In 1992 Chris arrived in Thailand and spent a year on the islands of Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao, back in the old days when the islands were unspoiled and relatively unknown and undeveloped. There were 7 Dive Centers on Koh Tao then and there are now there are over 60!
After that Chris traveled south to Singapore followed by the East Coast of Malaysia and Tioman Island where he worked as a PADI Divemaster with some of the best diving in Malaysia, in fact 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.
After half a year working and diving in Malaysia Chris returned to Thailand and took his PADI IDC in October 1993 and was then offered work by his PADI Course Director, the Late Stephen Blumenthal, and so Chris and moved up into the Gulf of Siam where he worked out of Pattaya, a coastal resort two hours south of Bangkok, for the next 6 years before selling his shares in Mermaid's Dive Centre where he was Manager and a partner. After that Chris worked as an independent Instructor before he took his IDC Staff Course and fell in love with Instructor Development. After that Chris became a PADI Course Director and relocated to Phuket where Thailand’s best scuba diving is and to set up Indepth and his now famous PADI IDC PADI Instructor Development business …
Chris has worked as a PADI Divemaster and trip leader, filling tanks and loading boats as working as a dive guide all the way through to being a manager and owner of several PADI dive centres, including now his own 5* IDC & TecRec Centre Indepth Dive Centre S-36108 and as such is familiar with most aspects of the business of diving.
Chris is extremely lucky to have watched the Dive Industry in Thailand grow from the days when there were NO 5* IDCs on places like Ko Tao or Pattaya and has 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, as well as the “Land based / City orientated” environments of Bangkok, Pattaya, Singapore and 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, not to mention the number of contacts he now has throughout the Diving World!
Chris has received numerous Certificates of Recognition of Excellence from PADI mostly for his PADI IDC programs and customer service and also “Certificates in Recognition of Outstanding performance and support conducting Instructor Development programs”.
Chris bought in the first Nitrox / EANx Blending station into Thailand in 1995 with Steve and was one of the first people in Thailand to start diving and teaching Rebreathers. This started with the Finoin 1996, followed by The Draeger Dolphin / Atlantis Semi Closed Circuit Rebreathers (SCCR) in 1999, before falling head over heels in LOVE with the Poseidon MKVI and Poseidon Se7en Closed Circuit Rebreathers.
You could even take the PADI Poseidon Rebreather Course with Chris and spend some bubble free, fish full, 3 hour dives with him.
- PADI Course Director
- Poseidon Rebreather Instructor Trainer
- EFR Instructor Trainer
- EFR for Children Instructor Trainer
- PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer (17 Specialties)
- DAN Instructor Trainer: Oxygen, Hazardous Marine Life Injuries & AED
- DSAT TecRec Trimix / EANx Blender Instructor Trainer
Chris is also a qualified Dive Medic Technician on call with the local Hyperbaric Chamber in Phuket.
An American Nitrox Divers International (ANDI) level 2 Instructor, Gas Blender and Service Technician.
He is also an IAHD and DDI Instructor and works training disabled divers when he has the chance and is 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...