PADI Scuba Diving Centre | London

Big Squid Team

Meet the Big Squid team.

Here are the divers you are likely to meet on your courses and trips with Big Squid.

John Forbath

Founder and Staff Instructor

I started diving in 1991 in the Philippines. My favourite diving in the UK is at St Abbs and Scapa Flow.

The feeling of weightlessness is what i love most about diving.

My advice to anyone wishing to improve their diving is to spend as much time as you can in the water, visualise your dive before entering the water and relax.

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Arianna Moretti

Divemaster

I did a Discover Scuba in 2003, and never looked back; I’ve done all my training with Big Squid.

My favourite UK dive site is The Manacles; it’s beautiful and so varied, with gorgeous reefs, great wildlife, historic wrecks, big currents and sheltered gullies full of surprises.

I love the sensation of bring underwater, the freedom and tranquility it brings me.

For new divers, get yourself fit to dive. So lots of practise diving, but also work on your breathing, flexibility and strength. I recommend Yoga, swimming, running, any cardio work. If you struggle to lift your tank, do weights. You’ll benefit all round and enjoy your diving more.

Sophie Rendina

Open Water Scuba Instructor

 

I started diving in 2001. So far, my favourite UK diving has been off the Isle of Coll, Scotland – but I still have much to explore.

What I enjoy the most about diving is observing marine life – there is always something new to learn and the underwater world is so incredibly beautiful!

The advice I’d give to novice divers or anyone wanting to improve their diving skills is to dive regularly with more experienced divers, you’ll pick up plenty of tips and tricks along the way. Also, please be safe: practise your skills and stay within your limits. But most importantly, relax and enjoy.

Faye Wilde

Divemaster

I started diving in 2009. My favourite diving in the UK is a toss up between the Farnes and Lundy – it’s all about the seals!

What i like most about diving is meeting all the wonderful creatures that live underwater and also the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

My advice to divers starting out or wishing to improve is to dive as often as you can, even if just in the pool. You’ll keep your skills fresh and through contact with other divers you will hear about new skills and challenges you can take to enhance your diving experience.

Nadine Theallier

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

I started diving in 2008.
I haven’t dived in the UK for long, but I’m eager to discover Lundy!

What i like most about diving is that being underwater makes me feel peaceful and it is an endless source of beauty and amazement.

My advice for people learning to dive or wishing to improve their diving is that once you have your buoyancy under control, everything else feels achievable!

John Mcevoy

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

My first experience of diving was a Discover Scuba Diving course in Malta 1991.

It’s a tough one to choose my favourite dive site in the UK as there are so many, but Portland some great wrecks.

The best thing about diving is that it’s the nearest thing to being in space, weightless with control.

The best advice I can give, is to learn from good instructors, get good habits and practise, practise, practise.

Vladimir Kuriyanov

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

I started diving in 1998 taking an Open Water Referral Course in London which was followed by open water dives in Rhodes, Greece.

My favourite dive sites in the UK? – I like diving in UK waters more than i do in warm seas. My favourite dive is always the next one.

What i like most about diving is that it provides the opportunity to discover the ‘other world’.

My advice for people learning to dive or improving their diving is to enjoy the privilege and be part of it.

Kevin Canning

Divemaster

My first experience of diving was a try dive on holiday in Rhodes in 1994. I qualified as an Open Water Diver in 1996.

My favourite UK dive site is Lundy though my favourite wreck is the Scylla off the coast of Plymouth.

What I love most about diving is the feeling of weightlessness and the incredible marine life I get to see.

My advice to new divers or anyone wanting to improve is to dive with those more experienced and to spend lots of time in the water.

Vickie Miller

Divemaster

I started diving in 2005 in the Galapagos Islands!
My Favourite UK dive site is Lundy, because of the seals.

The thing i like most about diving is the chance to explore. Every site is different every time.

My advice for people learning to dive or improving their diving is (after learning the necessary in a book or on a course) just get diving!!

Shai Koren

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

I started diving in 1997
My favourite dive sites in the UK are Lundy and Pembrokshire.

The thing i like most about diving is breathing compressed nitrogen, beating gravity and blowing bubbles.

The advice i would give to people learning to dive or wanting to improve their diving is dive, dive, dive.

Pete Hamerton

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

I started diving in 2004
My favourite UK diving is at Lundy Island.

What i like most about diving is Introducing an amazing world to new divers, and helping qualified divers to develop their skills and abilities.

The advice i would give to new divers and those wishing to improve is to follow the rules – they’re there to keep you safe.

Keep learning, developing and challenging yourself – there are so many different ways and environments to dive in.
Enjoy every minute of it- even the bad experiences help you develop and now and again, just stop, and appreciate how amazing the underwater world is.

Rob Bryant

Instructor

I started diving in 1985
My favourite dive site in the UK: The Skelligs, which are off the south west coast of Ireland so not actually in the UK!

What do I most like about diving: It is entering another world, exploring were we would otherwise not be unable to go.

My advice is to invest in an affordable dive computer (take advice), and use it to take control of your diving.

Rob Evans

Divemaster Trainee

I started diving in 2002 in Fiji.

My current favorite place to dive in the UK is the Farne islands with the seals. They are such great fun to dive with, and there are lots of other fish, lobsters crabs there too.

The thing I like most about diving is the wonder of seeing a different world with my own eyes.

My advice to people just starting out is to get in the water as much as you can and practice your skills as much a possible, some of which you can do on your 5 meter safety stop.

Mike Reynolds

Staff Instructor

I started diving in 1999 whilst in Cyprus.

My favourite diving in the UK is at Swanage, Cornwall and Scapa Flow.

I love the freedom of diving and the feeling of gliding or ‘flying’. Its a new amazing world under water and always get to see and experience new things.

My advice to all divers new or old is to keep getting wet, experience and explore new dive sites but most of all keep practising those skills. Also remember to help keep our seas and waterways safe and clean – check out Project Aware.