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Meet the Blue Planet Divers

Meet the Blue Planet Divers


Mike Cliff – PADI  Instructor

Favourite Animal: Nurse Sharks

I began diving in 1982 as an Army diver. Having qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver in 2011 I’ve now completed over 500 dives across the world. I progressed to become a qualified Open Water Scuba Instructor and joined the team at Blue Planet Aquarium in 2019. Here I’m lucky to have the opportunity to dive with sharks every week, and the privilege of sharing my passion with visitors!

Donovan Lewis – PADI Divemaster

Favourite Animal: Great White Sharks

I’ve been fascinated with the oceans since I was a child and sharks have been an obsession of mine. I remember the first time I saw a Shark and couldn’t believe how incredibly beautiful and amazing it was. I dive so I can get closer to sharks and to help other people get closer to them too!

Ela Gajewska – PADI Instructor

Favourite Animal: All fish are my friends.

I started my diving journey in 2013, my first dive was in the bath at home with my partner’s dive equipment. Soon I completed the PADI Open Water course and progressed through many diving qualifications to my current status of being a diving instructor. I have dived around the world and feel a great sense of privilege whenever I dive with such magnificent ocean animals. I truly wish to share my passion for the underwater world with all Blue Planet visitors.

Brian – PADI  Instructor

Favourite Animal: Zebra Sharks

I first dived while on holiday in Malta in 2013. I enjoyed it so much I signed up for my PADI Open water course straight away.
This then let me dive into many places around the world leading me to finally become a PADI Instructor in 2016.
I particularly enjoy wreck diving because of the wildlife they support and the history around them. As well as the larger animals, I am also fascinated by the smaller stuff such as Nudibranch.
I have worked at Blue Planet Aquarium for about 6 months now and feel privileged to be able to spend time in the water with our sharks. I don’t have a favourite, they are all special, however, I do have a bit of a soft spot for the Zebra sharks

Dom Benson – PADI Instructor

Favourite Animal: Nurse Sharks

I fell in love with scuba diving aged 16 on a diving holiday, and as soon as I was old enough I spent a summer living abroad to be awarded my Divemaster qualification. My obsession drove me to study Marine Biology at Swansea University, where I graduated in 2018. Working at the Blue Planet Aquarium allows me to get so much closer to these awesome creatures than you usually would in the wild.

Hannah – PADI Instructor

Favourite Animal: I’d have to say I do love our nurse sharks because they are so sassy and naughty and keep us divers on our toes. I also have a very special soft spot for Flare!!

I did my first dive when I was 15 and got bit by the diving bug straight away. Being half Maltese we would go visit family there every summer and my dad needed something to keep me from staying out late partying, so every holiday would book me onto a course at the local dive centre. Eventually, diving took a back seat while I went to uni to train as a paediatric nurse however the call of the water eventually won and I quit my job to move to Malta, where I trained as a divemaster for a season and then onto instructor after which I spent a further two seasons teaching out there. Moving back to the UK I tried my hand at a desk job but once again the call of the water was too great to ignore so here I am at blue planet aquarium doing my dream job and loving every second.