Mark Powell had his first experience of diving at the age of ten when he did a try-dive in a local pool. He was hooked from that point onwards. He learnt to dive in 1987 and has been diving ever since. He has dived in the Red Sea, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, California, Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. However he is most at home in the waters around the UK, where there is some of the best wreck diving in the world.
Mark became an instructor in 1994 and has been actively instructing since then. In 2002, Mark set up Dive-Tech, a dedicated technical diving facility, with the intention of providing the highest-quality technical diving training. He has been a full-time diving instructor since then. Dive-Tech provides technical training at all levels up to and including CCR Advanced Mixed Gas Instructor Trainer. It also provides consultancy services to other diving organisations.
Mark is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer and a member of TDI/SDI’s Global Training Advisor Panel. He is a regular contributor to a number of diving magazines and a regular speaker at diving conferences around the world. Mark represents TDI/SDI on the British Diving Safety Group as well as the diver training committees for the British Standards Institute and ISO standards group.
In 2008, Mark published Deco for Divers, a widely acclaimed overview of the theory and physiology of decompression. This has quickly become the standard text on the subject and is recommended reading by a number of technical diving agencies. In 2010, Deco for Divers was awarded ‘Publication of the Conference' at the EuroTEK.10 technical diving conference, and in 2014 it won the Media Award at TekDive USA. In 2019, Mark followed this up with a new book, Technical Diving – An Introduction.
Mark’s passion is wreck diving and he spends all his spare time diving the wrecks around the coastline of the UK and abroad, and has led expeditions to a wide range of locations around the world.
Mark Powell will be talking on the Tech Stage at the GO Diving Show about diving the wrecks of Bikini Atoll and Truk Lagoon. Book your tickets now! www.godivingshow.com/dive-show-tickets/