Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Steve

Managing Director & Owner

Steve

Logged dives & dive credentials?

3000+ dives, PADI OWSI & RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with commercial endorsement. I 'lived the dream' working in the dive industry for 16 years in places like the Red sea - Egypt, parts of Africa, Mediterranean and Thailand. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about diving in some form

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

I’m the Managing Director & owner of Mike’s Dive Store and I love the diversity of my job. Probably one of my favourite parts is the problem solving aspect, especially when we have customers coming into the store about to leave on their dive trip of a lifetime and we’ve got just 4 hours (!) to pull together every piece of equipment needed to make sure their trip is as enjoyable as it can be without a worry! And somehow we always pull it off! I also love the challenge of running a successful Dive Store within the ever changing parameters of the constantly changing world of retail and e-commerce which continues to throw curve balls at every turn. I started off a dive instructor and have ended up an excel expert - How did that happen! :) Keep those challenges coming!

Most memorable diving moment?

It was in the middle of the night at Daedalus in the Red Sea when I was working in the industry – it was my job to tie the boat to the mooring line so we could stay overnight. This particular night we’d arrived really late due to rough weather conditions – and if you know Daedalus you’ll also know it’s renowned for its unpredictably strong currents & pelagics (like Hammerheads, Grey Reef sharks and Manta's etc..). So I was diving on my own in the pitch black, 15 metres beneath the boat, trying to tackle the current, secure the mooring line and all I could see were shadows moving all around me, I was literally too terrified to turn my torch in the direction of the shadows in fear of what I would see.

Favourite type of diving and why?

For me, diving is the ultimate form of meditation that allows me to relax 100%. So my favourite type of diving is with as few people as possible, heading out super early in the morning around 5.30am, where there’s just you, the water and total quiet. It’s totally addictive.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

Safety is paramount so I have my list of trusty favourites that include the Dive rite travel pack with Atomic SS1 alternate, Mares carbon regulator & Suunto Eon Steel with tank pod, then a D6i with transmitter as my backup. It’s funny because when I turn up for a dive, fellow divers are amazed that I have 2 hoses coming out of my first stage, there’s no octo hose, no high pressure hose or gauge because I have the complete kit, consolidated. I’m a bare minimum kind of guy, less is more!

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

I’m dying to get to Papua New Guinea because it’s the last untouched wilderness.

All time favourite marine creature & why?

As we all know, not every dive is filled with weird and wonderful things to look at – I’ve had my fair share of uneventful dives which has certainly made me appreciate the small stuff. So my current favourites are Spanish Dancers & Sea Goddess – NUDIBRANCHES all the way!

Jenna

Customer Support Advisor

Jenna - Customer Support Advisor

Logged dives & dive credentials?

I learnt to dive in 1996 and trained as a PADI open water and speciality instructor. I’ve mostly taught in Cornwall and Australia but have had the pleasure of diving and being on or in the water throughout the world.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

Customer support advisor. I’m here to help you with your query, questions about products or even if you just need a little more information. Each day is different, and I love to be helpful especially when I know the product is going to bring enjoyment! Being passionate about the sport and talking to others that have the same outlook makes my job very rewarding – who else can say they get to talk about their passion day in day out!

Most Memorable Diving Moment?

I have been spoilt with some of the big sharks and a scary Irukanji encounter while in Australia (which resulted in a medivac to hospital!). However, my favourite was a little dive between Sennen and St Ives in Cornwall - taking a group of newly qualified divers out to experience the fun and frolics of the seals. No seals were out to play only a basking shark and the bizarre sunfish (this was the only time I had ever seen one under the water and not basking on the surface) I was so excited to see both amazing creatures in one dive!

Favourite type of diving and why?

Being a Cornish girl there is nothing better than the crisp sea on the north coast of Cornwall, but I love all types of diving whether it’s in warm waters or cold. I enjoy seeing wildlife that not everyone gets to appreciate and having that moment of calm taking in the view.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

I’m a sucker for anything that is sleek and looks good! Hence why I love my Ocean Reef Space Extender full face mask.

My Suunto D5 is my favourite piece of equipment as it is so easy to use and I have a little collection of colourful straps so I can wear every day even when I’m not diving.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

I would love to visit Vanuatu and dive the many reefs and wrecks. There is still time..!

All time favourite marine creature & why?

Have seen and experienced many varieties of shark and although they would normally be a firm favourite, I still am so thankful I have seen a fair few weedy Sea dragons – I do like the bizarre and wonderfully different!

