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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 on 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!

Lisa

Sales Agent & Customer Advisor

Lisa - Sales Agent

Logged dives & dive credentials?

PADI OWSI and Speciality Instructor with 600 + dives. I have worked as a dive professional on and off since 2013 in places such as Spain, Ireland, England and Egypt.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

Remote Sales Agent and Customer Advisor. You will usually find me on the other end of your email or telephone should you have an issue or query about your order or just if you need a little more information about a dive product or service.

Most memorable diving moment?

Guiding a dive at Big Brother Island in The Red Sea, Egypt. We came across a Whale Shark who stayed with us for the majority of the dive. Once he got bored of us and left we were then joined by two Mantas who hung around until it was eventually time to shallow up for our safety stop. If that wasn’t enough, we then had two Oceanic Whitetip Sharks circling our boat. Certainly a dive that we didn’t want to end! As you can see from my picture above, Oceanic Whitetip Sharks certainly aren’t shy!

Favourite type of diving and why?

Diving is diving! Whether I’m wearing my drysuit in 1.5m visability or a rash vest in 30m visibility, I’m just happy to be underwater. However, wreck diving is generally my number one choice for dives! Lots of life and generally a good back story with a bit of history behind it.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

Apeks WTX Harness/Wing and Apeks XTX Regulators. I love that these products are made in the UK with the UK diver in mind. Reliable and robust equipment that I trust and has never let me down. My Suunto D6i does every thing that I need it to and doubles as a nice watch when not diving. I’ve had the same two Aqualung Favola masks since I started my Open Water course (always carry a spare) that I’m very attached to.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Mozambique to see Humpback Whales up close!

All time favourite marine creature & why?

Sharks and Whales! I like the big stuff.


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 Supervisor

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.

Natalie

Customer Service & Sales

Meet The Team - Natalie

Logged dives & dive credentials?

700+ dives with PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and SSI Assistant Dive Instructor qualifications

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

I am a Customer Service Representative supporting our customers with questions, order enquiries, etc but also provide sales assistance and I am a Suunto Associate which makes me a specialist in Suunto dive computers.

Most memorable diving moment?

Not sure where to start...

Diving the S.S Yongala on the Australian West coast was pretty epic. Groupers the size of VW guitar sharks, Huge Marbel Rays and so many fish you would not know there was a wreck there.

Coming face to face with a Thresher Shark one to one in the Red Sea at little brother.

Or even Diving in Dauin Philippines and being in Macro heaven. Everything from a shawn the sheep nudibranch, couple of courting sea mouths, hairy frogfish to the flamboyant cuttlefish and more all in one dive.

Favourite type of diving and why?

One with a tank!

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

Suunto D6i Novo - Reliable, Robust Does everything I need and more. Feel safe when I have it on my wrist

Scubapro Mk17 EVO A700 - Cold water rated environmentally sealed. Amazing performance. Best performing reg I have used. And most of all they look great!

Aqua Lung Zuma BCD - Ultimate travel light dry in no time when backpacking it dries in no time and weighing under 2kg in weight not a big weight to lug around.

Scubapro Seawing Nova - Dream fins. I have had them for about 5 years now and the have been brilliant. Recently they have been swimming with seals in Lundy. No complaints.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Maldives for Mantas, Scotland for Discovering, Costa Rica for Sharks and Whales.

All time favourite marine creature & why?

Somewhere between a seahorse, turtle and manta but I really love all sea creatures and can't really have a favourite.


Thibault

Sales Assistant

Thibault

Logged dives & dive credentials?

PADI Specialty Instructor with about 2000 dives, I have been teaching over 500 certifications, managing small dive centres in Indonesia/Thailand and guiding in extreme cold water in Iceland.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

I am one of the first faces you will see once you enter the Store, giving you my best advice depending on what type of gear you will need. As the store is expanding continuously, quite literally, I improve the structures with my building talents! It’s very common to see me holding a drill!

Most memorable diving moment?

In Sulawesi Indonesia guiding through a gigantic tornado of barracudas with massive Napoleon wrasses and groupers swimming all around - later on during that dive I was circled by a few curious eagle Rays until one came closer to give me a kiss!

Favourite type of diving and why?

I am in love with night diving, particularly when swimming away from the reef for the excitement of encountering some weird sea life and sometimes to play hide and seek.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

I can’t live without my Atomic Subframe, it’s the only corrective mask I can fit my big French nose in!

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Little Lembeh in Indonesia, the best of the muck diving to see all sorts of creepy creatures like blue ring octopus, frogfish, seahorses and pipefish, pikachu nudibranch and much more!

All time favourite marine creature & why?

All type of Pipefish, I was way more excited when I saw first one than my first shark! They are just master of camouflage on the reef or seabed moving along gracefully with the surge to not be seen.

Charlie

Sales & Dispatch Assistant

Charlie

Logged dives & dive credentials?

I’m still quite new to diving so I’ve only logged a measly 40+ dives but I’m excited to log more and continue to learn more and more along the way. I’ve also completed my HSE with the hopes to one day combine my filmmaking background with my newly found love for diving! I did all of my training in the oh so warm climate of Scotland, which I dearly miss. I also plan to continue my training there to achieve my dive master.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

I’m one of our many lovely sales assistants who help customers pick out equipment for their dives and order in anything that they need or desire. I also work behind the scenes booking in equipment for customers’ online orders. My favourite part of the job is meeting and talking to divers everyday and hear their stories and experience from all four corners of the globe. I also love working with my colleagues and to hear their experiences and in depth knowledge. They really inspire me to achieve more in diving and to see more of the world.

Most memorable diving moment?

It’s quite a simple moment really. When ascending from my first night dive a flurry of plankton burst into light. It was like a quick burst of electricity through the water.

Favourite type of diving and why?

Any dive with a camera! I was lucky enough to film some 16mm film underwater this summer with an ancient bolex camera in an equally ancient underwater house! It was such a thrill to use (which reminds me I should probably get that film processed soon)

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

I really really want the Suunto D9 dive computer. I’d like a computer with algorithms for technical diving, which I’d like to pursue in the long run. They’re also so sleekly designed.

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

On my list of dive destinations are Iceland, Norway and maybe one day the Arctic… I seem to only like cold climates. Maybe one day I’ll dive somewhere warm…maybe.

All time favourite marine creature & why?

Seals. End of. They’re just such gently creatures.


Marcus

Sales & Dispatch Assistant

Marcus

Logged dives & dive credentials?

Only a recently qualified diver but have managed to log dives in both the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and am looking to explore a lot more in the future.

Role at Mike's Dive Store?

I work heavily with the online dispatch team looking to get all the online orders processed packed and shipped before the end of the day. I can also be found on the shop floor helping customers with their needs and i love hearing about the different locations and levels of diving people are venturing too.

Most memorable diving moment?

Probably seeing a few mantas circling off the coast of Barbados, even from a distance you can tell just what magnificent creatures they are!

Favourite type of diving and why?

I am quite an avid free diver and enjoy the freedom you feel without all the kit on your back and the ability to delve deep wherever, whenever. I love all the marine life you find amongst tropical reefs, big and small, so freediving allows me to appreciate all this.

Current favourite dive equipment and why?

Scubapro S1 freediving fin for their sleek look and quality performance!

Dive destination still on your Bucket list and why?

Raja Ampat as I have heard such great things!

All time favourite marine creature & why?

I'll go with turtles in general they are just so majestic in the water!

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