Staff

Get to know the owners, management and award winning staff of Ocean Frontiers dive shop in the Cayman Islands.
 
 
 

Staff

 

The people who make Ocean Frontiers:

To help you get to know us a little better before you arrive, please enjoy the staff profiles below - honestly, you couldn't make some of this stuff up, even if you tried! World Disco Champion, Tool Bounty Hunter, Fish Whisperer..... just to name a few. A large part of why divers love diving with Ocean Frontiers is down to the unique individuals that love diving and sharing the beauty of our coral reefs and care deeply about your safety and enjoyment.

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Stephen Broadbelt

Name: Stephen BroadbeltStephen Broadbelt in the Cayman Islands

Nick Name: Steve 

Co-founder and Partner, Steve has lived in the Cayman Islands since 1992 and logged over 5000 dives, just on Grand Cayman's East End! Steve has spearheaded the Mooring Buoy Installation program for the East End of Grand Cayman and The Shark Awareness Project. He focuses most of his time on marketing the business and further developing the property, such as phase II of Compass Point Dive Resort.  Next up he'll be working on adding a new Bar & Grill on site, to be called "Eagle Ray's".  When he's not stuck in the office, he loves to get out and help rid the Cayman reefs of the invasive Lionfish. 

Country of Origin: England

Joined OF: Since day one. 14th February 1996

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Tell us what you did in a former life?
I've been a Dive Master since 18 and an Instructor since 20 years old- So not much before that other than school and working on construction sites.

What other places have you worked in the world?
Only Worked in the UK and Cayman. Tried to work in the US before I came to Cayman, but for some reason they wouldn't let me? Traveled to many dive destinations over the years: Hawaii, French Polynesia, Belize, Bahamas, Cozumel, Jamaica, Roatan, Turks & Caicos.....

What is your favorite marine life?
Sharp Nose Puffer

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Kangaroo Gorge & Roger's Reef

What do you love most about the East End?
The best of both worlds - a true sleepy Caribbean Village, but only a short drive away from the cosmopolitan West side for good restaurants and entertainment.

Tell us a random fact about yourself?
I only planned to be in Cayman for 1 year and then return to college in the UK - 24 years later I'm still here, married to a beautiful island girl and now have two daughters - Never going back, sorry Mum!

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers & Compass Point?
Photographer & Writer, publishing travel guide books OR designing and building Green / Zero Carbon buildings.

What is your Super Power?
The ability to put my daughters to sleep in less than 10 minutes.


Maurice Fitzgerald

Name: Maurice Fitzgerald
Mo Fitzgerald in the Cayman Islands

Nick Name: Mo 

Co-founder and Partner, Mo has lived in Cayman since 1996 and has as many if not more dives in East End than anyone. Mo and Steve designed and built their flagship dive boat "Nauti-Cat," noted as one of the best "Day Boats" for diving in the world. Not only did Mo work his magic on Nauti-Cat, but recently put his master dive boat design skills to work on our latest vessels- Ocean Hawk and Top-Cat. Mo can be found most days getting his hands dirty and keeping the dive boats in tip-top condition, or in his spare time practicing his Kiteboarding skills.  Whatever you do, don't ask to borrow any of his tools. 

Country of Origin: USA

Joined OF: Since day one. 14th February 1996

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Tell us what you did in a former life?
Real Estate Appraiser in Houston, Texas

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Ol' Wreck Head

What do you love most about the East End?
The combination of the best diving and the best Kiteboarding in the Caribbean.

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers & Compass Point?
A professional tool bounty hunter, finding people who didn't put tools back where they belong and making them PAY!

What is your Super Power?
Finding missing tools


Lesley Agostinelli

Name: Lesley AgostinelliLesley Agostinelli in the Cayman Islands

Nick Name: Les

Lesley is our Reservations and Marketing Manager. She has been with the company over 16 years and probably knows more about the business than Mo and Steve put together ;) Lesley has many years experience in the hospitality industry and since joining OF became an avid diver.  Lesley and her reservation staff can be reached on ourdirect line for all your advanced booking needs: diving, snorkeling, car rentals, hotel/condo rentals and she's always the first to know about any special deals- 345 947 0000 (mon-fri). Or by email of course. 

