about us

Dive Centre Bondi

Duncan - Owner, GUE Instructor

I’m originally from Scotland but have called Australia home since 2005.  I learned to dive right here at Dive Centre Bondi – the best Dive Centre in Sydney!  Diving is relaxing and fun but it can also be challenging and exciting. There are so many places around the world with great diving and so much to see.  I enjoy the technical aspects of deeper and more challenging dives, but I’m just as happy on a warm shallow tropical reef as I am inside a shipwreck in deep water or inside a cave beneath the Mexican jungle.

My favourite dive sites in Sydney

So many to choose from but Shark Point (shore dive) or The Apartments (boat dive) are both world class dive sites. Amazingly, so many sites here in Sydney can be accessed from shore... there aren’t many cities in the world where you can go for a dive in the morning before work - we’re very lucky here!

 

Larissa - General Manager, Marine Scientist and Instructor

I’m an Aussie! I grew up on the Sunshine Coast where I learned to dive. I moved to Cairns to study marine science and continued diving on the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Once I moved to Sydney I realised how many areas there were to dive here, there are so many shore dives, boat dives and local trips in this area. I love being a part of Dive Centre Bondi because there is a strong focus on team mentality and the social network here feels like a family! I look forward to our social events almost as much as our dives together.

My favourite dive sites in Sydney

I love Bare Island for the topography and I love Clifton Gardens for the high density of marine life, it is a macro paradise (and there are local bull rays who are happy to push you out of the way too). I think the most underrated dive site is Old Man’s Hat, it has weedy sea dragons, sharks, rays and an incredible cover of brightly coloured soft corals and sponges.

 

 

Laurent - PADI, TDI Instructor

I come from the centre of France where water isn’t particularly accessible but discovered diving in 2012 when I started travelling the world and found myself in Thailand. I was pretty scared of the concept but fell in love with the first bubbles and have almost never had a day without them since.  I love the peacefulness of diving and the variety of opportunities that it can offer.  I enjoy the technical nature of deep decompression dives on wrecks or drop offs and I’m always refining my diving skills to help me execute these dives or simply to take better photographs which I can bring back to dry land as memories.

What are your favourite Sydney dives?

 My favourite recreational dive site is Bare Island. The Dee Why (an old ferry which lies off Long Reef) is my favourite deeper technical dive.

  

Jadi - Instructor, Marine Biologist

I'm from Italy and started diving in 2008 in the beautiful island of Ponza, just off the coast of Rome in my home country.  I spent three years there and will never forget the first breath I took underwater.  I’m a marine biologist, and I love being in the water. When I dive I'm exactly where I want to be and I feel completely myself.  I have a great passion for teaching scuba diving and when I meet new students I love seeing them learn about the ocean and how to respect it.

Favourite dive site in Sydney?

I really enjoy Bare Island because of the beautiful and colourful sponges.  Sydney is special – you might see nudibranch, cuttlefish and octopus one day and then next time, turtles, sharks and on the rare occasion whales!!  No matter what the conditions, there is always somewhere to dive in Sydney.

 

Isabelle - Divemaster

When I was ten I was a major fan of a series called ‘The Aquanauts’. By seeing their amazing dives on tv, I decided that I wanted to dive; I was going to be an Aquanaut. Besides diving in the cold Dutch waters and the more comfortable waters around the equator, this choice has led me to a study in Marine Biology and my current PhD in Marine Ecology. I was lucky enough to dive all around the world and finally decided to become a Dive Master on a tiny crazy island in the Caribbean. Now I am working in Sydney for my PhD, but have come to love the work at the dive centre even more – just don’t tell my university.

My favourite dive sites in Sydney

I am still in the process of discovering all that Sydney has offer, therefore my answers are tentative at best. Whichever site we go to, I’m happy to be there like a happy puppy. However, so far Gordon’s Bay and Clifton Gardens are my favourites, for their PJ sharks and sea horses, respectively.

