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The Caribbean Reef Buddy team consists of biologists, enthusiasts & diving professionals who are passionate about marine conservation.


Our Mission is to work with and in support of local communities to assist in the protection and preservation of a healthy, diverse and sustainable marine ecosystem.

Our Objective lies in maintaining strong ties and links to the local community, their interests and concerns. The success and sustainability of any marine environmental study or conservation project is largely dependent on a comprehensive outreach program.

Our Vision is the continual identification of marine ecological and environmental initiatives within Grenada and Carriacou. Deliver local, national and international outreach programs in conjunction with an all inclusive training package to protect and preserve the marine and coral reef ecosystem.


Caribbean Reef Buddy is supported by a team of 8 PADI professionals, biologists and marine conservation & diving enthusiasts.
Gary Ward PADI Master Instructor


Gary Ward

PADI Master Instructor

Gary is a PADI Master Instructor, who, since turning professional in 2011, has had the privilege of training hundreds of divers in the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. Gary is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Henley Business College. He is an excellent mentor and patient teacher and loves nothing more than seeing the bright happy faces of new students. Gary enjoys challenging diving, particularly on wrecks. He maintains it is all about pushing the envelope, but in a safe and well planned way. Gary is actively involved in the Marine Conservation effort to help to protect the marine environment in Carriacou.

Alexandra Ward Caribbean Reef Buddy


Alexandra Ward

PADI Master Instructor

Alex is a keen underwater naturalist and photographer. She has excellent knowledge of all the marine life found in the waters around Carriacou. Born in Austria and raised in England, Alex speaks both English and German fluently, and enjoys teaching in both languages. Alex is often described a born teacher, and loves helping new divers discover a love for the underwater world. With a background in IT, she is the team's computer wizard. She also administers Deefer Diving's social media. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and taking care of her menagerie of animals. Her favourite way of spending an evening is curled up on the sofa with her dog Padi and a good book.

Matt Rideout Caribbean Reef Buddy


Matt Rideout

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Matt joined the Deefer Diving team in 2014. Having spent 17 years in the British Army, it was during a career break that Matt came across the beautiful island of Carriacou and decided to stay! With a background in Marine Biology, Matt has combined his love of diving with marine conservation and now works closely with government representatives to establish and deliver projects on Carriacou to both sustain and protect the beautiful reefs around the island. When not under water, Matt can be found chasing the wind... wind surfing and kite surfing - it’s a tough life!

Caribbean Reef Buddy Katlynd


Katlynd Treiber-Vajda

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Katlynd is a wildlife biologist and conservation enthusiast, previously specializing in all things reptilian. After arriving in Carriacou for a 6 month stint to monitor nesting sea turtles, she began participating in dive courses with Deefer Diving and never really stopped.
Originally hailing from Niagara Falls, Canada, Katlynd sees a bright future for marine conservation projects on Carriacou. When she’s not hunting invasive lionfish, she spends her time assisting in the maintenance and monitoring of Carriacou’s Elkhorn coral nursery, and raising community awareness regarding the importance of marine conservation.  

Caribbean Reef Buddy Andre


Andre Mckie

PADI Divemaster & Boat Skipper

Andre joined us in March 2016 as a dedicated boat skipper. He is also a keen diver, and excellent PADI Divemaster! Andre is also a keen lionfish hunter, and will accompany lionfish hunting dives whenever possible.

Bob Sporle Caribbean Reef Buddy


Bob Sporle

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Bob first started Scuba Diving in the cold waters of the UK, passing his Open Water in April 2017. After watching several documentaries surrounding Marine Life and conservationist figures he signed up to Caribbean Reef Buddy’s 8 Week Eco-Divemaster program. It took Bob just a month on Carriacou before he changed his return flight home, extending his stay another month. During this period he interned with Deefer Diving as a Divemaster before a vacancy opened which he seemed to fit nicely. After passing his PADI Instructors course in February 2018 he’s been teaching throughout the year and has heavily involved himself in the social media side of Deefer Diving’s operation. Away from Scuba diving Bob is usually still in the water Windsurfing and trying to improve his Freediving skills, or in the kitchen trying to cook something other than just pasta.

Shanna Cark Caribbean Reef Buddy


Shanna Clark

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Shanna's bio coming soon!

Darryl Campbell Caribbean Reef Buddy


Darryl Campbell

PADI Divemaster & Boat Skipper

Darryl's bio coming soon!


Deefer Diving Carriacou

Deefer Diving Carriacou

Caribbean Reef Buddy training activities are supported by Deefer Diving Carriacou, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort.
Canadore College, Ontario

Canadore College

Caribbean Reef Buddy facilitates Canadore College marine ecology field trips and dive training in Carriacou.

GEF Small Grants Programme

The Caribbean Reef Buddy Lionfish Containment Project is funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) which is implemented by UNDP.
Ocean Spirits, Grenada

Ocean Spirits, Grenada

Ocean Spirits run an active turtle conservation project based in Grenada,
Working Abroad UK

Working Abroad UK

The Caribbean Reef Buddy sign up process is handled by Working Abroad UK.
Reef Check Worldwide

Reef Check Worldwide

Reef Check works to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, research and conservation.