Colin is a PADI Course Director for nearly 30 years and hails from the United Kingdom. Once upon a long, long time ago… his underwater journey began in the navy, affording him the luxury of diving all over the world. Then moving onto the Cayman Islands where he started as an instructor, videographer and boat captain, ending up managing one of the larger SCUBA resorts down there. While down there, he trained hundreds of divers and authored the first PADI Distinctive specialty featuring the stingrays at “Stingray City”.
Then he moved to south Florida and for the next ten years managed the two largest PADI instructor Career Development Centers in the world. He found his passion, training people for careers in diving and loved working at the most chosen PADI Career Development Center to date. During this time, he helped launch the instructor careers of thousands of people. PADI came calling and off he went to California. He was the liaison between HQ and the worldwide regional offices. He also conducted a few PADI IE’s while he was there. Divers Alert Network was next which afforded him the opportunity to really get involved with diver safety and education, hyperbaric medicine, etc.
Now he has come full circle and is back with Sea Experience working with Bill Cole again. In fact, he is sitting in the same office as he was over 20 years ago while working for Pro Dive. Colin is proud to have won numerous awards and recognition including being among the first group of elite divers awarded the Platinum Pro 5000 certification by SSI (Scuba Schools International), divers in this group have over 5000 SCUBA dives and is an award from his peers. In fact, he has over 15,000 dives around the world.
Colin looks forward to helping students achieve their goals and become successful SCUBA educators throughout the world and still loves to take his camera down with him to shoot footage.
Favorite dive site: The Mercedes, both pre and post Hurricane Andrew. There used to be a great motorbike on the deck and I have a friendly octopus that shows up more often than not. I even lost my wedding ring there years ago…. she has forgiven me now
Favorite Restaurant: Any English/Irish pub so I can get my Bangers and Mash. But for every day, you have to go to Laspadas Original Hoagies, their subs are to die for. Don’t forget to ask for the sweet peppers on it.