  

Sam - Instructor, President Gordons Bay SCUBA Diving Club

I am originally from Lancashire , England, and started diving in the Portsmouth area on England's south coast in 1978. The opportunity to dive in Sydney was a major influence in my decision to emigrate to Australia where I have lived for the last 30+ years.  I love to see the wide variety or marine life that we have here in Sydney. Some of my favourites are the sharks that we see , including Port Jacksons , Wobbegongs and Grey Nurse Sharks, and also the Giant Cuttlefish which are spotted mostly during the winter months.

So after 30 years of diving here in Sydney, what’s your favourite spot?

I enjoy diving so many of Sydney's sites.  Gordons Bay is an obvious favourite and I also very much enjoy diving the canyons and caves at North Bondi where we have been lucky enough to see a collection of Grey Nurses Sharks taking up residence in recent months. We are hoping they will be moving in for the long term.

 

Tony - Instructor

I'm originally from England but now call Sydney home. I started diving in 2008 with the British army in Jamaica.  Realising how much I loved exploring the underwater world, I continued to dive around the world and completed my Divemaster course with Dive Centre Bondi before becoming an instructor in 2017 in the Cook Islands.  I love the challenge of helping people do something new and hopefully fall in love with diving like I did.  Seeing the smile on people’s faces after a dive or course is so rewarding.

My favourite dive sites in Sydney

Each of Sydney’s dive sites are amazing in their own little way. The best shore dive has to be Bare Island becuase there is always something different to find.  Camp Cove is amazing for night dives and definitely the ex-HMAS Adelaide is my favourite boat/wreck dive... so much to explore !!!!

 

Emma - Instructor

I'm originally from England and learned to dive here in Sydney in 2011.  Since then I've been lucky enough live in the Caribbean and Thailand teaching scuba diving.  As a self-confessed mermaid, being beneath the surface of the ocean exploring is where I'm happiest. As well as photography and videography I also have a passion for introducing others to our underwater world.  Seeing the faces of my students when they descend for the first time is always an amazing moment.

My favourite dive sites in Sydney

This is a tough one as Sydney has been where I've had so many wonderful dives and I know there are still plenty more to come. I would have to say that my most magical dives in Sydney have taken place at either Shark Point, North Bondi and Shelly Beach. All so different but special!

 

  

Scott - Instructor

Sydney Born and bred.....I first learned to dive waaaaay back in 1995 in Bali, Indonesia. I love the peace of being underwater. It’s a whole new world! I love teaching as well... The course I enjoy teaching the most is the PADI Rescue Diver course.  It's very challenging but a lot of fun!

Favourite dive in Sydney?

Shark Point for me is the best dive in Sydney!

 

Mark - Instructor

I love my deep technical wreck diving and being able to assist newer divers in exploring their chosen specialties, so I really enjoy teaching the PADI Advanced Open Water Class.  I keep diving with the hope that one day I'll get it right.  We can always improve something with each dive.

Mark's favourite dive site in Sydney

The Birchgrove Park (a shipwreck off the Northern Beaches of Sydney) plus night dives at Camp Cove are definitely my favourites.

 

Thierry - Instructor, Photographer

I grew up on a tiny French Island called La Reunion, but didn't learn to dive until 2001 right here in Sydney – in the middle of the winter!!  I really love seeing marine animals in their own environment and how they behave. I also love interacting with them (when they initiate the interaction, not when we as divers harass them). For the same reason, the speciality that I like the most is underwater photography – I never go diving without my camera. The kind of dive that I like the most are the ones where we get to see lots of unusual critters!

What’s your favourite dive site in Sydney?

My favourite dive site in Sydney is Shark Point, near Clovelly. There are actually five or six completely different dives you can do there!

 

Glen - Instructor, Certified Technician

I come from a Dairy Farm near Masterton in New Zealand. I first experienced diving on a Discover Scuba Diving course on the Great Barrier Reef then later became a certified diver back in New Zealand (in Auckland).  I live and breathe SCUBA! Those moments when I'm underwater and realise nothing else matters. The best thing about diving is exploring new sites with awesome, fun people that share their passion for the ocean.

Best dive site in Sydney?

The Leap to Steps or North Head. On a crystal clear day, just drop me off anywhere.