Alex Varnals

Alex Varnals

Alex J Varnals

PADI Course Director  
# 630110

List of Qualifications

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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

Critter

Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Dive Site UK

Scapa Flow Wrecks

Equipment

Hollis Explorer Rebreather

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.

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