An Englishman in Ireland, I have lived in Co Clare since 1998. As a kid I did a bit of snorkelling in Dorset, but am relatively new to scuba, having taken my PADI Open Water in June 2016. I have now (end of 2017) completed nearly 50 dives, the vast majority in the Atlantic from the Clare coast. In 2018 I am joining the Dive Academy team in Egypt to experience diving in warmer water; I hope to add to my diving education and build up to Master Scuba Diver over the next two years. Sharing time and experiences with my family, a bit of travel, a bit of diving and a few beers is the recipe for keeping me happy & young.
Hey, I'm Ola (short version from Aleksandra) I am happy PADI Open Water DIver and I don't want to go deeper than 18 meters:) I have a degree in Marketing Management. As the Social Media Marketing Manager at Dive Academy, I am responsible for managing all social media activities. I will be the first person you will meet in Dive Acadymy at the recepction.
My advernture with scuba diving began in 2009 in Egypt. I`ve done there my first Open Water course with SDI/TDI federation.
At the moment I am certified PADI Divemaster and in 2014 I am planning to get Open Water Scuba Instructor certification.
Most of the dives I did in The Atlantic Ocean, so every scuba trip outside Ireland is such a good diversity.
I got my first scuba qualification in 1998. Actually water has been my world ever since I can remember. The first time I dived was in a lake where my cousin took me down under the water. I remember my whole body shaking after the dive for at least 2 hours, because I was frozen. Obviously I dived without a proper wetsuit. At the time I didn't realise scuba diving would become my life style in the future.
Travel, new people, diving and family this is it! Come and join our passion.
Owen O connell
I grew up surrounded by the sea on the west coast of Ireland and wanted to be a diver for as long as I can remember. My diving career started about 20 years ago when I got my PADI open water and advanced here in Ireland. Soon after I ended up in Greece and got my first proper diving job working on a boat in Rhodes as a freediver. I ended up spending about 13 years in SE Asia running liveaboards, guiding and teaching Diving. Since coming back to Ireland I've been working with Dive Academy here in Lahinch. Having logged a few thousand dives in about 14 different countries I can still honestly say the diving we have right here off the coast of Clare is up there with the best of seen. I look forward to showing it to you!
Growing up on a small tropical island in Australia, I've been surrounded by water from the beginning. After 4 years as a beach lifeguard, I opted for a different view in 2016 and completed my Open Water certification.
I moved to Ireland last year and have been having a ball exploring the very different but just as stunning and intriguing underwater landscapes found along West Clare.
I'm delighted to be joining the Dive Academy as a Divemaster.