Phil has been diving professionally and exploring for 20 years and has logged over 6000 dives in caves and open water using both open and closed circuit equipment.
He started diving in 1990 from a background of dry caving and climbing and at first only completed diver training to pass short flooded sections of dry caves in Mendip and South Wales. He then continued his diver training through the PADI system with Course Director Steve Axtell and in 1991 he qualified as a PADI instructor and began teaching full time, working his way up to Master Instructor.
During this period Phil continued cave diving and began developing his Technical Diving skills through training with Kevin Gurr and in 1993 was involved in forming one of the first Trimix wreck diving teams in the UK. He is now one of the UK’s foremost IANTD Instructor Trainer Trainers and the Training director of IANTD UK in addition to being a member of the IANTD HQ Board of Advisors.
Having devoted all his free time to developing his Technical skills, Phil began to use them for cave diving, his true passion, on expeditions to Mallorca, France, Spain, Canada, Russia, Greece and Mexico. At the same time, he began teaching first open then closed circuit technical and cave diving full time for Phoenix Oceaneering.
Over the years, Phil has been involved in film projects for ITV, BBC, Discovery and Channel 4 on the M1 submarine, the shipwrecks from the battle of Jutland and cave diving projects in Northern Spain ‘The Road to Certain Death’, the UK ‘Secret Underground’ and Southern Mexico ‘Curiosity. The Cave’ along with training the presenters and assisting in the BBC series ‘Oceans’.
He has also taken part as a closed circuit rebreather diver in several shipwreck search projects in the Western Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico.
As an educator Phil has trained diver from groups such as the HSE, BBC, Police Dive teams, DSTL, NOAA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), the Archaeological department of the National Museum of China and the US National Parks Service.
For the last five years Phil has ben a team diver and Dive Safety Officer for a combined WHOI and Greek Ephorate of Antiquities project to rediscover, survey and excavate the Antikythera Mechanism wreck in Greece.
After completion of a 3 month cave exploration project with Bill Stone, where 45 days were spent underground, Phil became a member of the Explorers Club.