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Joined OF:  January 2001

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Tell us what you did in a former life?
I started my working life as a Chef with the goal of traveling the world. Then decided to return to school and earn my degree, I proudly gained a 1st class honors degree in Hospitality Management all so i could get a proper office job ;o)

What other places have you worked in the world?
I worked as a Chef on the QEII so did manage to go around the world a few times, seeing most of it from a porthole. I have also worked in Bermuda at a wonderful fish restaurant, as well as in Manchester and London in the UK.

What is your favorite marine life?
Clown Fish and Manatees

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Grouper Grotto when the Silversides are in season.

What do you love most about the East End?
That its not George Town. The drive to East End has to be the best commute in the world. East End is so peacefully quiet and relaxing and it is a wonderful village which boost such great community spirit.

Tell us a random fact about yourself?
I love dogs and have a huge passion for animal rescue. So much so that i am one of the founding directors of CARE - Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts, a newly (2009) incorporated registered charitable organization here in Cayman. Our goals are to assist in the education of spay and neuter within the community as the humane solution to end the over population problem that exists here in Cayman. So far this year i have successfully been able to spay/Neuter over 20 dogs in the district of East End

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers & Compass Point?
Working in Italy managing my own Bed and Breakfast, preferably in Tuscany ;o)

What is your Super Power?
I can talk to the animals


Debbie Wragg

Debbie-Wragg

Name: Debbie Wragg

Debbie is our Operations Manager and is in charge of day to day operations for all business departments and runs a tight ship. 

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Country of origin: United Kingdom

What did you do in a former life?
Worked in a book factory sticking 3 for 2 stickers on paperbacks, in a spice factory weighing out curry powder, and for a catering company serving the Lord Mayor bacon sandwiches. Then, running out of random jobs, decided to study marine science- so any questions on maritime piracy or the momentum equations of an interior wave and i'm your girl!

Other places you have worked? 
UK, Honduras, Australia


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What is your favorite marine life? 
Silversides! And hammerheads, turtles, spotted drums.. the list goes on

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Ol' Wreck Head and Snapper Hole

What do you love most about the East End?
It's warmer than London! Prettier too...

Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I am scared of emus, ostriches, and those street performers who pretend to be statues

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
I would love to work for a marine park project and put my science geekiness to good use. Failing that sitting on a sunny beach sipping a mojito sounds good too...

What is your Superpower? 
Drinking more tea than is humanly possible

 


Thumper the 'CEO' Dog

Name: Thumper the 'CEO' DogThe Boss in the Cayman Islands

Nick Name: Boo Boo

Country of Origin: Cayman Islands

Joined OF: November 2004

Tell us what you did in a former life?
Hang out on the streets of East End looking for scraps to fill my hungry tummy.

What other places have you worked in the world?
This is my first job and I love it. I find that even on a bad day I manage to sleep through it.

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Favorite Marine Life?
That’s a tough one, I love watching the Tarpon under the dock, and I have been known to jump in after them but I never seem to be able to catch them? I also really like the crabs and sometimes dig them up out of their hidey holes on the beach but Mummy tells me off when I do this. Crabs and Sprats and anything hanging in the shallows.

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Kelly's Caverns - Named after a dear friend.

What do you love most about the East End?
I love my Ocean Frontiers family who gave me a home and made me top dog :o)

Tell us a random fact about yourself?
I am suffer from Narcolepsy

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Walking the streets of East End looking for my forever home.

What is your Super Power?
I can run faster than a gazelle when there is a fishing boat going by.

What do you love most about the East End?
Sitting at the end of the dock at sunset and waiting for a fishing boat or jet ski to come past so I can chase it along the shore line, its great!!!


Derrick Duffield

Name: Derrick Duffield 

Nick Name / Alias: Dez or Dezza, Durk 

Dez is our Operations Supervisor and  keeps the trains running on time and makes sure operations run smoothly back stage. 

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What is your country of origin: England

What did you do in a former life?
Truck driver for DHL, truck driver for Toyota, compound/test driver"

Other places you have worked?
England

What is your favorite marine life?
Sharkies and rays

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What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Snapper hole

What do you love most about the East End?
It's pretty, it's quiet and the diving kicks ass compared to the west side!

Tell us a random fact about yourself?
My favorite pastime is to compete in European banger rally's! Buy a car for under £100 paint a silly theme on it and race around Europe hoping you make it to the other end!

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers & Compass Point?
On the road again, driving big trucks, on my own probably somewhere cold and lonely.

What is your Superpower?
I have a Bottomless belly!


