I trained with Ben for close two weeks, I travelled from Australia to Thailand, on chance meeting with Ben when I was completing cavern and intro cave with another instructor. On hearing Ben’s reputation when even back in Australia I decided to contact Simone to organise a full cave course and advance trimix with a 100 metre cave dive (Just for fun).
The organisation by Simone was flawless and well thought out, even though it was a customised, combination of courses. Accommodation, equipment, food and local knowledge were fantastic.
The first notable point is that Ben is full time instructor, this makes a massive difference. He lives, breathes and sleeps tech diving. The theory ran over time as we both explored facts and theories, just because we wanted to.
Completing the training is only the starting point to becoming an experienced Technical diver, but I am confident that the training, skills, and more importantly the knowledge of the individual instructor that is outside any course requirements and not found in any books., after some 12 instructors, Ben’s knowledge can’t be beaten.
After the first couple of Dives I could see Ben zero in on the skills that needed to worked on, not only that the dive structure was changed to compliment this. A dive course that changes to suit you …..who would of thought!!!!!
Both the cave and advance trimix course was not easy, it is steep learning curve, Ben instruction was intense while still being incredibly fun.
The preparation for 100m dive in a cave was so well thought out and executed with the highest professionalism. The extra confidence of attempting that dive by having Ben a couple of metres away looking over you is exactly what was needed.
I will be taking more classes from Ben in the future. I encourage any diver that wants world class technical training or simply wants to be a better diver contact Simone. He can put together a class or clinic that works for YOU and the focus will be on YOU. You just can’t get a better deal than that.