Meet The Team
Karl - Owner, IDC Staff Instructor
A former military diver with 15 years diving experience Karl has dived throughout the UK including the wreck diving mecca of Scapa Flow and all over the world both in work and recreational environments in far flung places such as the Med, Persian Gulf, Far East, South Pacific and throughout Australasia. Whilst serving, Karl came over to PADI on the experienced scuba diver programme in 1997 and worked his way up in his spare time his current grade of IDC Staff Instructor. Only two from the top grade in the PADI system, Karl can teach and certify Assistant Instructors, the first component part of the Instructor Development Course along with a host of speciality courses such as nitrox, wreck and deep diving. He is also a member of International Association of Nitrox & Technical Divers (IANTD) and International Association of Rebreather Trainers (IART). A keen technical diver on both open and closed circuit Karl can often be seen diving his JJ CCR (rebreather) when not teaching students, the latest rebreather to get through the stringent CE approval. Karl is very much looking forward to developing others in the dive club to progress into the exciting world of technical diving whilst broadening the horizons of club members through more diverse trips and excursions and has a real passion for deep wreck diving in particular.
Chris - Instructor (MSDT)
Qualified to teach all PADI courses from Open Water through to Divemaster, Chris has speciality ratings in Night Diver, Deep Diver, Dry Suit, Digital Underwater Photography, Wreck Diver, Enriched Air, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search and Recovery & Emergency Oxygen provision. Chris gained an honours degree in clinical science and holds a post graduate degree in teaching. He has been diving for over six years, has logged hundreds of dives worldwide, having dived extensively throughout Thailand, Egypt, Mexico, Cuba, St Lucia and South Africa. He teaches first aid and is currently training to become a commercially endorsed boat skipper.
Chris - Divemaster
Chris has been diving for over ten years and is a dive master. He is a qualified observer for the marine conservation society and is keen to combine this interest with underwater photography. As a commercially endorsed Royal Yachting Association Sailing Instructor he runs our RYA essential navigation and seamanship courses. This is a must for advanced divers wishing to dive the challenging tidal currents and weather conditions around the coast of Wales.
Richie - Divemaster
Richie learnt to dive some ten years ago and has been diving regularly for the last five years, a qualified first aider in the workplace he has dived throughout the UK in West Wales, Gower, Cornwall, Anglesey, and Scotland with experience of diving abroad in locations such as Mexico, Egypt, Spain, Crete, Turkey and Cyprus. He has completed courses in nitrox and deep diving but his passion is for wreck diving after diving the Zenobia wreck in Cyprus, his favourite dive to date. Richie is now focussing on completing the wreck diver speciality course and gaining some more experience in the wreck arena. His ambition is to become a PADI Instructor, gain five speciality instructor qualifications to be awarded the MSDT grade. He enjoys assisting Instructors with students, teaching DSD courses and finds this very rewarding particularly when they are seen finally passing their open water qualification. He enjoys meeting new students and making new friends. Richie has been pivotal in the operation of Bay Divers over the last few months and his hard work has paid off in him recently successfully completing the prestigious Divemaster course, an achievement of which he is justifiably proud.
Lynn - Divemaster
Lynn has been a Divemaster & DSD Leader for almost ten years. It all started on holiday, with a try dive in the pool, in the Dominican Republic and after his very first dive in open water he was well and truly hooked. On his return to the UK he enrolled on the open water course progressing through to Divemaster and considers himself very fortunate to have been taught by experienced and patient instructors. On his many travels he has been to Cuba, Mexico, Aruba, Maldives including many trips to Egypt and has been very fortunate to see numerous small creatures like nudibranches, many large and colourful fish, moray eels, lobsters, turtles, large and enormous, crocodile fish to the very large pelagics like reef sharks, black and white tip sharks and even the less friendly oceanic white tips. Lynn has also had the privelage of diving with a whale shark. He has dived on house reefs, day boats and liveaboards. Last year he dived in the Philippines and saw a cuttlefish in its full splendour, showing off his array of iridescent colours in front of the camera during a night dive - the photos turned out to be spectacular! Lynn's latest adventure was a three week holiday to Koh Tao in Thailand and he simply can't wait to go back! Lynn is a seasoned nitrox diver with several speciality ratings and says "I am having such a great time diving that I think it would be really nice for somebody else to experience what I have seen, that's why I became part of Karl’s team at Bay Divers - to give something back!"
Rod - Divemaster
Rod has been scuba diving for the last three years and has seen a lot along the way. He started his training with Bay Divers enabling to dive in the South Pacific when he went travelling which has been the best decision he's made to date! Rod completed his rescue diver course in Spain and has now decided to 'turn pro' and train to become a Divemaster. He enjoys diving that much that he is in the process of joining the Royal Navy as a clearance diver and is determined to succeed, Rod will be sorely missed if and when he joins up and so far has been a valuable asset to the team. In his spare time Rod enjoys his fitness, adventure sports and of course the odd night with the rest of the guys in Wind Street and Bay Divers social events!
Tristan has been diving for two years and learnt to dive in West Wales before coming to Bay Divers to complete his Rescue Diver course. He has a passion for imparting what he's learnt to our new students and is making good progress on his Divemaster course. A valued team member, Tristan takes his diving seriously and is preparing to progress into the technical diving world whilst persuing his goal of making a competent and capable Divemaster, a role for which he is well suited. When not diving Tristan is a career chef and enjoys watching his friends suffer at the hands of the Naga chillis he likes to give out and like the rest of us, enjoys our diving and social events.