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Aug 5, 2007
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February 24
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Subic Bay, Philippines
Sidemount Technical Wreck Instructor

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Tech Instructor, Male, from Subic Bay, Philippines

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    1. mariner.boy
      You seem not only experienced but also wise and fair. Thanks, I for one appreciate your posts/advices. Cheers Jon
    2. kdsmithjr
      Hi. I;m a relatively new diver (OW certified last spring, Advanced OW in Jan 2012 and 102 dives to date) that lives in Digos and I dive almost all the time in the Davao Gulf off Talikud Island. The Carabao Dive Center is great and if anyone is visiting Davao, I'd recommend them highly. I was OW certified (SDI) there last spring and used another instructor that I met on on of Carabao's boats on day to do my advanced. Carabao encourages divers and many who dive there are members of the Davao Reef Divers...a great local club, btw.
    3. AmyKB
      Hi Devon Diver Andy, this is Amy - the diver based in Manila who was after Dr Jojo Bernardo's details last month regarding my DCS incidents. I have seen Dr Bernardo and have just been declared 'fit to dive'. My last DCS incident was December 28, 2011. I am going to follow up with a Nitrox course first - stay shallow and take it easy. Can you recommend the Portulano Resort in Anilao to do this? I like the look of the place but there was a negative comment about their dive operation on SB. Is there another dive resort you would recommend for this first (kinda nervous) re-entry after 2 x DCS incidents in the last 6 months? Appreciate any and all of your advice in this matter!
    4. Oldbear

      I work with a gentleman who is in need of a entire new kit...lost his in a divorce while he was working overseas. I told him that I would contact you and see if you could recommend a good source(s) for dive gear in the Philippines. He also mentioned that while he has a lot of diving experience, it has been a while since his last dive and was looking for a refresher course.

      His personal email address is pbgetaway@yahoo.com I also have sent him a link to your web site, so maybe he will also contact thru it.

      Thanks for the many articles and posts...I always enjoy reading your input, as that you seem to always have something intelligent to say.

      Have a great day,

    5. bgmizzo
      My hubby is heading to Manila in 2 weeks for business trip and has been given 3 days to himself afterward. Obviously he will need 1 day out of water but... best whats the best recommendations for 2 days (maybe only 1) of dives , dive operation, sites ,should he bring his own gear etc...
    6. froggie01

      I'm off to manilla in January and I was wondering if you could suggest destinations in Luzon. I understand Scubic is good. I've personally only been to Puerto Galera and wasn't that impressed with it although I didn't see all the dive sites. I remember the bit in front of the town in the bay is mostly barren and doesn't compare with Balicasag say, in terms of underwater life. Thanks for your suggestions.

    7. divecanuck
      Andy. I like why you have to say in your most recent post. pM me to dave@betterdivepro.com. I'd like to continue the conversation away from the Fanboys.
    8. averagediver
      The most useless dive specialty hands down is "Aquarium Diver". A dive shop in Maryland (US) arranges dives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and for an extra fee they will provide the a fore mentioned specialty card. Does that card help them to become a regular diver at the aquarium - just the opposite !
    9. trueobelisk
      hi... i saw your post on one of the forums for a guy that died in subic... i'm new to this community and to diving.. only got my certification last aug and have only booked 6 dives to date including my training dives... anyway hope to meet you in person and probably do a few dives with you... i bet i'll learn a few tricks of the trade from such an experienced diver... :D
    10. Recondo0321
      DevonDiver, I am currently on a security contract in Baghdad that will be ending and am looking at becoming a Dive Pro like you. Background: USMC Recon Marine. US Navy 1st class Dive School, USMC Combat Dive School, Two Sub Ops, and NAUI Advanced Diver. I have been looking at an internship in Pattaya to obtain instructor cert. I have looked at Mermaids and Aquanaughts but have no info on either other than their websites. I am very serious in this and any info or advise would be greatly appreciated. I have posted twice with the same requests and also PMed Quero. I am looking forward to hearing from you and your suggestions as to what route may be best to obtain these Qualifications.
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  • About

    February 24
    Home Page:
    Subic Bay, Philippines
    Sidemount Technical Wreck Instructor
    Blog / MySpace URL:
    Certification Agencies:
    Dive History:
    To date I have dived in: England, Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Oman, Ascension Island (mid-Atlantic), Belize, Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines.

    I have completed 4600 dives (conservative estimate), of which approx 450 were accelerated decompression dives and 120 were technical/sidemount.

