Martin Van Der Touw

Martin Van Der Touw

Originally from South Africa, Martin discovered a passion for diving early in his career. While working for Mercedes Benz he realized that he did not have enough time to dedicate to what he loved most. He decided to combine his love of diving and a career and made the move to train as a dive instructor in 1992. After meeting and falling in love with his wife, Liesel, who also shared Martin’s passion for diving, the couple went on to manage a dive resort in Sodwana Bay, South Africa before making the life-changing decision to move to the Cayman islands. Martin loves the tranquility that Cayman Brac offers and is proud to call this little island paradise his home. He gets great pleasure from sharing the incredible variety and beauty of the Brac’s underwater world with other diving enthusiasts. Martin’s favorite dive site is Anchor Wall. You can read more about this incredible dive on the Wall and Wreck Diving page. His favorite sea creature is the Sergeant Major Fish, a large colorful fish that gets its name from its bright stripes.

 

Liesel Van Der Touw

Liesel Van Der Touw

Also originally from South Africa, Liesel started her professional career in banking. After meeting her free-spirited husband and working together managing a dive resort in South Africa, Liesel welcomed the opportunity to travel and work in the Caribbean. After spending several years in the Cayman Islands, Liesel found herself drawn to the more remote island living found in Cayman Brac. She loves the unspoilt underwater world as well as the incredible sense of community spirit. The lack of traffic and the quietness found on this tranquil paradise she fondly refers to as “this beautiful little rock” is an added bonus. Liesel has been qualified as a PADI professional for over 20 years and considers what she does a true privilege. She enjoys sharing the breathtaking underwater marine life with their guests. Liesel’s favorite dive spot is Wilderness Wall, which you can read about on the Wall and Wreck Diving page. Her favourite sea creatures are the odd-shaped critter families found in the deeper waters.

 

Stewart Brand

Stewart Brand

Cleveland, Ohio born and raised, Stewart Brand grew up in the vacation town of Port Clinton near the Lake Erie Islands. He joined the United States Marine Corp after high school and became a Non Commissioned Officer. While in the Marine Corps he started his diving career in the Philippines, 'a great place to fall in love with the sport', was his comment. After his discharge he returned to Port Clinton to help out with the growing family marina business. While there, he got into the commercial towing and salvage business, towing his own customers as well as customers for Boat US. Throughout the years he continued his dive training and joined the Ottawa County Sheriff's dive team doing search and rescue. Over the last 23 years he has been coming to the Brac to dive several times a year and met Martin and Liesel about 18 years ago. With a Dive Master Certificate and 100 ton US Captain's Licence in hand and years of time spent in the Cayman Island waters on boats and dive sites, Stewart jumped at the opportunity to work for his good friends at Brac Scuba Shack. Stewart is looking forwards to fun and happy times showing you the waters of the island that he loves! 

 

Caroline Brazington

Caroline Brazington

A PADI Open Water Instructor originally from the UK, Caz has been working in the Cayman islands for over five years. Bubbly and enthusiastic, Cas was drawn to Cayman Brac partly due to the more favourable water temperatures, but mainly due to the pristine reefs and walls with a healthy diversity of creatures living in them. Her favourite marine life is ... Well, where to begin! Not to make any of them feel less important - drums, hamlets, nudi's, eagle rays, the friendly Nassau grouper - best just to say, all creatures great and small. If you are on the boat with Caz long enough you will soon realise that most dive sites are her favourites, however when pressured into choosing two, the 'Captain Keith Tibbetts' and Plymouth Rock are the current choices. She says that so far her best diving memory on the Brac is seeing the mysterious lesser spotted Goliath grouper on the wreck for the first time.

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