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I am privileged to be able to start my cave instructor internship with the amazing team from Dark Water Exploration, Phil Short and Gemma Smith. You will have the unique experience of being trained by Phil, ( and with input from me and Gemma.
All overhead courses from intro to full and advanced cave, DPV cave and techncial cave are available and can be taught in either Open Circuit or CCR. Crossovers to CCR also available.

Full cave takes 6 full days fo training, other courses 2-6 days. Get in touch for more info, pricing etc. All logistics and travel can be managed, just book flights - very cheap to Orlando at the moment.

About you, say hello, introduce yourself / Hello
« on: November 20, 2016, 07:10:28 PM »
I started diving in 1983 and began my tech career 7 years ago. Since then, including time working at a full t chnical centre for a season, I have certs and experience (1000 plus tech and cave dives) at diver level as a full trimix diver, full cave diver  in Open Circuit, and mod 3 diver and cave certified in CCR. I've had some awesome mentors and instructors including Tom Steiner, Phil Short, Mark Powell, Dave Gration, Rich Stevenson, Paul Toomer and early training from Cillian Gray, Declan Burke amd Firas Jundi. I try to stay current by teaching, research (bit of a deco nerd) and taking at least one course per year with a great instructor.

I've now become a technical instructor with TDI, IANTD and PADI and a partner in South West Tech, a TDI dive centre in Kinsale. I am also the JJ-CCR dealer and instructor for the Republic of Ireland. I teach open and closed circuit up to Helitrox and overhead training in advanced wreck penetration and technical rescue. I will start a long cave instructor internship later this year with on eof cave divings leading explorers and teachers and look forward to learning to teach cave both open and closed circuit.

I'm delighted to be able to support this forum and hope it becomes something that gains life and direction from the Irish Tech community. Every day we should learn something new!

Dive centres / South West Technical Diving
« on: November 20, 2016, 12:15:15 PM »
The brainchild of two good cave and Trimix diving buddies.
South West Tech is a TDI dive centre offering Technical Dive Training, Guided Diving, Gases, Kit Rental and Servicing.
Matt one of the partners is the JJ-CCR instructor for the Republic of Ireland and a tech instructor with TDI, IANTD and PADI.
Greg the other partner is a Mon2, asset tech,  CCR diver, TDI cave and trimix diver. 

Check out for more info.

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