SDI/TDI/PSAI/SSI Qualified Instructor, MicroDive Instructor Trainer, Trimix and multi CCR trained diver.
RYA powerboat instructor
Commercial Boat Skipper
Mark learnt to dive on holiday in February 2000 and started diving in Cornwall a year later, when he bought his first Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB), to go diving when and where he wanted. Since then he has completed thousand’s of dives around Cornwall, from depths ranging from near the surface down to 92m. He has also travelled and dived extensively abroad including Egypt, Thailand, Malta, Spain, Gibraltar, Maldives and the Canary Islands. Mark trained with several agencies including PADI, BSAC, TDI, DSAT, SDI , PSAI and SSI in courses such as Closed Circuit Rebreather, Advanced Trimix and Advanced Gas Blender, before becoming an instructor. He is now a qualified Instructor for SDI, TDI, SSI and PSAI as well as an Instructor Trainer for MicroDive. As well as the range of recreational courses readily available, he has also completed several Underwater Archaeological courses with the Nautical Archaeology Society, and is now a Nautical Archaeology Society Tutor, teaching their skills days and offering Field Work days. He has also completed an Underwater CSI & Forensics course with Crime Scene Investigators and Diver Technologists and is a Marine Mammal Medic with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR). He now teaches the SDI/TDI range of courses advertised on the Atlantic Scuba website.
Mark usually completes between 300-400 dives a year, mainly in Cornwall, as he says ‘wherever I can go really’. The north coast is his preferred location but as Mark says, ‘it is more unreliable regarding the weather, compared to the Falmouth area, where I have based Atlantic Scuba.’
Over the years Mark has completed many boat handling and boat safety courses from both the RYA and Seafish (MCA), he is also a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Powerboat Instructor. Mark has also completed the two Wildlife Safe (WiSe) boat handling courses and is a member of the Fal Estuary Safety Committee Advisory Group. He was also one of the ‘underwater resources’ for the Cornwall Search & Rescue Team (CSRT).
During 2016, Mark set up Cornwall Maritime Archaeology with maritime archaeologist and author, David Gibbins. This voluntary archaeology group intends to search and explore as many wrecks as possible. Showcasing their histories and any information that can be uncovered.
He has had some success with his underwater video footage as well as his underwater photography, some of his credited works are listed below.
BBC Online, Newquay Voice, Falmouth Packet, St Minver Link, West Briton, Sport Diver, Dive, SCUBA, Diver, Scubaverse, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Metro and The Mirror.
BBC One Show, BBC News (multiple episodes), BBC Spotlight (multiple episodes), BBC Inside Out South West (multiple episodes), BBC Inside Out West, ITV News, Channel 4’s Easter Eggs Live, Channel 4’s Extreme Weather, a Japanese TV Program and a Spanish TV Program.
Newquay Voice (1), St Minver Link (5), Scubaverse, TR11 Magazine (2), IMASS Newsletter (2), Depth Magazine (2), DIVER Magazine (1) and SCUBA Magazine (2).
SCUBA, Dive, Diver, Sport Diver, West Briton, Cornish Guardian plus many on-line websites.
BBC One Show, BBC Radio Cornwall (multiple programs), Pirate FM, BBC News, BBC Spotlight (multiple episodes), BBC Inside Out (multiple episodes), ITV News, Channel 5 Hotel Inspector (2 episodes) and Scubaverse.com
To see some of the programs we have been involved in or appeared in, have a look at our You-Tube playlist – TV Appearances