Meet The Team

About Us

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We are a small, independent and privately owned PADI Scuba Diving and Travel Centre designed specifically for the more discerning customer. We pride ourselves on our service, flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination allowing us to create diving courses and holidays that really are tailor-made to your requirements, no matter how demanding they might be. In 2010 and 2012 we won UK Dive Centre of the Year.

Mark Murphy

Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Owner

Having worked as a Dive Instructor in the Virgin Islands, Thailand and Egypt, Mark returned to the UK in 2006 when he founded Oyster Diving. His principle aims for the new diving centre would be to appeal to the more discerning customer by offering the best facilities, having an integrated travel agency so customers can complete their dives abroad as well as in the UK. In 2010 Mark won Sport Diver magazines’ ‘Best Diving Instructor’.

Favourite destination?
Djibouti – On one dive I was surrounded by five Whale Sharks and ended up in the mouth of one of them. Thank goodness they only eat plankton!

Favourite Dive Site?
Shark Reef in Egypt – I was still fairly new to diving and it was the dive that changed my life forever. Being surrounded by a school of circling barracuda’s, I was only feet away from about three feeding 6 foot long Black Tip sharks. One of the sharks swam right passed me with a Barracuda hanging out of it’s mouth as if to show off it’s prize. I didn’t feel at all threatened and it made me appreciate the beauty and value of sharks in the wild.

Favourite marine life?
I’m a huge fan of sharks but I also love Turtles, Bat Fish and can spend hours playing with Clown Fish (Nemo).

Which countries have you dived in?
Australia, Portugal, Spain, UK, Egypt, Djibouti, Lanzarote, Menorca, France, Maldives, Cayman Islands, Malta & Gozo, Tobago, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Aruba, Sudan, Galapagos, Thailand, Philippines and Barbados.

Equipment
TUSA Paragon mask, Apeks Black Ice BCD, Atomic T3 regulators, Apeks RK3 fins, Aqua Lung i770 computer, Ocean Reef full facemask, Aqua Lung Balance Comfort wetsuit, Aqua Lung Fusion Sport with SLT dry suit.

Diving Qualifications
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Emergency First Response Instructor. I also can teach the following specialty diving courses; Deep, Navigation, Search & Recovery, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Wreck, Drift, O2 provider, Digital underwater photography, Enriched Air, Night, Search & Recovery, AWARE Coral Reef UW communications and Ocean Reef Full Face Mask & Underwater Communications.


Tracey Leask

Operations Manager and Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Throw Tracey in a puddle and she’ll be happy! Learning to dive in Canada, Tracey loves anything and everything about diving and the underwater world. She became an instructor in 2014 to be able to teach and dive around the world. Passionate about marine life, if you want to talk about sharks she’ll never stop!

Favourite Dive Destination
Depends on what you like diving for, so I have too many to say! Komodo is an amazing spot for wildlife. What an fabulous experience with loads of different marine animals, from huge manta rays to tiny nudibranch, to fake sea snakes and juvenile sweet lips. Tobermory, Canada is great for wrecks, with it’s cold, fresh water that keeps the boat perfectly in tack. The UK also has some AMAZING wreck and wildlife diving, as close as Brighton! The world is your oyster when it comes to diving.

Favourite Marine Life
Wobbegong sharks, hands down, are absolutely my ultimate fav. However, I also love any type of shark, cuttlefish, bull rays, brain coral, nudibranchs, sea feathers, blue-spotted stingrays… the list goes on and on…

Which countries have you dived in?
I have managed to dive in Canada, Bonaire, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Scotland, England, Maldives and Egypt! With many, many more on the bucket list.

Equipment
Aqualung Fusion Fit Drysuit, Aqualung Rogue BCD, Apeks MTX-R regulators, RK3 fins. 

Diving Qualifications
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR instructor. I can teach the following specialities: Night Diver, Drysuit Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Enriched Air Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy, SMB, and Project Aware Shark Conservation.


Tom Holborow

Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Head of Tech Diving and the Divemaster Program

In 2015, Tom learned to dive, and has gone full-tilt ever since. Tom puts everything into his work, and strives to give everyone the best experience possible, while shaping his students into confident, safe divers!

Favourite Destination
Tobermory, Canada. Clear, fresh water, with lots of wrecks. Before that, the whole of Australia then recently in March Mexico and the caves, and soon to be the Maldives.

Favourite Marine Life
Cephalopods for the win! Nothing in my experience has made me feel more alien than giant cuttlefish, octopus, and squid in all their wondrous forms.

