Hi, I’m Andrew, I live in the Wakefield area and clinging on to my 40s.
How long have you been diving?
A late starter to scuba, my first dive was in Blue Lagoon June 2010.
What made you want to become a scuba diver?
It was a chance conversation with a work colleague driving back from a meeting in Reading. “We’re off for a try dive tomorrow, want to come?”
Time with the Club?
I joined the club in 2010 not long after my Open Water training and soon found lots of buddies to go diving with.
Favourite UK dive site?
My Favourite UK dive site has got to be the Farnes, diving with the seals and a pint in The Ship, what more could you ask for?
Funniest narcosis moment?
Whilst not funny at the time, the loss of a weight pouch at 30 meters was followed by the biggest lead hunt you ever did see. With pockets full of rocks and fishing tackle I made it safely back on to Allan Lopez’s boat Spellbinder II.
Coming through the PADI route I’m happy with Advanced Open Water, Deep and Nitrox, everything you need for that all important Egypt liveaboard.
What’s the best thing you’ve seen whilst diving?
My best spot was a large shoal of Hammerheads that circled their way up from the depths of Daedalus and gave us a spectacular display.
How often do you dive?
Not often enough!
Who is your go-to dive buddy?
My divelog software puts Paul Marsden as my most frequent buddy but he’s closely followed by Phil Armitage and Steve Free.
What would you like to share with people who are considering scuba diving?
Just do it! It’s such a privileged experience to dive with the wonderful wildlife you can see beneath the waves.