Cave Diver carrying stage cylinder
Cave Diver at Saint Sauveur
Cave Divers debriefing the dive
Cave Diver in a restriction

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.

 

DIVING CAREER

Learn to Dive

LEARNED TO DIVE

2002

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

2012

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.

Be an Instructor
Full Cave Diver

FULL CAVE DIVER

2013

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.

TRIMIX INSTRUCTOR

2017

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 multi stage sidemount technical configuration.

After many years teaching technical diver courses I reached the level of Advanced Trimix Diver Instructor with TDI & PADI TecRec.

Making a deep stop
Cave diver making line connection

FULL CAVE INSTRUCTOR

2019

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;

Cave divers reviewing survey data

CAVE SURVEY

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.

REBREATHER DIVER

With short bottom times on deep Open Circuit dives, I can enjoy more time on wrecks and with shorter decompression obligations.

Photo Credit ; HP Hartman Go Sidemount

Sidemount rebreather diver
Cave DPV multi stage diver

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!"

ONGOING PROJECTS

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!

The Cave to Be in France

FRANCE

Cave Discovery

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.

HUNGARY

The first time I dived this system, it just took my breath away.


I am returning to learn more of the system and work towards running courses in this amazing location.

Molnar Janos Cave, Budapest, Hungary
Cave Adventures, Florida, USA

FLORIDA

Cave Country

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

MEXICO

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.

Carrying cylinders through the jungle in Mexico

Some of the photographs on this site without a specific credit are used by kind permission of,

Audrey Cudel, Steve Martin, Joeph Seda & HP Hartman.

Where will you next dive?

©2020 Diver by Design

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • YouTube Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon