About

Scuba Tours Team

Here at Scuba Tours, our reputation has been built on the first hand knowledge gained from more than 25 years as tour operators. The number of our repeat customers is testimony to the excellent level of service we deliver to our clients.

When you book a holiday with us, you can be sure that we have visited the destination ourselves and can offer you informed advice. Our sales staff, who of course are also divers, will listen to your expectations and use their personal knowledge and experience to help you plan your trip.

Why choose us - Our Four Cornerstones

  • Maldives Specialist

    For over 25 years we have been operating our own liveaboards in the Maldives. We know the dive sites so well, we know where to go and which resorts to recommend.We were one of the first liveaboards in the Maldives and continue with a programme of exploration and marine research. We are Maldives experts and it is for good reason that organisations like the BBC come to us for local knowledge.

  • Our destinations

    We are pioneers in dive tourism and are constantly seeking out new and exciting dive experiences for our clients. Our destinations are carefully chosen for the discerning diver.

  • Knowledge and Experience

    For over 25 years we have been putting together tailor made holidays to worldwide dive destinations. Our sales staff are divers and can give you the benefit of their first hand knowledge and experience.

  • Personal Attention

    We listen carefully to your requirements and offer you advice to ensure you achieve all you expect from the holiday of your dreams.

Meet the team

Kirstin is the accounts manager for Scuba Tours Worldwide
Accounts
Kirstin Walker
Sam Harwood Founder of Scuba Tours Ltd
Founder
Sam Harwood
Travel Sales Executive
Chris Bell
Karen Baines works for Scuba Tours Ltd
Admin Executive
Karen Baines
Rob Bryning Founder of Scuba Tours Worldwide
Founder
Rob Bryning
Operations Manager
Rainer Schaetz
Cruise directors and diving Instructors aboard MV Sea Spirit, liveaboard in the Maldives
Sea Spirit Directors
Matt Kitchen and Anne-Marie Kitchen Wheeler
Dave and Lisa, Cruise Directors for exclusive dive tours
Sea Queen Directors
David and Lisa Allison
Travel Sales Executive
Kimberley Bonham
Senior Travel Sales Executive
Graham Tyte
Office Manager
Carol Basham

Meet the team

Kirstin Walker
Kirstin is the accounts manager for Scuba Tours Worldwide
Position: Accounts

Kirstin has worked in finance for 29 years and looks after all things financial.

Like the rest of the team, she has the “travel bug” and has travelled to America, the Caribbean, Greenland, Europe, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Fiji and Australia. She has no intention of hanging up her flight socks any time soon! 

Sam Harwood
Sam Harwood Founder of Scuba Tours Ltd
Position: Founder

Sam is a founder of the original company, Maldives Scuba Tours and spent a few years living in the Maldives on their first liveaboard dive boat. Together with Rob, she wrote a number of Maldives Dive Guides and gained huge experience and understanding of the behaviour and variety of marine life in the Indian Ocean.

When they expanded the company to include other destinations and liveaboards around the world, Sam was lucky enough to travel extensively and has a really good understanding of what makes a great dive holiday !

Her other interests are horses and sailing and Sam is often to be found heading off with her saddle bags and camping gear for a night under the stars.

Chris Bell
Position: Travel Sales Executive

Chris has worked in the travel industry for over 8 years since graduating from University. He has travelled to many worldwide destinations incl China, Argentina, Chile, Japan, USA, South Africa, Austraila and New Zealand. Having lived and worked in Australia and NZ he loves both countries and has travelled extensively around each. Sport and travel are Chris’ two passions and he hopes to experience all that scuba diving has to offer in the near future.

Karen Baines
Karen Baines works for Scuba Tours Ltd
Position: Admin Executive

Karen has worked within the travel industry for almost 20 years and is our Administration Queen. Originally from South Africa, she returns often to visit family, and has also been lucky enough to visit Hawaii - taking in the sights of Pearl Harbour and “JurassicPark”, the island of Kiribati, Dominican Republic, Abu-Dhabi and Egypt.
After working in Darmstadt, Germany & London for a short while, Karen is now married to a soldier, and with 2 lovely young sons, her travel options have been a little more limited to family holidays in Europe and days out at Harry Potter World!

