Meet the Team - John Smallwood

Meet the Team - John Smallwood

Next up in our "Meet the Team" series is Dream Divers founder John Smallwood.


John D.Smallwood



Dive Qualification

PADI Master Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer & IANTD Gas Blender Instructor

What year did you start diving?


What made you take up diving?

Always wanted to learn to Scuba Dive since I was a child but never had the opportunity.

What is your favourite bit of dive kit and why?

My Atomic ST1 Cold Water Regulators

What is your favourite place to dive in the UK?

So many places to say in the UK it’s so understated and just so much to see from offshore deep wrecks, long drifts on reefs to shallow shore dives! The Berwick coastline of the East Coast of Scotland - in particular the Nature Marine Reserve of St Abbs Head. This place never fails to deliver and it is a good place for all levels of divers. I love introducing new UK Sea Divers there.

What's the best place to dive outside the UK?

I have been very lucky to travel to many destinations all over the world including South Africa, Mozambique, Philippines, Maldives, Jardine De La Reina and many others but if I was to name just one destination I would always go back to Egypt. The off shore reefs such as the Brother Islands & Elphinstone simply because of the challenging strong currents and steep wall drop offs!! Love Sharks and big oceanic pelagics!

What's your favourite critter?

Sepia Officinalis (Cuttlefish) “They are just so fascinating”

What's the best thing about working with Dream Divers?

I just love to pass on my enthusiasm for Scuba Diving and continue to encourage through education about the underwater aquatic realm. Dream Divers Team is a group of like minded individuals that have the same passion for our oceans.

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