James Snelgrove

 Name: James Snelgrove
James Snelgrove Dive Staff Cayman Islands

James works as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor and Boat Captain at Ocean Frontiers. He can be found running dive boats and treaching diver certification classes. 

What is your country of origin: UK

What did you do in a former life?

Packed parachutes for 2 years at the weekends and taught Aikido Monday to Friday. Jumped out of planes and off high objects for fun in my spare time. Got into a little trouble with the police in Croatia for parachuting from one of their high bridges....
Decided that sitting around empty hangers waiting for clouds to clear or wind to drop was not my thing so moved to Spain to become a professional diver.... that was in 2010. 

Other places you have worked? 
Spain, The UAE, Oman, New Zealand, Nicaragua

What is your favorite marine life? 
Sea Urchin 

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What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Dragons' Lair - I was born in the year of the dragon so I am biased

What do you love most about the East End?
The fact it feels like the Caribbean. No shiny glass and concrete office blocks here....just brightly coloured wooden houses, chickens, dogs and a refreshing wind to kill the heat.

Tell us a random fact about yourself? I was brought up a pack of wolves. (Kind of) My Mum was a breeder of German Shepherd Dogs and at any one time we had a minimum of 5, maximum of over 20 including puppies. The adult dogs adopted my sister and I as their own and that probably explains a lot about me.

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers & Compass Point?
Working out how else I could avoid having to return to living and working back home. I really like teaching so maybe teaching English in 3rd world countries?

What is your Superpower? 
I can make rum disappear in the blink of an eye.


Britney Ouellette

Name: Britney Ouellette

Country of Origin: Canada 


Jon Barron

 

Name: Jon Barron

Country of Origin: United Kingdom 

Nick names: Jon

What did you do in a former life?
Night club manager / restaurant manager

Other places you have worked? 
Mermaids - Thailand , Viking Divers - Cyprus , UDC - Utilla

What is your favorite marine life? 
Sharks

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Northern Lights & River of Sand

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What do you love most about the East End?
Peace and quiet

Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I'm a grumpy old man

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Working at another dive center somewhere

What is your Superpower? 
I can make anything


Evan Verreault

Name: Evan Verreault

Country of Origin: Canada 

Nick names: E, Evsky, Ev

What did you do in a former life?
I've done many things in my former lives but one thing that stays consistent is traveling. My feet have a tendency to get itchy, and to scratch them, I walk them across the stretches of the globe.

Other places you have worked? 
Most of my jobs in the diving industry have been throughout Central America on the Caribbean side and in volcanic craters until now.

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What is your favorite marine life? 
Octopuses

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Currently partial to Gigglin' Marlin 

What do you love most about the East End?
Drinking a beer, or several, at Star Bar on a calm day

Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I used to devote days of my time to slaying the digital demons in the computer game World of Warcraft.

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
If I could do anything at all - that is to say, if I were awesome at everything - I'd probably be a singer song-writer or a tattoo artist.

What is your Superpower? 
Invisibility in complete darkness


Andrew Wilson

Name: Andy Wilson

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ruben Montilla Espana

Name: Ruben Montilla Espana

Country of Origin: Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Olivia Sen

Name: Olivia Sen

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Nick names: Liv

What did you do in a former life?
I have a degree in psychology

Other places you have worked? 
Greece, Brunei, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Roatan

What is your favorite marine life? 
Squid

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Ironshore Gardens

What do you love most about the East End?
It's very peaceful here

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Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
If I stand on my toes I can make 5'4"

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Annoying my friends in Playa del Carmen

What is your Superpower? 
I can eat an unsafe amount of pizza 


Marion Morin

Name: Marion Morin

Country of Origin: France

Nick names: none, yet! 

What did you do in a former life?
I like the idea of serving a purpose rather than a body. I have worked with a few NGO's (Non Governmental Associations) specialized in Handicap, Education or Women Rights in communication, press and public relation area.

Other places you have worked? 
France, England, Cambodia and Mexico.

What is your favorite marine life? 
I love Eagle Rays but started to develop a sharp interest in macro life.

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Anchor Point and Snapper Hole

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What do you love most about the East End?
The Caribbean breeze

Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I never wear matching socks !

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
I'll probably be fighting for Human's Rights or teaching French somewhere.

What is your Superpower?  
I can eat lots and lots of cheese (even passed the expiry date) !


