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, 2019, 2020 and 2021. I love teaching all levels of diver, from complete beginners to PADI Professionals.
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.
Anna - Dive Centre Manager & Instructor
Diving’s been my whole life since leaving a stressful London corporate life in 2006, when I set out with the aim of learning about new cultures, different countries, and diverse ocean life and topographies. My work in diving and tourism has taken me from the cooler waters of the UK and Croatia where I worked for my Divemaster, through Tobago in the Southern Caribbean, Belize with the longest Barrier Reef in the Northern Hemisphere, over to the rugged beauty of New Zealand, the remote isolation of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, and Sulawesi and the Spice Islands in Indonesia. Working thousands of miles away has its perks, but I’m happy to relocate back to the UK where I’m a stone’s throw from my home country… Wales. Ask me about how learning to dive here in the UK compares to those warm water destinations, and I’ll tell you you can’t beat qualifications earned right here! Looking forward to meeting you all!
Stephanie - Dive Centre Assistant & Divemaster
I was introduced to diving via a Discover Scuba Dive session in 2019, and because I loved it so much, I took the giant stride to become o-fish-ally certified with Ocean Turtle that same year. I am now a PADI Divemaster and love introducing people to a new and potentially life-changing experience! My favourite places to dive in the UK include Porthkerris, Portland and Lundy; I love the plethora of wrecks and vast biodiversity of underwater life that can be found right on our doorsteps. I also love being able to switch off from the world on land when I'm underwater, as well as meeting and helping divers from all walks of life. Diving has many meanings for different people, so come and learn today and find yours!
Edwin - Elite Instructor
I learnt to dive as part of my university degree in photography and have since climbed the ranks to teach diving as part of my career. I have been lucky enough to travel to Iceland and do serious cold water diving but also go on trips to Egypt to explore some amazing wrecks and reefs. I am proud to be a part of Ocean Turtle Diving's team since I was seventeen and have loved the opportunity to train new divers and help others explore UK waters.
Sam - Dive Centre Assistant & Divemaster
I first started diving back in 2013 and have slowly risen through the diving ranks, completing my Rescue course last year as part of a 3-month Marine conservation project in the Seychelles. Whilst on that conservation I took part in Fish and Coral recruit surveys as well as a whole host of marine based activities. Having also recently completed my Oceanography degree from the University of Liverpool, I am looking to spend as much time in the water as possible and training to become a Divemaster is the perfect way to do that. Having never previously dived in the UK, I’m looking forward to swapping the wetsuit for a dry suit and seeing what the UK seas have to offer!
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 an Instructor, I enjoy showing complete beginners the joys of diving, so come and give it a go. Alun has recently become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and can now teach numerous PADI Specialties.
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 people's own sensational experiences and elations.
Duff - Instructor
I started diving in a Green Turtle nature reserve on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia in 1990 - and have been addicted ever since. I’ve been fortunate to dive destinations as varied as The Philiipines, Hawaii, Egypt, New York, Mexico, Majorca, Israel, Ibiza and Leicestershire (!), and combined scuba with my other passion by writing a number of travel articles for Sport Diver magazine and Lonely Planet. In addition to being a PADI Open Water Instructor, I run my own PR company specialising in music and film and I’m also a Firefighter.
Ian - Instructor
I learnt 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, dived Cenotes, worked as a Rescue Diver on huge public events and much, much more. Let’s dive together soon!
James - Instructor
I first learnt to dive in 2008 and have been fortunate to dive in many amazing locations around the world. I’m always looking for my next underwater adventure, whether that’s diving a wreck or seeing marine life and ecosystems: there is simply no experience like it. I was a late comer to UK diving, but can honestly say it’s amazing and as much of a buzz as diving anywhere else. I’m really proud to be part of the Ocean Turtle team and look forward to seeing you in the water soon!
