Team Divers

JOHN CHATTERTON

Country of residence:
USA

Certifications:
Commercial Diver Air & Mixed Gas from Divers Academy of the Easter Seaboard (1983)
Open Water Instructor NASDS (1987)
Open Water Instructor NAUI (1987)
IAND Nitrox Diver (1992)
IAND Trimix Diver #61 (1992)
IANTD Nitrox Instructor (1996)
IANTD Trimix Instructor (1996)
AURA CCR Diver Mixed Gas to 500’ (1998)
IANTD Instructor Nitrox & Trimix (2000)
TDI Basic Inspiration Diver (2000)
NSS-CDS Cave Diver (2004)
IANTD CCR Cave Diver (2004)
IANTD Ouroboros CCR Diver (2005)
TDI Instructor Advanced Nitrox thru Advanced Trimix (2006)
TDI Instructor Advanced Wreck (2006)
TDI Inspiration Mixed Gas CCR (2006)
ANDI Megalodon Rebreather Diver Level 2 (2007)
SDI Scubability Instructor (2014)
 
Type of diving:
I spent 20 years working as a helmeted commercial diver, but wreck diving has defined my life. Now living in South Florida, I love diving and spearfishing on our deeper wrecks, as well as offering advanced open circuit training in both the soft and hard overhead environments. As an instructor for TDI, I teach my own version of Advanced Wreck Diving, as well as Deco, Trimix, and Advanced Trimix. I like to share the experiences and insights that have kept me alive and thriving. For me, it is exciting to share my experience and enthusiasm with other divers with a passion for diving. 
 
Best diving experience:
It is extremely hard for me to single out one specific diving experience, above all the others. I have been incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunities to dive some of the worlds’ most famous and challenging wrecks, such as the Andrea Doria, Lusitania, Concepcion, Atocha, Britannic, and Titanic. The wrecks I have helped to discover or identify, such as the Carolina, Golden Fleece, and the U869, all are special to me. At the same time, I have had the privilege of working with military veteran groups, such as SUDS, who introduce badly wounded veterans to diving. I believe my best diving experience will be the next one.

Numbers of dives per year:
100+

Leigh Bishop

Country of residence:
UK

Certifications:
BSAC Advanced diver, IANTD Trimix, cave and CCR diver, HSE, GUE Fundamentals
 
Type of diving:
Leigh Bishop has been exploring shipwrecks since the 1980's and was a pioneering mixed gas diver in the early days of technical diving. He has been a member of countless significant deep wreck expeditions and has dived the Britannic, Lusitania, Wilhelm Gustloff and many other famous and challenging shipwrecks lost in history. He continues to dive in the English Channel and has explored an estimated 400+ virgin shipwrecks. His time exposure photography of deep wrecks is well known and he is regarded as one of the worlds foremost shipwreck photographers. His photographs have been on the covers of dozens of magazines around the world. He is a prolific writer and speaker on the subject globally and has appeared in many television documentaries.

He is the co founder and creator of the EUROTEK Advanced Diving Conference - the premier technical diving conference in the Northern Hemisphere. Leigh is currently hard at work on a number of exciting book projects.
 
Best diving experience:
Circumnavigating the Britannic (Titanics larger sister ship) back in the 90’s on an old ride on Aquazepp scooter using open circuit to 120m. A dive perhaps only be surpassed (maybe) by a return with three friends all using CCR’s & modern scooters in 2016 supported by Russian owned submersibles on the 100th anniversary of the sinking.

Favourite all time wreck:- The Duke of Buccleuch sunk off Littlehampton. Depth 58m
 

Playground:
The English Channel. Its here that you will find more wrecks per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Leigh has dived hundreds of wrecks along the south coast of Britain.

Numbers of dives per year:
No where near the number of a scuba instructor maybe 50/60 a year if that, but one thing is for sure each one is a serious shipwreck exploration....

Equipment:
Now Leigh dives CCR with Apeks regulators as his primary bail out options and open circuit with Apeks Tech 3 regulators with a GUE configuration.