NAME: DAVE THOMPSON | LEVEL: INSTRUCTOR TRAINER, ALL LEVELS | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org | WEB:
NAME: RICH STEVENSON | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: email@example.com | WEB: www.divesolutions.co.uk
NAME: KIERAN HATTON | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org | WEB: www.divingindepth.co.uk
Kieran began diving in 1995, joining his local club as a 14th birthday present. Having followed his Fathers diving for many years he was lucky enough to join the club during a very active phase; one club member was among the first to dive the Lusitania. An interest in shipwrecks developed from the beginning and by the late 1990’s Kieran had set out on a technical diving path with IANTD. Ultimately this lead to an interest in CCR and this is now Kieran’s number 1 choice of equipment for most of his diving.
Whilst shipwrecks and photographing them is where Kieran can generally be found he has been an active cave diver since 2006 and is in the process of becoming an instructor in this discipline • JJ experience: JJ owner since 2009 • Certification levels and agencies: Beginner though to hypoxic trimix (mod 3), CCR Wreck, Cave (user, instructor underway) – IANTD/TDI
NAME: DAVE GRATION | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 1 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: email@example.com | WEB: www.rebreatherpro-training.com
Dave Gration has been diving since the age of 15, now some 30+ years later he has been to some of the most amazing diving locations in the world. He first started diving in the U.K and has taught for some of the largest dive centres in the U.K including running the training side of their business. After teaching in the U.K for a number of years he then started to travel and used his instructor qualifications to make this possible. In later years he settled down in The Canary Islands, where he owed his own dive centre for 10 years. This gave him the opportunity to further his own diving. Looking into new and more demanding types of diving, including the use of technical diving equipment and rebreathers, this allowed him to make more advanced wreck and cave dives, to greater depths. Now after selling his dive centre and moving back to England, he has been working throughout Europe as a freelance diving instructor trainer who is able to offer all types of technical diving education up to full trimix levels on both Open Circuit and Rebreathers, including CCR cave.
• Location: UK
• JJ experience: Started diving the JJ in 2012 and teaching on it 20
• Certification levels and agencies: TDI, IANTD, IART, ITDA to Full Trimix and CCR Cave instructor level.
NAME: PAUL V TOOMER | LEVEL: INSTRUCTOR TRAINER, ALL LEVELS | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org | WEB: www.diveraid.com & www.divingmatrix.co.uk
Paul started diving in 1996 and diving immediately became his passion. It was not long till he decided that this was the career he had been looking for. In May 1997 he opened his first dive centre.
In 2002 Paul decided that he wanted to pursue his technical diving interests and rebreather became his main focus.
In 2011 Paul was offered the position as Director of Technical Training for SSI (Scuba Schools International) and was responsible for writing diver and instructor manuals and training standards as well as training future technical instructors and trainers.
In 2014 Paul joined became a co-owner of RAID International. Initially he held the position of Training Director but in 2019 he accepted the position as President for the company.
Paul has dived caves and wrecks all over the world and participates in projects and expeditions all over the world.
Paul has been diving and teaching JJ-CCR since it was first released. He does not like his JJ, he has a deep meaningful relationship with it.
Paul is a RAID (Level 3) Hypoxic JJ Instructor and Instructor Trainer.
A little boy called Sebastian, motorcycles, tattoos and playing drums are the other major influence in Paul’s life.
NAME: STEPHEN ECELHONE | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 1 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: email@example.com or Maltaccr@gmail.com | WEB: www.ccr-tec.com | FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/jjccrmalta
Diving in Ireland & the Great Lakes since 2000, Stephen made the switch to ccr in 2007 & never looked back.
He has dived extensively on the deep wrecks of Malin Head, Ireland and has worked on filming projects on the RMS Transylvania (135m) for History Channel and the RMS Lusitania for the Discovery Channel.
Stephen now focuses his time teaching ccr mainly between Ireland, where he has a private 40m quarry in which to teach & his second home in Malta. He also trains in other locations such as the Canary Islands, Germany & Israel, but is open to teaching in other countries on request.
NAME: MARK POWELL | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org | WEB: www.dive-tech.co.uk
Mark had his first experience of diving at the age of 10 when he did a try-dive in a local pool. He was hooked from that point onwards. He learnt to dive in 1987 and has been diving ever since. He has dived all aroubnd the world. However he is most at home in the waters around the UK where there is some of the best wreck diving in the world.
Mark became an instructor in 1994 and has been actively instructing since then. In 2002 Mark set up Dive-Tech, a dedicated technical diving facility, with the intention of providing the highest quality technical diving training. He has been a full time diving instructor since then. Dive-Tech provides technical training at all levels up to and including CCR Advanced Mixed Gas Instructor Trainer.
