Chris Davies – Owner and Technical/Recreational Diving Instructor
Just six short years after becoming a certified scuba diver, Chris Davies gave up a successful career as a Mechanical Electrical Engineer and moved to the beautiful Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. There they started Octopus Diving, which has grown into one of the most popular dive operations in the Caribbean.
“Our goal has been to keep our Caribbean dive operation family friendly and cater to small groups of divers.” says Chris.
Having plenty of cold water diving experience in the UK has helped Chris prepare for the rigors of both commercial and technical diving. In 2012, Chris worked as a Support Diver for the CBS News program “60 Minutes“. In 2013 Chris dived, documented, and was instrumental in solving the mystery of the Ghost Ship of Saba Banks. Also in 2013, Chris was among the first to be recognized as a technical diving expert by the prestigious scuba equipment manufacturer, Scubapro. Recently, Chris taught the first ever Normoxic Trimix course in Saba. Chris equally enjoys teaching demanding TEC Diving Courses and entry level scuba courses. In fact, we can’t keep him out of the water.
Chris has recently opened Caribbean Technical Diving to cater to that small, but dedicated group of divers that want to enjoy technical diving in the Caribbean and advance their technical diving training and certification.
Chris’s qualifications include:
- IANTD Advanced Nitrox Instructor/Instructor Trainer
- IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Instructor/Instructor Trainer
- IANTD Nitrox and Trimix Gas Blending Instructor
- IANTD Normoxic Trimix Instructor
- IANTD Poseidon MKVI Closed Circuit Rebreather Instructor
- PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
- PADI Emergency First Response Instructor (EFR)
- PADI Oxygen Provider
- Scubapro Certified Scuba Equipment Technician
Being a certified Scubapro Regulator Technician has allowed Chris to get very familiar with the maintenance and operation of scuba regulators.
“For diving in the Caribbean, my primary regulator first stage is the Scubapro MKII. I like it for its simplicity and with only one moving part, it’s easy to maintain and comes with a high flow port. For my primary second stage I use the Scubapro A700 on my right post. It’s lightweight and well balanced reducing jaw fatigue and delivers 300 cubic feet of gas per minute, exactly what a technical diver needs on long duration, deep, technical dives”.
“I strongly believe that is essential for technical divers to be intimately acquainted with every piece of gear they are using and fully understand the reason for its existence”. This is one of Chris’s principal teaching philosophies.