Meet The People That Make It Happen Above And Below The Water
Nick Buckley – Master Instructor & Co-Owner
Originating from the UK, Nick has been in Grand Cayman for around 22 years. His travels and work experience with some of the top underwater free divers, photographers and film makers have allowed him to dive at the kind of places that would feature on most divers’ dive bucket list. With over 18,000 dives to his credit, he has instructed divers from all walks of life. He created Deep Blue Divers 16 years ago as an intimate, exclusive operation for guests seeking the ultimate underwater experience, and took over Lobster Pot Dive Center in 2007. If you ask Nick what’s his favourite dive site, he’ll tell you he doesn’t care, so long as it’s wet!
Giles Charlton-Jones – Open Water Scuba Instructor & Co-Owner
Born in Oxford, England, Giles grew up in England but his mother’s side of the family was Caymanian and he always harboured the desire to spend more time in Cayman. Having travelled the world extensively before and after completing a degree in Business Studies he settled in London to work for Trailfinders, the premiere independant travel operator in the UK. Excellent vacation benefits meant that Giles could pursue his new found love of scuba diving and he worked his way up to his Instructor qualification whilst visiting various far-flung dive destinations. With this objective reached, Giles packed his bags, sold his possessions and made the move to Grand Cayman! Giles has been instructing and guiding dives in Cayman since 1995, giving him a wide range of experience with both large boats and large groups and small boats and small groups.
Danny Kupkowski – Open Water Scuba Instructor & Co-Owner
Danny owns and operates Sea Elements, is co-owner of Lobster Pot Dive Center and previously ran his own dive boat operation. From Georgia, USA, he has worked in the Cayman water sports industry for over 12 years. The mangrove tours are his passion and he is well known in Cayman for his knowledge of the marine environment and his passion for ocean conservation.
Dawn Clerkson – IDC Staff Instructor
From Kent in southeast England, Dawn got Open Water certified in the Red Sea, Egypt, then left the corporate lifestyle and the bright lights of London behind for a trip to Australia in 2001 where she worked her way up to Instructor level. After working at several dive centers and live-aboards on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland she moved to Thailand where she spent the next year instructing out of Koh Samui. She then spent ten years teaching in the British Virgin Islands, Mexico and Malta before joining The Lobster Pot in February 2013. Her most memorable dive experiences are the wreck of the SS Yongala in Australia, the wreck of the President Coolidge in Vanuatu, diving with manatees in Mexico and whale shark encounters in Thailand. Her favourite Cayman dive sites are Turtle Reef, Orange Canyon, Bullwinkle and the wreck of the Doc Poulson. After a hard day out in the water, Dawn likes to chill out practising yoga and swinging in her hammock.
Dan Brett – Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Dan, from southwest England, began diving in 2007 in the cold British winter. He loved it so much, the weather and cold water didn’t put him off and he spent many a chilly weekend diving in the UK. Then, after becoming certified as a Divemaster in the warmer waters of Malaysia, he moved on to Bali in Indonesia, where he spent five months gaining his instructor qualification and teaching, before joining us here in Grand Cayman to continue his passion. One of Dan’s favourite dives is the USS Liberty wreck in Tulamben, Bali, but as a Wreck Specialty Instructor he loves all wrecks and can certify you as a Wreck Specialty Diver on our very own ex-USS Kittiwake. And as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, he has 10 other Specialties up his sleeve that he’ll be happy to train you up on!
Morgan Sweeney - Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Morgan, is originally from New Hampshire, After living in a tiny New England town and on the even tinier island of Grand Turk, she is glad to be here on Grand Cayman, where there is fast food and a cinema. She was scuba certified at the young age of 12, and has been in the water ever since! Her favorite dive sites on island are the wreck of the Oro Verde and, of course, our very own Cheeseburger Reef! When she’s not diving, she can be found watching Doctor Who re-runs or singing showtunes (we’ve actually heard her humming these underwater too!).
Michal Skye – Open Water Scuba Instructor
“Michal was invented and manufactured in the Czech Republic, formerly known as Czechoslovakia, something that has still not sunk in with some news stations around the world. He had the luck of being born to a parental unit that worked in the hotel industry and had been dragged around four continents by the age of 12, eventually settling down in Toronto Canada where he worked through high school, an apprenticeship in fine cabinet-making and eventually completed a Graphic Design degree at George Brown College. All this turned out to be relatively useless once he discovered his passion for diving in the Turks & Caicos Islands. After a year of diving and working towards his instructor rating, Michal free-lanced in the dive industry for another year before coming to the Lobster Pot Dive Center. He has entirely too many hobbies to list here, but suffice it to say that he enjoys a cold beer with many of them.”
In addition to teaching SCUBA, we can rent Michal out for weddings and Bar-Mitzvahs!
Marsha Clair – Sales Clerk, Rescue Diver & Divemaster Trainee
Marsha is from nearby Jamaica but came to Grand Cayman in 2003. Before joining the Lobster Pot team she worked as a tour and snorkel guide on various tour boats around the island. Marsha’s is usually the first face you’ll see as you walk into the dive center. She can help you book your dive course or dive trip, set you up with snorkel equipment to rent for the day if you’re visiting on a cruise ship and sell you a t-shirt, sunglasses or a souvenir from our wide range of gift items. She is currently working on her Divemaster Course and who knows, one day she might step out of the shop to join the dive crew as an Instructor.