Team Divers

Country of residence:
México

Certifications:
IANTD Advanced Nitrox, Cavern instructor

Type of diving:
Padi owsi, IANTD adv. eanx inst, full cave diver, basic sidemount diver, technical diver, wreck diver.

Best diving experience:
Exploration of two completely new caves.

Playground:
Caves, Exploring, and soon will became Technical cave instructor.
 
Numbers of dives per year:
50 cave dives per year

Country of residence:
England, sometimes South Africa

Certifications:
RAID (PADI, IANTD, TDI) CCR and OC Trimix IT

Type of diving:
I am co-owner and Director of Diver Training for RAID international, which is a fully digital online learning system. I am not just a teacher and director, I am an avid cave, wreck and trimix CCR diver and I have 1000s of hours on CCR and Open Circuit in all these arenas.

Best diving experience:
My best tech experience is a very hard question to answer. Bikini Atoll must rank very highly, but also some of the deep wrecks I have dived and the ones I have searched for truly make my life exciting. Right now, I am with my team getting ready to explore some unused British mine systems. It never ends, there is always something great to do.

Playground:
Caves, Deep, Wrecks, Extreme cold … countries… exploring, teaching… All of it, you will find me in every environment if I get the opportunity, but wrecks seem to be the most popular environment.
How much do you dive per year: Anywhere between 150 and 300.

Country of residence:
Canada

Certifications:
PADI DSAT trimix gas blender, 15 specialties including ice - dpv
TDI cavern, intro to cave, full cave, Stage cave
TDI all technical level up to basic trimix including adv sidemount, solo diving
DAN EFR o2 provider
Evolution CCR instructor PADI – TDI (to be completed april 2014)
 
Type of diving:
I’ve been a tek diver since 2002.  Wrecks and Ice diving are what brings me to technical diving. Living in Quebec, The great lakes and also the story of the Empress of Ireland were strong enough to attract me to the depth.  Being a filmmaker, I took a camera right away to film and share the stories of the deep and remote underwater and underground world.  
 
Best diving experience:
My best diving experience is always the one to come, to always go a little bit further in the knowledge of that world.
Amongst my dives, I will surely remember the ones for the filming of the wreck of the J.B King who was the largest drilling barge in Canada in 1930. The challenge of the dive was more about being in a not so good visibility and strong current directly under the seaway than the depth of 50 meters. I was able to complete the filming of the wreck and put at the last deco stop a commemorative stone so divers will remember of this underwater cemetery. The last dive of the film was made on the presence of the sole remaining survivor of the wreck. 6 monthes later. Mister Ev Snider passed away.
 
In did some deep cave diving in Eagle nest and in Grand Cayman, but my prefered dive is certainly the one that is the shortest and shallowest one. But in order to dive the siphon of that cave in Sierra Negra, Mexico, It took a team of 5 cavers, 2 monkeys, 2 sherpas and 3 days.  We though it was going to link 2 systems but after 100 meters, there was no possible passage even for the smallest diver, which is kind of myself.  
 
I could tell a lot about the numerous dives in murky, low vis in the St Lawrence, just trying to understand the wreck we were diving.  
 
Playground:
1- Filming underwater from commercial, music video to caves and wrecks
2- Exploring and documenting (mapping, survey) caves mainly in usa and Mexico  and wrecks in the St Lawrence river. I am also doing a bit of underwater archeology as NAS trained.
3-Teaching cave diving, technical diving, underwater photography and videography
Most of my diving is done in water ranging from 0 to 20 C
I dove in 20 countries

Numbers of dives per year:
Roughtly 200 dives per year.

Country of residence:
UK

Certifications:
TDI Adv Trimix Instructor Trainer and Training Advisory Panel Member

Type of diving:
I am a TDI Instructor Trainer covering both open circuit and rebreather diving. My passion is wreck diving and I’m particularly interested in the historic aspect of wrecks. I also love teaching technical divers and passing on some of my enthusiasm and knowledge to other divers.

Best diving experience:
Diving HMS Hermes is one of my best diving experiences. The Hermes was the first custom built aircraft carriers and so is an incredibly historic ship. It has not been dived very much despite that fact that it is very well preserved and lies in 53m of water off the east coast of Sri Lanka.

Numbers of dives per year:
250 dives per year

Country of residence:
UK

Certifications:
IANTD Instructor Trainer, Trimix, CCR & Advanced Cave Instructor

Type of diving:
A passionate full time technical diving educator, specialising in Mine, Cave and Trimix, with a wealth of experience in all kit configurations, OC and CCR. A regular instructor at Tekcamp, fundamental in the UKMC (www.ukmine-cave.com), and when not teaching - a very active diver exploring caves, mines, and the ocean. What really motivates me is the desire to pass on my experience and knowledge to students so that they too can discover the intrigue and delights of the underwater world and I believe that the wrecks, caves and unexplored areas of the world are accessible to all divers with the correct training, equipment and knowledge.

Best diving experience:
Exploring the caves of France, the flooded mines of the UK, and the potential of the Azores to become a new tek diving location.

Playground:
Ian runs technical/cave courses both here in the UK, Azores, France, Florida, Spain, Malta and Mexico.

Numbers of dives per year:
Most days, if not in the classroom...