That's me up above hanging out with the fishes in the place I love to be most - underwater! Originally from the UK, I had quite a variety of jobs before finally realising my talents lay in mathematics and computing. After returning to school and completing my degree at the University of Edinburgh, I specialised as an IT consultant and was fortunate enough to get many opportunities to travel.
I have always been a keen swimmer and snorkeller but for various reasons never got round to diving until I reached my early thirties. It was on a business trip that I realised that anyone with the desire could learn to dive so on my return I signed up for my PADI Open Water diver course. Within seconds of taking my first breaths underwater I knew that I had finally found my place to be. I instantly 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 Phuket, Thailand in 2002 for a Similans Islands liveaboard trip whilst trying to decide where to take my professional dive courses and am still here. The following year I met my wife and my fate was sealed. Seventeen years later I still can't get enough of being underwater. Becoming a dive instructor in Phuket was undoubtedly the second best decision I ever made (the best was to ask my wife to marry me, of course!).