Meet The Team

Meet The Team at The Scuba Doctor

The Scuba Doctor staff on the front line and behind the scenes, are all working hard to ensure your experience with us is the best it can be. Our success is built upon the dedicated work, enthusiastic joy and warped humour of our wonderful team who go out of their way to delight customers everyday. We value our customers and want to ensure they have everything they need for the dive of their lives. Got a question? Not sure on something? Get in touch and let us help you.

These fine folks are who lovingly help make The Scuba Doctor the go-to local dive shop for all Australians.

Lloyd Borrett

Owner, The Scuba Doctor Australia
TDI Advanced Nitrox & Deco Procedures Diver

Lloyd Borrett, The Scuba Doctor
Lloyd Borrett, Owner,
The Scuba Doctor Australia
Lloyd spent more than 35 years in the Australian Information and Computer Technology (ICT) sector. He started his IT career with BHP Corporate Data Processing in Melbourne during the mid-1970s as a technical programmer. He initially worked on BHP's mine planning system and later was one of the team of three who created BHP's first oil and gas seismic exploration system, which was also sold to Woodside and other energy exploration companies. As Senior Systems Programmer at BHP, Lloyd was responsible for IBM and Control Data mainframes, plus Data General minicomputers, at locations all over Australia. In the 1980s he co-ordinated the introduction of Personal Computers into BHP.

During the 1980s Lloyd started Australia's first column on IBM PCs for Your Computer magazine, and later wrote for Today's Computers, PC Magazine and BRW. In 1984 Lloyd founded the Melbourne PC User Group, which today is still the largest such user group in the world He also edited and published PC Update magazine.

From the mid-1980s, Lloyd was a regular or guest on numerous radio shows. In the early-1990s he joined with three others to produce a pilot for what could have become Australia's first technology lifestyle show on TV.

From 1996 to 2000, as General Manager, Lloyd was instrumental in taking a 6 person, $600K per year software services business and profitably growing it into a 130 person, $20m per year business. He then moved and in just three years from March 2000 as a key member of a small management team, took a private, 60 person, $12m per year software services business to a public, 300 person, $46m per year business. Lloyd understands business growth challenges.

In the 1980s, Lloyd was a pioneer of online communities and shopping in Australia via a multi-user, dial-up Bulletin Board System, PC Connection Australia. He's been an Internet user since the mid-1980s. Since the mid-1990s he has helped many businesses effectively leverage the world wide web to sell and deliver goods and services. He helped a local shop become Australia's largest online store in its category, selling goods across Australia and overseas. Lloyd had direct responsibility for growing online sales from $2m to more than $15m per year for one software company. His personal web site has received more than 500K hits per day. Lloyd knows how to effectively leverage the Internet.

Lloyd was drawn to the ocean early in his life. First swimming and snorkelling at the Whyalla beach as a child, and then sailing with his father and cousin as a teenager. He then took up gliding, soaring over the wheat fields and mallee country of South Australia and Victoria. Strangely enough, this then led to horse riding and living on a 95 acre bush block.

In early 2006, Lloyd learnt to scuba dive in Melbourne. Later that year he joined the Victorian Sub Aqua Group (VSAG), the world's second oldest scuba diving club. He soon joined VSAG's committee, built a website for the group, later took over as editor of Fathoms magazine, plus in 2016 co-authored and published VSAG's 60th Anniversary book.

Also in 2006, Lloyd joined in the efforts of the Victorian Artificial Reef Society (VARS) to obtain and sink the HMAS Canberra warship in Melbourne. He built the VARS and ex HMAS Canberra websites, helped with VARS marketing and communications, and later joined the VARS committee.

Lloyd Borrett at Bikini Atoll
Lloyd Borrett
at Bikini Atoll
In August 2010, Lloyd qualified as a TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver and Decompression Procedures Diver to dive on the wreck of the HMS Hermes aircraft carrier in Sri Lanka. In 2012 and again in 2013 he dived on the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier at Bikini Atoll. That leaves only the USS Oriskany aircraft carrier in Florida, USA to complete the three diveable aircraft carrier set!

Lloyd has also dived on the SS President Coolidge shipwreck at Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, plus on the many wrecks in the ghost fleet at Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia. Lloyd's recreational diving trips have taken him to dive on the Great Barrier Reef, to various dive locations in Bali, plus Apo Island in the Philippines, and Darwin Island and Wolf Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Lloyd has written many Dive Articles over the years. One 'hobby' since 2006 has been compiling as a comprehensive resource the details of Melbourne Diving and Snorkelling sites, currently found on The Scuba Doctor website. He is a firm believer that the widest range of the best scuba diving in the world is right here in Victoria. But don't ask him about critters, because he cranks on wrecks!

Looking for a sea change from the IT industry, in August 2013 Lloyd took over as the owner of The Scuba Doctor dive shop and Deep Blue Imports Australia, which had been operating successfully since 2002. He has greatly grown the business, especially the online presence, with it now being seen by many as Australia's local dive shop.