 


Denise

Sales Assistant

Meet The Team - Denise

Logged dives & dive credentials?

Advanced Open Water Diver with 96 logged dives.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

Sales Assistant - You'll usually find me in the store offering advice and assisting customers with their purchases but I also handle checking in equipment to be serviced and provide customer support on the phone.

Most memorable diving moment?

I was enjoying a night dive in the southern Red Sea and as the dive was coming to an end a white tip shark swam straight between my legs. Pure adrenaline and absolutely made the dive!

Favourite type of diving and why?

I enjoy nice relaxing dives in water warm at dive sites that offer me plenty of time to explore.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

Easily my Fourth Element Proteus2 5mm wetsuit. It always keeps me nice and warm during my Mediterranean dives. 

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Raja Ampat and some other areas in Indonesia.

All time favourite marine creature & why?

It is too hard to pick, they are all beautiful.

Clinton

Store Manager

Meet The Team - Clinton

Logged dives & dive credentials?

I have over 300 logged dives and have a MSDT Qualification

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

I am the Store supervisor

Most memorable diving moment?

I remember as if it was yesterday, I had just completed my Open water course in Cape Town and I was doing a fun dive with my instructor.

We were probably only 8m deep and going through a beautiful kelp forest and as we came through the kelp forest my instructor looked to see if I was OK and basically stopped in his tracks and signalled 'Shark'. I stopped got on my knees and turned very slowly and a beautiful 2m seven gilled cow shark literally swam right next to my about a rulers length away from my face.

It was both exhilarating and scary at the same time. It was that moment when I realised I wanted to become an instructor and show other divers how majestic and beautiful these creatures were.

Favourite type of diving and why?

Kelp forest dives are absolutely amazing because you never know what you going to see and the variety of fish life is extraordinary. Also when you are on the sea bed and you look up to the surface the way the kelp moves with the current is so relaxing, it just puts into perspective how amazing our ocean actually is.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

Suunto D5 - not only can you get the benefit of a colour screen underwater and all the other amazing diving benefits but it is something you can still wear everyday with smart casual apparel. It is a very elegant computer yet still robust enough for any hardcore diver.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

I am really keen to go to the elephant caves in Greece. The idea of diving through a cave system to eventually getting to where you can stand up and see elephant fossils is truly amazing.

All time favourite marine creature & why?

The Harlequin shrimp is a extraordinary creature. Not only do they appear in amazing colours but the way they feed is just amazing. They paralyse the starfish then feed on there legs one at a time. Basically the starfish will eventually die of old age as there legs regenerate. What torture for the starfish!


Tim

Content & Marketing

Tim

Logged dives & dive credentials?

I’m a PADI Divemaster and BSAC Dive Leader (being a bit of an introvert I never fancied the Instructor life) with over 20 years of diving experience. I have dived various places around the world, all of which have some amazing things to offer but I am happiest in the waters of the UK.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

I look after all the content of the website which includes writing the product descriptions, blog posts and information pages. I also create our newsletters and look after our social channels. I get to see a lot of shiny new toys and write about something that is important to me.

Most memorable diving moment?

I started diving with my Dad when I was a kid so most of my dives are special but a particular trip that sticks in my mind was a club trip to Ireland that was full of great dives and good friends.

Favourite type of diving and why?

I’m not too fussy about the type of diving I do… wreck, reef, drift or whatever… a dive is a dive but having spent a lot of time on the wrecks in the English Channel I suppose I do have a soft spot for wreck diving.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

I like a good bit of tech and clever gadgets so anything that pushes the technological boundaries normally ends up on my wish list but I have a particular weak spot for advanced dive computers. The new Scubapro G2 has some unique features but I also like what Ratio are doing with their computers.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Indonesia is definitely on my bucket list because there is just so much to see from wrecks to wall diving, Mantas to Nudibranch.

All time favourite marine creature & why?

I like a lot of the small stuff, critters you have to be paying attention to see so nudibranchs are a particular favourite of mine.

Shem

Content Creation

Shem - Content Creation

Logged dives & dive credentials?

1500++ dives, TDI Tech Diving Instructor, Advanced Mixed Gas Rebreather Diver.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

I am passionate about everything diving, so after a career in tour operations, I joined this fantastic bunch of divers at Mike's Dive Store to support Content and Marketing Team. I am also a yachtsman, technical diving instructor and an active diver in my spare time, enjoying sailing, sharing my diving knowledge with my students or organising off-the-grid trips with my dive buddies.

