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 practicing yoga and swinging in her hammock.
Ben Hernandez - Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Ben, from California, graduated with a degree in Italian Literature years ago and immediately put it to good use by becoming a whitewater raft guide. After several chilly seasons in Alaska and Norway, however, he decided that he’d had enough of cold water. Since then he’s been diving through the tropical waters of Honduras, Thailand, Australia, Mexico and now the Caymans! He is on a mission to dive his way around the world and avoid being an actual adult for as long as possible! When he isn’t diving, he likes to teach the Lobster Pot Ladies how to win Uno, Boggle, and mini-golf…!
Morgan Sweeney - Open Water Scuba Instructor
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!).
Haley Van Der Linden - Open Water Scuba Instructor
She instantly became hooked on diving when she got certified in a crater in Utah (which you’d think would have put her off!). But it was a class trip to Little Corn Island in Nicaragua during Spring Break of her last semester at college that sealed her fate as a scuba instructor. After graduating, she invested everything to get her instructor certification – and we’re very glad she did.
Her favorite dive sites (aside from the crater in Utah and Little Corn) are Trinity Caves, Orange Canyon and the wrecks of the Doc Poulson and the Oro Verde. When she’s not having fun in the water, she likes to read or have fun in the sun!
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 got certified as a Divemaster, Marsha can now step out of the shop occasionally to assist with student divers in training.