PADI Course Director Chris Owen

Chris Owen is a British national who started diving in the cold dark waters of England in 1991. But who has had the pleasure of living and diving in Asia for the last 26 years.  In 1992 Chris arrived in Thailand and spent a year on the islands of Ko Samui, Koh Phangan & Ko Tao. This was back in the "Good Old Days" when the islands were unspoiled, relatively unknown and undeveloped. In fact ,there were 7 Dive Centers on Koh Tao then, although there are now there are over 60.
 
After that Chris Owen traveled south to Singapore and the East Coast of Malaysia and Tioman Island. Chris worked on Tioman as a PADI Divemaster with some of the best diving in Malaysia. It was working here that he saw his first manta ray and swam, dived and snorkeled with sharks! Sadly, sharks are rare to see there now.
 
After½ year working and diving in Malaysia Chris returned to Thailand where in October 1993 he took his PADI IDC. With successful completion of his IE Chris was then offered work by his PADI Course Director, the Late Stephen Blumenthal. Thus Chris moved up into the Gulf of Siam. Here he worked out of Pattaya, a coastal resort 2 hour south of Bangkok for the next 6 years. After that Chris sold his shares in Mermaid's Dive Centre where he was Manager and partner. Chris then worked as an independent Instructor before he took his IDC Staff Course and fell in love with Instructor Development.
 
From here Chris went on to become a PADI Course Director and relocated to Phuket where Thailand’s best scuba diving is. Thus, it was on Phuket that Chris set up Indepth Instruction Co Ltd. And his now famous PADI IDC Instructor Development business …

Not only has Chris has worked as a PADI Divemaster and Tour Leader, filling tanks and loading boats and working as a dive guide.

But also all the way through to being a Manager and owner of several PADI dive centers. This now includes his own PADI 5* IDC & TecRec Centre Indepth Dive Centre S-36108. Consequently, Chris is familiar with most aspects of the Dive Industry and The Business of Diving.

Additionally, Chris is extremely lucky to have watched the Dive Industry in Thailand grow and develop. This is from 1992 in the days when there were NO PADI 5* IDC Dive Centers on places like Ko Tao or Pattaya, till today. Chris has also been very fortunate to work extensively in both in the "Resort Tourist” environments such as Ko Tao, Ko Samui, Phuket in Thailand. And Tioman Island and The Perhentian Islands in Malaysia. This is in addition to the “Land based / City orientated” environments of Bangkok, Pattaya and Singapore. And as such is familiar with the benefits and drawbacks of both.

Knowledge drawn from over 25 years of working in these fields adds a lot of valuable information to the quality of quantity of information that Chris puts into his now World Famous PADI IDC programs. Moreover, that is not to mention the number of contacts Chris now has throughout the Diving World and which he can out you in contact with if needed.

Chris Owen became a PADI Course Director in April 2000 has now taught over 160 IDCs. As well as certifying well over 1,500 PADI Instructors to varying levels.

Chris Owen has received many Certificates of "Recognition of Excellence" from PADI. These are mostly for his PADI IDC programs and customer service. Additionally, Chris also has a number of “Certificates in Recognition of Outstanding Performance and support conducting Instructor Development programs.”

In 1985 Chris, along with Steve, bought in the 1st Nitrox/EANx Blending station into Thailand. Consequently Chris Owen was one of the first people in Thailand to start diving Nitrox and teaching Rebreathers. This started with the Fino back in 1996. And was followed by The Draeger Dolphin / Atlantis Semi Closed Circuit Rebreathers (SCCR) in 1999. And then finally falling head over heels in LOVE with the Poseidon MKVI & Poseidon Se7en Closed Circuit Rebreathers.

In fact his life (nor his wife’s) life has never been the same since. Because, apart from when teaching a PADI IDC, Chris hasn’t dived on Open Circuit for almost 4 years. Therefore, if you are taking any PADI Specialty Instructor Courses or diving with Chris, he will be diving his Poseidon Se7en CCR Rebreather.
 
You could even take the PADI Poseidon Rebreather Course with Chris and spend some bubble free, fish-full, 3 hour dives with him.
In 2009 Chris got “fed up” of working with other PADI 5* IDC centres and wanted to see things "done properly."
So with his life's savings from working in diving he bought a building on Phuket, in Chalong, 3 minutes’ walk from where all the Phuket Day scuba diving Trips leave from. Owning the building allowed Chris to renovate the building specifically to be a "Role-model" PADI 5* IDC Training Facility.  And this was the birth of Indepth Dive Centre (IDC) PADI 5* IDC & TecRec S-36108 ....
 
Apart from being a:

Chris is also a qualified Dive Medic Technician on call with the local Hyperbaric Chamber in Phuket. Additionally Chris Owen is also an American Nitrox Divers International (ANDI) Level 2 Instructor, Gas Blender and Service Technician.  Moreover, he is also an IAHD and DDI Instructor. And therefore works training disabled divers when he has the chance. He is also working on his Instructor Trainer for DDI.

Currently he is working on his Cavern Diver Course and Tec CCR Instructor ratings and is looking forward to teaching these soon. The only problem Chris is having is finding the time to...

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