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Director | Lee Johnson

Managing Director

Hi my name is Lee Johnson. I am a co – owner of Perth Scuba.Lee Johnson Perth Scuba diving at Sipadan Island, Borneo

I started diving back in 1996 when the sport store I managed, changed direction. Diving soon became my passion and took over my life.

I became a Dive Master after 12 months working in the store. I worked 7 days a week for 3 years both in the store during the day and as a Dive Master at night and on weekends. This all ended when the dive store I managed was sold and I went to work for another dive store in Perth.

I worked there for nearly 7 years and met a million awesome new friends there. Unfortunately there was no opportunity to move ahead in that business so, with the huge help and support of Robert, Perth Scuba was born!

I have been privileged with my diving in that I have dived in some of the most awesome places in the world, as well as some great local diving including Coral Bay, Abrolhos Islands and of course our very own Rottnest Island.

When I started diving I had 4 dive objectives to my diving career which I am still currently pursuing…

Diving the WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon – Accomplished!

Diving with the Great White Sharks in South Australia – Accomplished!

Diving on the Saratoga in Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands) – Only diveable aircraft carrier in the world. (Yet to be done – maybe 2007)

Diving in Antarctica – This is the pinnacle of diving to me. Once I have done that, I can hang up my fins and know that I have achieved my diving dreams.

Diving Locations outside of Australia: Bali, Truk Lagoon (Micronesia), Solomon Islands, Borneo Malaysia, Komodo Islands.

My Favourite Dive Sites in WA: Hard one… Key Biscayne – Lancelin, Canal Rocks – Dunsborough.

Best Ever Dive: Aaron Ward – Solomon Islands 70m dive on a battleship which went down firing, ammo boxes on the decks and an amazing feeling of what it must have been like to be there when she went to the bottom of the ocean. Read the article in March’s Newsletter.

Worst Ever Dive: Canal Rocks 2001 – King Wave hit us in the canal – not nice.

Lee Johnson at Rottnest IslandFavourite piece of dive equipment: My Uwatec Galileo Sol Dive computer – Best computer I have ever had and it keeps me safe when I do decompression dives! (And my Cray loop of course).

Best thing I have found while diving: A hand carved canoe in the Solomon Islands, the guy who owned it would have had about 3 km to swim back to shore if he made it. The canoe was 55m deep and looked awesome. I will be going back to try and find it this July.

Why I love diving: To see so much in such a small amount of time, to know that you are interacting with some of nature’s most amazing creatures and to know that only 10% of our population will ever be able to do what we take for granted every day of the week. I love seeing people’s faces after their first under water experience. Finally I love to hear diver’s stories and share their adventures with them.

Want to dive with me? Drop into the store or send me an email.

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