ScubaEarth Diver Spotlight – Darryl Brown

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Darryl Brown in the Pool

With over 300 ScubaEarth Dive Buddies, Darryl Brown is one popular PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer! Darryl has a real passion for teaching and sharing his love of diving with others. In fact, this was his motivation and reason for signing up to ScubaEarth the very same day it launched at the end of 2012. “I want to try and share some of my past and current experiences with as many people as I can and hopefully give them the motivation to learn to dive.”

Darryl first learned to dive in 1986 at the age of 22.  Inspired by his brother-in-law, who had a love of the ocean and wanted to learn, Darryl decided to join in on the PADI Open Water Diver course. Tagging along was the best thing that Darryl has done and he hasn’t looked back since.

Going on to complete his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course was a natural progression and allowed Darryl the freedom to really explore the underwater world. “I was happy to enjoy my diving, and do as much as I could in various places such as New Zealand, Thailand, The Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne and Western Australia.

However, 1996 was the year that really changed Darryl’s diving path, when he decided to pursue a career in diving and become a PADI Pro. “I wanted to pass on (my) knowledge to as many people as I could.” So after attaining his Rescue and Divemaster certifications, Darryl went on to finish his IDC the following year in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Darryl continues to inspire people to discover the new world that scuba diving unveils. He uses ScubaEarth to engage users by posting images of people learning to dive and having fun, or sharing his experiences by logging dives.

With such a wealth of diving expertise, we asked him to share with us one of his favorite dive stories. “There are many, many stories over the years, but one that comes to mind is when we had a husband and wife couple on board the boat for a three day trip to The Great Barrier Reef. She was a certified diver and he was not. He was a retired US Air Force pilot and current American airlines pilot. After the first day of diving, and him doing several snorkels while the divers were in the water, I asked if he would like to try a Discover Scuba Diving experience with me. Thinking that it should be relatively easy for him having flown Air Force planes at breakneck speeds and pressure changes, the transition to descending a few metres under water should be ok. This couldn’t have been further from the truth.  He was very nervous and I was required to put every skill I ever learnt into practice to help him feel comfortable underwater.  After some time we achieved our goal and he was down and underwater on The Great Barrier Reef enjoying the marine life. By the last day of diving he was completely comfortable and when it came to dive time he was first in line to jump in the water. When the trip finished and he disembarked from the boat, he was the happiest man alive.  I was left with the greatest sense of satisfaction and reward that I, and the PADI training system had given this person a lifetime memory to go home with.”

ScubaEarth User Darryl Brown, Palau

Darryl’s connection with his students is even evident when we asked him what his favorite dive site was, answering “The Cod Hole on the Ribbon Reefs along The Great Barrier Reef. Though there are several favorite dive sites, this one stands out because of so many occasions where I saw the enjoyment on people’s faces after taking them on this dive.” He also lists seeing Dwarf Minke Wales on The Great Barrier Reef each year around June/July as an experience not to be forgotten, as well as visiting Jelly Fish Lake in Palau, Micronesia.

So what’s Darryl’s number one recommended skill for all divers to master? Buoyancy Control. “Once good buoyancy is achieved, diving will become much easier and safer for yourself and for the protection of the environment.”

Connect with Darryl on ScubaEarth to follow his future adventures.

His ‘to dive’ list includes: The Galapagos Islands

Still on his critter bucket list: A whale shark.