Meet the Team, our Elected Committee..

Chairperson – Graeme Robson

I started diving as a 40th birthday present from my wife Lesley. I think she wishes she chose something else for my gift as sometimes as it takes up a lot of time.

I’ve made some great friends and met some interesting people during the last 18 years in Lunesdale and that’s what diving is all about.

My favourite dive site is Scapa Flow but my favourite dive is in the Red Sea on the Thistlegorm as it links back to my home town of Sunderland.


Diving Officer – Rob Whittaker

I took up diving in 2011. Originally trained with ‘PADI’ to Advanced Open Water diver level, My wife, Marie and I  joined Lunesdale to enable us to continue diving all year round & not just on holidays abroad. We found the Lunesdale club members to be amongst some of the most welcoming  people we have met and have really taken the club to our hearts. We have since now both completed further training and dive as often as we can.

I am an Advanced Diver and an Instructor. I also help the North West Regional BSAC team with diver training. My responsibilities within the club involve encouraging club members keep training and dive safely.

I think its fair to say I love diving.


Secretary – Rob Hewitt

Rob Hewitt, Club Secretary

I’d wanted to learn to dive for years, but when I was younger, none of my friends were interested. I remember a lads holiday to Tenerife where the local dive centre came round offering try dives in the pool. I jumped at the chance, but the thought of a night off the beer to be up early for a dive lesson the next day put my mates off. (I later learned the lesson that a pint is much better AFTER a good dive!). Years later a friend from work asked me if I’d be interested in trying it out, and I said yes! So now, I’m a Dive Leader, and Secretary of the club and working towards my Advanced Diver award, and love diving with the club. You can learn to dive with other organisations, you will pay for tuition and they will qualify you. But you can’t beat BSAC if you want to be part of a club that keeps you in touch with people who share your interest of the underwater world. Its true what BSAC says, its all about diving with friends…


Treasurer and Membership – Marie Whittaker

I began diving in 2012, when my husband and I learnt to dive on our honeymoon in the Maldives.  Having that as my first experience of diving was amazing and for a year or so I couldn’t imagine diving in the cold, dark UK waters. 

Here we are 8 years on and now UK sea, loch, and lake diving are second nature with challenging wrecks, beautiful walls, Farne Island seals and great club trips a key part of my life. I am also beginning my diver training journey as an assistant instructor.

Outside of diving, I also enjoy long walks with our border collie, gardening, reading and catching up with our grown up family.

If you have any questions about joining our small friendly club as a new member, then please get in touch and I will endeavour to answer all your questions.  Mcolyer1@aol.com


Equipment and Boat Officers – Adrian and Debbie Willan

Our first introduction to diving was a try dive on our wedding anniversary holiday in the warm clear waters of Rhodes that was in 2014 and we have never looked back …. We joined Lunesdale in 2015 as Padi A.O Waterdivers- years on we have now progressed to deeper darker, colder diving in ther Uk .   Adrian is the boat and Equipment officer. He is a dive leader and an Assistant Instructor.

Debbie is a dive leader and club social/event organiser, organising dive trips both home and abroad, as well as social events such as the Annual Awards night.


Communications and General Member – Cath Lee

I’m a relatively new member of the club, having joined in 2019, but have been diving for much longer. For the few years immediately prior to that, my diving had been really restricted to just holidays abroad. So I was pleased to take up the opportunity of some refresher training in the UK from the club.

Since then I’ve enjoyed the many aspects of ‘club life’, especially the opportunity to dive at many different sites with like minded people.


Communication and General Member – Anne Elliott

I’m qualified as a Sports Diver. I have been a member of Lunesdale Divers for about 6 years and have dived some fantastic locations over that time.

My favourite diving area is St Abbs in Southern Scotland, as the scenery and wildlife there is wonderful.