Our Mission is to work with and in support of local communities to assist in the protection and preservation of a healthy, diverse and sustainable marine ecosystem.
Our Objective lies in maintaining strong ties and links to the local community, their interests and concerns. The success and sustainability of any marine environmental study or conservation project is largely dependent on a comprehensive outreach program.
Our Vision is the continual identification of marine ecological and environmental initiatives within Grenada and Carriacou. Deliver local, national and international outreach programs in conjunction with an all inclusive training package to protect and preserve the marine and coral reef ecosystem.
Gary Ward is a PADI Master Instructor, who, since turning professional in 2011, has had the privilege of training hundreds of divers in the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. Gary is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Henley Business College. He is an excellent mentor and patient teacher and loves nothing more than seeing the bright happy faces of new students. Gary enjoys challenging diving, particularly on wrecks. He maintains it is all about pushing the envelope, but in a safe and well planned way. Gary is actively involved in the Marine Conservation effort to help to protect the marine environment in Carriacou.
Alex is a keen underwater naturalist and photographer. She has excellent knowledge of all the marine life found in the waters around Carriacou. Born in Austria and raised in England, Alex speaks both English and German fluently, and enjoys teaching in both languages. Alex is often described a born teacher, and loves helping new divers discover a love for the underwater world. With a background in IT, she is the team's computer wizard. She also administers Deefer Diving's social media. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and taking care of her menagerie of animals. Her favourite way of spending an evening is curled up on the sofa with her dog Padi and a good book.
Matt joined the Deefer Diving team in 2014. Having spent 17 years in the British Army, it was during a career break that Matt came across the beautiful island of Carriacou and decided to stay! With a background in Marine Biology, Matt has combined his love of diving with marine conservation and now works closely with government representatives to establish and deliver projects on Carriacou to both sustain and protect the beautiful reefs around the island. When not under water, Matt can be found chasing the wind... wind surfing and kite surfing - it’s a tough life!
Katlynd is a wildlife biologist and conservation enthusiast, previously specializing in all things reptilian. After arriving in Carriacou for a 6 month stint to monitor nesting sea turtles, she began participating in dive courses with Deefer Diving and never really stopped.
Originally hailing from Niagara Falls, Canada, Katlynd sees a bright future for marine conservation projects on Carriacou. When she’s not hunting invasive lionfish, she spends her time assisting in the maintenance and monitoring of Carriacou’s Elkhorn coral nursery, and raising community awareness regarding the importance of marine conservation.
The newest addition to our team of PADI instructors, Joshua fell in love with diving 2 years ago, when he came to work for Deefer Diving. He grew up here on Carriacou and has both a passion for diving and cooking. Joshua has discovered the pleasures of fast drift and deep diving. He’ll try to take every opportunity to satisfy his depth wish cravings with his Sidemount rig. He also loves to drive one of our two dive boats when ever the opportunity arises.
Andre joined us in March 2016 as a dedicated boat skipper. He is also a keen diver, who is currently PADI Rescue Diver certified, but hopes to work his way up to PADI Divemaster soon! Andre is also an excellent lionfish hunter, and will accompany lionfish hunting dives whenever possible.