I started diving in 1995 aged 12 and knew instantly I had to teach people to dive. I wanted them to experience the same thrill and emotion of the underwater the way I had. As soon as I reached 18 I left the UK for Dahab, Egypt to complete my Divemaster and Instructor programs. Within 3 years I became a PADI Master Instructor having issued over 400 Certifications. Around that time I developed a passion for Technical Diving and pushing the boundaries of diver education with a constant strive for perfection.
Keeping my self as one of the busiest instructors in diving you can find me teaching almost every day in various worldwide destinations. I have taught in Thailand, Egypt, Mexico, Turkey, Italy, UAE, USA, Germany, Croatia, Holland, Spain, Maldives, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Mozambique, Dominican Republic and more. My passion is teaching, passing on knowledge & skills in recreational, technical, sidemount and closed circuit rebreather, at user and instructor / instructor trainer and trainer trainer level. I want to constantly raise the bar of scuba diving, challenge old perceptions and philosophies to make exceptional thinking divers and dive professionals.
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Project Manager / Asset Manger / Private Scuba Instructor • 2014 - Present
Working directly for the owner of Royal Holdings (Turkey) as a private diving instructor during his vacations and time off. Primary role as manager of the owners private assets in Bodrum Turkey (2 Super Yachts 45m & 32m plus 6 other water craft, 1 Challenger 300 private jet, 13 private motor vehicles, 3 residences and a total of 27 staff) day to day management duties as well as charter of the yachts, with all guest related duties. During the 2015 winter season a total refit of 45m Super Yacht, preparation for owners arrival, working with the captains for passage planning, provisioning, maintenance, the implementation of DeepBlue Yacht management software to assist the team with accounting, ISM, MLC requirements, working hours management, charter and guest management. Completing Routine and owner defined upgrade and maintenance of properties, aircraft & vehicles. Organisation of the owners security and travel arrangements to and from various countries around the world. Preparation and organisation for VIP luxury dive trips to many countries. Finally acting as owner representative and project manager for design, construction and delivery of 80m SuperYacht (6 Decades), from the conceptual stage all the way through to production, naval architecture calculations, GA, Interior and Exterior design, class and flag negotiatons and contracting, supplier procurement negotiatons and contracting.
Global Technical Training Director • 2014 - 2015
Head of Technical Diving for Scuba Schools International world wide, including designing and developing a full range of technical CCR, Over Head Environment and Open Circuit programs. Responsibility to define the direction for technical diving within SSI and make the gap between recreational and technical smaller. Responsible for the publication of many training programs and manuals including, XR Nitrox, XR Extended Range, XR Technical Extended Range, XR Hypoxic Trimix, XR CCR, XR Techcnal Extended Range CCR, Advanced Adventurer DPV, Sidemount, Poseidon MKVI / Se7en CCR and many more. Training instructors, instructor trainers, franchise owners and area managers, working with dive centres across the globe to develop business. Involved in Technical Scuba Equipment design for SSI's parent company Mares and the HTM Group.
Director / Owner • 2010 - Present
Building from the ground up the one of the UK’s highest certifying recreational dive centres and a SSI Diamond Instructor Training Centre, teaching at all levels up to Instructor Trainer. Managing 4 full time staff and 22 part time instructors and their training requirements. Running a full retail store including, POS and store branding, ordering and stock requirements, carrying out detailed trend and sales analysis. PAYE, Book Keeping, VAT and Tax preparations. Operation of a servicing and repair centre for all major brands of dive related equipment. Marketing of courses and services through various channels including Web, APP, Social Media and direct marketing.
Dive Supervisor / Training Consultant • 2013 - 2015
Working with the BBC Shark, BBC Atlantic and BBC Oceans dive teams to train and supervise scuba activities in the UK and remote locations around the world. This includes both on screen and off screen work. Preparation of kit lists, advanced dive planning, remote location emergency planning, logistics and kit preparation, monitoring of divers both in and out of the water.
Project Manager • 2005 - 2010
Project lead and management from conception through delivery and handover of blue chip building projects, including the PPP Scottish schools building projects. Communicating and negotiating with site personnel, suppliers and sub-contract organisations. Working with clients to adequately assess needs and provision for meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Meeting with architects, reading and interpreting drawings, assessing and allocation of personnel hours and labour requirements.
Redsea Relax Resort - Egypt • 2007
All roles of an active PADI Divemaster from Dive Centre preparation and cylinder filling to guiding dives and assisting student divers in training. Logistics and First Aid.
