Meet the Team

A lot of work goes in to making sure everything runs like clockwork here at Scimitar. Whether you’re just here on a boat charter, on a dive course or just popping in for a top up in the gas station, we couldn’t make it work without the dedicated team behind the scenes.

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Nick Bentall

Skipper
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Smudge

Skipper
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Title says it all really!

However if you want any sense then best to speak to Sarah.

Favourite Phrase: Lets stick our nose out and have a look
Favourite Superhero: Bananaman
Favourite Meal: Cheese pasties
Day Job: Still trying to work it out
Other Hobbies: Yeah like i have the time!
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Dave

Skipper / Gas Station
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Dave spends so much time at sea that occasionally we have to take him to one side and scrape of the barnacles. Has about every boat ticket you can get and has spent the last few years as an offshore medic in the north sea. Ex commercial diver but is looking forward to finishing his PADI bubble maker this season.
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Oona

Boat Crew / Dive School / Gas Station
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Four feet and eleven and a half inches of "nut job". Oona is crazy about all things diving. She is also a master cake maker so don't blame me if she happens to be crewing and you come away for the day having put two pounds on.
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Tim

Dive School / Boat Crew / Webmaster
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Much of what Tim does goes on behind the scenes building and maintaining the website as well other marketing materials.

Some of you will see him sometimes crewing or helping out as part of the school dive team.

Favourite Phrase: "Trying to tip the work/life balance in favour of life"!
Favourite Superhero: Ironman
Favourite Meal: Chinese Salt & Chilli Squid
Day Job: Owns his own marketing company - also designs the O2E range of dive wear
Other Hobbies: What free time he has is generally spent in the pursuit of diving - He does enjoy watching a good game of rugby and of course following the mighty Chelsea!
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Sheren

Dive School / Boat Crew / Gas Station
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After instructor posts in Cyprus and Gozo, Sheren returned to finish her degree in marine biology.
Mad about everything diving and apres diving.
Party animal and instructor at the underwater escape facility at Yeovilton. Sheren knows lots of "stuff".Favourite Phrase: It is what it is!
Favourite Superhero: Rainbow Bright
Favourite Meal: Anything Spicy
Day Job: Helicopter Underwater Escape Instructor
Other Hobbies: Rugby
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Lois

LAPD Dive Club
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Lois is the energy behind our dive club. Nothing is ever too much trouble for this girl.

When not doing her proper job, you will find her poking fish and photographing nudibrancs.

Do not under any circumstances feed her smarties! You have been warned.....

Favourite Phrase: "Brilliant"
Favourite Superhero: Brilliant
Favourite Meal: All food is brilliant
Day Job: A brilliant fitness company staff trainer
Other Hobbies: Brilliant stuff
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Ruth

Boat Crew
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The quiet one. Yeah right, I have the photo's! A marine biologist who loves diving, poking things and generally getting wet.
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Roz

Boat Crew / LAPD Dive Club/First Aid instructor
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PADI divemaster and master cake maker. When not in the water, Roz manages a trauma ward in a hospital. Definitely the person you need on side when the brown stuff starts flying. Together with Dave, she will be heading up our first response/first aid training. Favourite quote: "When's the fleet due in"?
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Steve

Dive School
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Vonny

Boat Crew/School?
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At home bossing divers around the boat and slapping Smudge for swearing. Loves diving and is a retired scuba instructor. Or is she? Maybe there is life in the old girl yet?
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Rick

School/Gas station
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When Rick is not teaching here then he will likely be filling cylinders. At home in either shallow water on a single cylinder or deep on his rebreather. In his spare time, Rick is an 80's porn star.
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Andy

Skipper
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One of the most experienced skippers in the area. Interested in all things boat and flying remote control helicopters. Hopefully this year we can all have a play.
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Ross

Boat Crew/Window cleaner
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Aircraft engineer, Rebreather diver who is our care in the community project. Just nod smile and humor him should you see him around.
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Cordelia

Shop / Crew
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Nick

Gas Station
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Or time give him his proper title "Dr" seems to know very little about actual fish although lots about fish parasites. You will likely meet him in the gas station or on the boat crewing. We only tolerate him cos we like his dog "Barney".
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Richard Walker

GUE Instructor
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Rich has been coming to us for many seasons now. As well as project diving, he prefers to do his training in the sea when possible. Click on the link to see when he is with us and what he's doing. If GUE is something that you are interested in, then who better to train you than the main man. here

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Mark Powell

TDI Instructor
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Mark has been with us since the early days. He is very often down here teaching or diving. If you are interested in technical diving then who better to get your training from than the man who wrote the book "Deco for divers".

To find out when Mark is diving with us and what he's up to, check out his page here.

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Stuart Phillpott

Photography Instructor
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Well known UK Diving Journalist and Photographer; Stuart Philpott will be running photographic workshops.

Find out more about these photo workshops here

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Barney

Team Mascot
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Loves swimming in the sea and fetching sticks. In his spare time he loves to play with sticks and go swimming in the sea. You will often see him with a stick in his mouth swimming. Favourite food: Angels sausages.Favourite phrase: Fetch.