As a master engineer, John was naturally drawn to the more technical aspects of diving, and took several additional recreational and instructor level courses to enhance both his CV, and his happiness. He loves a good deco dive and Sidemount is his favourite way to dive! The end of 2017 marked his 10 year anniversary as a PADI instructor, and with over a decade of teaching and continuing his own professional development, he’s definitely one of the best qualified and most experienced instructors on the island. Even after so long, he still has a passion for learning, and is currently working towards his cave diver and cave diving instructor qualifications.
Many people refer to him as ‘Chicken’ or ‘Chicken John’, a nickname he earned when he lived in a gamekeeper’s cottage, which was also home to 78 chickens, 3 turkeys and a peacock! In his spare time he enjoys cooking (his crumpets are amazing!) and chilling at home with his many cats.
Speciality Instructor in: AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver, Deep Diving, Digital Underwater Photographer, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Emergency O2 Provider, Enriched Air Nitrox, Gas Blender, Sidemount Diver, Self Reliant Diver, Wreck Diving.
Tec Sidemount, Tec 40, Tec 45, Tec 50.
Tec Rec Gas Blender Instructor
EFR Primary and Secondary Care with AED, Care For Children with AED.
Aqualung Equipment Technician Level 2
Member of Koh Tao Rescue specialist dive division