Edd works full-time teaching technical courses around the globe and participating in research expeditions. With more than 5500 dives and 20 years of diving, he is an instructor examiner and Technical Training Advisor with RAID, a member of The Explorers Club and a writer for training agency course manuals. As a diver, he is most passionate about looking for and documenting un-dived sites with historical value, developing tools to improve data collection for research teams and helping develop the next generation of explorers in diving.
When not teaching or exploring, Edd works with research institutions acting in the capacity of a dive safety officer and technical diving consultant. He is involved in exploration projects in various locations and can often be found diving mines or wrecks, in and around Scandinavia.
What (or who) persuaded you to become a professional diver?
As a kid, I was obsessed with the ocean and marine life and aimed to become a marine biologist, which I did. Naturally, diving came as part of that dream when I was 12 years old. Becoming a professional was a natural progression and diving as a primary career developed, though I still maintain a close connection to my research background.
Describe your biggest challenge when diving.
I think the biggest challenge in diving is we get lost in it all and forget that it’s a very small part of the world. We, as divers, are a tiny percentage of the world lucky enough to experience what we do, but in doing so, we maybe lose sight of the scale of it all.
Which diving achievement are you most proud of?
Probably my involvement in research diving projects that have resulted in amazing discoveries. As a dive safety officer, you have a heavy involvement in the actual development and field work of projects with science teams which is highly rewarding. Exploration is about bringing documentation back, and projects like these are the cutting edge of applying deep technical diving and rebreather skills to data collection.
What was your first diving experience like?
Cold, but amazing. Even though I was only 12 at the time, I can remember it...diving off the northeast coast of Scotland where I learned with my Dad. If the cold didn’t scare me off then, it never will.
Why do you prefer rebreather?
Rebreathers allow us to push the scope of diving to the next level, both in terms of pure profiles, but also applying the use of diving for exploration. As a tool, they are the go-to for most projects, especially in remote areas, allowing extended time to complete the tasks. Also, the quiet is lovely, especially in overhead.
What's your favorite diving gear?
To be totally honest, my scooter. Scooters are just fun, but they are also a vital tool for the diving I do, allowing me to access places that I otherwise could not. Additionally, the combination of DPVs and CCR as tools opens so much scope in diving.
What's your favorite diving spot?
That is a hard question as it has changed and there are so many types of diving. I would say my overall happy place is the Långban mine in Sweden, but I cannot discount the Southern Ocean off Australia or the wrecks in the Baltic.