Ocean Turtle Team
Meet the Team
Kerrie Eade - Platinum Course Director, Elite Instructor & Owner
I fell in love with diving after trying it for the first time on holiday in Turkey. I continued to train all around the world from Australia to Zanzibar, Mexico to the Maldives, Spain to Sicily, Galapagos to Great Britain and many more in-between! I took over at Ocean Turtle Diving in 2014 and have since been passionate about combining travel with training, not just for myself, but for all our divers. I became a Course Director in 2017 and achieved Platinum status in 2018. I love teaching all levels of diver, from complete beginners to PADI Professionals.
Stefan - Elite Instructor, Tec Instructor & Dive Centre Manager
My interest in diving started when I was on a family holiday to Rhodes, where myself and my brother did a Discover Scuba dive. When I returned home, I decided to train to be a PADI open water diver and then that's is when my life changed and I knew diving was going to be my new passion. I decided to do my advanced open water and some specialties that interested me. Deep, wreck and dry suit diver as I knew I wanted to dive in the UK, closely followed by Rescue and DM. I have been lucky enough to travel to Spain and Egypt teaching people to dive and also been to some great locations for holidays and Liveaboards. I am also very passionate about diving in the UK and enjoy travelling to many great dive sites along the south coast of England.
Steffi - Dive Centre Assistant
I first did a Discover Scuba Diving session in July 2019 with family, and because I loved it so much, I took the giant stride to become o-fish-ally certified as a PADI Open Water Diver in October with Ocean Turtle that same year. Fast forward a year, and I am a Rescue Diver and qualified Gas Blender. Whilst the conditions of British diving may scare some people off, I love the way the cold water preserves wrecks and improves the visibility of certain sites. I also love how I can switch off from stresses in the world above land when I'm underwater, and being able to focus solely on the dive to the best of my ability with the incredible dive community is brilliant. Diving has many meanings for different people, so come and learn to dive today and you will not regret it!
Hannah - Dive Centre Assistant
I first did a discover scuba diving on the great barrier reef, while living in Australia, and loved every second of it. I went on to do a few fun dives in Crete and Spain, and I wanted to take my diving further. After returning to the UK, I completed my open water course with Ocean Turtle Diving in 2018 and I then completed my Dry suit course so that I could dive more in the UK. I did a week of work experience here in the shop and now I work here in between school weeks. I am hoping to soon complete my advanced open water course and then keep going from there.
Andy - Instructor
Scuba Diving was always something I wanted to do. I was in a pretty dark place when I finally got round to learning, and the total calmness and excitement of the dive really helped me. There is nothing more peaceful than swimming through a shoal of fish that slowly move aside to let you pass or the anticipation of descending onto an iconic wreck for the first time. Once qualified I knew I wanted to share the experience with others and to help them along their own path towards becoming a Diver. As a Staff Instructor I have been lucky to travel to some amazing dive locations such as the Red Sea, Turkey, Ascension Island, Gibraltar and of course the UK; where I have been privileged to witness and share in peoples own sensational experiences and elations.
Jackie - Elite Instructor
I love “big stuff” and wrecks. Night diving with hundreds of nurse sharks, manta rays swirling around, seeing my first whale shark were awesome Maldivian experiences. Descending deep into a wreck, exploring the holds, ascending staircases into sunlight is my other vice. There are no better reasons to learn to dive and as a Staff Instructor I love opening up the possibility for others to experience these highs.
Kev - Instructor
I love all things colourful and nature. Show me a tropical reef full of fish and coral and I love it, put a camera in my hand and I’m in my element!! I particularly love sharks and I have been lucky enough to see lots of amazing specimens as well as many other beautiful ocean creatures. For me I believe there is no better reason to learn to dive and I can’t wait to help shape our future diving superstars!!
