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Martin Stanhope

Buddies Owner
Course Director

I have been diving since 1993 when I learned to dive with BSAC underneath Swanage Pier. After a holiday in Comino I switched to PADI. I trained through to Master Instructor with Dive In, Gildenburgh Water in the UK. I started working there in 2003 and loved every minute of it. Eventually I decided to make scuba diving my career and moved to Malta in March 2007.Since becoming a Course Director in July 2008, most of my teaching is now Instructor Level Courses but I can still be found teaching Open Water and even the odd Try Dive if Karen makes me!

I learnt to dive to see the wonderful underwater life, so my favourite dives are ones with lots of fish. Having said that, my favourite dive in Malta is the wreck of the Um El Faroud, it is just breathtaking. Faroud aside, my top 5 dives would be Comino Caves, Imperial Eagle, Anchor Bay, Blue Hole & Inland Sea. Outside of diving I love football and passionately support Luton Town Football Club. I'm a computer games freak and spend a ridiculous amount of time playing Destiny on my PS4. I relax by spending time with my beautiful Daughter – Emily, my 2 Rottweilers & my 3 Pugs.