Which countries have you dive in?
Australia, Canada, Zanzibar, Malta, Mexico, and the UK. Soon to be Egypt, Maldives and the Galapagos!

Equipment
Apeks Black Ice, Aqua Lung Legends, Apeks VX1 mask, Waterproof D1 drysuit, Aqua Lung RK3 fins.

Diving Qualifications
Master Scuba Diver Trainer. I can teach the following specialities; Wreck, Search and Recovery, Deep, Night, Drysuit, SMB, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Underwater Navigation. 
Advanced Freediving Instructor.

Sam Davey

Travel Consultant

Due to our continued growth in the diving holiday market, Sam has joined with a wealth of experience having worked in travel since 1998. Previous companies include American Express Corporate Travel and Lunn Poly.


Cookie the Dog

Head of PR and Environmental Awareness

Cookie is always on hand to ‘fetch’ gloves and boots for customers, instructors and divemasters. He loves fish, preferably in a bowl with the some goats milk.

Favourite Destination
UK – it’s the only place he’s ever been!

Favourite Marine Life
Cod, preferably without batter.

Which countries have you dived in?
None as yet but I’m hoping to change that.

Favourite Equipment
I love anything that fits in my mouth – Aqua Lung gloves, dive boots and hoods are my favourites. I’m not keen on regulators that freeflow.



Kate Hatcher

Open Water Instructor

Kate loves trips (especially if they involve diving) and tries to spend as much time as possible exploring overland and underwater. Kate did her Divemaster qualification with Oyster and became a PADI instructor last year. 

Favourite Destination
Malta for its twisted metal, Maldives for sharks and rays and Egypt for a bit of both.

Favourite Marine Life
Big things – whale sharks, eagle rays, manta rays and I still love a good turtle when I see one.

Which countries have you dive in?
Maldives, Egypt, Malta, Philippines, Malaysia, Spain, USA, UK, Mexico, Indonesia, Hong Kong.

Equipment
Aqua Lung Fusion Fit Drysuit / Fourth Element Xenos 5mm wetsuit, Apeks VX1 mask, Aqua Lung Rogue BCD / Apeks WTX-25 harness, Apeks MTX-R regulators, RK3 fins.

Diving Qualifications
Padi Open Water Scuba Instructor, EFR instructor. I can teach the following specialties: Dive Against Debris, Adaptive Techniques, Sidemount, Deep, Drysuit, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air, Wreck, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Aware Coral Reef Conservation.


Melvin Grant

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Melvin is a highly experienced PADI instructor who is renowned for his patience, friendliness and good sense of humour. He is just as happy teaching children to dive as adults. At the 2012 Sport Dive Awards he came runner-up as ‘PADI Instructor of the Year’.

Favourite destination
Galapagos – the shear variety and abundance of marine life.

Favourite marine life
I love a sandy bottom and coral pinnacles, it’s home to small macro marine life where I can spend hours studying to find what’s lurking in the nooks and crannies.

Which countries you have dived in?
Malta, Cuba, Maldives, Cyprus, Mexico, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Djibouti, Red Sea, Sudan, Galapagos and the UK.

Equipment
Mares Liquidvision mask, OThree Drysuit, Aqua Lung Axiom BCD, Apeks XTX 50 regulators, Bare wetsuit.


Sophie ‘Soaps’ Perowne

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

I’m a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), with a medical background, I’m also a paediatric emergency nurse. I have a huge passion for diving and the many different types of under water worlds. For me diving is therapy and a way of life, lets go get wet!

Favourite Destination
Best dive locations I’ve experienced so far are the Great Barrier Reef, Australia and the Red Sea, Egypt. With many more around our world I’d love to explore.

Favourite Marine Life
As an animal and ocean lover it’s hard to choose a favourite species, if I had to say then my favourite underwater animals are octopus, nudibranchs and sharks.  

Which countries have you dive in?
UK, Australia, and the Red Sea.

Favourite Equipment
I dive mostly with Scubapro gear and especially love my Scuba pro nova-wing fins and simple to use Chromis dive computer.

Diving Qualifications:
As an MSDT I’m a speciality instructor for: Deep Diver, Night Diver, Sidemount Diver, Search and Recovery Diver, Enriched Air Diver, Project Aware and Peak Performance Buoyancy. I am also an Emergency First Response Instructor. 


Laura Skill

Open Water Instructor and TDI Cave Diver

Afraid of the open ocean, Laura took the only logical step – learning to dive in Thailand! This experience was in 2014, and she hasn’t looked back since. She now can’t get enough of it and loves to share her passion with others.

