Dive Safety Officer

I graduated from Plymouth College of Art and Design in 2000 where I specialised in fine art landscape photography.  

Whilst at PCAD I used underwater 35mm cameras and organised a number of dive trips both UK and abroad to hone my  underwater photography skills. With a love of wildlife, diving and photography combined I was hooked. On completion of my course I was offered an exhibition through a fine art photography gallery in Cornwall. After graduating I continued to  work with Tristan's Gallery selling my own work, and as their exhibition manager. I curated a number of  leading photographers exhibitions including works by Man Ray, Terry O'Neil, Martin Parr as well as several collections of local photographers work.

I started working for Falmouth University on a part time basis in 2005 but progressed to full time when the Marine and Natural History Photography course started.  I specialised as the Marine and Natural History underwater camera technician and have been helping students to combine photography and their underwater skills since. After having a family I now work 3 days a week as Dive Safety Officer, and work predominately with Marine and Natural History photography students on their underwater photography modules, personal assignments and assist with any "splash" based photography.


Helen Perkins staff picture

Contact details

Telephone 01326 255788



Year Qualification Awarding body
2000 ABIPP Bristist Institite of Photography
1999 HND Plymouth College of Art and Design
2015 NEBOSH General Certificate NEBOSH

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

  • HSE Professional Scuba
  • Association of the British Institute of Underwater Photographers