That's me up above - the underwater version of Brad Pitt! I just turned 50 years old and am an ex-IT consultant originally from the UK. I have always been a keen swimmer and snorkeller but for various reasons never got round to diving until I reached my early thirties.
Within seconds of taking my first breaths underwater I knew that I had finally found my place to be. I decided to quit my career and become a diving instructor. All my friends and family thought I had gone mad but, having worked for a long time in banking, I'm sure you can understand why I chose the alternative career choice!
I came to Thailand in 2002 for a Similan liveaboard trip and never left, deciding to live in the beautiful area of Karon, Phuket. The following year I met my wife and my fate was sealed. Fifteen years later I still can't get enough of being underwater even if it is just in a swimming pool. Becoming a dive instructor in Phuket was undoubtedly the second best decision I ever made (the best was to marry my wife, of course!).