Getting to know Simon, Gypsy Divers SSI Instructor

My ancestors were fishermen and seaman in Britain, where the sea is ever present and never more than 70 miles away. As far back as I can remember, I have always loved the water and cannot remember when I learned to swim. I spent many hours swimming, diving to the bottom of the deep ends, seeing how long I could hold my breath underwater and never wanting to come up for air. A Try SCUBA class in 2011 instantly transported me back to those childhood memories and sparked a dormant passion for the water but this time I really didn’t need to come up for air. Over the years I increased my experience and comfort level, accumulating (too much) dive gear, traveled to some amazing places and have met tons of interesting people who share the same passion for adventure. I enjoy the mental and physical challenges diving presents and for the mental and emotional serenity it gives me. I also love the excitement of diving on wrecks particularly if there are lots of sharks. My favorite dives sites are the wrecks on the NC coast and at Chuuk Lagoon. I became a dive professional in 2016 and love teaching classes that spark a new or dormant passion for diving with people of varying ages, backgrounds, and life experiences.

When not diving I work in the IT industry, play soccer and love spending time with my wife and daughter.