Our Team

Dean McConnachie (Doc)



  • Gold Instructor - SSI ( Scuba Schools International ) 
  • Technical Instructor  - TDI ( Technical Divers International )
  • 2017 marks Dean's 35th year underwater, with 3200+ logged dives 
  • Dean is a passionate dive professional, with an attention to detail, and a true desire to help other divers enjoy our sport to the fullest
  • Underwater Photographer and Videographer ( see Dean's images in the gallery )
  • Usually found with a camera housing stuck to his mask. Dean enjoys sharing the underwater views with those who don't have the ability to see it for themselves.
  • Favourite Dive Destination: "still looking" Loved the diving at Atlantis Resorts in the Philippines
  • dean@thediveacademy.ca



  • President of The Dive Academy
  • 30+ years of business experience
  • Dive Master I.T. - SSI ( Scuba Schools International )
  • Open Water, Advanced, Master Diver & Nitrox Certified with over 500 dives completed.
  • Underwater Photographer ( see Paula's images in the gallery )
  • Favorite Dive Destination: Tough call between the Galapagos & the Philippines
  • As for FILO?  First in, Last out!   As Bill Tully says, "If you've dived with Paula you'd get it"!
  • paula@thediveacademy.ca

Paula Booker (FILO)

Randy Bird




  • TDA's Head Instructor - Recreational Program - SSI ( Scuba Schools International )
  • Instructor Trainer with Platinum Pro Instructor Award and has logged over 3000 
  • Dedicated to developing skilled, competent divers and dive professionals in a fun and safe environment
  • Favourite Dive Destination: Bonaire. "Divers Heaven"
  • randy.bird@thediveacademy.ca






  • Century Instructor - SSI ( Scuba Schools International )
  • 1500+ dives completed since 1973
  • A retired educator, SooBee brings a wealth of experience and patience to our teaching crew
  • Favorite Dive Destination: Lake Ontario. JUST KIDDING, SHE HATES THE COLD WATER!  Maybe St. Lucia instead.
  • sue.butterfield@thediveacademy.ca






Sue Butterfield (SooBee)

Brendan Neil




  • Silver Instructor - SSI ( Scuba Schools International )
  • With over 1500 Dives, 2017 marks Brendan's 28th year underwater
  • Attorney by day, TDA Instructor by night, Brendan's dynamic teaching style is thoroughly enjoyed by our students
  • Long term plan: Can you say Turks and Caicos?
  • brendan.neil@thediveacademy.ca








  • Specialty Instructor - 5 Years (PADI/SSI)
  • Diving since 1998 with 300+ pleasure dives
  • Michael "oozes" with enthusiasm and loves sharing Scuba with his students 
  • Favorite Dive Destination? Exuma Keys -  'Washing Machine' Drift Dive. 
  • "Ask Mike about the time he jumped in the water and surprised a shark!"
  • michael.campbell@thediveacademy.ca








Michael Campbell