Scuba Diving Training and Professional Instructors

Ever since your first scuba training course, you will have been learning and practicing skills for diving adventures. Like many of your buddies, you will have built on foundations to become proficient and a safe diver. We should continue to practice our skills so they become second nature in an emergency and indeed, perhaps continue to build on these skills to dive deeper and/or longer.

I can’t help but feel that somehow ‘training’ is sold as a prerequisite next stage, whether we like it or not and that some of the courses are as much use as a chocolate tea pot. Come on and for crying out load, who the hell thought up the PADI Zombie Apocalypse Diver certification course!

Technical Diving or Extended Reach

This is a phrase I am not sure I embrace. Another phrase is “decompression diving” as for many, it may send shivers down your spine. With a positive spin, you may wish to dive a little deeper or extend your bottom time to visit and explore a dive site. Simplistically, technical diving can be considered any dive where you cannot reach the surface due to a physical restriction like ceiling or roof in a wreck or cave or indeed a decompression or safety stop obligation. All we’re doing is extending our time or depth underwater and planning for the extended safety stop, that the techies call decompression.

As a recreational diver, you will have been taught to rely on your buddy while in technical diving, you are taught to be self reliant. You will carry two face masks by example and with an alternate or isolated gas source, become less reliant on your buddy.

Technical Instructors

So, once you cast the shackles of these nonsensical courses which are only there to ease that hard earned penny from your wallet or purse, if your serious about diving then here’s the guys you want to speak to. There are some excellent entry level courses with all training agencies fro your to choose.

Vikki Batten
PADI Director of Rebreather Technologies

Sidemount
CCR

Garry Dallas
RAID UK Training Director IT + Cave Instructor

Sidemount
Cavern
Cave

Ian France
IANTD Instructor Trainer + CCR Cave Instructor

Cave and Mine
DPV
Wreck
Sidemount

Kieran Hatton
IANTD Tech + CCR Instructor

CCR

John Kendall
GUE Tech + Cave Instructor + GUE Instructor Trainer

DPV
CCR
Cave

Olivier Van Overbeek
RAID Technical Instructor Trainer

Razor Sidemount
Redbare CCR

Mark Powell
TDI Instructor Trainer

Technical
CCR
DPV

Martin Robson
NACD Training Director + IANTD ITT

Cave
DPV
CCR
Sidemount

Phil Short
IANTD, TDI and PADI Technical Trainer

Cave
DPV
CCR
Sidemount

Paul Toomer
RAID Global Training Director

Cave
CCR

Richard Walker
GUE Board of Advisors Member

Cave
DPV
CCR
Technical