PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
PI Open Water Scuba Instruc
Hi, I'm Jay and I’m an PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer here at Dorset Diving.
I first got the bug for diving from my father, he would take me snorkelling off the beach in Bournemouth and we would try and touch the bottom and bring back up some sand, I think I was about 6 or 7.
This was helped by a healthy appetite of Jacques Cousteau & The Man from Atlantis (Patrick Duffy).I always wanted to stay under the water for as long as I could.
I joined the Royal Marines and had 14+ years’ service. This was finally where I learned to dive in 1993.
I got a posting to Belize and I joined the local dive club (BSAC) on the camp. I finally got to dive in some wonderful clear waters but still wanted to go deeper but with my qualification and the lack of instructors meant that this never happened. Until I meat a PADI Instructor when he asked why I hadn't progressed my diving, from there, the rest is history. He asked me if I wanted to go to see the Blue hole so I jumped at the chance and the following week I was diving the Blue Hole! Amazing!
I've been lucky enough to dive in other great places such as Florida, Taba, Elat, Egypt, Thailand, Seychelles, Madagascar, South Africa, Mauritius, Greece, Australia and several locations around the UK.
Since then I did some more courses and in 2009 I qualified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. The best feeling, I can say is watching someone take that first breath underwater and realising that you can breathe and then watching their eyes widen and a big smile on their face.
I met Leon in 2018 and started diving again for a while before renewing my instructor status and becoming a team member for Dorset Diving. I've enjoyed working in the centre and teaching from time to time and can't wait to continue to progress further.