    Favorite Dives:
    James Egan Layne, UK (wreck)
    Tino's Paradise, Mabul (muck)
    Barracuda Point, Sipidan (wall/reef)
    Blue Hole, Belize (wall/reef)
    Chumporn Pinnacle, Thailand (reef)
    Zenobia, Cyprus (wreck)
    USS New York, Philippines (wreck)
    Big Boy, Thailand (unnamed Japanese war wreck)
    Certification History:
    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (29 specialities)
    PADI Sidemount / Tec Sidemount Instructor
    TecRec Discover Tec / Tec40 / Tec45 / Tec50 / Tec65 / Tec Trimix / Trimix Blender Instructor
    ANDI SafeAir / Sidemount / Advanced Sidemount / Technical Wreck /Technical Trimix Instructor
    BSAC National Qualified Instructor (OWI)
    Emergency First Response Instructor
    SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor

    ANDI Advanced Sidemount & Technical Trimix

    IART JJ-CCR Mod #1

    RAID Deco50 Instructor

    My most memorable courses taken:

    ANDI Advanced Sidemount / Technical Wreck w/Bruce Konefe
    TDI Adv Nitrox/Doubles w/Mark Powell
    TecRec Tech Deep w/Jamie McCloud
    Certification Level:
    Adv Sidemount / Full Trimix / Technical Wreck Instructor
    # of Logged Dives:
    5,000 - ∞
    Dive Classification:
    Technical Diver
    Years Certified:
    Ten Or More Years
    Dive Equipment:
    Razor Sidemount Rig
    Deco Sidemount Rig
    Aquamundo Sidemount Rig
    SubLevel Tec Sidemount Rig
    DIY 'Frankenstein' Sidemount w/ Hogarthian Harness, OMS Profile & Custom Divers TDB 60lb Wing for multi-cylinder/deep tech dives.
    2x Scubapro Mk25 1st Stages & S600 2nd Stages

    Oxycheq Mach V 18lb on Halcyon BP, with hog harness
    Scubapro S600T + Mk25T
    Force Fins Pro
    Suunto D9 & Vyper

    Halcyon Evolve 40lb + XDeep NX Project Wings
    2x Apeks FST
    Apeks Quantum (Gauge Mode)
    Suunto Vyper (Gauge Mode)
    JMD Umbilical Xenon can torch

    1x Drager Dolphin SCR
    1x Drager Dolphin (being converted to mCCR K.I.S.S. with custom housing etc)

    JJ CCR MOD1 Trained, but don't own a unit currently
    Rebreather Type:
    JJ CCR
    Rebreather Experience:
    • Dräger Dolphin
    Diving Rebreathers Since:
    I am English, but spent time growing up in West Africa and the USA, before returning to the UK to complete university studies in Politics & History. After university, I was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Air Force, completing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as service in Cyprus, Qatar, Oman, Belize and Germany. My final 2 years of service were spend commanding a specialist Civil Affairs (CIMIC) team.

    I learnt to dive during my college studies, gaining qualifications with PADI and BSAC. I progressed my diving experience during my military service, eventually becoming a BSAC instructor and PADI Divemaster, along with RYA Powerboat 2 (ICC).

    When I left the military, I completed the PADI IDC and SSI Instructor cross-over and moved to Thailand, where I worked in several dive centers, eventually becoming manager of a PADI/SSI center on Koh Tao.

    During my time in the Gulf of Thailand, I persued my interest in technical diving. I originally began my tech training back in the UK, under Mark Powell with TDI.... but switched to the DSAT system to complete the tech instructor courses aboard the MV Trident, diving virgin war wrecks in the 50-75m range.

    After several years in Thailand, I took up an offer of an instructor position in Borneo, where I dived around the Sipidan/Kapalai/Mabul area daily for a season

    Having completed my contract in Malaysia, I moved to the Philippines, where I have worked as a specialist, independent sidemount and technical diving instructor since 2008.

    I write a popular diving blog ( Technical Diving Articles | Techniques | Knowledgebase ) and have published numerous diving, tourism and dive medicine articles in magazines. I am assist several diving equipment manufacturers with product development and am writing a series of diving books.

    My diving interests are:

    Deep/Virgin wreck exploration.
    Macro Photography
    Nudibranch Identification and Surveys
    Dive Medicine



    Sidemount Diver, Tec Sidemount Diver, Discover Tec, Tec 40, Tec 45, Tec 50, Tec 65, Tec Trimix, Technical Wreck, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Deep Diver, Coral Reef Conservation, Wreck, Equipment Specialist, Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Enriched Air Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Videographer, Dry Suit, Underwater Navigator, Digital Underwater Photography, Drift, Multilevel Diver, Search & Recovery, Boat, SMB Diver (Distinctive), DSAT Nitrox/Trimix Blender,

    Safe Air Level 2
    Advanced Sidemount
    Technical Wreck

    Boat, Deep, Navigation, Waves, Tides & Currents, Wreck, Perfect Buoyancy, DPV, Search & Recovery, Stress & Rescue, Equipment, Computer, Night / Limited Visibility, Dry Suit, Photography, Enriched Air Nitrox

    Emergency First Response Instructor, including Care for Children w/AED

    BSAC Nationally Qualified Instructor OWSI
    International Certificate of Competance: Small Vessels
    RYA Level 2 Powerboat & Competant Crew
    BSAC Boat Handler
    BSAC O2 Administrator
    BSAC Lifesaver

    British Association of Fitness Instructors:
    Diploma in Exercise Performance
    Diploma in Fitness Teaching Skills
    Qualified Fitness Instructor Certificate

    UK Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance.


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