Gaz Lyden

PADI Course Director

Originally from sunny Coventry in the UK, Gaz took up diving in 2002 while on a trip to the idyllic Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. Australia

“I remember I was very wary of my first Scuba Diving experience but after learning the skills & completing my Open Water Diver certification I loved it & while snorkelling back to the boat after our final training dive a Manta Ray swam beneath us. That was it for me, I knew I'd be doing this every chance I got & I sign up straight away on to my Advanced Course. I continued to build my experience by diving as much as I could as I travelled around & eventually I turned professional & have never looked back”.

Gaz brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his teaching roles, having worked as a Divemaster and Underwater Videographer before completing his Instructor Development Course in 2004, he became involved in the training of professional divers a year later & two years later became involved in Instructor Development for multiple diving agencies & has never had an unsuccessful candidate at an Instructor Evaluation. After becoming PADI's first Freediving Instructor Trainer in Thailand, he stays true to his philosophy of being a life long learner.

As an IMCA Dive Medic Technician, spending over two years managing a hyperbaric chamber facility & evacuation manager, his technical and scientific understanding of scuba diving is also exceptional.

Gaz’s scuba experience is varied, having dived in a variety of climates and conditions across Asia, Australasia and Africa. Away from the world of diving he can be found playing guitar, walking his beloved dogs or in our local CrossFit box; either coaching or training for his next competition.


PADI Course Director # 480637

PADI Instructor Trainer Ratings:

Deep Diver, Digital Underwater Photography, Enriched Air, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Equipment Specialist, Freediver, Gas Blender, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Navigator, Night Diver, Search & Recovery, Wreck Diver.

Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer


PADI Instructor Ratings:

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, AWARE Shark Conservation, Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Digital Underwater Photography, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air, Equipment Specialist, Fish Identification, Gas Blender, Multilevel Diver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Search & Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Videographer, Wreck Diver.

IMCA Dive Medic Technician

SSI Instructor Trainer #53024

SSI Instructor Trainer Ratings:

Boat Diving, Buoyancy, Computer Diving, Deep Diving, Ecological, Enriched Air Nitrox Level 2, Equipment, Naturalist, Navigation, Night Diving, Science of Diving, Stress & Rescue, Underwater Photography, Underwater Videography, Waves Tides & Currents & Wreck Diving.

SSI React Right Instructor Trainer

SSI Freediving Instructor

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