WHAT ABOUT ME?
The Original Diver by Design!
I believe that comprehensive training not only develops physical skills, but also the mental approach required to enjoy your dives to the maximum.
On training courses, I am there purely for the diver’s benefit – my time is focused 100% on the diver and maximising their results.
LEARNED TO DIVE
I fell in love with diving the moment I first dipped my head underwater and made a connection to the underwater world.
I made my first dives in mainstream, warm water locations such as Egypt, Thailand, The Maldives and The Caribbean.
BECAME AN INSTRUCTOR
I then made a conscious choice to expand my diving experience as I began my professional diver training and I spent several years diving in the colder UK waters – as a result I now prefer making dives in a Dry Suit.
When teaching any course, I love to see divers immerse themselves in the training and to watch them make improvements on every dive. I get genuine pleasure when helping a diver master a difficult skill or a complex part of dive theory.
FULL CAVE DIVER
The first time I saw pictures of cave diving, I knew I had to dive them.
After a guided cavern trip, I later took training from some world class cave explorers.
I took a few years between my Intro and Full Cave levels to gain experience and ensure I was ready for the challenge.
I got interested in technical diving before I became an Instructor, as I was looking for something more challenging in my diver education. I trained up to Trimix in multistage sidemount technical configuration.
After many years teaching technical diver courses, I reached the level of Advanced Trimix Diver Instructor with TDI & PADI TecRec.
FULL CAVE INSTRUCTOR
I was always intrigued by overhead environments, and so I took cave and wreck training to enable me to dive in these challenging locations.
This was my most challenging qualification and was the result of several years of effort and continual development
THIRST FOR LEARNING
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination and have finished with learning.
I am always keen to learn and experience new ways of doing things. I take some form of training every year from different people, and I am open-minded about what I can learn because my goal is to offer the best training I can to my own students. Some of my objectives are below;
I have a natural curiosity about everything I see. Learning about cave survey techniques is a logical way for me to better understand the cave environment.
The Maltese Archipelago is home to several artificial reefs - or shipwrecks.
The wrecks vary in depth, complexity and distance from shore. Using DPV and Multistage, these wrecks are an unlimited playground!.
DPV & MULTI STAGE CAVE DIVING
As I want to reach further into cave systems and see more - this requires some additional equipment, planning and skill. It's soon going to be "trigger time!"
As much as I love teaching, I dive for my own pleasure as often as I run courses.
This is some of the diving I've got coming up!
I made my first trip to France in summer 2018 during an Instructor evaluation with Frank Vasseur, and now I visit each year to see more of the caves to gain more experience and local knowledge.
Closer than Mexico, but with amazing cave systems requiring comp[ex navigation.
I am returning to learn more of the systems and work towards running courses in this amazing location.
Florida has some beautiful scenery and clear water conditions, but it can be challenging to dive in high flow caves with deep water.
I get to dive with my good friend and USA based fellow Sidemount Essentials Instructor, Joseph Seda
Photo Credit : Joseph Seda
The Yucatán Peninsula
I visit Mexico on an annual basis to enjoy the seemingly endless caves the region has to offer.
I dive for fun, to gain experience and to teach.
Some of the photographs on this site without a specific credit are used by kind permission of,
Steve Martin, Joeph Seda, Gatien Cosendey & HP Hartman.
Where will you next dive?