Garry, known to many as ‘Sidemount Bob’ or ‘Chewie’, is truly fascinated by the underwater world, equally as happy being mesmerized by the gracefulness and beauty of marine life, as he is with the eerie silence of deep wrecks soaked in history, not to mention the remote, stunning speleology decorating the caves around the world, photographing those special moments along the way.
For nearly 20 years, spending most of his time underwater, he figured that becoming an instructor and passing on his knowledge would be time well spent, and so he did just that, improving divers abilities wherever he goes. Having qualifications in all the major training agencies in OC, SCR and CCR, his intrigue into various kit and configurations led him to research the theory, understanding and practicalities into Sidemount diving and its application for all disciplines including rebreathers, for which he is globally reputed.
He finds it in his nature to seek adventure and push himself, clearly evident in his cave diving explorations and ventures; Presenting/speaking at primary and secondary schools, dive centres and national/international dive shows.
He’s a Recreational, Technical and Cave Instructor Trainer, co-owner and director of training for RAID UK & Malta training agency, a key member of the “Apeks Cave Exploration” and “Apeks Tek Testing” teams, exploring newly discovered cenotes in the Yucatan district, Mexico as well as mines and caves in UK and Spain.
He says ” Teaching and diving around the world, I feel privileged to be able to call this surreal, enticing and inspiring underwater realm my office, humbled every time I’m in it… that’s why I enjoy my ‘job’ and would love others to have that same experience. ”