Teresa - Instructor
Being underwater for me is like entering a different world. Its peaceful, magical and exciting. Watching and respecting sealife as they go about their business. Egypt has been my favorite place so far - mixture of reefs and wrecks to dive, abundance of sealife, however you can't forget what we have on our doorstep. The south coast has plenty of wrecks to explore and with sea conditions a little different than places like Egypt - it makes diving even more exciting! There are no better reasons to learn to dive and I love teaching scuba diving and share my love and passion for diving as a hobby. Teresa has recently earned her Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating, and we are very proud of her acheivements.
Shaun - Instructor
I loved diving from the first time I put a cylinder on my back and a regulator in my mouth and started to explore the underwater world; it's good for the body and for the soul. Drift diving in the Maldives and gliding effortlessly alongside shark and manta rays, floating over the beautiful coral amongst the abundance of colourful reef fish in Egypt, exploring underwater wrecks off of the UK coast, and swimming with whale shark, turtles and dolphins in their natural habitats are all absolutely amazing experiences. As an instructor I also get to teach and to pass on my skills, knowledge and experiences to others so that too they can enjoy the underwater world and for me that is just as exciting as diving.
Joep - Instructor
Wreck diving and looking for the small stuff, especially nudibranchs, is what I really enjoy most. I've always been a warm water diver, but after doing my first cold water dive in 2018, I was hooked. Such an amazing experience and it added a great new dimension to my diving which I'm very excited to share with you! My absolute all time favourite dives are being surrounded by bull sharks in Fiji, the variety and abundance of marine life in the Poor Knights Islands in New Zealand, and exploring the Cenotes in Mexico!
Edwin - Instructor
I learned to scuba dive with Ocean Turtle before going to University to study underwater photography. Having graduated now, I continue to teach diving whilst working in the media industry. I have dived in several places around the world such as Iceland, Spain and Egypt, however, I love the UK waters and their interesting ocean life. My favourite dives are large wrecks, however relaxing on a reef with a turtle beats anything. Teaching is one of my favourite things in diving as it allows me to show so many people the wonders of the underwater environment.
Nirusha - Instructor
I've always had a life-long love affair with the water but I fell in love with diving a decade ago when I ascended from my first open water dive in the UK. Diving with playful seals who love to nibble on my pink fins in the Farne Islands, nurse sharks and reef sharks near West Palm Beach, angel sharks in the Canary Islands, the majestic whale sharks on their migration route off the coast in Mexico, and my ultimate favourite, the Red Sea with schools of over 30 hammerheads, close encounters with oceanic white-tips and swimming with a pod of wild dolphins, The serene underwater world is not only my haven but also the polar opposite of my busy fast-paced job so whatever your motivation, learn to dive and you won’t regret it!
Leander - Instructor
Growing up as a water baby, swimming wasn’t enough and by 2015 she finally managed to complete her Open Water in the UK. Once Leander started studying Ocean Science and Marine Conservation at Plymouth Uni her passion for the ocean grew and so did her training, completing HSE Scuba Part VI in the second year. Nearly all of her dives were in the UK until completing her Divemaster training in Mozambique, 2017. She gained invaluable skills diving as well as carrying out shark research, which really opened her eyes (literally). Since then, shark finning has become a huge interest and hopes to pursue a career in fisheries research. Leander has recently qualified as an instructor and plans to continue with specialities in the future with the aim to introduce the underwater world to as many as possible.
Jason - Instructor
Deep, dark wreck diving and SHARKS are my kind of adventure. As I continue my journey into the realms of technical diving. Ive always had a huge passion for the underwater world especially when it comes to the awesome apex predators of the ocean, sharks! My adventure began at the age of 11 and in 12 years I've been lucky enough to explore the amazing corals and wrecks of the red sea, dive between the crystal-clear waters of Iceland’s tectonic plates and the wreck infested waters of Cornwall.
Alun - Instructor
I love the variety of the wildlife, from nursery sharks in the Caribbean, to lobster and seals in Cornwall. I love the history of wreck diving, from double decker buses in a flooded quarry to tanks sunk in the channel. As a Divemaster, I enjoyed showing complete beginners the joys of diving, come and give it a go.