Jenny - Instructor
Jenny was our 2020 summer Instructor Intern. She joined us for the summer before heading off to uni to study Marine Biology. Jenny trained up to become an Instructor to add to her Divemaster qualification and Coral Specialty Instructor. She worked in the dive centre as well as at dives sites assisting and teaching. Jenny has extensive experience of coral conservation having worked on projects in Mexico.
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!!
Phil - Instructor & Freediving Instructor
Phil is a massive water lover - with and without scuba. In addition to being a PADI Staff Instructor, he is a Freediving instructor with PADI and AIDA and he spearheads Ocean Turtle Diving's freediving offering.
Rene - Instructor
I learnt to dive 10 years ago with Ocean Turtle a few months before a trip to the Barrier Reef and have completed most of my dive training with OTD. I am a PADI Tec Diver who after many years of diving decided to go down the professional route in late 2020 and have been working with OTD since. I have had the privilege to dive in quite a few places around the world (USA, Cuba, Tobago, Canaries, Malta, Egypt, Thailand, Australia and around the UK coast) but am repeatedly drawn back to the Red Sea for at least one trip a year.
Simon - Tec Instructor
Simon Liddiard is our Tec Diving Instructor whose experience and calibre speak for themselves. He is an IANTD Advanced Trimix Instructor, TDI Trimix Instructor Trainer, TDI Advanced Wreck Instructor, CCR Trimix Cave Diver, PADI Course Director, DSAT Trimix Instructor Trainer and Specialist JJ-CCR Advanced Trimix Instructor. He is the owner of Blue Marlin Dive Resort in Indonesia and over those 32 years has completed more than 10,000 dives, including more than 300 dives deeper than 100m, and has certified more than 5,000 divers.
Stefan - Elite Instructor & Tec Instructor
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 that 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, such as Deep, Wreck and Dry Suit Diver as I knew I wanted to dive in the UK. These were closely followed by Rescue and Divemaster. I have been lucky enough to travel to Spain and Egypt teaching people to dive and have also been to some great locations for holidays and liveaboards. I am very passionate about diving in the UK and enjoy travelling to many great dive sites along the South coast of England.
Stuart - Instructor
I learnt to dive as one of several ‘adventure training’ courses in the Army. I was lucky enough to be taught to ski, go rock climbing and abseiling, sea and white water canoeing, parachuting and others, but it was diving that I was hooked on. I love the wrecks of the Channel and Scapa Flow is a special place. I jump at any chance to go warm water diving and have enjoyed Belize, Mexico, Red Sea and the Med. I also have the privilege of helping others learn scuba and hope to see you on a dive soon.
Teresa - Instructor
Being underwater for me is like entering a different world. It's 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 Staff Instructor rating, and we are very proud of her acheivements.
Emma - Assistant Instructor
I have always been drawn to the water and HAVE to paddle whenever I am near the sea. So when I was in Mexico in 2019 I did a Discover Scuba Diving off a boat in Cozumel. As I did a giant stride off the boat into the big blue and we descended, the first thing I saw was a turtle. The whole experience was just breath taking. That was it… I was in love! I did my Open Water on that same holiday, followed by Advanced Open Water in Malta a few months later. I was just not satisfied with infrequently holiday diving so the UK diving drew me in. The most rewarding part of being a PADI Pro is enabling others to experience the tranquility and mindfulness diving can bring.
Lee - Assistant Instructor
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 abroad and not in the UK. I eventually learnt to dive in Thailand and really fell 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, as well as having the opportunity to bring new people into the underwater world and help them develop as divers.
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!!
Charlotte - Divemaster
I began diving as part of my training to become a stunt woman and absolutely fell in love with it. I have only just dipped my toe into the world of diving and already I can see myself doing this for a long time. With pretty much all my diving taking place in the UK I am looking forward to trying some diving in warmer climates and discovering more of the underwater world!
Michael - Divemaster
I started my underwater adventure in August 2017 after completing my DSD at the blue planet aquarium diving in the shark tank. Since completing my Open Water I strived to better myself in the underwater world and became a Divemaster in August 2018. I now enjoy helping new divers better their skills.
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.
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 Wraysbury . . . 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.