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Taiwan Dive is run by the very experienced English diver Andy Gray PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer [MSDT #52233], who currently lives in Kaohsiung.

Andy began diving in the Mediterranean back in the mists of time, but did not really get bitten by the dive bug till he moved to Asia. He began PADI course training in May of 1988, did his Ad.OW in January 1990 and his Rescue Diver training later that year.

He became a PADI Dive Master in March '91 and worked as a DM at various resorts in the Philippines and Thailand. Andy attended a PADI IDC/IE in Singapore and became an Open Water Scuba Instructor [OWSI #52233]in November of '91. Since then he has been active as an instructor in the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan.

In 1992/93 Andy was employed by a German company OffCon GmBh to train navy marines at the Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung. His work involved training and working with mixed gases (Nitrox), Draeger closed circuit rebreather systems, search and recovery, night diving and underwater navigation. The training at the base also included deep diving, using staged decompression methods to depths of up to 80 metres, shallow and deep water search and rescue techniques in day and night time and foul weather conditions.

In February 1993 Andy was awarded his current rating of PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer [MSDT #52233]. He is a Specialty Instructor for Night Diver, Deep Diver, Underwater Navigator, Drift Diver, Boat Diver, Wreck Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Photographer,

Project AWARE Specialist, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation and AWARE Fish ID Diver.

Andy is also an Emergency First Response instructor [EFR # 52233] teaching a variety of practical First Aid skills which include CPR and defibrillation techniques.


Andy enjoys diving all over Asia and was a partner in a dive business on Sipadan Island for a number of years. He has logged well over 4,000 dives. He still gets a huge kick out of diving, as well as guiding and teaching groups of divers and in passing on his considerable diving expertise, experience and knowledge.

Equipment

The majority of the diving gear available for rent at the dive shops in Kenting, Xiao Liu, Green or Orchid Islands is average at best. To set this right, I have purchased brand new Aquatec, weight integrated BCDs, Aqualung (US Divers) Titan Ist stage and 2nd stage regulators, with Aqualung or US divers AAs [octopuses] along with IST mini gauges and compasses. This equipment, maintained in first class condition, along with IST fins, masks, wet suits and booties is available for rent at a reasonable price.

A full Medical Kit and an Oxygen Provider Kit accompanies me on every boat dive and is close at hand (in my car) on all training dives or fun dives from the shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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