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Rex De Silva
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Oct 5, 2009
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Sri Lanka
I am retired, but as a Shihan (Master Instructor)

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Rex De Silva

Angel Fish, from Sri Lanka

Rex De Silva was last seen:
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  • About

    Home Page:
    Sri Lanka
    I am retired, but as a Shihan (Master Instructor)
    Blog / MySpace URL:
    Certification Agencies:
    Reefcombers of Ceylon/Colombo Port Commission
    Dive History:
    Dived everywhere in Sri Lankan seas and some fresh water diving, also the Maldives. I have probably logged around 10-12,000 hours underwater.
    Largest fish speared 120 lb. Ray.
    Underwater hull cleaning of Supertanker "San Juan Vanguard" (165,000 tons) and 44 other cargo vessels.
    Patched underwater section of hull of M/v. "Pulawy" (20,000 tons).
    Salvaged cargo of mining equipment from "Wombat" sunk in deep water off southern Sri Lanka.
    Refloated sunken trawler "Maple Leaf".
    Salvaged anchor or M/v. "Drachenfels" (30,000 tons).
    First Sri Lankan to use hydraulically operated underwater hull-cleaning equipment.
    Used oxy-arc underwater cutting equipment in salvage work.
    Sealed Scour gate and outlet of Hasalaka reservoir.
    Sealed main outlet of Maduru Oya reservoir.
    Routine maintainence clearing of main intakes at Kelanitissa Thermal Power Station.
    Search and Recovery of drowning victims.
    Certification Level:
    Licensed Commercial Diver/Advanced SCUBA Instructor
    Dive Classification:
    Experienced Diver
    Years Certified:
    Ten Or More Years
    Dive Equipment:
    SCUBA and Surface air (hookah) supply.
    Rebreather Experience:
    Since the mid 1950s, I have been a spearfisherman, u/w photographer and commercial diver. I have researched sharks for many decades and am author of the standard work on Sri Lankan sharks. In the early 1970s I held the Sri Lankan unofficial SCUBA depth record at 240 feet. I have published several peer-reviewed scientific papers on Sri Lankan marine life. In 2013 I was inducted as an "International Legend of Diving". I am the first and only recipient of this award from the Indian Ocean region.