In 1994, following my first SCUBA dive at Middle Island with Peter Williams of Keppel Reef Scuba Adventures, I developed an insatiable need to see the reefs, to learn about their intricate complexity and the factors that drive them.

It was through Pete Williams and his dive operation that I learned about the extraordinary beauty of the reefs. Over the next 10 years, as ‘dive shop girl’ turned divemaster, then coxswain and eventually dive instructor, I jumped at any opportunity to dive and explore the reefs in the Keppels, the Whitsundays and Mission Beach.