Owner & Instructor
My first taste of scuba diving was a try-dive in Tenerife, in June 2010. I was left with the scuba buzz and the next month started the PADI Open Water Course. After taking various specialities I started my first step on the PADI professional ladder in 2013 by completing my Rescue Diver course.
A year later in September 2014, the current owner told us he was he was moving on to oceans new and as a result intended to close the business down. I felt this was too good of an opportunity to miss, everything just felt right to take over the running of the dive shop and school with Patty. We quite literally ‘liked diving so much we bought the business`.
Since then I have worked hard and loved every minute of our diving journey from becoming an Instructor in 20?? to building a local diving community and establishing our own part of the big PADI family.
I can teach Open Water to Divemaster courses and the specialties: Deep, Night, Wreck, Boat, Enriched Air, Dry suit, Peak Performance Buoyancy, SMB, Search and Recovery courses.
In 2012, two years after Tony began his scuba journey, I accompanied him on a scuba diving live aboard holiday in the Red Sea. I was the only non-diver on the boat. Then over the edge of the boat along came two dolphins!! After much encouragement from Tony and the rest of the crew I jumped in! The dolphins swam around me and it was the most amazing feeling I have ever had. From that moment on I knew I needed to join Tony on his scuba adventure. The dolphin even made a feature on our original club logo!
In June 2013 I completed my Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver Courses. In September 2014 we took over Learn Scuba and founded Eastpoint Scuba Diving. I completed my Divemaster in 2016 and I completed my Instructor 2018 with support and guidance from our regional course director.
The best part about being an instructor is seeing the difference I can make to students who are nervous and unsure, and watch them progress into confident divers. I love helping help divers achieve their dreams and be confident enough to follow them. And over the years of progression from recreational to professional diver I have had the privilege to meet, learn from and become friends to some amazing people.
I can teach Open water to Divemaster Courses and the specialties: Deep, Navigation, Night, Wreck, Boat, Enriched Air, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Dry Suit, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware and Emergency First Aid.
I have always loved being underwater, it kind of feels more natural to me than being on land!
Since I first started as an Open Water student in 2014, I knew the goal for me was to become a PADI Professional; I qualified as a Dive Master in 2017 and have completed all of my training with Eastpoint Scuba Diving.
While I have only scratched the surface of exploring the underwater world, one of my favourite experiences so far was working as a marine science intern for the NGO in South West Madagascar. I also have a MSc in Conservation and Ecology and work closely with the Marine Conservation Society delivering education programs.
I enjoy everything about scuba diving. Being part of life underneath the waves, diving reefs and seeing the stunning and intricate life forms which they are made up of is a personal favourite! I also love being able to share this experience with others and the opportunity scuba diving has given me to meet people from all walks of life and make great friends.
I am looking forward to working toward my instructors qualification, continuing to gain more experience and exploring lots of dive sites in the UK [Goals including diving with basking sharks in Scotland and seals in the Farne islands!].
My name is Martin and I have an unhealthy obsession with anything that involves being in water (im a scorpio if you believe in such things). I’m passionate about diving and have been completely hooked since I started with East Point about 4 years ago now. I moved through all of my courses with them and now have the privilege to help others do the same on their path.
I consider myself a people person and can find common ground with most. I have a strong sense of humour and I feel that helps me connect with people as they learn and develop their abilities. Diving can seem daunting for some and I feel that a friendly humorous and confident approach helps relieve that feeling. For those more confident, the humour adds to the experience and I give as good as I get!
There are few weeks that pass when I’m not in the water in some way, I dive off the coast of Norfolk and Suffolk as often as I can, and I can frequently be found in rivers, lakes and quarry’s all over looking for unique items with my trusty metal detector! Whilst I’m there I also clear the water ways and take out any rubbish I find, a trait I’m keen to pass on to others.
East Point is more than just a company, it is a community, a family even. Diving with us exposes you to that family and opens many more doors than just the ability to dive with your chosen buddy. The team are excellent and welcoming from the instructors to the Divemasters, even if there is some friendly rivalry between us!
My future in diving takes me towards tech diving and I look forward to developing those skills further over the many more years I will be diving.
I first started diving at the age of 13 along with my older brother. Both my parents were already scuba divers and wanted us both to be able to join them when diving. We both started the PADI Jr Open Water Diver before visiting Cancún – where I promptly caught the scuba diving bug!
I would continue to dive in various locales making steady progress as a scuba diver until unfortunately studies (and later work) lead to me not diving as much as I would have liked.
In Summer 2021 I decided to commit to get fully back into scuba diving. After a quick refresher I was ready to progress and got started on my Rescue Diver and Divemaster training in Tenerife where I then worked for a few months helping other students.
On my return to the UK I decided to continue with assisting others get into diving and got involved with Eastpoint Scuba.
I assist Tony and Patty with Open Water Courses and SEALs (for younger divers) as well as lead try dives for newcomers.
Dive Master Trainee
Hi, I’m Zach, ever since a young age I’ve been fascinated in marine life, obtaining my first aquarium at the age of 7 my passion for the hobby grew into a more extensive love for aquatic life. Growing older I enrolled onto a degree in Oceanography and Marine biology which I’m currently studying fitting it around diving and breeding clownfish as a side hobby. Breeding clownfish for me was a way of conservation for the species, with the high level of imports from the wild, I felt that breeding in captivity was a way to reduce these numbers being imported to the country.
My interest in diving had always been present from that young age but I never really pushed myself to try it until I completed a try dive in the Red sea out of Hurghada, Egypt…. I WAS HOOKED!! From then I knew what my next venture was. I met Tony and Patty through a friend and within a few hours I had booked my open water course. Completing that and my advanced Open Water in November of 2017 i wanted to progress to achieve a PADI professional level. Since then I have completed my Dry Suit and Deep Water course. My favourite course to date was the PADI Rescue course, a prerequisite for the Dive Master training which I am currently undertaking with ambitions to go further and obtain Instructor certification.
The goal of becoming a dive master for me personally is to help and aid those interested in the hobby, so it is a more enjoyable and comfortable experience for everyone. I’m a very easy-going, relaxed personality. Always there to talk to and up for a laugh. Diving is all about having a good time under the water and exploring in comfort, making friends and memories.
Since I started diving, I have learnt so much more about our seas and oceans than what any book can provide. Giving an up-close encounter with the natural habitats and ecosystems that keep this planet healthy I’ve began to appreciate the wonder that it is the marine world… I hope to see more of you joining us as you start you underwater adventure.
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