Hi Darren, tell us a bit about yourself.
Born in England before sunshine had been invented, I started diving in the late jurassic period. What started as a childhood interest in tropical fish keeping, turned into a lifestyle I would never have imagined possible. I was lucky enough to work on stage in my 20’s performing comedy and cabaret. So the last 15 years or so in South East Asia have linked my fascination with the ocean and telling dreadful “Dad Jokes” to our guests 😉
When did you realise that diving was more than a hobby?
I only got into diving when a friend of mine needed a buddy. The next thing I know i’m in the dive shop looking at new gear. I think I spent so much on new diving toys that I could have bought a car! Seriously, there is some very cool gear out there and it’s so much safer and easier to use than it was in the 80s.
Favourite dive site?
Tough call, but if I could only had one dive left here on the islands it would be a fast drift at Toyapakeh… Awesome.