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 was Open Water certified in the Red Sea, Egypt, then left the corporate lifestyle 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 practicing yoga and swinging in her hammock.
Allie Meyer – Open Water Scuba Instructor
A Colorado native, Allie grew up land-locked riding horses. It wasn’t until she was 12 that she discovered the wonders of the ocean. After traveling and diving in various places around the world with her family, she decided to give college a rain check and explore the world while instructing scuba. She purchased a one-way ticket to Thailand, completed her scuba instructor course and landed a job on the sunny island of Koh Samui. After a year and a half in southeast Asia and a few months wandering around Europe, she found a job a little closer to home right here at The Lobster Pot. Her happy place is underwater and when she is not submerged, she enjoys wild outdoor adventures, chilling in her hammock and art. In fact, our new signage is courtesy of Allie’s artistry!
Danny Knoll – Open Water Scuba Instructor
Danny is originally from Washington D.C. After completing a degree in marketing, he spent a few years as a backpacking guide in Idaho hiking the length of the Appalachian Mountains and in the Pacific Crest Mountains. Then he discovered SCUBA and became Open Water certified in a 90 degree hot spring in Utah. After working as a ski bum for a while in Colorado, he secured a job at a dive shop near Vail and went on to become a SCUBA instructor where he taught diving at 8000 feet above sea level. After all the temperature extremes, he is now happy to be in Cayman where he has easy access to consistently warm, clear water. When he’s not teaching, he can be found tinkering with the rental equipment making sure it stays in good working order!
Natalie Ghazaleh – Open Water Scuba Instructor
Natalie is British-born but grew up in West Africa. She fell in love with the ocean on a family trip to the Red Sea when she snorkeled on a coral reef for the first time and spotted a black tip reef shark. After completing a degree in Accounting and Finance, she set off backpacking around Asia and Australia where she trained up to Divemaster level and worked at a few dive operations assisting on courses and working on dive boats. Upon her return to England she realised she was cold and missed the ocean so much that she ran away to Grand Cayman to do her instructor course and find a job in the sunshine where she gets to be in the water every day. She’s great at spotting the small stuff out on the reef that everybody else swims past without even noticing (especially seahorses!).
Kelsie Foley – Open Water Scuba Instructor
Kelsie is from a small town on Long Island, NY. Being raised on the water, she enjoys all water sports but became hooked in diving after getting Open Water certified at the tender age of ten. After graduating from Roger Williams University with a degree in management, she wasn’t too thrilled at the prospect of becoming desk-bound so the logical thing to do was to escape to somewhere with great diving to complete the PADI Instructor course and she ended up on Grand Cayman. Kelsie loves the water so much, in fact, that even on days off she can be found in it or on it, diving, paddle boarding or jet skiing!
Marsha Clair – Sales Clerk & Divemaster
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. Having recently become certified as a Divemaster, Marsha now steps out of the shop occasionally to assist with student divers in training.