Wave Shape
Wave Shape


Wave Shape
Worcester Divers is run by its members for members.

The club is managed by a committee who are responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly and there is plenty of diving for members. The current committee are:

Simon Yates – Chairperson

I started diving in the early eighties when I was a student and have been active diver ever since. I am an Advanced Diver and Advanced Instructor and have been a member of Worcester Divers for 22 years.

I have done lots of diving over the years and enjoy most types. I took up underwater photography a few years ago and so now most my diving is quite shallow. There is nothing more I enjoy than finding a colourful reef and looking for nudibranchs to photograph. My favourite area of the UK is the west coast of Scotland and in particular Conservation Bay on Loch Carron. It is a stunning shore dive with loads of life so perfect for underwater photography.

My number one wish list dive location is the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. It is world famous for its unusual underwater marine life and a paradise for underwater photographers.

Darren Ashford – Diving Officer

I learnt to dive in 1990 having (like many of us oldies) grown up watching the Jaques Cousteau programmes… I still want his silver wetsuit…

I am a BSAC Advanced diver but having also trained through SAA and PADI I have a broad experience of diving agencies and divers over the years. I joined Worcester club around 2000..how the time flies…and have made lifelong friends within the club.

I consider myself an active diver having dived extensively within the UK from Lands End to the Orkneys. I regularly enjoy the club trips to Plymouth and Cornwall to practice my main interest of underwater photography as well as Northwest Scotland. Favourite dives in the UK include Eddystone lighthouse, Runnelstone, Hand Deep and Kinlochbervie. My least favourite dives are night dives.

I’ve been lucky enough to have dived in many foreign destinations from multiple Red sea trips (100 plus), the Maldives, Sipadan, Indonesia and the Philippines.. Explains my poorly bank balance!

My special diving skill is Flapjack making. My favourite dive kit is my camera and CO2 SMB. My most coveted kit I don’t own… Speargun…come on who doesn’t after watching Thunderball!

Janet Yates – Secretary/Enquiries and Try Dive Co-ordinator


I have been diving for over 30 years – has it really been that long! I am an Advanced Diver and have been a member of Worcester Divers for 22 years

I enjoy most types of diving. My favourite sites are mostly UK – James Egan Layne when the sun is shining and the viz is glorious; the reefs off the Manacles for the masses of colourful jewel anemones; west coast of Scotland for the amazing drop-offs and scenery all accessible as a shore dive.

My number one wish list dive location is my long awaited holiday to the Maldives and hopefully the chance to see a whale shark.

John Lawrence – Treasurer

I have been diving since 1996. I am Dive Leader and Assistant Club Instructor and have been a member of Worcester Divers since January 2019.

I enjoy a broad range of diving – temperate and tropical – wrecks and scenic – from shore diving to live-aboard boat diving and everything in between. Keen on fish and cephalopods and all the other amazing animal life that can be found…

My number one wish list dive location is St Kilda. Hoping to get there one of these days.

Andy Garton – Training Officer/Membership Secretary

I’ve been diving and a member of the club for 4 years, my current qualification is a Sports Diver and would like to do the Instructor Foundation Curse once all restrictions have been lifted.

I enjoy all types of diving but my favourite sites are wrecks and reefs, although I haven’t dived that many dive sites in the UK, my favourite UK dive sites are St Abbs, Porthkerris, Plymouth and Falmouth. Outside the UK my favourite dive site is the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

My wish list for future diving is Farne Islands and the Red Sea.

Andrzej Oleksiewicz – Boat and Equipment Officer

Duncan Locke – General Member

Paul Cooper – Octopush Officer

I have been a member of the Worcester Dive club now since 2006.

I have been keeping fit by playing Octopush Underwater Hockey every Thursday night at Perdiswell pool and really enjoy it. We have a mix of young and old playing from 16yrs to 62yrs, men and women all playing together. It’s a great sport and gives you very good cardiovascular workout and improves your breath holding techniques.

A few years ago due to the growth of Octpush at the pool, I was asked to sit on the clubs committee as the Octopush Officer. It’s been a great experience and I love introducing new players to the game and getting to know and meet new players.

Stephen Hutchby – General Member

Adam Burley - Welfare Officer

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