Alex Varnals

Alex J Varnals

PADI Course Director  
# 630110

List of Qualifications

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Aware - Coral Reef Conservation Diver
  • PADI Boat Diver
  • PADI Deep Diver
  • PADI Digial Underwater Photographer
  • PADI Dry Suit Diver
  • PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver
  • PADI Equipment Specialist
  • PADI Multi Level Diver
  • PADI Night Diver
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver
  • PADI Project Aware Diver
  • PADI Search and Recovery Diver
  • PADI Underwater Navigation Diver
  • PADI Wreck Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • EFR
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • EFR Instructor Adult + Child and Infant
  • PADI Assistant Instructor
  • IANTD Gas Blender
  • DAN O2 Administrator
  • PADI O2 Provider Instuctor
  • PADI Tec Rec Gas Blender Instructor
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • PADI Speciality Instructor
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • EFR Instructor Trainer
  • IDC Staff Instructor
  • PADI Master Instructor
  • First Aid at Work Instructor

Diving Background

My PADI journey started a long time ago. I learnt to dive in 1996 during a family holiday to Florida. I saw a diver getting off a dive boat with an underwater camera and asked him what they had been diving. This was a guy that turned out to be my PADI Open Water Diver course instructor later that week. A legend of a man to me, Ernie Hounshell, who even after so many years of diving had more enthusiasm and passion for the sport than many people I have ever met in the 20 years I have been diving.

I was a warm water diver for around 6 years after that and then stumbled across diving in the UK. Since 2003 I have worked in the dive industry full time (except for a year to build another business). I am a PADI Course Director, Tec Rec IT, Tec Sidemount IT, Rebreather instructor and massive Sidemount fan.

Current Diving Favourites

Dive Site Abroad

Maaya Thila, South Ari, Maldives


Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Dive Site UK

Scapa Flow Wrecks


Hollis Explorer Rebreather