Guest Speakers at The Great Northern Dive Show 2018

The Great Northern Dive Show 2017 will feature a wide variety of guest speakers from all areas of scuba diving.

Paul Duxfield

Duxy has been a regular figure on the dive industry scene for the last 15yrs.
Upon returning from Egypt in the early noughties where he worked as a guide, he quickly established himself as the ‘go-to guy” for newbies to give the best advice upon starting out in underwater photography. Being sales manager at the two biggest UW photo retailers in the UK, he also found time to write for the popular diving press and has conducted over 50 underwater photo workshops here and around the world. Alongside his regular club and dive show appearances.

Endlessly patient and full of infectious enthusiasm he likes nothing more than helping people with their questions about underwater photography from what camera to buy, and then on how to use it and the necessary accessories to go with it.

His mantra has alway been ‘Best Advice’ even if that meant losing a sale occasionally, building up trust amongst the people he dealt with.

This year on the prompting of a couple of his trip regulars and stalwarts of the club and competition scene Phil and Anne Medcalf he joined with them to start up Blue Duck Photography drawing on all their skills so they could join forces and deliver the very best in sales and photo training.

They’ve already had a very fast start and been delivering photo and digital editing advice to dive clubs around the country in a very short time.

Tracy Timperley

Tracy Timperley has been a PADI Course Director for 5 years and owns Academy Divers in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Tracy’s first dive was a Discover Scuba Diving Experience whilst on holiday in Cyprus, she loved diving so much when she returned home she found a local PADI Dive Centre and learnt to dive.

Tracy became a PADI professional in 2001 and a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2004, progressing through the PADI instructor grades to become a PADI Course Director in Malaysia 2012, where she was one of only 3 women to get on the course.   All Tracy’s training has been in the UK with the exception of the PADI Course Director.

Tracy enjoys all types of diving from wreck to reef, she has dived all around the UK from Shetland and Scapa Flow to Swanage.  Tracy is also happy to dive in warmer tropical waters in Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines.  She is an open circuit technical diver and is contemplating going into rebreather diving.

Having worked with 4 UK dive centres to help them develop their PADI training portfolio and customer base Tracy and her husband John decided it was time to find a base local to home to work from and bought Academy Divers in 2016.  She now has the facilities to do in house PADI Professional training from Dive Master to Staff Instructor and Specialty instructor training.

Her mission is to make Dive Professional level training less daunting and to help people achieve their dreams of teaching people to dive. She has a special interest in getting more women diving and mentoring them up to Professional level.

Claire Dutton

At the age of 25, Clare is the youngest PADI Course Director with a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre in the UK, and very much proud of it! As a young diving entrepreneur, Clare started her own SCUBA business, Duttons divers in 2014. She then expanded the business and took on the stunning Vivian Quarry in February 2017; also adding a dive boat, guided shore dives and worldwide travel into the mix, and has not looked back. Since achieving Course Director status, she has had her sights set on inspiring and guiding young divers like herself towards careers as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, through top-class Instructor Development Courses at Vivian, and putting North Wales on the map as the place to be for UK diving

Tim Cutter

Tim is a technical diver and instructor based in the North East of England. Although he started his diving life in the warmer climes of the Med in 2005, he was soon gripped by the wrecks of the north east coast. Tim became a diving instructor in 2009, and while working in Malta that year developed his interest in technical diving. Since then he has delved into all aspects of technical diving from undived wrecks to advanced cave diving. Tim is an IANTD instructor training both OC & CCR divers. However his main passion in diving is exploring the unknown and lesser dived wrecks of the North Sea, and showing other divers these sites. As part of the TDT team Tim organises dive trips around the UK and Ireland keeping technical divers diving.

Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts relocated from Belgium to the Cayman Islands in 2009. She has a master’s degree in modern history and education. After a career in IT she home schooled her 2 gifted teenagers and took up scuba diving in June 2011. Soon she became a Master Scuba Diver and combined it with photographing the wonders of the underwater world.

Ellen’s main drive is shooting images that contribute to achieving goals in conservation of marine life and education about the importance of our oceans, and to capture the hearts and the will-to-act before it’s too late. Her basic concern is the decay of the oceans by pollution, overfishing, the brutal act of shark finning and dolphin and whale slaughtering.

Ellen has received numerous awards for her pictures and was the 2013 World Champion in the yearly online underwater photo competition ‘ June 2014 & again 2015 she became first and second in the United Nations’ World Oceans Day Photo Competition.

Ellen’s work kan be seen in exhibitions in Paris, St. Petersburg, Valencia, Marseille and New York. Last June she addressed heads of State on World Oceans Day at the General Assembly of the United Nations highlighting the plight of photographers and filmmakers engaging in protection of the oceans.

As a Fellow Explorer International she became a member of the Flag & Honors Committee of the Explorers Club, having a front seat at future explorations!

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Ian France

Ian France is a passionate. experienced, full time technical diving Instructor Trainer, providing OC & CCR Cave, Mine and Technical diver training at diver and instructor level throughout the world.

With a wealth of experience in all kit configurations, both OC and CCR, and a regular instructor at Tekcamp (, Cave Camp (, fundamental in the UKMC (, and when not teaching – a very active diver exploring caves, mines, and the ocean. What really motivates Ian is a desire to pass on his experience and knowledge to students so that they too can discover the intrigue and delights of the underwater world and believes that the wrecks, caves and unexplored areas of the world are accessible to all divers with the correct training, equipment and knowledge.

Ian runs technical/cave courses both here in the UK, Azores, France, Florida, Spain, Malta and Mexico.