As of the end of 2011, I've now given up diving in favor of astronomy, but I'd been diving since April '96
It all started as a result of booking our honeymoon in the Maldives and we wondered what there was to do over there whilst on honeymoon... ^_^
We learnt the PADI way and loved the Maldives... so much so, we went back to the same island the next year.
After that I didn't dive until I got back into it in 2000 when I started my Rescue Diver and Divemaster training.
Having seen some appauling instructors I decided to go down the instructor route and attained that certification in 2002.
I got my PADI IDC Staff certification a few years later.
As the PADI schools in Swindon weren't that great, I decieded to join the local BS-AC club.
With this group, my personal diving skills improved and I decided to go down the instructor route with BS-AC so I could give something back to the club.
I've dived in some nice places over the years..
Dhifushi (Holiday Island), Maldives
Bodø, Norway (Ice diving)
Scapa Flow, Scotland
Lundy Island, Bristol Channel, UK
Olu Deniz, Turkey
Los Gigantes, Tenerife
South Coast of the UK
SETT (Submarine Escape Training Tank)