Dimitri Myles

Name: Dimitri Myles 

Country of Origin: Cayman Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Michael Yemen

Name: Mike Yemen

Country of Origin: Canada 

What did you do in a former life?
Paramedic/firefighting student, lifeguard/swimming instructor/aquatic supervisor

Other places you have worked?
Interned in Bonaire, worked in Hamilton Ontario (brrrr) 

What is your favorite marine life? 
Sharks!!!

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
I really like Dragons Lair

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What do you love most about the East End?
Getting chased my dogs on my bike

Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I'm a sucker for live theatre/musicals

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Travelling/backpacking, never want to stop.

What is your Superpower? 
I knew this question was coming, I can see the future. 


Shaddai Burton

Name: Shaddai Burton

Country of Origin: Cayman Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Simon Dixon

Name: Simon Dixon

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

What did you do in a former life?
 I managed an aquarium shop in Australia and completed my MSc

Other places you have worked?
Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Fiji, USA, Cayman, UK

What is your favorite marine life? 
Flying Fish, who doesn't want to live underwater but also fly?

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Pat's Wall

What do you love most about the East End?
Big Tree BBQ!

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Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
Arsenal FC fan

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Whats my budget!!??

What is your Superpower? 
Loosing my hair


Logan Panton

Name: Logan Panton 

Country of Origin: USA / Cayman Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Iain Anderson

Name: Iain Anderson

Country of Origin: United Kingdom / Scotland

What did you do in a former life?
Stacking shelves, driving delivery vans and on the wrong side of bars serving drinks.

Other places you have worked?
Tanzania, Bahamas, Tenerife and Cyprus

What is your favorite marine life? 
Turtles and Whales

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Turtle Pass for deep site and Kelly's Caverns for shallow site

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What do you love most about the East End?
It's quiet and has a great island feel to it, and the diving of course!!

Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I used to play Tuba in an award winning brass band

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Astronaut, Model, Rockstar..... or failing that doing Marine Biology somewhere warm!

What languages do you speak?
Scottish slang, Sarcasm and enough Spanish to get into trouble but not out of it again.

What is your Superpower? 
World Champion Haggis eater!


Sarah Gauthier

 

Name: Sarah Gauthier

Country of Origin: Canada / Quebec

Nick names: Frenchie

What did you do in a former life?
Vet Nurse

Other places you have worked? 
Indonesia, Honduras

What is your favorite marine life?
Humpback Whale 

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Snapper Hole

What do you love most about the East End?
The nature, the calmness

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Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I love pet rats

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Be guiding an all over the world diving trip

What is your Superpower?
Firewalking  


Trent Reid

Name: Trent Reid

Country of Origin: Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Maryanne Wirkkanen

Name: Maryanne Wirkkanen

Country of Origin: Canada / USA

Nick names:

What did you do in a former life?
Mental Health outreach worker

Other places you have worked? 
USA, Canada, Indonesia, Australia

What is your favorite marine life? 
Sharks

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Wherever the sharks are hanging out...

What do you love most about the East End?
Slower pace of life.

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Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I used to teach swing and blues dancing.

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Focusing on my underwater photography

What is your Superpower? 
I can breathe underwater...


Hannah Windmill

Name: Hannah Windmill

Nick name: Hanimal or Windmill

Country of Origin: United Kingdom / Scotland

What did you do in a former life?
Lionfish Scientist / Marine Biologist

Other places you have worked?
Scotland, Vietnam, Maldives, Philippines, Bahamas, Honduras

What is your favorite marine life? 
Macro cuties! Or anything i can imitate underwater, like trunkfish!

What is your favorite Cayman dive site?
Any with swim-throughs...

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What do you love most about the East End?
The fact that most people back home think I live in the location of the TV show 'Eastenders'

Tell us a random fact about yourself? 
I've sung Space Oddity with the Commander of the International Space Station during a Christmas party?

What would you be doing if you weren't working at Ocean Frontiers?
Probably freezing my ar*e off in Scotland collecting seal population data

What languages do you speak?
English, Scottish and learning German

What is your Superpower?
I possess the ability to easily fall asleep anywhere


Jodi Kirchman

Name: Jodi KirchmanJodi Kirchman in the Cayman Islands

Country of Origin: Cayman Islands

Joined OF: September 2002

Jodi is a native born Caymanian and East Ender. Jodi wears many, many hats.  Jodi is an active diver and knows East End above and below as well as anyone.  Be sure to stop by and see her for a chat with a real 'local girl'!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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