A bit about me
Born in the famous town of Marseilles, France, in 1974 although I didn’t take the time to live the Life of a Marseillais but the Blue of the Mediterranean Sea had something hidden for me to discover. As my dad’s job obligations took us somewhere exotic, the French island of Guadeloupe, I there, started to wear mask, fins and snorkel on a daily basis.
This is where, my relationship with water started. It’s been a longtime mistress and friend but one thing I was always intrigued about was; what lays beyond my feet? what is there, so far that I can’t see?
Enough of this French literature!
My initial training was with CMAS, I followed up all the way to CMAS 2* instructor and after my year of Military duties accomplished, I singed up to a six month internship in Bandol, on the Côte d’Azure between Marseille and Nice.
It was a fantastic experience and realised pretty quickly that I loved teaching to others, sharing my knowledge and passion.
Ok, so that is set, I love scuba diving, the sea, teaching…I became a PADI instuctor in 1995 and that was it, the Life of leisure and fun hit me good!
I was not attracted by becoming a Course Director for PADI, although having all the prerequisites, the idea that everybody CAN become a teacher is beyond me, really. Specially with a 2 months internship with an accelerated training to finish with ‘oh surprise’ 100% at the Instructor Examination…. No way!
For sure, PADI is a great marketing tool and has some fantastic educational support to help their clients/instructors but I don’t believe in mass production and so it applies to dive instructors as well.
This is where I take my ball out of the game and establish myself as an independent scuba diver coach with Essential Scuba Training. I offer private, semi private tuitions and teach or re-teach the basics of scuba diving to who desires to pursue their progression with their cherish hobby, scuba diving.
I believe in the value of training, time and experience. There is no substitute to time spent underwater. An academic knowledge is important as well. So a holistic approach of scuba diving is the new answer to a very fun but undercut way of spending spare time.
We will take time to establish a path for your training to help achieve your goals as a diver. If you are curious about cave diving, the road to become a cave diver is long but very rewarding. Your diving friends back home will jealous the solid skill set you’ll bring back after becoming a full cave diver.
Looking froward to diving with you.