Browsing: Diver Profiles

Say hello to today’s featured diver, Michelle Barry, owner of Cairns Dive School who has a passion for pink fins and would love to be a whale shark!  Full Name: Michelle Barry Age: 34 Live In: Cairns, Australia Working For: Owner of Cairns Dive School Diver Qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Nitrox Instructor When and where did you start diving? I started diving in February 2009 in San Diego California with Ocean Enterprises Why did you start diving? I’ve been drawn to the ocean since I was a child, learning to dive was an inevitable step. As with most…

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Mark Milburn is from Penryn, Cornwall and is a highly qualified diver who would love to dive the HMS Victoria (as would I) but who will also be doing something very classified in 10 years time! Full Name: Mark Milburn Age: 50 Live In: Mabe, Penryn, Cornwall Working For: Atlantic Scuba Diver Qualifications: PADI – OW, RD, DM, AI, CCR (Adv) / BSAC – SD, Nitrox, Adv Nitrox, CCR / TDI – Ext Range, Adv Trimix / DSAT – Adv Gas Blender / SDI – Instructor with 20 specialties / SSI – Instructor with 15 specialties / PSAI – Instructor…

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Meet Henry “Red” Godin from Rhode Island. Red is the owner of Giant Stride Dive Shop and a passionate wreck diver who loves his Greenforce torch for looking in the small holes that marine life hide in. Full Name: HENRY “RED” GODIN Age: 54 Live In: Rhode Island Working For: Giant Stride Dive Shop (owner/operator/divedrone) Diver Qualifications: Trimix, Cave, Divemaster When and where did you start diving? 2002 in RI Why did you start diving? I had a lifelong love of the Ocean and wanted to start a new adventure. What made you choose to become a dive professional? I wanted…

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Meet James Lapenta from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Diver, Instructor, Author and owner of UDM Aquatic Services and today’s featured diver. Full Name: James A Lapenta Age: 53 Live In: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Working For: Owner UDM Aquatic Services www.udmaquatics.com / and my day job as a waterjet operator in a metal fabrication company Diver Qualifications: SEI Instructor # 204, SDI/TDI Instructor # 16810, CMAS 2 Star Instructor # USAF0012000204 When and where did you start diving? June 2004 in Southwest Pennsylvania Why did you start diving? Mike Nelson and Jacques Cousteau were childhood heroes. Finally found myself in a position where…

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The ability to combine your work and your passion is something that we all aim for and James has certainly managed to do that. As an architectural historian he now spends his time looking for former sites of human occupation at the bottom of our oceans! Full Name: James Edward Sved Age: 49 Live In: Los Angeles/Washington, DC Working For: Oceanogrpahic Archaeometry Research Diver Qualifications: NAUI Advanced When and where did you start diving? I can not remember a time when I didn’t snorkel, but I took my dive certification course in college, in 1985. Our Openwater exam was…

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Full Name: Chris(topher) Hazlehurst Age: 53 Live In: Currently Malta, but relocating to England shortly Working For: Freelance Instructor Diver Qualifications: PADI Course Director, teaching 33 recreational specialties, training 18 Instructor specialties, EFR IT, TecDeep IT, Disabled Divers International (DDI) IT, PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver, IANTD Trimix Diver When and where did you start diving? 1994, Australia, Cairns on the Barrier Reef, Try dives Why did you start diving? On holiday and the opportunity was too good to miss, and loved it from the start. Only booked one “incase I didn’t like it”. Came back to England and qualified in…

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Full Name: Phanor Montoya-Maya Age: 37 years Live In: Colombian living in South Africa since 2006 Working For: Self-employed Diver Qualifications: SSI Divemaster Instructor, Class V Commercial Diver When and where did you start diving? I started diving in 1993. I did my first NAUI Scuba Diver course in Cali (Colombia) and went for my certification trip to Gorgona Island in the Colombian Pacific Ocean. Why did you start diving? I honestly don’t know! One day I decided I will give it a try and I just did. Haven’t stopped diving ever since. What made you choose to become a…

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Say hello to Terry Dwyer, a NAUI Master Diver and CMAS Assistant Instructor from Nova Scotia who loves shipwrecks and thinks Shania Twain would make a perfect dive buddy! Full Name: Terry Dwyer Age: 50 (but I feel 29) Live In: Halifax, Nova Scotia – Canada Working For: Trecan Combustion Ltd. Diver Qualifications: NAUI Master Diver / CMAS Assistant Instructor When and where did you start diving? Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1979 Why did you start diving? To explore Shipwrecks – Jacque Cousteau What made you choose to become a dive professional? My love and passion for the sport. Which…

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Meet Gary Eldridge, 42 year old PADI Master Instructor and owner of Hidden Depths Diving in Koh Lanta. Gary loves his Suunto Stinger and thinks shark preservation should be given much more prominence. Name:  Gary Eldridge Age:  42 Live in:  Koh Lanta, Thailand Working for:  Hidden Depths Diving Diver Qualifications:  PADI Master Instructor When and where did you start diving? In 1994 I did a try dive while on holiday in the Maldives. It was on a patch of sand in a lagoon with very little to see, but I was hooked. I returned home to the UK, got my…

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Meet Brian Anderson, 55 from Michigan. He is a lover of wreck diving, including the deep stuff and would love to dive the wrecks of Scapa Flow. Full Name: Brian Anderson Age: 55 Live In: Presque Isle, Michigan Working For: MN-Blackdog Diving LLC Diver Qualifications: PADI MSDT with all the specialties, TDI Advanced Trimix, PADI Advanced Gas Blender, When and where did you start diving? 1998 in Minnesota Why did you start diving? Some friends were divers and I wanted to try it. What made you choose to become a dive professional? To bring others into the sport so they…

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