Abyss Scuba Diving

Paul Hayes


Position: Instructor

PADI Certification: Master Scuba Diver Trainer

While on holiday in 2014 Paul decided to learn to dive and signed up to an open water class for something to do. He immediately fell in love with the sport and cancelled his original plans and went about completing his PADI advanced course. After spending almost every weekend and every available opportunity to go diving he realised he should make diving a career.

Paul completed his PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer course at Abyss and made his way up the east coast of Australia eventually settling in Cairns for three years. There he worked as an instructor on liveaboards and several day boats diving sometimes 5 times a day up to 6 days a week on the Great Barrier Reef.

Paul was lucky enough to work with the local indigenous rangers and teach them how to dive while also learning about their deep connection to the reef and the dreamtime story of its creation. It was a unique experience that gave him a new appreciation for the custodians of this country.

Paul returned to Sydney in December 2020 and began teaching with Abyss since then.

Paul loves teaching open water and going on shark dives whenever he can. Paul is particularly great with nervous or anxious students who aren't fully confident with their in water skills and can give them the confidence to excel as a diver.

Paul has dived most of the east coast of Australia and in South East Asia and looks forward to exploring the world through diving.

Diving Credentials:

  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer 2018
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor  2017
  • Divemaster 2017
  • EFR Instructor 2017
  • Night Diver Instructor 2018
  • Dry Suit Instructor 12017
  • Enriched Air Instructor 2017
  • Deep Instructor 2017
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor 2017
  • Sidemount Instructor  2017
  • Wreck Instructor 25 Oct 2017
  • Care for Children w/AED Instructor 2017
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor 2017
  • Project Aware Instructor 2017
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Sp Instructor 2017


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