Hi, I’m Johny, I’m 38 and live in Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield.
How long have you been diving?
I’ve been diving since 2012 but I didn’t really get into it until 2014 with the club.
What made you want to become a scuba diver?
I always wanted to try diving and on my honeymoon along with my wife we decided to give it a go in Turkey. That was 2004 and I got the bug instantly, although I didn’t qualify until 2012 it was something I just had to do but didn’t really know how to go about it.
Finally I got on a course and passed but didn’t dive for two years because I didn’t have anyone to dive with. That was until one day when our regular salesman Michael came into the farmyard where I worked and I noticed he was wearing a dive club top (bear in mind I’d know and dealt with Michael for about 8 years, I never knew he was a diver). We got chatting and he told me about Robin Hood Dive Club, where they were and when they met up. Since then I’ve never looked back!!!
Number of Dives?
I’ve currently got about 120 dives and still going strong.
What’s the best thing you’ve seen whilst diving?
It’s got to be the Hispana or Breda in Lochaline.
Favourite UK dive site?
Lochaline is by far my favourite place to do a UK dive it’s just stunning scenery and absolutely stunning under the water too.
Best piece of dive kit?
My best piece of kit has to be my regulators, bought from the ROHO shop with a great discount and they’ve served me well ever since.
How often do you dive?
I aim to do three dive trips a year with the club and then the odd dive trip to Capernwray or a renegade day trip to St Abbs, Eyemouth or somewhere else.
Just to enjoy my diving and possibly do my tech 60 full trimix.
Who is your go-to dive buddy?
My best dive buddy has to be Terry Manton, but I’m happy to dive with anyone really.
Funniest Underwater Moment?
As for funniest narcosis moment, I thought a tomato had shrunk from the pressure, one of my best blonde moments ever lol.
Another was when I saw Keith being playful with a Farnes seal who was not so playfully attacking him. He was struggling to fend it off whilst asking for my help but I was too busy laughing to help. Sorry Keith 😊
What would you like to share with people who are considering scuba diving?
I’d just like to say, don’t write UK diving off because it’s some of the best you’ll do in the world and it’s on your doorstep.
Through the club you’ll meet a fantastic group of people/friends that will be there for you for life and experience new adventure rather than just wondering about them.