Mark is a TDI Instructor Trainer and a member of TDI’s Global Training Advisor Panel. He is a regular contributor to a number of diving magazines and a regular speaker at Diving conferences around the world. Mark represents TDI on the British Diving Safety Group and the HSE Recreational Diving Industry Committee as well as being a member of the Diver Training and Breathing Apparatus committees at the British Standards Institute.
In 2008 Mark published Deco for Divers, a widely acclaimed overview of the theory and physiology of decompression. This has quickly become the standard text on the subject and is recommended reading by a number of the technical diving agencies. In 2010 Deco for divers was awarded “Publication of the Conference” at the EuroTEK.10 technical diving conference and in 2014 it won the Media Award at TekDive USA. Mark’s passion is wreck diving and spends all his spare time diving the wrecks around the coastline of the UK and abroad and has led expeditions to a wide range of locations around the world.
NAME: STEVE SANDERS | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: email@example.com | WEB:
With a love of North Sea wrecks , caves and even nature as in our local seal colony Steve’s found diving all year round in the sea or fresh water lakes with his JJ , be it shallow or deep mixed gas. Offers courses to suit the individual or pairs if required , training in all levels with courses run mainly off the North East Coast of England and Scotland , Sound of Mull and Mallin .
Training runs all year round preferably in the conditions appropriate to the trainee , ultimately completing on some of our impressive wrecks of the North Sea .
Flexible to suit the students time frame.
NAME: PAUL BATES | LEVEL: INSTRUCTOR TRAINER, ALL LEVELS | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org | WEB:
NAME: STEVE COWLEY | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: email@example.com | WEB:
NAME: KARL KRUGER | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 1 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org | WEB: www.baydivers.co.uk
Location: Swansea, Wales.
Teaching in Wales, out of NDAC Chepstow and South Africa.
I’m an ex military diver with 20 years diving experience and have dived extensively throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Egypt, Persian Gulf, Far East, South Africa, Pacific & Australasia both in the military, teaching and recreational diving environments. I’ve been diving one of the very first analog CE’d JJ-CCR units since it was released in 2011, diving the unit regularly and I’ve also used it on several expeditions, one such project focussed on looking for long lost submarines and the prehistoric coelecath fish off the coast of South Africa taking the unit in excess of 100 metres. With an avid interest in shipwrecks and finding new ones, I’m an advanced trimix instructor in both the PADI & TDI systems of education and passionate about the JJ-CCR, a rock solid and ultimately reliable diving machine.
NAME: ADAM WOOD | LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: email@example.com | WEB: www.divemasterscuba.com
Adam started diving in 1995 at the age of 12 and knew instantly he was born to teach people to dive. Adam now runs one of the UK’s largest certifying dive centres and is one of a select group of SSI/SDI/TDI Recreational, Technical and CCR Instructor Trainers. Undoubtedly Adam’s passion is teaching – passing on knowledge & skills in technical, sidemount and closed circuit rebreathers, both at user and instructor levels.
Adam has been diving the JJ-CCR since 2013 and has a huge amount of experience teaching and diving the JJ in all environments.
Adam’s dive centre Divemaster Scuba is also a Official JJ-CCR Service Centre in the UK so offers full support for the JJ.
NAME: BOB SCULLION |LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 1 INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org | WEB:
Phil has been diving professionally and exploring for over 26 years and has logged over 7000 dives in caves and open water using both open and closed circuit equipment, with over 3000 hours on Rebreather equipment.
He started diving in 1990 from a background of dry caving and at first only completed diver training to pass short flooded sections of dry caves. He then continued his diver training through the PADI system, working his way up to Master Instructor.
Phil continued cave diving and began developing his Technical Diving skills through training with Dave Thompson and in 1993 was involved in forming one of the first Trimix wreck diving teams in the UK. He is now one of the UK’s foremost IANTD Instructor Trainer Trainers and the Training director of IANTD UK in addition to being a member of the IANTD HQ Board of Advisors.
Having devoted all his free time to developing his Technical skills, Phil began to use them for cave diving, his true passion, on expeditions to Mallorca, France, Spain, Canada, Russia, Greece and Mexico. At the same time, he began teaching first open, then closed circuit, technical and cave diving full time.
Phil has been involved in film projects for ITV, the BBC, Discovery and Channel 4. Subjects have included the M1 submarine, the shipwrecks from the battle of Jutland, ‘Oceans’, and cave diving projects in Spain (‘The Road to Certain Death’), the UK (‘Secret Underground’) and Mexico (‘Curiosity The Cave’).
As an educator Phil has trained divers from groups such as the HSE, the BBC, the Police, NOAA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), the Archaeological department of the National Museum of China and the US National Parks Service.
For the last five years Phil has been a team diver and Dive Safety Officer for a combined WHOI and Greek Ephorate of Antiquities project to rediscover, survey and excavate the Antikythera Mechanism wreck in Greece. He has also been involved in the continuing excavation of Lord Elgin’s Mentor wreck. In 2017 he helped excavate the Tulsamerican B-24 bomber off the island of Vis in Croatia for a joint DPAA/Lund University and USA NPS project.
