Meet the Staff

The good, the bad and the down right ugly!

Pictures for the mantlepiece…..they’ll keep the kids away from the fire!

 

DEBBIE WOODS

 PADI Master Instructor.
 BSAC Open Water Instructor.
 TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Instructor.

 

Debbie is the proud owner and driving force behind Dive Odyssea.
She has been involved in Scuba diving since 1989 when she gained her BSAC Novice Diver qualification. She then went on to obtain her Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor, again with the BSAC then turned professional with PADI before going on to gain her current rating. Debbie has dived in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, South Africa, Indonesia, The Philippines,Thailand, the Maldives, the Red Sea as well as all around the UK. She is passionate about her diving and enjoys UK wrecks just as much as warm coral seas. Debbie has a very ‘hands on’ approach to all the courses at Dive Odyssea to ensure that they remain safe, and above all, fun.

ROB KEYS

PADI Master Instructor

IDEST Technician

Rob joined us as a qualified PADI Open Water Diver back in 2007 after having started to dive in the Maldives. Since then, he has virtually lived down the shop and been on just about every training weekend, Channel dive trip and quite a few Red Sea trips with us. He has gained a lot of diving experience in a very short time and he is already proving to be a big asset to the club and its members. A builder by trade, we’re hoping his training skills stack up as well as his brick work!!

Rob has dived in the Maldives, the Caribbean, the Red Sea and all around the UK.

ANGELA MUNRO

PADI Master Instructor.

IAHD Instructor.

Angela first came to Dive Odyssea in 1999 when she completed her Open Water course. Since then, Ang’ has been an ever present club stalwart attaining her current rating in 2005. She is a care home manager in real life and lives with her partner Roy, another Dive Odyssea member. All her kids are club members after also having been taught by us, and we eagerly await the next generation of Munro’s. It’s fair to say, that no trip is ‘official’ unless Ang’ is on it. About the only place Angela has not dived is in the Antipodes. (Watch this space)

 

JULIE KIMMENS

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Julie works in the City and like many other members of our team learnt at Dive Odyssea.  She started in 2011 and since then has been actively involved in club activities and training programs.  She is fantastic trainer with all age groups and is a bubbly character who is great to have around.  Again Julie dives both here and overseas and enjoys both types of diving.

EDDIE DOWD

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Eddie, just like all of our other Staff Members has completed the Internship program here at Dive Odyssea. He is our first Scottish member of staff and he’s rather proud of it although he’s not overly fond of ‘Braveheart’ jokes for some reason (I can’t think why!)

Eddie came to us as a PADI Advanced Open Water diver after having initially learned to dive in the Maldives in 2000. After completing his Rescue Diver course with us, he then moved on to complete his DM Certification and then onto his current rating. Eddie is married to Sue and they have four daughters (so far) and it has been suggested that the reason he escapes into diving is to get some peace and quiet!! Surely not!

Eddie has dived in the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, the Florida Keys, the Canary Islands as well as the Maldives.

BRIAN BISHOP-LAGGETT

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Brian, or BBL as he’s known, came to us back in 2000 as a newly qualified PADI Open Water Diver and he’s been here ever since. He owns his own satellite and security installation company (BBL Aerials) but still manages to fit his diving around his busy schedule. Like all of our long term staff members, BBL gained a very thorough understanding of student diver training prior to reaching his current rating. BBL has been on a number of Red Sea trips and dived around the UK.

RICHARD BOUTCHER

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Richard first learned to dive in the Maldives in 1990 and does his best to fit his job as a projects manager around his diving. He has dived extensively in Malaysia and Indonesia where he was allegedly managing a project. He too has also dived the Caribbean, the Red Sea, Australia, New Zealand and all around the UK. Richard is an avid underwater photographer and is the guy responsible for a lot of the very impressive photographs in the shop. He was a worthy finalist in the 2006 Wildlife Photographer of the Year and, not surprisingly, conducts our PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty programme.

STEVE ATKINSON

PADI Divemaster

EFR Instructor

Former IT Manager, Steve qualified as an Open Water Diver, May 2001. Since qualifying he has used diving as an excuse to travel the world, including trips to Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Central America, the Caribbean, Kenya and Egypt. Steve has lost track of the number of times he has been shouted at by confused American divers when rolling into the water in a baseball cap to keep the sun off!

