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 Meet The People That Make It Happen Above And Below The Water

Nick Buckley – Master Instructor  & Co-Owner

Nick Buckley of Deep Blue Divers and Lobster Pot Dive Center in Grand CaymanOriginating 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

Giles Charlton-Jones of Wall To Wall Diving and Lobster Pot Dive Center in Grand CaymanBorn 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 Kupkowski of Sea Elements and Lobster Pot Dive Center in Grand Cayman

 

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

Dawn Clerkson, PADI Scuba Instructor at Lobster Pot Dive Center in Grand CaymanFrom 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.

 

 

Morgan Sweeney - Open Water Scuba Instructor

Morgan Sweeney, Dive Instructor at Lobster Pot Dive Center, Grand Cayman

 

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!).

 

 

 

 

Jack Golbourn – Open Water Scuba Instructor 

Jack 1Jack, an Englishman from the Isle of Wight, has been submerged since age 11 exploring such areas as Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus and Mexico with his father.  After completing a degree in Sport and Exercise Science, he decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a diving instructor, booked a one-way flight, packed his bags and ventured to Mexico.  Once certified, he settled in the tiny town of Tulum, famous for its Mayan ruins, pristine beaches and relaxed way of life, where he taught on both the Meso-American Reef and in the Cenotes, the Yucatan’s famous underwater caves.  Next, he taught on an 88ft Caribbean sailing yacht, visiting islands such as Antigua, Dominica, St Kitts and many more.  His favorite pastime is adventure, the most recent being a three-day trek up a 13,000ft Guatemalan volcano.  When he isn’t scaling extreme environments or finding the smallest gaps in Cheeseburger Reef to swim through, you’ll find him listening to a wide selection of music, socializing or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

 

Marsha Clair – Sales Clerk & Divemaster

Masha Clair, Lobster Pot Dive Center in Grand Cayman

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.

 

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