Rob Bryning
Rob Bryning Founder of Scuba Tours Worldwide
Position: Founder

Rob Bryning is a founder member of Maldives Scuba Tours and Scuba Tours Worldwide. When he set up the company with his partner, Sam Harwood, they both lived in the Maldives running their first liveaboard, MV Keema. Since then, they have become experts on diving in the Maldives and are authors and contributors to a number of books and guides on the Maldives.

When they returned to the UK, Rob and Sam expanded the business launching Scuba Tours Worldwide which represents some of the world's best liveaboards and dive resorts. Rob has extensive knowledge of many diving destinations and a real in depth understanding of what makes a good liveaboard.

Rainer Schaetz
Position: Operations Manager

Rainer is our hard working Operations Manager, he lives in Male and is married to a Maldivian. Rainer gave up his stressful life in Germany over 25 years ago, seduced by the beauty of the Maldives, to live on a remote island in the North of the island chain. Rainer Supports the Boat crews and makes sure the operation of the boats runs smoothly.

Matt Kitchen and Anne-Marie Kitchen Wheeler
Cruise directors and diving Instructors aboard MV Sea Spirit, liveaboard in the Maldives
Position: Sea Spirit Directors

Matt and Anne Marie managed the MV Sea Queen from 2001 to 2005 and they are now back with us running MV Sea Spirit. Both are extremely well qualified PADI Instructors with a broad experience of liveaboards around the world. Anne-Marie, who is a qualified Pharmacist (and practices whilst in the UK) is a very keen Freediver and has been four times British Ladies Champion. She also has a PhD on 'Manta Behaviour and Ecology in the Maldives'.

David and Lisa Allison
Dave and Lisa, Cruise Directors for exclusive dive tours
Position: Sea Queen Directors

David and Lisa managed the MV Sea Queen for over eight years. They spent a number of years operating a Jersey Dive Centre in the summer and a Sri Lankan Dive Centre in the winter. Both are PADI Instructors with considerable dive experience and qualifications.Lisa is a Martial arts and Fitness Instructor and has completed the Three Peaks 24 hour challenge. David is also a fitness Instructor and he plays a mean guitar. After a 12 month sabbatical, they are now back on board from August 2014!  

Kimberley Bonham
Position: Travel Sales Executive

Kim is an experienced scuba diver and Divemaster and has travelled to many of the world's greatest diving destinations - her favourites so far are Ningaloo Reef in Australia, the SS President Coolidge in Vanuatu and Sha'ab Rumi in the Sudan.

Having spent a lot of her time backpacking and 2 years as crew on a yacht sailing around the world, she has been lucky enough to dive in Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Burma, Malaysia, the Galapagos, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea, the Maldives, Tuamotu Islands, Fiji, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Niue, the Marquesas, Sudan, Egypt, Bonaire, Curacao, Grenada, Gibraltar and Djibouti.

Graham Tyte
Position: Senior Travel Sales Executive

Graham has dived extensively around the world, including Truk Lagoon, Palau, Yap, Cocos Island, Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai in Malaysia, Dumaguete, Puerto Galera, Coron & Malapscua in the Philippines, Bali, Komodo, Flores, Alors, South Sulawesi, Lembeh Strait & Bunaken Islands in Indonesia, the Maldives, the Cayman Islands, the Red Sea and Mauritius, and can offer first hand information about a great number of dive destinations.

Graham was a PADI Instructor and underwater videographer during the 1990's, living and working in the Seychelles. He produced an excellent film on the whalesharks of the Seychelles, which was screened on Channel 5 and a number of TV channels around the world.

Carol Basham
Position: Office Manager

Carol has been with the company since 1998 and keeps things running smoothly in the office. She gained her PADI Advanced qualification on board our very own MV Sea Queen in the Maldives. A frequent visitor to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, Carol has also enjoyed trips to Thailand, Malaysia, China, Russia, America and India.

CONTACT DETAILS

UK OFFICE

Innovation House
Boldero Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP32 7BS
UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1284 748010

Fax: +44 (0) 1284 748011

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