MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

MISSION

Create safe, comfortable, enthusiastic divers who always have a personal and enjoyable experience at Scuba World.

ABOUT US

Scuba World is the only dive shop in Australia that is an Aqualung Partner Centre and Scuba Schools International (SSI) Diamond Dive Centre. This is the highest level world wide achievable.

Scuba World specialise in teaching learn to dive programs & taking dive trips to the ex-HMAS Brisbane wreck.

Scuba World employs 11 highly qualified and experienced staff, has a custom built 11.3 metre naiad rigid hull inflatable boat, an onsite heated training pool, full Aqualung rental equipment and a stunning showroom located on the beautiful Wharf in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Ian McKinnon founded Scuba World in 1979 as a small, modest dive shop in Toowong, Brisbane. 37 years on Scuba World has grown into one of the leading dive shops in Australia.

Ian’s two sons Mike and Rob are partners in the business and run day to day operations. With over 37 years of industry knowledge, Ian continues to assist his sons make decisions that increase the level of safety, comfort, professionalism, friendliness and knowledge at Scuba World.

 

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Mike McKinnon

MANAGER/ OWNER

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2003

QUALIFICATION: Instructor Certifier, Coxswain (Skipper), XR Instructor
SSI EXPERIENCE POINTS: 1790 (PLATINUM Instructor)
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 1000
DIVING SINCE: 1997
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: SS Yongala Wreck, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: San Francisco Maru – Truk Lagoon

I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE:  Every time you venture underwater, you never know what you might see! 70% of the world is water – why not explore it. My favourite quote is: ‘From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free’. Jacques Yves Cousteau.

Mike is one of only seven active SSI Instructor Certifiers in Australia. This is the highest professional level you can achieve through the SSI system. Having dived in over 12 different countries and certified well over 800 people from Open Water level through to Instructors, Mike has a wealth of knowledge that puts him at the top of his profession.


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Rob McKinnon

MANAGER/ OWNER

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2007


QUALIFICATION:
Dive Master Instructor, XR Instructor
SSI EXPERIENCE POINTS: 450 (SILVER Instructor)
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 700
DIVING SINCE: 2004
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: SS Yongala Wreck, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Cenote, Mexico

I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: I love the water, feeling of zero gravity and being able to get up close and personal with all the marine life.


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Chris Williams

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2012

QUALIFICATIONS: Dive Master Instructor, Coxswain (Skipper), XR Instructor

SSI EXPERIENCE POINTS: 500 (GOLD Instructor)
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 750
DIVING SINCE: 2012
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: SS Yongala Wreck, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Shinkoku Maru, Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: I am hooked on dive exploration, video production, sharks, wrecks and deep diving.

Chris reached a GOLD level instructor after certifying over 300 people from Open Water though to Dive Master. Since learning to dive in 2012 Chris has already completed in excess of 600 dives in over 4 different countries. Chris has completed all his courses through Scuba World under the expert guidance of Mike McKinnon.

No one understand the importance of safe and fun training better than Chris. He’s very passionate!


 Jeremy Donne

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 1997

QUALIFICATION: Master Instructor
SSI EXPERIENCE POINTS: 1300 (PLATINUM Instructor)
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 4400
DIVING SINCE: 1995
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: ex-HMAS Brisbane, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Uepi, Solomon Islands

I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: I love hanging off a bottomless wall and feeling the sense of how small you are in the scheme of things.


Adrian Fields

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2005

QUALIFICATION: Dive Master Instructor
SSI EXPERIENCE POINTS: 350 (SILVER Instructor)
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 1200
DIVING SINCE: 1996
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: ex-HMAS Brisbane, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Tahiti

I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: I love it, mobile phones don’t work under water yet.


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Kevin Lowndes

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2010

QUALIFICATION: Master Class 5/ Dive Control Specialist
SSI EXPERIENCE POINTS: 105
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 450
DIVING SINCE: 1987
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: Bisheno, Tasmania
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Blue Hole, Greece

I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: Just the enjoyment of being underwater, you never know what you may find.


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Steve Bowtell

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2011

QUALIFICATION: Open Water Instructor
SSI EXPERIENCE POINTS: 70
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 700
DIVING SINCE: 2010
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: Osprey Reef, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: It’s rewarding and challenging. I also feel a great sense accomplishment!


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Brad Hale

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2013

QUALIFICATION: Open Water Instructor
SSI EXPERIENCE POINTS: 500 (GOLD Instructor)
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 810
DIVING SINCE: 2002
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: S.S. Yongala, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: East Timor
I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: I love the whole scuba diving experience. The equipment, the boat trips, the peace and solitude, the underwater interactions with marine life and I enjoy being around like minded people.


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Ray French

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2016

QUALIFICATION: Dive Master
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 320
DIVING SINCE: 2010
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: Cherubs Cave, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Beqa Lagoon (ULTIMATE SHARK ENCOUNTER), Fiji
I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: Diving is a very rewarding experience. I enjoy travelling to beautiful overseas diving destinations. Bring on calm seas and clear, warm water.


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Rachel Power

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2016

QUALIFICATION: Dive Control Specialist
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 420
DIVING SINCE: 2014
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: SS Yongala Wreck, Queensland
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Beqa Lagoon (ULTIMATE SHARK ENCOUNTER), Fiji
I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: There are so many beautiful colors underwater, and I love the challenge of taking that ‘perfect’ photo. I also enjoy the social side of diving.


Sydney Fletcher

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2016

QUALIFICATION: Master Diver
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 90
DIVING SINCE: 2015
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: SS Yongala Wreck, Queensland
I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: Scuba diving is like when you see the world from a great distance and realize how small we are and how even tinier our worries and cares are. There is something special in this freedom that gives me great content.


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Brianna Deacon

YEAR I JOINED SCUBA WORLD: 2016

QUALIFICATION: Dive Master
NUMBER OF COMPLETED DIVES: 230
DIVING SINCE: 2015
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN AUSTRALIA: Wolf Rock, Rainbow Beach
FAVOURITE DIVE SITE IN THE WORLD: Muck diving in Dauin, Philippines
I SCUBA DIVE BECAUSE: I will never get bored of photographing, learning about, and showing others all the fascinating marine life down there. There’s no two dives that are the same.


Course Points allocated for teaching the program
First Aid 2
Specialty Course 2
Open Water Diver 4
Science of Diving 5
Dive Guide 15
Membership years 1yr = 10 points