About Us

FNQ Dive is located in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. And with dive courses at all levels starting almost daily, FNQ Dive is the ideal training ground for any person who wishes to become a dive professional. We are a stable and safe community offering a wide range of diving facilities.

FNQ Dive is also a place where virtually all of the instructor candidates during the 18 plus years of operating here have been able to successfully gain a paid position shortly after graduation.

FNQ Dive Staff

FNQ Dive Keith Cardwell

Keith Cardwell

Keith Cardwell has now been in the Dive Industry for more than 30 years, won countless awards including the PADI "Platinum" Course Director, trained more than 2,000 Instructors, established several 5☆ Instructor Development Centres and lived and worked as a Course Director in Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Maldives, and the U.S.A.

Originally qualified and working for ten years as a production and pneumatics engineer, Keith holds a PhD in the study of workplace competence for recreational diving instructors, a Masters Degree in Education majoring in Lifelong Learning with Diplomas in Vocational Education and Training (VET), Training, Design & Development (TDD), Business and Industrial Administration (BIA) & Sport and Recreation. He has been operating in Cairns for the past 20 years and works alongside Divers World, Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Scuba College, Passions of Paradise and TUSA Dive. Keith also visits New Zealand twice a year to perform PADI Instructor Training for The Dive Centre on the North Shore of Auckland City.

Contact Keith

National Contact

Phone / Fax: (07) 4058 0101
Mobile: 0411 298 616

International Contact

Phone / Fax: +61 7 4058 0101
Mobile: +61 411 298 616

Email and Social Media

Email: keith@fnqdive.com

FNQ Dive Kim Cardwell Far North Queensland (FNQ) First Aid Training

Kim Cardwell

Kim has been diving now for 25 years and a PADI Course Director for 14 years winning many awards for excellence in training. In 2004 she established Far North Queensland (FNQ) First Aid training to deliver flexible first aid programmes to satisfy a wide range of individual requirements. Now combining her exemplary first aid training with her love of diving, she performs all of our first aid training programmes, beginner through to instructor.

Alongside her many accomplishments she is an active sportswoman and as well as being a personal fitness trainer, competing and winning several figure competitions, she holds a First DAN black belt in Taekwondo. These attributes also complement her wide knowledge of human physiology thus expanding her ability to not only teach correct first aid procedures but advise on preparedness and prevention.

FNQ Dive Mark Earney

Mark Earney

Mark Earney, also a 30 year veteran of the diving industry has also trained thousands of students at many different certification levels. Having owned and operated his own retail and training business he is also in a strong position to give advice on careers to pursue, in, and related to, the diving industry.

Presently, and for the last several years, Mark has consolidated his engineering background to become a versatile scuba technician capable of servicing virtually any type of diving equipment you can throw at him. As a PADI MSDT he is also a qualified Technical Diving, Sidemount Diving Instructor and avid cavern diver.

FNQ Dive Mucho Ikeda

Mucho Ikeda

Mucho Ikeda has been involved with the recreational diving industry for more than 40 years having spent his time equally between Japan and Australia. He has worked in all areas of dive operation including ownership of his own company for the past 25 years.

Mucho-san now specializes in personalized training for Japanese students at all levels, from open water divers through to instructors.




FNQ Dive Associate Linda Claridge

Linda Claridge

A qualified nurse and current Standards Director for the CDAA, Linda has been diving for 25 years, teaching for 15 years and specialising in Cave diver training at all levels. Her experience includes diving caves in England, Florida, Thailand, Vanuatu, Wales, the Nullarbor WA, Tasmania, SA, NSW and FNQ.

Linda can offer training using all configurations of equipment set-up including sidemount and rebreather diving. All FNQ Dive cave courses are run by Linda.

FNQ Dive Associate Lisa Mattes

Lisa Mattes

Originally from land-locked Austria and scared of deep water, Lisa first started scuba diving in 1999 in Bali, mostly because her travel friend wanted to do the course. Most surprised herself, she actually loved it and ended up going all the way to PADI Divemaster. Next, she discovered freediving and traded her tank and reg for a small mask, long fins, and the use of her own lungs only. 

After some pool training and an incredible encounter with humpback whales, Lisa quit her old job to freedive more and eventually became a freediving instructor in 2012.

Lisa has taught students in Thailand, Canada, Mexico, Honduras and Australia and loves sharing her knowledge to then watch students discover their own abilities.

For information on freediving courses please contact Lisa at: hello@apneacairns.com

FNQ Dive Associate Lance Robb

Lance Robb

Lance has been diving for over 30 years and is a qualified Technical Diving Instructor and Closed Circuit Rebreather Instructor.

Lance can teach you to dive a Megalodon or Pathfinder CCR at his facility in Cairns - on your own unit or either of our dedicated training units.