Chief Executive Officer – Steve Sinclair
• Bachelor of Science (Melbourne University)
• Scuba Instructor for over 35 years
• Master Mariner Class V
• Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Steve’s Diving History:
• 1973 Scuba diver
• 1976 Scuba instructor
(has been with FAUI, PADI, SSI, NASDS & AUSI)
• 1977 World record cave dive in
Cocklebiddy Cave WA
• 1977-1992 Owner of In Depth Scuba Education
• 1981 Australian Scuba Champion
• 1981 Co-author “International Scuba Diver”
• 1986 President Australian Scuba Council
• 1987 NAUI Award for contribution to
Australian diving standards
• 1987 Founding member of the Dive Industry
and Travel Association of Australia
• 1988 Stan Bugg Award for service to FAUI
• 1989-2002 Owner of Queenscliff Dive Centre
• 1989 Manager of Scuba Expo
• 1994 Founded Australian Underwater
Scuba Instructors (AUSI)
• 1994-2013 Co-authored all the AUSI manuals
• 1994-2014 CEO of AUSI
• 1998–2000 Projects Officer for the Dive Industry
• 2002 Co-author “Recreational Scuba Diving”
• 2010-2013 Managing Director of Dive Plus
• Former-Member of Standards Australia CS-083
• 2015 Author "50 Great Dives - Australia" (www.50greatdives.com)
• Current- Chief Executive Officer of AUSIDIVE
Steve Sinclair learned to scuba dive in the early seventies while studying science at the University of Melbourne and became a scuba instructor in 1976 while working in Perth.In 1977, after being part of a diving team that created a World record penetration dive in WA’s Cocklebiddy Cave, Steve returned to Melbourne and started his dive school.
After running scuba courses for “Buddy Dive” in Essendon, Steve opened his North Melbourne dive shop “In Depth Scuba Education” in 1979. In Depth provided thousands of Melbournians with great service until 1992 when Steve sold the Melbourne business to concentrate on the “Queenscliff Dive Centre”.
In the early nineteen eighties Steve won the Australia Scuba Championship, co-authored one of Australia’s most popular diving text’s “International Scuba Diver” with Hugh Morrison from Perth Diving Academy.
In 1988/89 Steve converted an old Cobb & Co stable in Queenscliff into a 37 bed diver training lodge which included an indoor pool. Over the years Steve’s “Queenscliff Dive Centre” hosted many hundreds of school children who enjoyed snorkel and scuba camps. Queenscliff Dive Centre was also a hub for many divers from all over the World who enjoyed the spectacular diving offered in the Port Phillip Heads area.
During his time at Queenscliff Steve formed and developed Australian Underwater Scuba Instructors (AUSI), Australia’s only locally developed and owned international snorkel and scuba certification agency.
In 2002 he sold Queenscliff Dive Centre and took well earned break from running a dive school. During this time he worked for the Port Phillip Sea Pilots while continuing the ongoing development of AUSI.
But, the urge to return to his love of introducing new divers to Port Phillip Bay could not be contained and in 2010 Steve became managing director of “Dive Plus” in Melbourne and was instrumental in making “Dive Plus” one of Australia’s largest dive schools.
During his many years in the scuba industry Steve has been an instructor with FAUI, SSI, PADI, NASDS and AUSI. He was recognised for his contribution to diving standards by NAUI and was awarded the prestigious Stan Bugg Award by FAUI. He has also been a long term member of various Standards Australia diving committees and a former president of the Australia Scuba Council.
Now, after over 35 years of involvement in Australia’s recreational diving industry Steve has settled for running a personalised diver training service “AUSIDIVE”.
Steve has dived many parts of the World during his many years of diving and still thinks that Victoria offers the best diving.
Finally, Steve says that if you get just 1% of what he has got out of diving you will be very very happy!
Silvana is a marine biologist and a very experienced scuba instructor with AUSI, PADI and CMAS qualifications. She has specialty ratings in Dry Suit, Deep Diving, Altitude Diving, Nitrox, Wreck Diving and Research Diving.
She has been diving for almost 20 years and since her initial scuba course in the freezing waters of Ireland has. logged over 1000 dives. Silvana has a deep knowledge of marine life and loves sharing her underwater secrets with her diving students.
His initial scuba training was with the British Sub-Aqua Club, Scottish Sub-Aqua and PADI. Patrick became an AUSI diving instructor in 2012 and has since introduced hundreds of novice divers to the underwater wilderness of Port Phillip Bay. He enthusiastically shares his passion for the underwater world with his students.
Sam was always fascinated by marine life ever since visiting the Melbourne & Sydney aquariums as a boy. So it was no surprise learning to dive was on his bucket list; an item he ticked off when travelling through the Caribbean.
He made a point of diving in every country he visited, progressing through the training levels and within six months he became a Dive Master and soon become an instructor on a trip to the Philippines.
Sam began working and exploring the best sites the region
had to offer and upon returning home he soon found a
job as a full time instructor in Victoria
His favourite Victorian dive sites are Boarfish Reef,
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and The Canberra.
Other diving highlights include Thresher Sharks in Sipadan
and the World War II shipwrecks in Coron, Philippines.
His next dream is to witness the Sardine Run off the coast of Africa.
If you want to join the AUSIDIVE Team, send your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org