Marlon Quinn

Founder of WaterMaarq, Marlon Quinn wants to share the beauty of the marine environment with you in full colour and vibrance.

Inspired by the notion of a watermark that has no visible trace, only an impression, visible only under light, Marlon seeks to connect you with the remarkable sensations that only a wildlife experience can provide.

A professional skipper, freediving instructor, trainer assessor and tour guide, the water is where you’ll find him. An alumnus of the Sustainability Challenge Foundation, he’s driven to provide a natural marine experience that leaves as little trace behind, yet evokes a powerful message on the fragility and wonderment of the ocean.

As with all his endeavours, in becoming a freediver and instructor, Marlon sought to discover as much as possible about freediving and first became certified as a freediver under the AIDA certification system, up to AIDA 4*. Keen to understand freediving from a range of philosophies and training techniques, he became a qualified freediving instructor under Apnea International, then Apnea Academy under the guidance of Umberto Pelizzari. Continuing to learn more about snorkelling and freediving, he became qualified as a snorkel instructor under the AUSI system. His most recent development is as a qualified PADI Master Freediving Instructor.

To become a specialist freediving instructor, Marlon first learned to freedive with the best in the world. He began with the godfather of Greek freediving, World and National Champion, Stavros Kastrinakis.

Later he trained with:

  • Umberto Pelizzari, World Record holder in every freediving discipline
  • Daniel Arias Cordova, National Champion, Chile
  • Miguel Lozano, World Vice Champion and Spanish record holder
  • Andrea Zuccari, World, Swiss and Italian record holder
  • Alessandro Vergendo, Olympic Athlete sports psychologist and mental training expert.

With a background as a competitive cyclist, racing in Australia, Asia and Europe, his athletic and coaching career spans more than 15 years and peaked in that discipline as Sports Director for Prime Estate Elite Women’s Cycling Team.

Founder and former President of the Melbourne Freedivers Club, Australian qualified Trainer (Cert IV TAE) and Coxswain Grade 1NC Skipper, he is pioneering wildlife tours and freediving services, including dedicated charter boat service, sinkhole freediving tours and certification courses in Australia through WaterMaarq.