About Us

Matt Bacon, SSI Open Water Instructor & Founder

After diving for 20 years all over the world with qualified but more often than not very rusty holiday divers I decided to make a stand! For the diver who made some time to have good underwater experiences whilst away I salute you. To those who get qualified and don’t maintain their skills you need to perhaps take the time to practice what you have learned and be as good as you can possibly be.

Having spent time serving with the Royal Marine Commandos I learned that you need to maintain a level so it takes you a shorter time to sharpen your skills when required.

At Fin Divers we don’t judge you on what you have learned in the past, we are just passionate about making you the best diver you can be. “Train Hard For An Easy Dive” and “Perfect Practice” are two sayings you will hear banded around the Fin Divers shop and club. I believe you will find our learning environment and teaching style pace refreshing in a market place that is full of cut pricing and hurry up hurry up! We set no time limit on how long it takes you to get qualified as we feel you are the best measure on how quickly you adapt to the underwater world and that will generally set the pace for your course. 


Matt Symonds, SSI Instructor Trainer

Back in 1998, I did a try dive in France and was instantly hooked and coming back to the UK signed up for my Open Water Course.  For a long time, I was a typical holiday diver then following a cancelled liveaboard trip, joined Fin Divers to do my Divemaster with the excuse of doing more diving. Over the next 5 years, progressed to Instructor Trainer and am now able to develop our next generation of instructors. I have ventured into technical diving including Rebreather and Twinset diving and love the extended dive time and silent diving rebreathers gives me. My favourite diving is wrecks and using my rebreather to maximise my exploring time.


​Kieran Johnson, SSI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Fin Divers Manager

I have always had a love of diving and joined Fin Divers to progress my diving skills with the aim of becoming an Instructor whilst also taking over the day to day running of Fin Divers. After qualifying as an Instructor in 2022, I love creating new divers and helping them to realise their dream of of breathing underwater.

Chances are, if you pop by the shop, it's me you'll come and talk to.


Richard Anderson, SSI Open Water Scuba Instructor

I started diving in 1999 where I discovered a whole new underwater world.

With the help of Fin Divers I’d like to help you find this world for yourselves.


Dennis Scales, Senior Technician / Rescue Diver

Over 45 years of Engineering coupled with a love for scuba diving has lead to learning to service all diving equipmet. As an engineer I understand the importance of regular serviced equipment allowing it to operate at its most efficient leads to successful dive experiences.

Denis carries out all of our servicing to keep all your gear in tip top condition.