Skipper & Crew


Bob – Skipper

Originally Bob came north to Orkney in 1993, attracted by the allure of Scapa Flow. He worked as a commercial diver for four years before becoming a dive boat skipper in 1998. After three years on other boats he finally took the plunge in November 2001 and bought the Halton.

I try to explore as much of the underwater world as I can and dive the places the boat visits myself too.

Bob is a diver too so hopefully can give a fairly accurate impression of what you are going to dive. Bob tries to dive most of the sites that he puts divers in for that very reason… certainly he has explored the vast bulk of the dives on his patch.

The crew as a whole all have a strong marine science background and this knowledge underpins much of the boat exploration. Projects completed so far have researchedconcepts including Blue Carbon, Photogrammetry, diver safety, human factors and habitat mapping.


  • BSc and MSc in Marine Science
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore ticket for 60nm off land
  • Master 200t ticket
  • MCA Boatmaster ticket for Scapa Flow 7 North Ilse
  • HSE Commercial Diver
  • O level in Ceramics.

The boat has diving as its heart, driven by staff that are just as passionate about the underwater world as the guests

It is a measure of their strengths and capabilities that Halton alumni go into the world to excel: Rach and Ains have both secured very exciting new projects that I will keep veiled here and let them reveal for themselves…

The King is dead, Long Live the King: 2021 sees two new crew rise to the challenge, I’ll keep them veiled too for now but rest assured they will keep the heart of the boat beating as strong as ever!



Rach is a well known figure in the diving world and can happily segue from galley to deck to compressor. With great pride we have waved her off to her new venture, safe in the knowledge that she is right on track with her life ambitions. Sadness too because she will be dearly missed, but good luck Rach!


Behind every great woman is a great man and there is none greater than Ainsley. A rock in a storm, a safe pair of hands and with a depth of intelligence that explores the world to its fullest, Ainsley too has secured his long held ambition and is off to great things. Rest assured, you will hear of his accomplishments as he progresses but know that a tour de force has been unleashed into the world….

But most of all is the thought that we all live on the boat for much of the season and look forward to warmly welcoming you to our home.