Meet the Team - dive with us, and have some serious FUN!
Dive with our team of highly qualified and experienced professionals
British husband and wife team Stephen and Shirley Smith, run Scuba Steve's Diving. We are both PADI Instructors passionate about diving and about "simply beautiful" St. Lucia. To provide our guests with top quality service, we have a hand picked team of highly qualified professionals and between us, we have nearly 60 years diving experience and have made over 8000 dives in St. Lucia.
We are all patient, careful Instructors used to dealing with the concerns of nervous first time divers. Your comfort and safety come right at the top of our list of priorities. You WILL be fine and we WILL LOOK AFTER YOU, so all you need to do, is put your faith in our training and experience and get prepared to have a serious amount of FUN!
I (Steve) am an ex IT Consultant now turned full time diver!. I am Managing Director of Scuba Steve's Diving, but my real job is going diving!. I am a PADI IDC Staff Instructor (IDCS), Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor and DSAT Gas Blender/Trimix Blender Instructor and I am currently working towards my PADI Master Instructor rating.
I did a resort course whilst on holiday in Bali over 26 years ago and instantly got bitten by the diving bug. I still vividly remember the thrill of my first open water dive and this made me want to share this fabulous sport with everybody I can.
I love to dive and still get a kick from seeing new divers returning from their first open water dive full of wonder at what they have just seen.
I have dived and taught in the UK (Stoney Cove and Gildenburgh Water!!!), Europe, Indonesia, Jamaica, Dominica and of course St. Lucia. When I am not in the water diving or teaching, I can be found in the dive centre updating our website, servicing equipment, or mixing "happy gas" (Nitrox).
My wife Shirley, Operations Director of Scuba Steve's Diving, got fed up being left alone whilst I went diving when we were on holiday, so she took the plunge (pun intended!) and got PADI certified. This led to her quickly getting the diving bug when she realised what I had been raving on about for all those years, and rapidly moving up the PADI ladder to become an Instructor. Shirley is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and Speciality Instructor. She is a gifted and patient Instructor with a calm and reassuring manner that instantly puts nervous students at ease.
Shirley worked as a Primary School Head Teacher (Principal) for 15 years and this gives her a unique rapport with children. If you would like your children to learn to dive or snorkel, Shirley is our expert, and will introduce your children to the underwater world via PADI's Bubblemaker, SEAL Team and Junior Open Water programmes which were designed specially for children.
When not in the water, Shirley organises everything in the Dive Centre and on the boats, from issuing equipment to making sure that divers diving with us on multiple days get their correct equipment set up and waiting for them each time they get on the boat. She has a real knack of remembering the smallest detail about who had which mask and what colour somebodies wetsuit is. When she is not busy doing this she can be found trying to encourage the rest of us to behave like the adults that we are supposed to be! (Our excuse is that we just love to have fun!).