Warrick McDonald

PADI Master Instructor

EFR Instructor Trainer

CDAA Advanced Cave Instructor

Starting as a spear-fisher, Warrick became ‘hooked’ on SCUBA diving in 1961. It became a lifelong passion that turned into his career in 1965 and continues to provide him with a lifestyle that many envy.  He first started teaching in 1972, joined PADI, and over the years went through many courses and taught thousands of students. Warrick became a Course Director in 1989, which enabled him to teach through to Instructor level. He recently retired at that level but continues to mentor our crew at Ocean Divers.

Warrick’s involvement in the Dive Industry has enabled him to hold many positions, other than as a trainer, including President Of Dive Australia for 5 years, President of the Victorian Dive Association for 6 years, a current member of Standards Australia sub-committee on Entry Level Recreational SCUBA Diving, Business Director and National Director (10 years service) of the Cave Divers Association of Australia, current committee member of the Landowners Advisory Group of SA and he has also acted as an adviser for Government Departments such as Conservation, Fisheries, Police and the State Coroner. At Ocean Divers he oversees the day to day operations & heads up our service department. He is a Marine Safety Coxswain.

His passion for cave diving has enabled him to explore caves all around the world………

Warrick was awarded the Industry Recognition Award at OZTek 2011 for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Diving in Australia’