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 24 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 worked in the Cayman water sports industry for over 13 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 and Eagle Ray Rock. After a day out in the water, Dawn likes to chill out practicing yoga and swinging in her hammock.
Steve Wright – Open Water Scuba Instructor
Steve was born and raised on a garden center in Essex, England. After education, he managed a traditional English pub in a small town called Billericay until he decided in 2008 to set out and see a bit more of the world.
One of his first stops was Thailand where a friend convinced him to try this thing he had heard of called “SCUBA Diving”. Needless to say that he enjoyed it and, when his friend went home, he continued to dive around the islands of the South China Sea until he found himself in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It was here that Steve studied for his Open Water Scuba Instructor license and started to show new divers why he fell in love with diving in the first place.
He’s a self-confessed chatterbox from years in the pub trade; if you can’t see him underwater then you need only follow year ears as he is most likely engrossed in a conversation with a random fish on practically any topic under the sun!
Amanda Lawrence – Open Water Scuba Instructor
Amanda grew up on the gulf coast of Florida and was out on the water driving boats before she could drive a car.
Prior to becoming a dive instructor she worked for the National Park Service in Miami, Florida as a marine biologist and spent two years identifying and counting reef fish for population assessments, as well as working to eradicate the invasive lionfish that had made Biscayne National Park their home.
After becoming certified as a dive instructor she work around Australia, Thailand and Mexico before landing here on Grand Cayman. You’ll find her juggling a variety of different jobs around the dive center, both in and out of the water.
Marsha Clair – Divemaster & Retail Assistant
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 range of gift items. Having become certified as a Divemaster, Marsha now steps out of the shop occasionally to assist with student divers in training.