Jenny - Divemaster
Jenny is our 2020 summer Instructor Intern. She has joined us for the summer before heading off to uni to study Marine Biology. Jenny is training up to become an Instructor to add to her Divemaster qualifiction and Coral Specialty Instructor. She works behind the counter as well as at dives sites assisting and teaching. Jenny has extensive experience of coral conservation having worked on projects in Mexico.
Lee - Divemaster
I have always loved being underwater and when at the swimming pool, I would always be diving down and swimming along the bottom. I wanted for years to try Scuba Diving, but felt it was something that happened aboard and not in the UK. I eventually learnt to dive in Thailand and really feel in love with it. When I came back to the U.K, I wanted to keep it going and when I met the team at Ocean Turtle Diving, they introduced me to an active and fun UK diving community and within a year, I had worked up to Divemaster & TecRec Diver. I am passionate about Diving especially in the U.K and really proud to be part of the staff at Ocean Turtle Diving and have the opportunity to bring new people into the Underwater World and help them develop as Divers.
Nick - Divemaster
Having learnt to dive in the Red Sea I got the bug and continued my training with PADI, ANDI and became an HSE Professional Scuba Diver. I have enjoyed various diving experiences some of which include completing a structural survey in Plymouth sound in January, exploring the myriad of wrecks off the coast of Bermuda, diving an uncharted reef whilst sailing on a tall ship around the Caribbean , the wrecks of Scapa Flow and the south coast of England. I enjoy introducing new divers to the delights of diving from doing a try dive in a pool to progressing to more adventurous training.
Michael - Divemaster
I started my under water adventure in august 2017 after completing my DSD at the blue planet aquarium diving in the shark tank. Since completing my open water I have strived to better myself in the underwater world and became a dive master by august 2018. I now enjoy helping new divers better their skills.
Flavius - Divemaster
I recently completed my tec40 in sidemount configuration and I cannot wait to start diving more with my new kit. Whilst diving in the UK is fun, sometimes can be a little bit cold (only a little bit though). So, last year my wife and I went diving in Italy with 28 degree water, and we will soon be off to the Maldives for our honeymoon. I cannot wait, and I will of course be taking my sidemount gear!
Ian - Divemaster
I learned to dive on holiday in Cyprus with my 11 year old daughter. Watching her develop into a confident diver (and score higher than me in the Open Water Exam!) was enough to ensure that I was hooked. I love how varied the diving experience is; I’ve dived the two deepest indoor facilities in the world, explored wrecks in Egypt and Mexico, dives Cenotes, worked as a Rescue Diver on huge public events and much, much more. Let’s dive together soon!
Angharad - Divemaster
Learnt abroad, mastered in the U.K. Shining a torch onto a bright red octopus on a night dive in Thailand and playing hide and seek with a lemon shark in Fiji are some particular highlights! I love being the helping hand in the corner to get excited with the students and let the instructors do all the work, but then again who knows, maybe I’ll become one of them one day!!
Steve - Divemaster
A diving addict who supports his habit by being a Paramedic! My first dive was in Plymouth Sound, 1986. I couldn’t see much but it made me want to dive a bit more. Since then I have dived all over the world with the military and more recently for fun in the Red Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Wrasbury . . . I am fascinated by marine wildlife and steer most of my diving towards ‘underwater safari’ experiences. It's an honour to be part of the OTD team and it’ll be a pleasure to introduce people to some of the amazing stuff that goes on beneath the waves.
Stuart Eade - Co Owner
Stu is a full time firefighter with Hampshire Fire and Rescue and works out of Basingstoke fire station. He has been in the fire service for 16 years. Stu is an advanced open water diver and is working towards his rescue diver. He is a qualified Gas Blender and Scubapro technician and has dived in the UK, Zanzibar and Spain. He originally trained with Ocean Turtle Diving back in 2004 and helps out at the dive centre when his shifts allow.