Now retired, when not travelling the world in search of dive adventure, Steve is the resident “death watch beetle” infesting Dive Odyssea.

 

MARIA MILLGATE

PADI DiveMaster

Maria has always loved the water.  She worked in Egypt for a while and knew as soon as she walked to end of the jetty and saw the colourful fish that she wanted to be down there with them.  So when she came back to UK she decided to enrol on a PADI Open Water course.

Maria qualified as an Open Water Diver in 2013, continued her dive education, qualifying as a DiveMaster in 2018, and loves both diving in the UK and abroad. Maria has been to The Philippines, Greece, Iceland, but Egypt remains her favourite, like a second home.

 

PAUL BUDD

PADI Dive Master

Paul started diving in the same way as many people; a try dive on holiday back in 2009. From then he was hooked and has continued to dive as often as he can, combining this with his enthusiasm for photographing the underwater realm.

In 2017, Paul decided to join the professional ranks of PADI, and became a Divemaster in 2018 and more recently a DSD Leader.

Paul has dived all along the south coast of England and as far North as Northumberland (to experience the mesmerising play of grey seals) and continues to enjoy UK diving greatly, exploring the many wrecks scattered along the UK coastline.  His dive travels have taken him to the Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico (Caribbean), Cozumel, Aruba, St Lucia, Bahamas, Jamaica & Egypt. Perhaps his most memorable dive adventure was travelling to and diving in the Galapagos archipelago to witness the spectacle of schooling Hammerhead & Galapagos sharks and experience the sheer thrill of seeing marine iguanas diving from the surface to feed on the marine grasses below.

 

CRAIG BRADBROOK

PADI Divemaster

Craig is a motor mechanic by trade.  He is married to Sarah and together they have two boys, one almost 10 waiting desperately to dive with Daddy.  Although Craig has dived around the world his heart lies in UK Wreck diving enjoying areas such as the Isle of Wight and the wrecks of the Sussex and Cornish coast lines.   He is very passionate about his sport and is a very active and popular member of our dive club.   He likes a practical joke, which often back fires on him which makes it even funnier, but when it comes down to the safety of the dive he is one of the best buddy’s to have around.

YVETTE TUCKER

PADI Dive Master

Yvette works in the City and like many other members of our team learnt at Dive Odyssea.  She started  in 2007 and since then has been actively involved in club activities and training programs.  Yvette’s Husband Ed calls her a Dive Wizard.  Why we will never really find out the true answer! All we know is, that she puts her wizarding skills into our teaching programs.  She is fantastic trainer  with all age groups and is a bubbly character who is great to have around.  Yvette has a keen interest in land and underwater photography and has dived all around the world.

JAMIE KEEBLE

Divemaster

Jamie learnt to Scuba here at the Club in 2012 and completed his PADI Open Water Course on a club trip to Cornwall in a sheltered bay. Since then he has risen through the ranks at the club to achieve his PADI Divemaster rating,  Jamie likes to dive both in the UK and Overseas and his been on several overseas trips with us including the Red and Tobago.

When he is not diving his other pass time is riding his horse Beauty and spending time with one of our Rescue candidates Maria.  He has a great sense of humour and takes it’s all in his stride.

KARL PRUST

Dive Master

Learnt to dive back at Stoney Cove back in the summer of 2000, and started diving in Egypt pretty much right away (Egypt being a place he seems to spend a lot of time, who could think why!!) Karl really started diving just as a holiday diver half a dozen or so times a year.

Then Karl got the bug: he loves diving in the blue a shorty being his favourite attire but Karl did give UK diving a try thinking it would not be for him, but how wrong can he be: he discovered there are some great dive sites around the UK.

Places he’s dived include, St Abbs and Eyemouth, The Farne Isles, Cornwall, Eastbourne, Dorset and Devon and, well, Egypt of course, Malta, Greece, Ibiza, The Philippines, Mexico, Barbados, Cuba Cant think of any where else at the moment, but we’re sure the list is not complete.