Lloyd Borrett lives on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria and, when he's not working, he updates the dive site database, goes scuba diving, listens to his eclectic music collection, watches a wide range of movies and documentaries, reads a vast array of books and magazines, and spends time with family and friends.

Lloyd's only regret is not to have taken up scuba diving earlier in life, so don’t put off learning to dive.

Hon Bruce Billson, Director of Small Business and Enterprise at Deakin University, interviews Lloyd Borrett, Owner of The Scuba Doctor dive shop about combining a bricks and mortar retail shop with an online shop. From the Future Learn series at Deakin University in 2018.

Hannah Smeeton

PADI IDC Staff Instructor
PADI Gas Blender Instructor
TDI Advanced Nitrox & Deco Procedures Instructor

Hannah Smeeton, The Scuba Doctor
Hannah Smeeton,
The Scuba Doctor Australia
Originally training to be a teacher through a double degree in Education/Arts and then obtaining a Diploma in Frontline Management, Hannah Smeeton took a change in her career path when she caught the diving bug in the 1990s.

Hannah started her professional diving career in the cold waters of the U.K. where her first foray into the business side of diving was the establishment of an independent dive club in 1999. Returning to Australia she established and ran a successful Victorian dive store.

While still developing her skills as a diver, Hannah took a professional hiatus from working in the dive industry to pursue a career in Project Management with Melbourne University. This also funded her obsession with diving around the globe, having now dived extensively in Oceania and all but one of the continents. Hannah continued to expand her knowledge of the underwater environment by pursuing numerous courses in Marine Archaeology, Marine Biology and underwater photography.

Hannah returned professionally to the Victorian Diving Industry a number of years ago — simultaneously working full time with a charter company, dive shops and dive wholesalers.

Hannah Smeeton, Rebreather Diver
Hannah Smeeton,
Rebreather Diver
Hannah holds rankings as PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Gas Blender Instructor and SDI/TDI Adv Nitrox & Deco Procedures Instructor. She has earned numerous technical and CCR certifications within the CDDA, NAS, SSI, IANTD and TDI. In 2003 Hannah beat the Guinness World Record for the Longest Submergence on a Single 12.0 lt, 232 bar cylinder of air (7 hr 25 min 8.5 sec).

With over 4000 dives and 500 student certifications under her belt, Hannah has turned her attention to managing a network of dive subsidiaries dealing with importing and exporting, retail and web-based sales.

Currently living on the Mornington Peninsula and residing two minutes from work and ten minutes from the hub of the Victorian diving, she continues to surround and immerse all facets of her life with diving. Holding office in a number of independent dive clubs and consulting for several dive related businesses, Hannah, in her spare time, speaks to various groups nationally on issues such as Women's Health in Diving.

Mark Green

General Manager

Mark Green, The Scuba Doctor
Mark Green,
The Scuba Doctor Australia
Mark joined The Scuba Doctor dive shop team as General Manager in October 2021 after a career as a Mechanical Engineer, in document management, project management, plus security and networking system installation and integration.

Mark dived in Melbourne for many years as a member of the Getunder Dive Club. After a few years in Queensland he has returned to Melbourne and is looking forward to getting back to diving in Melbourne and Victoria.

Sam Glenn-Smith

PADI Instructor

Sam Glenn-Smith, The Scuba Doctor
Sam Glenn-Smith,
The Scuba Doctor Australia
My diving journey began in Fiji, 2010 where I was instantly hooked. Diving for me was a new frontier, a new world where I experienced things I could never dream of — the feeling of weightlessness, the immense spectrum of colours and the throng of life around me, from the tiny shrimp hiding in crinoids to the behemoth tiger shark. Diving very quickly became my fixation.

My passion for the ocean began to surge in 2015 when I met Marine Biologist Daniel Geary at Atmosphere Resort in the Philippines. My eyes were opened to a wonderful world of macro diving and tiny little critters that appear to be from another world — but more so I was introduced into the world of underwater photography. This new age of previously unheard-of equipment provided me with immense motivation to learn more about the ocean and share my findings with the world.

I have become truly passionate about underwater photography and marine conservation — with a desire to continue finding, photographing and hopefully inspiring people around me to learn more about the wonderful, unique and mysterious oceans on this planet. I love talking all things marine and photography and am always open for a phone call, a chat in store or even better a dive with camera in hand.

Linda Ochsner

Linda Ochsner, The Scuba Doctor
Linda Ochsner,
The Scuba Doctor Australia
Originally from Switzerland Linda is a qualified accountant with experience in a number of industries including government, hospitality and online retailing.

Linda has a love for travel and experiencing other cultures. She has visited more than 50 countries with many still on the must visit list. On a trip to Jordan a few years ago she met an Aussie which encourage her to make the big move to Australia.

Since then the travel has been centred a bit more around Indonesia at a surf/dive camp. This was where Linda was first exposed to diving and received her PADI certification. Despite the diving in Indonesia she still rates her greatest dive experience as the weedy seadragons under Flinders pier. Although snorkelling with a whale shark in Mozambique would have to be up there for ocean experiences.

Linda's not the most experienced diver but is looking forward to the future experiences that diving can provide.

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