Projects Engineer • 2003 - 2005
To support and guide the smooth transition between existing and new manufacturing products, Enhance quality and productivity in new vehicle preparation and launch. To assess and improve current equipment, projects and manufacturing operations "Kaizen". Maximizing the effectiveness of tooling, materials and automated equipment. Installation, training and production support of new machinery and equipment. Design and implementation of new processes and improvement of existing processes. Devising and writing systems to effectively manage production process parameters. Devising machine instruction documentation. Ensuring effective written and verbal communication between production and engineering groups. Sourcing, liaising with and managing contractors and suppliers. Organising, overseeing and final confirmation of on-site installations. Working effectively as part of a diverse multi-disciplinary team.
2004 - 2006
CISCO CCNA Microsoft MCSA – Networking and Network Infrastructure and Architecture.
City and Guilds Level 2 Computer Networking
City and Guilds level 3 Flash and Multimedia
1994 - 2001
2 x A Level Information Technology – Distinction
2 x A Level Engineering – Pass
A Level Performing Arts – Grade B
GCSE (Grade C or above) – Math, English, Physics, Chemistry, Design Graphics, Electronics, Information Technology
SSI / PADI / BSAC / TDI — Scuba Instructor
SSI International Training Director Recreational
SSI International Training Director Technical
SSI International Training Director CCR
SSI XR Hypoxic Instructor Trainer
SSI XR Technical Wreck Instructor Trainer
SSI XR CCR Instructor Trainer
SSI CCR Instructor Trainer
SSI Recreational Instructor Trainer
SSI Recreational CCR Instructor Trainer
SSI Trimix Gas Blender Instructor Trainer
SSI Full Cave Diving Instructor Trainer
SSI Cave DPV Instructor Trainer
SSI Technical DPV Instructor Trainer
TDI Instructor Trainer
SDI Instructor Trainer
React Right First Aid Instructor Trainer
SSI Master Instructor
PADI Master Instructor
SSI XR Hypoxic Trimix Instructor
PADI TEC Deep Instructor
TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor
TDI Air Diluent CCR Instructor / Trainer - Inspiration, JJ-CCR, Poseidon CCR
TDI Air Diluent Decompression CCR Instructor / Trainer - Inspiration, JJ-CCR, Poseidon CCR
TDI Helitrox Diluent CCR Instructor / Trainer - Inspiration, JJ-CCR, Poseidon CCR
TDI Mixed Gas Diluent CCR Instructor / Trainer - Inspiration, JJ-CCR, Poseidon CCR
TDI Advanced Mixed Gas Diluent CCR Instructor / Trainer - Inspiration, JJ-CCR, Poseidon CCR
BSAC Open Water Scuba Instructor
PADI Technical Sidemount Instructor
PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver Instructor
SSI Instructor Trainer for all Specialties
SSI / SDI Deep Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Ice Diving Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Wreck Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Boat Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Equipment Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Nitrox Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Dry Suit Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Naturalist Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Sidemount Instructor Trainer
SSI / SDI Drift Instructor Trainer
SSI Science of Diving Instructor Trainer
SSI Waves Tides and Currents Instructor Trainer
SSI / PADI Digital Underwater Photography Instructor Trainer
SSI Medic First Aid Instructor Trainer
SSI / PADI Perfect Buoyancy Instructor Trainer
SSI Snorkelling Instructor Trainer
SSI Diver Stress and Rescue Instructor Trainer
SSI Scuba Rangers Instructor Trainer
PADI Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Instructor
DSAT Tec Trimix Gas Blender Instructor
PADI DPV Instructor
PADI Seal Team Instructor
HSE First Aid At Work Instructor Trainer
Service Technician for all major brands - Apeks, Aqualung, Poseidon, Oceanic, Mares, Atomic and others
CCR Service Technician for - Poseidon, Hollis, AP Diving.
