Diver Exploits: In Midlife, Eric Makes a Career Switch

At 47 years old, I was after a complete change of career. I worked for over 20 years in the motor trade as a mechanic and business owner. I decided to take the plunge and train as a commercial diver. I looked into training at both The Underwater Center in Fort William and Professional Diving Academy (PDA) in … Read more Diver Exploits: In Midlife, Eric Makes a Career Switch

Diver Exploits: After Panama, Gabriel Dives Around the World

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Since 1991, I’ve dived professionally. First, I worked only through scuba (in Panama), but after 2003, I began my commercial diving career with surface supplied diving equipment. I grew up in Panama Republic of Panama. At the young age of six, I took an interest in sea life from snorkeling around the islands. Three years later, … Read more Diver Exploits: After Panama, Gabriel Dives Around the World

Diver Exploits: Joel Takes Underwater Experience to Premium Levels

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I grew up on central London. When I say “central,” I mean between Tower Bridge and London Bridge. I can see the London Eye and The Shard from my bedroom window, it’s ace and it’s still home today! In September 2012, I traveled to study at Keele University which is somewhere between Manchester and Birmingham. I’m … Read more Diver Exploits: Joel Takes Underwater Experience to Premium Levels

Diver Exploits: Back in Offshore

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In 1980 most of the big civil engineering diving work sites were diminishing a bit in Belgium, and I decided therefore to return offshore where the activity was at its highest. I placed a phone call to Marseille and two days later was in a plane for Nigeria. Up to now, I had only worked offshore … Read more Diver Exploits: Back in Offshore

Interview with Veteran, DIT graduate & Instructor Matt Jones

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Divers’ Institute has a proud history of being veteran owned and operated since 1968, and is a military friendly and VA approved school. Over half our instruction staff have served in the armed forces and in every class we welcome veterans alongside non-veterans, offering guidance, education and support in their transition to civilian life and … Read more Interview with Veteran, DIT graduate & Instructor Matt Jones

Diver Exploits: Don’s Ventures from Topside to Underwater Welding

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Movie Magic Turned Reality Ever seen The Abyss? As a kid, it intrigued me. When I saw Ed Harris welding and diving into the depths, I thought: That’s as cool as space. When I grow up, I want to be like that guy – minus the aliens. Later on, I got my chance. I grew up in a … Read more Diver Exploits: Don’s Ventures from Topside to Underwater Welding

Diver Exploits: Sarah Takes the Helm of Underwater Artifact Exploration

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Give a basic overview of your educational background and what drew you into the maritime field. I have to start by saying, I’m not your usual archaeologist. I have a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA (Master of Business Administration) as well as a Master of Arts in Maritime Archaeology (with distinction), a Diploma of … Read more Diver Exploits: Sarah Takes the Helm of Underwater Artifact Exploration

Diver Exploits: Justin’s Motivation for Underwater Welding at DAI

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Years of welding experience. No diving experience. Here I go… I’ve applied and began my studies at Divers Academy International for this next phase of my life. In high school, I attended a technical school for three years to learn welding. I also attended welding classes at night at my local community college. My last … Read more Diver Exploits: Justin’s Motivation for Underwater Welding at DAI

Diver Exploits: Billy’s Ocean of Opportunity at NU Polytech

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Keep progressing in what you love, and find excitement in the challenges. Growing up in San Diego, California, I was pretty much born loving the ocean. I spent my early years wasting my summers at the beaches. A buddy and I would even ditch school in the winter and take ice-cold swims. I love the … Read more Diver Exploits: Billy’s Ocean of Opportunity at NU Polytech

Diver Exploits: Canadian Army Vet Digs Archaeology and Shooting Pictures Underwater

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Diving is a passion for me. Whether it’s work related or recreational, I love it. My first non-recreational diving course was at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) in 2010, in beautiful Bamfield, British Columbia. I completed the Canadian Association for Underwater Science (CAUS) scientific diver level one course here. It was a blast, and I … Read more Diver Exploits: Canadian Army Vet Digs Archaeology and Shooting Pictures Underwater