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Marine Educational Program for NSW School

Marine Educational Program – A joint effort by both SIBS and AIDE, this program for schools aims to get the next generation excited about the underwater world, with activities and experiences specially designed to spark curiosity in the sport of scuba diving, the underwater world, underwater photography, marine conservation and more!

Damian Jones

PADI Regional Manager

Damian is a PADI Course Director with over 15 years of experience as a PADI Instructor and PADI Instructor Examiner.

He has extensive diving knowledge and has previously taught scuba diving including in high schools and TAFE colleges around Victoria, Australia.

Damian has also managed the operational aspects of a dive store for 10 years and has a well-rounded perspective on the Australian Diving Industry today.

In addition to this, Damian has dived extensively in the region including many of the popular diving locations across Australia.

Sarah Jo-Lobwein

Sarah-Jo Lobwein (Ocean Tidings, Isotta Australia, Ocean Geographic) – Marine Science, Science and Conservation Educator

Armed with degrees and backgrounds in marine science and secondary science education, Sarah-Jo Lobwein is a passionate marine science and conservation educator involved in multiple projects at any one time, encouraging ocean conservation, reducing plastic marine pollution and the awareness of alternatives or ‘simple swaps’ to single use disposable plastic consumption in our everyday lives to stop the seas drowning in plastic.

Sarah-Jo is a regular volunteer for the non-profit Two Hands Project as Marine Debris Survey Auditor and employed for their community hands-on education programs. She has assisted the children programs and activities at Australian Museum during National Science Weeks, volunteers for ORRCA and in 2017 Sarah-Jo was one of six Global Volunteer Ambassadors for the non-profit Positive Change for Marine Life, who personally crowd-funded their research trip to Kovalam, India to establish a Marine Conservation Plan that has environmental, social and economical sustainable goals for that region.

Lucas Handley


Lucas Handley has extensive experience in the Freediving, Spearfishing and Underwater Photography worlds. Appearing in internationally acclaimed ocean documentaries, and working for such companies as Discovery Channel and the BBC, holding his breath has taken him around the world. Now an AIDA International Master Instructor, Lucas teaches breathology and personal development courses; deep spearfishing and freediving instruction to -40m and beyond. Twenty years spearfishing experience with 15 years in the guiding world, his background as a marine scientist comes through in his courses.

Expo Hours

• Thursday   28 July Halls & Marina: 10am to 7pm
• Friday        29 July Halls & Marina: 10am to 7pm
• Saturday  30 July Halls & Marina: 10am to 7pm
• Sunday 31 July Halls & Marina: 10am to 7pm
• Monday    1 August Halls & Marina: 10am to 7pm