Our Team

 
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David Watchorn

Manager- Extra Divers Australia

 

SSI #77810 - Divemaster Instructor (+many specialities)
PADI #372701 - MDST Instructor (+many specialities)
BSAC #7424 - Open Water Instructor & BSAC Advanced Diver.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia.
Dave has been involved with Extra Divers on Christmas Island since 2016.
He learnt to dive in Egypt, and has lived in the UK for 20 years- “hence his accent”  
He’s a multi agency instructor, SSI, PADI, BSAC and IAHD, able to converse in German and French for our European guests.
Dave can teach all levels of diving from Try Scuba to Technical Rebreather diving.
He’s dived all around the world, UK, Iceland, Maldives, Egypt, Truk Lagoon, Galapagos, Croatia, Malta, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne - everything from a skin suit to heated drysuits. Single tank to Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR).
With a huge knowledge of the island underwater, and on land- he can spend hours explaining the unique island he fell in love with, not to mention some secret locations!

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Joanne McGilvray

SSI Instructor #97188- (+many specialities)

PADI Instructor #382295- MSDT Instructor (+many specialities)


Originally from Geraldton, Western Australia.
Jo first fell in love with the ocean during her childhood on the beautiful Abrolhos Island.
Her diving career has taken her to the Whale Sharks of Ningaloo, Sydney and NSW, the Yongala and beautiful reefs of the Great Barrier Reef and the amazing colours of the Red Sea.
A passion of hers is finding and photographing tiny critters, particularly nudibranches, as well as diving with mega fauna, especially sharks!
She loves living and working on Christmas Island since August 2020, and recently bought a boat. 

She's a multi-agency instructor (SSI, PADI), and is able to advise you about the many training options available to suit your individual needs.

Tegan Crandall

SSI Instructor #97673 (+many specialities)

PADI Instructor #304067 (+many specialities)

Is from Queensland, and has been working in high end resorts on the Great Barrier Reef.

She's is a multi agency instructor, and Coxswain.

She's our newest member of the team, and we will update you a little more, when she's settled in - and has some time.

In the meantime- you'll see her out on the boat, at the dive centre, and getting to know the island.

Extra Divers Australia

Extra Divers Australia, located in Christmas Island, is an Australian managed  locally run dive centre, offering marine adventures and accommodation on Christmas Island.

We began operations in 2016, after a number of years investigating the potential opportunities on the island.

We strive to be one of the best dive centre's in the world, combining a very safe environment, great customer service & huge knowledge of the island. 

We care about the environment we live in, and ensure our customers are aware of how they can protect it during their stay.

Being locally run, we are able to offer employment opportunities as well as spend locally with other businesses on the island.

The company believes strongly that tourism is the future for Christmas Island, and has committed over $3 million dollars of investment to assist this process.

As part of Extra Divers Worldwide, we have the added support of our international team in marketing, sales & technical support

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Extra Divers Worldwide

In 1998, the first Extra Divers centre was opened at Makadi Bay on the Red Sea. Now there are 25 dive centres, three liveaboards, and Extra Divers has six resorts of its own with hotels at the most beautiful dive sites in the world.

The success story began when Extra Divers’ dive pioneers saw a unique selling point in combining professional tourism with excellent customer care while serving the growing dive tourism market. They hit the nail right on the head. Centres in Dahab, Gozo and many others quickly followed the lead of the first dive centre in Makadi Bay.

Our partnership with selected tour operators, hotels and airlines soon resulted in a highly positive response from satisfied guests. Today, Extra Divers projects an excellent image among its regular German and international customers.

Whether it’s a standard or a luxurious holiday, Extra Divers has something for everyone. Thanks to our partnership with premium hotel brands such as Shangri-La, Mövenpick and Six Senses, even the most discerning diver will find the ideal centre. By booking through our partner agencies and using the Extra Divers Member Card, diving guests enjoy a comprehensive service with attractive discounts when rebooking.

Extra Divers Worldwide is managed by entrepreneur and diving enthusiast, Walter Harscher. To ensure high standards of quality, he spends several months each year visiting the dive centres to personally check that everything is in order.

For Extra Divers, every single centre is an ongoing labour of love, offering unforgettable dives with the best service in the most beautiful spots in the world. Never content to rest on their laurels, they have been constantly on the lookout for new projects – in spite of the odd setback, such as the closure of the centre in Yemen due to the political situation.

In 2001, for the first time, Extra Divers established a specially combined hotel and dive centre, designed by divers for divers, on Nabucco Island off the coast of Borneo in Indonesia. The idea of the company having its own hotel in a prime diving location, offering excellent cuisine, and designed with the environment in mind, has been greeted enthusiastically by guests. There are now four Nabucco resorts in Indonesia and one in Tobago, including Nabucco’s Resort Speyside Inn in Tobago and Nabucco’s Nunukan Island Resort on Maratua Atoll, Borneo. For guests who are looking for something special, Nabucco Resort Virgin Cocoa is a genuine insider tip. The luxurious island is surrounded by a huge, intact local reef and, besides diving, offers free yoga lessons for those looking to relax.

Also, since 2011 Extra Divers has been extremely successful at sea. Under the Extra Divers flag, the Oman Explorer cruises the waters of Oman, following routes that are rich in variety and teeming with fish. The Maluku Explorer – the only safari ship permitted to sail in the southern Moluccas – discovers the secrets of Halmahera. From the summer of 2019, the latest addition to the fleet, the Red Sea Explorer, will sail to the most beautiful spots in Egypt. The luxurious steel ship, equipped with everything necessary for a successful diving safari, will set new standards in the Red Sea. On board, divers will enjoy the ultimate in convenience and comfort. And there's more to come! There are plans to operate even more ships under the Extra Divers flag in the next few years.

Besides the tried and trusted, Extra Divers places a high value on new, unique dive destinations free of mass tourism. So, for example, there has been a dive centre on Christmas Island since 2016. The unique gem in the Indian Ocean delights nature lovers and individualists with a variety of dive sites. Besides flat coral gardens, there are caves and steep drop-offs plunging to depths of several hundred metres. Over 200 species of coral live here, along with endemic fish and the giants of the sea. You won't be long into a dive before spotting various species of shark – and you’ll seldom see another dive boat. Untouched nature, excellent cuisine and peace aplenty await holidaymakers at Extra Divers El Hierro. The smallest of the Canary Islands is a UNESCO biosphere reserve that will entice you with its enchanted walking trails and biodiverse underwater world.

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