In 2015 I became the face of APEKS during their current campaign “Technically Inspired” making a full feature film to showcase their products I had a hand in designing Check it out here. This included being the model for all product photos both above and below the water. Images were used at all major dive shows, for websites, product catalogs and POS displays in store.Promotion, Technical Diving, Modeling
Involvement in media work is something I love. Having worked with the BBC NHU as technical adviser, dive supervisor and camera assistant filming worldwide for various blue chip series including Shark, Atlantic and now Oceans. Training camera crew, presenters and production staff from the BBC Natural History unit on the Poseidon MKVI, AP Diving and rEvo rebreathers. I have the ability to make things happen at short notice and nothing is impossible when it comes to diving, this approach makes me a favourite choice amongst production teams.Dive Supervisor, Dive Consultant,
I assisted the Mares RnD team to create a entirely new line of technical diving product for the highly recognised recreational diving brand. With my first hand knowledge of the issues with current equipment the team and I realised an awesome and unique range of gear. The gear has shown great success in the market place and has been very well received by the dealers and divers alike. I also have the great privilege of being a Mares XR product ambassador.Mares XR, Equipment Design
As the only SSI International Training Director capable of teaching Recreational, Technical and CCR I used my cross platform knowledge to bridge the gap between disciplines. As a training director my position was within the management structor of the Head/Mares Group developing and creating training materials, working with product designers for technical diving equipment, global travel training Instructors and Instructor Trainers conducting IEs as an Instructor Certifier and oversight management of all technical diving globally. In 2015 the team and I successfully achieved a great milestone totally rewriting all XR materials and then making them available on a totally digital platform. A first for our industry. Products I developed included - XR, Technical Rebreather, Overhead Enviroment, Recreational Rebreather, Advanced Adventurer.Product Development, Instructor Training, Dive Centre Management
I purchased Divemaster Scuba in 2010, in need a total refurb and fresh new feel I changed everything. Attracting 20+ of the finest dive professionals the UK had to offer. Divemaster became the largest certifying recreational dive centre in the UK within 3 years. The team and I did it all, we became the first dive centre with an app in the Apple App Store, full online retail store and digital booking system with student management. The team and I were teaching every day, passing on our passion for the sport and finding new and innovative ways to attract new divers and retain old ones. We put on regular holidays and trips for over 100 people and had an active club membership of over 2500 (all for the most land locked dive centre in England). The growth of the dive centre was tremendous and started to cover all areas of diving, Recreational, Technical, Sidemount, Rebreather, Freediving, Kids Clubs and all the equipment and servicing that came along with it. As one of the new fresh young dive centres, we constantly pushed to to make diving more fun, more inclusive and safer.Dive Centre, Management, Recreational Instructor
Working for the owner of Royal Holding As. for close to three years as a private instructor, I was tasked with daily diving operations in Turkey and VIP dive travel. I setup a fully working dive vessel housing the largest collection of privately owned rebreathers, dive equipment and associated diving accessories in the world. We purchsed 2 Uboat Worx submarines(one being the deepest privately owned submersible) I trained as a pilot hoping to survey deeper ocean projects. In late 2014 the owner approached me to come and work exclusively for him as an asset and project manager. The project was to build a new 80m Super Yacht to travel the globe and conduct diving operations. He saw my wide knowledge base and previous experience in project management as the perfect combination to achieve his goal. With a budget of €85m I prepared project timelines, acted as the owner representative between the naval architects, interior designers, exterior designers, Flag and Class certification bodies and suppliers. Created contracts and made negotiations to ensure the project could be completed on time and under budget. During this time the Owner of Royal Holdings saw my great attention to detail and exceptional interpersonal skills, and tasked me to manage all of his personal assets in Bodrum Turkey, this included 7 yachts, 1 private jet, 13 vehicles, 3 residences and approx 30 staff. In the 2015 winter I completed and a total refit of the Motor Sailing Yacht 60 Years.Yacht Management, Project Management,
I finally felt I had made it and became defined as one of the top Technical diving instructors in the world when I was picked for the prestigious yearly Tekcamp event held at Vobster in the UK. Only instructors of the highest caliber are selected from around the world to showcase exceptional teaching and workshop creation to a huge group of divers from all levels. Divers come at all levels, from Hypoxic Trimix Instructors to Rescue Divers looking at entering the world of technical diving and 'speed date' Instructors they expect to be challenged and have fun. The non agency non certification environment makes for an amazing experience.Workshop, Taylored Learning, Techncial Instructor Trainer
Body TextDive Supervisor, Dive Consultant,
So much experience gained.... like my driving test... failed twice but learnt so much more through failing. Xxxxx im so pleased Adam Wood made me keep aiming higher to achieve perfection. Xxxx thank you Adam.Toni Douthwaite
Adams dedication to perfection is so inspiring, he is a constant professional. During my ITC I learned so much, even at times when it was feeling hard, Adam made me feel like I could achieve anything. I'm so happy I am an instructor now. I will not let him down.Ross Gammon
I was so stoked to complete my Hypoxic Trimix Instructor and XR Instructor Trainer Programs with Adam. His knowledge and skill in the water are second to none. His teaching style made me raise my game and achieve something awesome. Thank you.James Taylor
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