Linked to this move into commercial support for the scientific diving community Phil completed HSE SCUBA training in 2016 along with HSE First Aid at Work and became co director of Dark Water Exploration Ltd.
After completion of a 3 month cave exploration project with Bill Stone, where 45 days were spent underground, in 2015 Phil became a member of the Explorers Club and in 2017 was upgraded to a Fellow.
In 2016 Phil was awarded ‘Diver of the Conference’ at the TekDive USA conference in Miami Florida.
Gemma started diving in 2008 and has been diving professionally for 6 years. She has logged over 2000 dives in caves and open water, using both open and closed circuit equipment.
She completed her diver training through the PADI system and in 2012 she qualified as a PADI instructor and began teaching full time, working her way up to Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and earning Elite Instructor status in 2015.
Gemma has received two PADI commendations for teaching excellence.
During this period Gemma also began developing her Technical Diving skills, training up to Hypoxic Trimix Open and Closed Circuit, and Full Cave Open and Closed Circuit.
Gemma worked as an instructor full time at one of the Caribbean’s busiest Technical Diving centres, Dive Tech Grand Cayman, during which time she was lead guide on one of the Inner Space boats, guided Technical dives, became an IANTD CCR Instructor and was bottom diver on a 155 metre camera test dive for housing manufacturer Nauticam.
In the past few years she has specialised in Cave diving and in 2016 became one of the youngest ever OC and CCR Full Cave Instructors.
Gemma has trained extensively in Diving related first aid qualifying as a First Person On Scene (FPOS), HSE First Aid At Work and Diver Medical Technician (DMT).
As an educator Gemma has trained, supervised and guided divers from groups such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), and the US National Parks Service.
Throughout the last year Gemma has been a team diver and team medic working on joint projects between WHOI and the Greek Ephorate of Antiquities including the Mentor Wreck in Kythera and the Antikythera Mechanism wreck in Antikythera.
In 2015 Gemma received the Suunto Guiding Star from Cristina Zenato and took it with her on a 2.2 kilometre penetration to surface in the Bivouac Chamber of the Emergence de Ressel in France.
Gemma is a director of Dark Water Exploration a diving consultancy company specialising in Scientific and Media diving project logistics, safety and management. Linked to this move into commercial support for the scientific diving community Gemma completed HSE SCUBA training in 2016
NAME: STUART GIRDLER |LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 1 HELITROX INSTRUCTOR | EMAIL: Girdls@aol.com| WEB:
Stuart started diving in 1989 whilst serving in the UK Armed Forces in Germany, such was his love for teaching he quickly became a recreational diving instructor whilst also progressing to the advanced diver level in 1993.
He is a current and qualified military dive supervisor who throughout his career has been lucky to and continues to lead many expeditions overseas in some of the most diving rich oceans our planet has to offer.
He became interested in technical diving as a consequence of wanting to reach wrecks outside of recreational limits, Advanced Nitrox led him to Mixed Gas Blender in 2003 where his technical journey took off.
Now an Advanced Mixed Gas CCR and OC diver, Stuart delivers many recreational to technical courses, enjoying thoroughly the challenge of introducing divers to the silent world of the JJ-CCR.
NAME: WILL COOPER |LEVEL: JJ-CCR LEVEL 1 | EMAIL: email@example.com| WEB: www.divemasterscuba.com
Will started his diving career in 2008 in Egypt at the age of 10, from there on nothing could keep him out of the water.
After a few years spent diving abroad, in 2012 he approached his local dive centre Divemaster Scuba in Nottingham and took his first steps into the U.K. diving.
Initially only lending a hand with pool sessions and in the shop during weekends, eight years on Will is now the general manager of Divemaster Scuba running all aspects of the business from retail sales to recreational, technical and CCR instruction all around the UK and world wide. In addition to this, Will is also an active service technician for all major brands, and a CCR technician for AP, SF2, Poseidon and JJ-CCR – all under the watchful eye of his mentor and boss Adam Wood.
Will has devoted his life to the diving industry. He has an undeniable passion for teaching, and to passing on knowledge of safe diving practises in technical, sidemount and closed circuit rebreather diving. Amidst his professional responsibilities, Will also finds time to pleasure dive, and enjoys diving reefs, wrecks, mines and caves all over the world.
In August 2020 Will became JJ-CCR’s youngest ever instructor worldwide. Despite being the youngest, Will has extensive experience in diving the JJ-CCR gained over the last five years and takes his unit with him on every dive. He has undertaken a huge amount of training in all environments diving the JJ-CCR. Being a service technician for us since 2014 and working in the U.K.’s official JJ-CCR service centre – there is no part of the unit Will cannot fix.