Favourite Dive Destination
Barracuda point at Sipidan, Borneo. Nothing like being surrounded by a tornado of barracuda. Cave diving in Ginnie Springs, Florida was ridiculously fun too!

Favourite Marine Life
Sharks, any species – the sand tiger sharks at South West Rocks, Australia are awesome! Would LOVE to see dolphins or whales on a dive but not been lucky enough, yet!

Which countries have you dived in?
I have worked in Mexico, Dominican Republic and UK. I’ve also been diving around South East Asia, Australia, USA and the Caribbean

Equipment
Recreational set up is an Aqua Lung lotus BCD with an Aqua Lung Mikron regulator and Oceanic shadow mask. Hammond drysuit. Tech set up is Apeks xtx50’s with Apeks WSX sidemount set up

Diving Qualifications
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, EFR instructor. I can teach the following specialities: Night Diver, Drysuit Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy, SMB, and Project Aware Shark Conservation.


Paul Spindler

Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFRI Instructor

Paul has been diving for over 12 years and has clocked up 1000+ dives. Having learnt to dive in Egypt Paul quickly progressed to Divemaster and spent 6 years assisting other instructors before completing his Instructor course. Give him a Tank, a set of regs and a body of water and he is in his element.

Favourite Destination
Egypt – Clear warm water great visibility a whole range of marine life- What more could you ask for.

Favourite Dive Site
The Thistlegorm in the Red sea. This wreck is just magnificent both day and night always lots to see and a great wreck for simple penetration dives. Other than that it would have to be Mala in Lanzarote – A Volcanic dive site – Fantastic underwater topography and always lots of Rays and Angel Sharks

Favourite marine life
I’m a huge fan of the Octopus and Giant Morays. But also love seeking out the nudibranch and sea horses.

Which countries have you dived in?
The UK (what a great place to dive) Egypt, South Africa, Mexico, Lanzarote, Thailand

Equipment

Hollis M3 Mask, Waterproof D10 Drysuit, Apeks XTX 200 Regs, Hollis fins, Mares BCD, Aqualung i770R computer

Diving Qualifications
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Emergency First Response Instructor. Paul also can teach the following specialty diving courses; Deep, Search & Recovery, Dry Suit, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Wreck, Emergency O2 provider, Enriched Air, Night, AWARE Coral Reef


Lucy Brittain

Open Water Instructor

I’ve loved water like a fish my whole life! When I did my first dive in 2014 I thought I had gone to an alien planet with no gravity and the weirdest plants and animals imaginable. It was awesome! I became an instructor as soon as I turned 18 so I could share this new, wonderful world with others. Now, alongside studying to become a veterinary surgeon, I love to teach people how to breathe underwater!

Favourite Dive Destination
I jumped in the water at Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia and was greeted by 18 huge manta rays all circling at a cleaning station! I saw my first ninja manta and we stayed for a whole hour, watching them play in our bubbles.

Favourite Marine Life
Manta rays!! Every single shark and tiny seahorses <3

Which countries have you dived in?
Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Greece, UK and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Equipment
TUSA fins and mask, Scubapro Equator BCD and Apex XTX200 regs.

Diving Qualifications
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor. I’m also a Speciality Instructor for Dive Against Debris, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Project Aware.


Rosco (aka Zippy)

Open Water Scuba Instructor | EFR Instructor

I started scuba diving in 2012 and joined Oyster Diving in 2017 and loved it so much that I went all the way to instructor with them. I’m now really proud to say that I now enjoy teaching for them.

Favourite Destination

Anywhere I can find wrecks.

Favourite Marine Life

Sharks and Trumpet Fish

Which countries you have dived in?

Philippines, Turkey, UK, Bulgaria, Iceland and Red Sea.

Equipment Used

Aqua Lung ProLT BCD, Mares Quattro fins, Apeks MTX-R regulators, OTTER dry suit, Aqua Lung Bali 3mm wetsuit


Chris Mitchell

Open Water Instructor

Chris has been diving now for 10 years. He started when he was 9 with the PADI bubble maker course and on his 10th birthday sat his open water. He continued his diving and a month after he turned 18, he did his instructor course in Thailand. He has trained as an actor and next year will go to study marine biology at university.

Favourite Dive Destination
My favourite dive destination has to be Bonaire. I love the beach diving there and hope to go again soon!

Which countries have you dived in?
I have dived in Egypt, Bonaire, Zanzibar, Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, The Maldives, Oman and Thailand.

Equipment
Atomic Subframe ARC mask, Sharkskin wetsuit 2 piece, Apeks XTX50 regs, Mares Dragon BCD, Apeks RK3 HD find and a Suunto D5 computer.

