I am a long term IT professional with a lifetime of experience (37 years) in Computers, Networking and Internet with an extreme passion for Scuba Diving and Underwater Photography.
I started diving with a Resort Dive, December 28 1998, on the Great Barrier
Reef out of Port Douglas. Although I was very comfortable under the water diving
with 11 other amateurs kicking up the bottom and bumping into everything, it was
I attended another Resort Dive in Fiji in 1999 and this was a great experience, just three of us and an instructor, I was hooked, but it wasn't until October 2001 while on a family holiday in Merimbula NSW, I attended my Open Water course. I only completed 13 dives that year (2001) and only 7 dives in 2002. Then in 2003 I decided to step up the diving and completed 42 dives and Advanced Open Water Certification.
In April 2004 I joined the Deep 6 Dive club and was shore diving most weekends with the occasional boat dive. This is where I met Rudy my long time dive buddy. We both attended an information night at Deep 6, West Ryde, about training and becoming a Dive Master. We both signed up for this program. It was 5 specialities, Master Scuba Diver, Rescue Diver and Divemaster. We spent the next 12 months attending theory nights, exams and dives and finally certified as a Divemaster in March 2005. We then continued on with all the specialities and qualified as Master Scuba Diver in August 2005.
During the first half of 2005, Rudy and myself dived many shore dives around Sydney until one day Rudy commented about how easy it was diving from a boat. All of a sudden the light bulb went off, I have a boat. On the 16th July 2005, we, Rudy and myself, took "Yes Dear" my 16ft Mustang Runabout out for its first dive.
Finally after 256 dives on 22nd November 2008 we had our last dive on "Yes Dear" to Minmi Trench, and then in December 2008, "Yes Dear Too" was purchased, a 5.6m Barcrusher.
I sold "Yes Dear" to a work colleague, who eventually sold it to Daryl Brett another St George Scuba Club member. He Sold it a year or 2 later.
Over the next few months we set the boat up for diving using tips from
Between 2008 and 2011, just the two of us dived most Saturdays. We both love wreck diving and with the help of Michael's GPS marks we started diving some of the deeper wrecks around Sydney. Wanting to know more about deeper diving we both attended the Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Theory courses with TDI. We both purchased a set of twin tanks manifolds etc for this course.
On 4th Sep 2011 I finally joined the St George Scuba Club where I still dive
most Saturdays with Rudy. We continue to dive the deep wrecks when weather
permits, most of the time I have a full boat of 4 divers, including myself. At
the time of writing this, 30th Dec 2014, I have completed 506 dives on "Yes Dear
In October of 2014, I completed my 1000th dive, this was on the Tuggerah wreck
|100||5th Feb 2005||Coolooli Wreck|
|200||8th Apr 2006||Inscription point (Kurnell)|
|300||17th Mar 2007||Barrens Hut|
|400||8th Mar 2008||Undola Wreck|
|500||2nd May 2009||Osborne Shoals|
|600||31st Jul 2010||Ann M Miller Wreck|
|700||30th Jul 2011||Undola Wreck|
|800||21st Jul 2012||Steps (Kurnell)|
|900||17th Aug 2013||Bombo Wreck|
|1000||25th Oct 2014||Tuggerah Wreck|
|1100||12th Dec 2015||Bypass Reef|
|Certification Level||Certification Date||Company|
|Discover the Reef||Dec 28 1998||Quicksilver|
|Discover the Reef||Jul 9 1999||Warwick Resort|
|Open Water||Oct 12 2001||Merimbula Divers lodge|
|Advanced Open Water||Mar 8 2003||Merimbula Divers lodge|
|Rescue Diver||Sep 19 2004||Deep 6 Diving|
|Underwater Navigator||Oct 30 2004||Deep 6 Diving|
|Search & Recovery||Oct 31 2004||Deep 6 Diving|
|Divemaster||Mar 21 2005||Deep 6 Diving|
|Deep||Jun 26 2005||Deep 6 Diving|
|Enriched Air Diver||Aug 12 2005||Deep 6 Diving|
|Equipment Specialist||Aug 12 2005||Deep 6 Diving|
|Wreck||Aug 12 2005||Deep 6 Diving|
|Master Scuba Diver||Aug 26 2005||Deep 6 Diving|
|Peak Performance Buoyancy||Apr 24 2007||Plunge Diving|
|Dry Suit||Mar 30 2008||The Dive School (UK)|
|Advanced Nitrox||Feb 10 2010||Plunge Diving|
|Decompression Procedures||Feb 10 2010||Plunge Diving|