Most memorable diving moment?

There were a few, but I am probably particularly fond of two. Number one dive was around the Big Brother Island in the Red Sea on the wreck of Numidia. Three-hour dive with Oceanic Whitetips, Hammerheads, Reef Sharks throughout the entire dive. Second most memorable dive was the expedition to the wreck of HMS Hermes off the Sri Lankan Coast - first liveaboard expedition to that wreck ever. It is an exceptionally well-preserved wreck with a fascinating history behind its distinguished service.

Favourite type of diving and why?

Deep vertical walls and unexplored wrecks are my favourite types of diving. I adore the solitude of silent diving and the thrill of seeing fantastic large pelagic creatures emerging from the depths. I treasure wrecks because they are full of history; researching it and diving on them is like a journey in time. Yet from time to time, I grab my favourite freediving or spearfishing kit and enjoy the purest forms of freediving.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

I am a technical diver, so most of the time I am putting my AP Diving rebreather to fair use. I love spending as much time in the water as possible, and my rebreather allows me to do just that. I also dive with Shearwater computer as a backup. Other equipment - an excellent trilaminate drysuit with dry gloves, a pair of Jet fins, simple setup with a backplate, harness and a wing works the best. A sound umbilical lighting system is a must on deeper dives, so I have been using metalsub torches. I don't own one but love the new Garmin Descent Mk2i as it has so many applications in and out of the water.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Top two would be the Galapagos Islands and Chuuk Lagoon no doubt. Galapagos for great big pelagic life. Truk Lagoon for amazing wrecks and the history behind them.

All time favourite marine creature & why?

Hmmm - too many of them, but I would say I find Humpback Whales fascinating for their beautiful singing as a form of communication. Another one would be the humble octopus - one of the smartest creatures and hunters in the sea.


Tristan

Store Supervisor

Tristan - Store Supervisor

Logged dives & dive credentials?

Currently a Padi IDC staff Instructor, I have done approximately +-4000 dives and I have always tried to do as many dives as possible.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

Store Supervisor

Most memorable diving moment?

In one dive, I had seen a pod of dolphins (9 bottle nose), Oceanic Manta and 2 white tip reef sharks, I will never forget it, same day same dive site but our second dive, the same Oceanic Manta, with 2 friendly potato bass (also known as Epinephenlus Tukula) and right at the end of the dive we had seen 2 Honeycomb Stingrays.

Favourite type of diving and why?

Deep diving – The deep diving in South Africa has always interested me due to the fact that you could go to a deep dive site and always see something new almost every time. Drift diving – Due to the fact that we get taken with the current I am able to do long and enjoyable dives.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

Suunto Zulu D6I instructor blue – When I got this dive computer the different modes and being an easy dive computer to use when teaching in the pool or in the ocean, It is a computer that is designed for even the roughest of diving/teaching conditions.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Ice diving – For the crystal clear visibility. Coelacanth diving – Which diver does not want to see a fish that was claimed to be extinct for many years and were found in South Africa.

Alex

Sales Director

Alex - Sales Director

Logged dives & dive credentials?

3000+ dives. PADI Course Director and Technical Instructor Trainer

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

Sales Director. I’m responsible for product choice in store and on the web as well as launching new and exciting bits of shiny dive kit too. Fortunately I take the view that there is no such thing as too much kit (although my wife might disagree) and the more stuff I get to play with the happier I am. I can still remember agonising over my first set of diving kit so I love the challenge of making sure that we have the right equipment in stock for all different types of divers.

Most memorable diving moment?

An easy one for me: My wife, Jen and I (whom I met Scuba Diving) where on holiday in the Philippines and went to dive the wrecks at Coron. I love wrecks and I also love sharks so on the first dive as we descended onto the deck of a massive Japanese battleship you can only imagine how incredible it was to be suddenly joined by a huge whaleshark. On the video you can hear Jen shouting in amazement!

Favourite type of diving and why?

Wreck diving is still my favourite and whilst I have a love of tec diving and have been fortunate to dive some incredible deep wrecks all over the world, I have recently found myself re-discovering the joy of jumping in on a shallow recreational dive with your best mates and just having fun.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

The stainless steel double ender that I’ve had for about 10 years. There’s not a lot that can’t be made better with a good quality boltsnap.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Bikini atoll. Mind blowing wreck diving combined with mind blowing expense and logistics to get there!

All time favourite marine creature & why?

Whalesharks, only because it took several thousand dives to finally see one, and cuttlefish, I could watch them for hours.