About Me

At Katy Jane Dives, our mission is to empower and inspire recreational divers of all levels with comprehensive, honest, and expertly crafted reviews of diving gear and destinations. With integrity at the core of our work, we dive deep to bring you firsthand insights, tips, and guidance, ensuring every dive is safe, informed, and unforgettable. We commit to collaborating only with brands and divers whose missions resonate with our values, fostering a community built on trust, adventure, and a shared love for the ocean.

In choosing who I partner with, my focus is on building long-term relationships with brands, companies, and most importantly, my readers. My blog’s integrity and the trust of my readership are paramount, guiding every review and collaboration. At Katy Jane Dives, the pursuit of honest, reader-first content is relentless. Money or brand affiliations never sway our dedication to providing genuine, unbiased insights.

Behind KatyJaneDives.com

Choosing the right equipment or finding the best dive sites in an ocean of information can be stressful and overwhelming.

I have done countless hours of research, learning and networking, share my journey, I hope I can help new and experienced divers alike, saving you time, money and a headache. 

Where to Start?

Whether you’re looking for scuba gear or need-to-know info, check these main pages to get started:

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Essential Knowledge

I remember having so many questions when I started diving.  What is an SMB? Why can we not hold our breath underwater? What are the best water shoes to protect from sea urchins?  

Nothing beats getting out to a dive school and chatting to the instructors. But not everyone can do this.

Katy Jane scuba diving underwater with an SMB with a blue ocean background and wavy hair

Working with other instructors, dive schools and brands, I hope to answer these questions for new divers and guide them with honest reviews in a market with so much to choose from. We test equipment in open water or pool environments and take note of its comfort, performance and unique selling points. When unable to get my hands on physical products, I research, speak to experienced dive centres and talk to friends about the best scuba diving gear.

If you’re new to diving and keen to explore equipment options, diving locations, or just wish to connect – reach out to me on Instagram – @Katy_Jane

Giant stride entry from boat in Thailand

With over 10 years of science communication and project management experience in various settings within the wildlife conservation sector, I’m passionate about connecting people with our natural world, it’s oceans and waterways.

Academic Experience

After graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Zoology in 2010 I worked within informal and formal environmental education settings in England, with a short stint of field research at a remote base in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

This led me to work in Thailand as a Coastal Conservation Project coordinator for an international volunteer organisation. 

I lived in a small fishing village for 2 years, training volunteers on coastal conservation methods, managing research projects and working with local partners to improve captive sea turtle welfare and enrichment programmes. 

I led on the development and delivery of a camera trapping project on a remote island, training volunteers in data collection and analysis. 

Scuba Diving Experience

After a series of life changing events, including winning a fully funded PADI Pro internship, from Rescue Diver to Instructor, I spent thousands of hours beneath the waves, sharing my love for the natural world and the importance of its protection with others, both in the oceans of Thailand and in an aquarium in the UK.


PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (currently taking a break from teaching!)

Specialty Instructor for the below:

  • Deep Diver
  • Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search & Recovery
  • Wreck Diver
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor

Other Qualifications:

  • BSc(Hons) Zoology
  • Project Management for Wildlife Conservation – WildTeam

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