsula, so this jetty has had a special place in his heart ever since, particularly with its ever spectacular night diving. Daniel dabbles in underwater photography, cavern diving, assisting in marine projects and generally having a great time. Most of his regular dive buddies will tell you that he can usually be found with his fins up with his head in a crack searching for the unseen.

His favorite dive to date was night diving the USS liberty in Tulamben (Bali), and Daniel is currently working towards diving Truk Lagoon (Micronesia) on trimix.

E-mail: daniel@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Paul Snyders

Paul Snyders

PADI Divemaster

Born in the Netherlands but growing up on the west coast of SA near Streaky Bay, Paul always loved the ocean, either surfing, fishing or snorkeling! Paul got his Open Water certification while on honeymoon in Koh Tao (Thailand) in 2010 and continued diving at lots of different locations throughout South East Asia. Paul didn’t get his advanced open water till 2013, but this is when his wife and he didn’t look back, completing several specialty courses and diving lots of local spots in SA!

They continued on and recently completed their PADI Divemaster course with Diving Adelaide. Paul loves exploring wrecks and would like to continue with cave and technical diving. He enjoys nothing more than showing other people what South Australia has to offer. Most weekends, you will find Paul and Shelley out diving – usually looking for the little critters!

E-mail: paul@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Divemaster Briony Schadegg

Briony Schadegg

PADI Divemaster

This adventurous Australian-Swiss started diving in 2013 as a hobby for non-surf days between snow seasons. Briony was instructed by some of our best (Kym and Grant). Diving quickly became a passion and the photos Briony has taken while diving feature heavily on her photography site.

Briony has dived extensively here in South Australia including Port Noarlunga area, Aldinga area, Glenelg area, Seacliff area, Rapid Bay, Second Valley, Fishing Bay, Victor Harbour area, Edithburgh, Port Hughes, Whyalla, Tumby Bay and Mount Gambier. She has also dived most of our local wrecks including HMAS Hobart, Star of Greece, the Norma, The John Robb, the Lumb, the Seawolf and the Dredge. She is a lover of night dives with a keen interest in sharks. Due to her adventurous spirit she is constantly investigating the lesser known dive sites and is always on the hunt for new dive sites not yet discovered.

Briony has explored waters beyond our local ones, in Sydney, Tasmania, The Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and Chuuk Lagoon. The Solomon Islands will soon be added to that list as well!

Briony regularly leads Leafy Seadragon Tours at Rapid Bay and has an excellent record for finding these beautiful creatures unique to South Australia.

E-mail: briony@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Divemaster Rob Miller

Rob Miller

PADI Divemaster

Rob has been diving for decades in and around Adelaide and has done the most dives on Port Noarlunga Reef than anyone we know! He lives just around the corner and is always up for a dive in “his backyard” so whenever you’re keen to go for a dive, you can count on Rob!

After years of diving, Rob focussed on other things for a while, but got right back into it recently and went all the way from advanced to PADI Master Scuba Diver before going down the professional path with us by becoming a Divemaster!

His next plan is to get into the servicing side of things and become a qualified scuba technician! Whenever Rob sets his mind on something, he will make it work, so we’re sure he’ll be servicing our gear before we know it!

E-mail: robm@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Divemaster Lisa Mclean

Lisa Mclean

Divemaster

Lisa grew up in Wollongong (NSW) and spent much of her spare time at the beautiful beaches of the South (East) Coast. She learned to dive in Sydney and fell in love with the ocean and Sydney diving! After moving inland for a few years, she moved to Adelaide and hasn’t looked back! Most of Lisa’s weekends are spent in the water, exploring all the wonderful dive sites South Australia has to offer!

In 2015 Lisa decided to take her diving further and completed her Divemaster training so she can share her love of diving, the ocean and all the amazing creatures with other divers! Her favourite dive spots are Edithburgh Jetty, the Solitary Islands (where tropical meets temperate) and Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania, which she visited recently!

With the Ningaloo in WA, Lembeh, Tonga, PNG, The Philippines and the Red Sea still high on the bucket list, Lisa still has heaps to explore and with her passion for underwater photography, we’re sure the bucketlist will be ever growing!

E-mail: lisa@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Instructor Robert Paton

Robert Paton

Divemaster

It has been almost 20 years since Rob learned to dive, and since then he has dived most dive sites in South Australia. Those are not only the well-known dive sites, but include anything you could think of diving! During those years Rob has developed a keen eye for spotting critters. Even those perfectly camouflaged creatures like Warty Prowfish, Anglerfish, Pyjama and Dumpling Squid, Seahorses and Leafy Seadragons are not able to hide from Rob. It is therefore not more than normal that Rob developed a huge passion for underwater photography. Rob is always looking for dive buddies so he can snap the perfect shot. Rob’s looking forward to do more overseas travel in the future, but so far his favourite dive site was Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

After being an avid diver for so many years it was only natural for Rob to progress to Divemaster level in 2010. You might spot Rob while leading a dive or on one of our weekends away. If you are a photographer yourself and want a guide to find you the best creatures, make sure you ask for Rob Paton!

E-mail: robp@divingadelaide.com.au

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Diving Adelaide Divemaster Damian Bishop

Damian Bishop

Divemaster

Damian learned to dive in South Australia and likes to explore the best dive sites in South Australia. Damian loves to dive all the Mount Gambier Caves, especially his favourites: Pines and Kilsby’s. Damo tries to be in the water as often as possible, you will most likely see him on a relaxing (night) dive after work, leading shore or boat dives on the weekend or exploring new caves or depths just for fun!

You might be able to catch him on a meeting at the Flinders University Underwater Club as well, where he usually hangs out on Thursday nights. If you’re looking to join a local dive club, Damo is the guy to talk to.

Damian has been on interstate trips like Fish Rock Cave in South West Rocks (NSW), and amazing overseas trips to destinations as Truk Lagoon and Indonesia.  He’s always up for a chat and a cider if you’re after some info!

E-mail: damian@divingadelaide.com.au

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