Working as an instructor and running the successful club, Scuba-Tec, has allowed me to dive all over the UK and to many exotic destinations such as the Maldives, Egypt and the Canaries; just to name a few. Diving has also allowed me to meet a wide range of people, from various places, allowing me to learn about different cultures and environments, and develop lifelong friendships.
I consider myself very lucky to have discovered scuba diving.
Some facts about Martin:
- Favourite UK dive site: Weymouth so much to see and do regardless of the weather
- Favourite World dive site: Abu Nuhas in Eygpt, 4 great wreck all close together just amazing
- Favourite dive food: Bacon and tom roll
- Favourite dive gear: O three dry suit allows me to dive in the uk whatever the temperature
- Want to dive one day: Chuuk (Truk) lagoon, Micronesia
I started my diving journey back in March 2006, with 4°C water temperature on my open water course weekend at Stoney Cove. The whole point of learning to dive was that I was going on holiday to the Maldives with my wife who persuaded me it was a really good idea. After getting back from holiday diving in wonderful 28°C clear blue water, seeing manta rays, sharks and moray eels, I have been totally hooked.
Diving has taken me to some fantastic places in the world, Galapagos Islands, Truk Lagoon, Palau, Cocos Island, Red Sea, Maldives, UK coast line and around various UK inland dive sites. So whether planning a dive trip on interesting wrecks or just sharing a moment in time with large pelagics, diving has given me a lot to be thankful for.
Now as a PADI instructor with Scuba-tec, diving has given the opportunity to meet some fantastic people and the opportunity to help both new divers discover the joys of diving and the continuation of qualifications of those already qualified divers. The reward is immense, when you see wide smiles on the students faces on completion of their course and you get to see them continuing their own journey on our club venues or diving trips.
My first open water dive was at Crummock Water in the Lake District and since then I have dived in some fantastic locations in the UK from the World War 1 German fleet at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys to the bottom edge of Cornwall.
In addition, I’ve dived some great locations and seen some amazing sights across the world including penguins and lizards in the Galapagos Isles, night dives with sharks in the Cocos Isles and Pigmy Sea horses in Indonesia.
I love passing on this enthusiasm for diving through teaching and nothing beats the joy of seeing new divers experience this underwater world for their first time
I have now reached a point where I would like to help others learn to dive and so have started my Divemaster course which is the first step into the world of PADI professional diving qualifications. I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new people and helping them through their first breaths in the underwater world.
Some facts about Dan:
Diving not only enables you to see some amazing things but is a great way to meet friends!
I am now an Assistant Instructor with many speciality courses behind me, after working my way up from recreational diving to a PADI professional.