Diving Qualifications
PADI OWSI and EFR Instructor. I can also teach Deep, Wreck and Emergency o2.


Jax Colman

Open Water Instructor

I’m a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), but medical by trade – I’m an anesthetic practitioner. I have been diving since 2000 when I passed my junior open water in Hawaii with my dad. I have a huge passion for wrecks and completed some of my technical diving qualifications in Scapa Flow on the 100th anniversary. A couple months prior to that I had dived the WWII wrecks in Coron. Find me any body of water and I will happily thrown on some gear and for for an explore.

Favourite Dive Destination
Best dive locations I’ve experienced so far are Philippines and Mexico.

Favourite Marine Life
Octopus, Manta rays and Sharks (I spent some time last year working with the Bull Sharks in Fiji).

Which countries have you dived in?
Last year I completed an 8 month diving jaunt through Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia (Raja Ampat, Komodo and Bali) and the Philippines. Other countries I have dived in include; England, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Cyprus, Malta, Scotland, Tenerife, Antigua, Iceland, Cuba, Saint Lucia, Egypt, and Tanzania. With the Similian Islands and Dominican Republic on the cards in the next few months.

Equipment
Beuchat Maxius S Mask, Typhoon Drysuit, Deep 6 Fins, Custom Diver Wing, Apex XTX50 regs, Apex Tec Shorts

Diving Qualifications
PADI Open Water Scuba Instrctor/ MSDT and EFR Instructor. I can teach the following specialities: Deep, Wreck, Enriched Air Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drysuit and O2 provider.


Liz Stokes

Liz Stokes

Rescue Diver & Surface Cover

Liz has been diving for nearly 10 years and took her Rescue course with Oyster and has since gone on to be our surface cover at the Marshall Street pool every Tuesday and weekends at Wraysbury.

Favourite destination?
Favourites so far are Central and South America, with so many more on the list to see, but sunshine and a shortie wetsuit are a must!  I also love diving in Egypt, Jackson Reef and Gordon Reef, off Ras Nosrani Bay in Sharm el Sheikh, I could never tire of diving there, it is where I qualified and have visited many times since, definitely a special place for me

Favourite marine life?
Turtles and of course it’s always amazing to spot a shark.

Which countries have you dived in?
Egypt, Costa Rica, Colombia, US, UK, Italy, Cape Verde


Alberto

Rescue Diver 

At the end of a sea kayaking trip in the Philippines in 2015, Alberto saw a dive centre and decided to give it a go, quickly realising that things below the surface are even better than above. His main interests are technical diving and wreck penetration, so he can often be seen with lots of cylinders strapped to him.

Favourite destination?
World War II wrecks in South East Asia. Oh, and Silfra. Everyone should dive Silfra once in their lifetime.

Favourite marine life?
Manta rays and stingrays. And sharks, of course.

Which countries have you dived in?
Philippines, Indonesia, Lebanon, Iceland, UK

Equipment
XDeep Stealth Tec, Bare HDC Expedition drysuit, Apeks RK3 HD fins, Shearwater Perdix Computer.

Diving Qualifications
Advanced trimix, Tec DPV, Tec Sidemount, Advanced Wreck Diver


Diving in London & South East

If you are starting out on your diving journey or looking to improve your skills we offer a range of PADI diving courses in London and across the South East.  Our locations can be found in Soho, North London/Hertfordshire,  Surrey & Berkshire, Brighton & Hove, Oxford and our Open Water diving locations.

Diving Centre

Despite having dozens of historical wrecks dotted along our coastline and some fantastic and varied marine life, we understand that diving in the UK is not for everyone. We are happy for you to complete a Referral course which means that you complete your theory and pool skills with us and your open water dives when you get on holiday. That way you don’t have to spend your valuable holiday time sat in a classroom and instead can spend it under the sun or water!

Using our extensive knowledge of the best places in the world to dive and visit, many of our customers ask us to arrange their holiday or a long weekend to complete their diving course, so as part of the service we offer a fully bonded travel agency.

Travel Centre

We’ve trotted the globe to find the best holiday and diving destinations that offer a combination of extravagance, exclusivity, privacy and natural beauty.

So whether you are gearing up for your first dive, need a long weekend break, want to charter a luxury yacht in the Caribbean or bathe on the finest golden beaches, Oyster can build a package specifically around you.

For more details call us today on 0808 253 0843.

Many thanks and we hope to start or continue your underwater adventures soon,

Mark Murphy

Director and PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer