Hey everyone, welcome to the ScubaOtter about us page.

If you’re here, I assume you want to learn a little bit more about the people involved with the site.

My name is Austin Tuwiner (the one on the left), and I’m the owner of ScubaOtter. You can contact me via email here.

I began scuba diving at 16 years old at a scuba diving camp in Hawaii. Ever since then I’ve done everything I can to get in the water as much as possible.

I’ve traveled around the world diving in top locations such as the Middle East, South East Asia, and Central America. At the moment, I’m an advanced PADI certified diver with deep dive and nitrox certifications.

My goal of the site is to help bring this hobby to more people. On the website, you’ll find content written by scuba divers from across the world with a variety of backgrounds.

What separates ScubaOtter from other similar dive websites, is that no content is ever written without a team member touching the equipment, diving the site, or being knowledgeable in a subject area.

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Rest Of The ScubaOtters

Rachel Thannhauser


Rachel is a freelance content writer from Southampton, England. Last year she traded a career in science for a digital nomad life on the sunny beaches of Gili Trawangan.

When she’s not writing, or scuba diving, you can find her lifting heavy things in a Crossfit gym, whipping up culinary delights in the kitchen or making friends with the nearest feline.




Alexa Worswick

Alexa is a scuba diving instructor currently based in Indonesia. She’s been diving since 15 years old and has always been obsessed with the ocean.

After leaving the UK at the beginning of 2017 to travel around South East Asia. A series of opportunities allowed her to stay, where she gained online marketing experience and pursued her passion for diving.

What she loves most about diving is the people. Diving allows her to connect with people from all over the world, from all different backgrounds with different experiences, who all come together to share their love for the
underwater world.

Tash Allen

tashTash is a Divemaster and ocean conservationist, currently based down under in Aussie. She’s chasing an endless summer while sharing the love of the underwater world.

When she’s not guiding people in the water, showing them epic marine life, she’s communicating about it as a freelance copywriter and social media manager.

In her spare time, you’ll catch her exploring, hiking, and riding horses. Or more likely down the pub or beach bar with mates.

Tommy Kudo

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Tommy is an SSI scuba diving instructor currently based in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. After trying scuba diving for the first time in 2017, he has been absolutely hooked with the sport ever since.

After diving all over south-east Asia, he decided to come back and make Gili Trawangan his home, and make his hobby a career, and he hasn’t looked back since!

Chris Botting

Chris is a qualified scuba instructor as well as a qualified freedive instructor. He began his diving career in Europe before moving to Africa and is now based on on a tiny island in Indonesia.

He has a huge passion for everything aquatic and loves capturing amazing images of the underwater world.

Teaching scuba and freediving allows Chris to share his passion with a wide variety of people and let them experience first hand the beauties of the ocean.

When Chris is not underwater you won’t have to look too far. Just head top side where you’ll find him surfing with all the guys on Bongkas Reef.

Why Did You Name The Site ScubaOtter?

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If you’ve tried purchasing a domain name in the past few years, you probably know the struggle of finding a brandable .com to use.

I tried so many different options and all of them were taken.

That’s when I got the brilliant idea to look up a list of sea animals.

I went down the list, checking if scuba + (insert sea animal name) .com was available. Nearly none were.

And thats when I saw a picture of an otter on the list.

I knew this was the one.

I checked Namecheap and to my luck was available!

The rest is history.

What We Offer

Dive Site Reviews

Anyone person with a keyboard can write an article about how beautiful a dive site is. We value expertise and passion. All dive sites in our database are created by dive instructors in that place or Scubaotter team members who visited for a significant amount of time.

Scuba Diving and Outdoor Product Reviews

Similar to dive locations, there’s no use writing about scuba diving equipment you’ve never used in the field. All ScubaOtter product reviews have been worn and tested by a team member.

Scubaotter Blog

The Scubaotter Blog is a place for us to discuss anything scuba diving. This can be anything from current events, new equipment, underwater species, and more.

Have an idea for a blog post? Please contact us to discuss contributing to the site!

Liveaboard Reviews & Database

This is where it gets tricky. We’re not going to claim each liveaboard we discuss has been done by a ScubaOtter team members. This isn’t realistic.

However, we do have team members who have dove in the locations these liveaboards have visited allowing us to provide informative information about what the diving is like.

We’ll disclose which liveaboards members have visited and the ones that we haven’t. Clarity and honesty are some of the highest values to the ScubaOtter team.

How ScubaOtter is Monetized

ScubaOtter would not be able to put out the high-quality content that we do without funding the site via affiliate links and other types of promotions. If any post or placement is sponsored, it will be clearly demonstrated.

Affiliate Commission

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Display Ads

We haven’t displayed any advertisements on the site, but if we do in the future it will be clearly displayed and unobtrusive to the user experience.

Contact Details



AUSTIN, TX 78731-4298



Austin Tuwiner Administrator

Austin is the website owner, and began scuba diving at just 16 years old. After traveling and diving all over the world, he is dedicated to bringing the hobby to more people.

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