Mark Powell first had his first encounter with diving at the age of just 10, during a class at a local swimming pool. This experience has totally changed his life and he caught the bug right away. Then in 1987 he took his first course and became a certified scuba diver and has been actively exploring the underwater world ever since.
During his rich diving career, he has had the pleasure of diving in the Red Sea, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, California, the Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East, Micronesia, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. However, according to his own words, he feels most comfortable in the waters around the United Kingdom, where some of the world’s greatest wrecks rest in the depths.
After a few years, Mark decided to associate his professional career with diving and became an instructor in 1994. Since then he has been actively training more adepts and igniting in them a passion for the underwater world.
Looking to provide the highest quality technical diving training, Mark Powell founded the Dive-Tech center in 2002. This was also the moment in his career when he took up dive teaching full-time. In turn, Dive-Tech has grown and made a well-recognized name for itself, and today provides technical training at all levels. It also provides advisory services to other diving organizations.
Developing and improving as an instructor, he reached a very high level, following which he became an instructor trainer for TDI/SDI and director of global development of international training. He shares his wealth of knowledge with others, regularly contributing to a number of diving magazines and participating as a speaker at diving conferences around the world.
In 2008, he published Deco for Divers, a widely acclaimed overview of decompression theory and physiology. The book has quickly become an extremely respected source on the broad topic of decompression. As a result, it is recommended by many agencies that train technical divers. Two years after its publication, Deco for Divers was awarded the title of “Publication of the Conference” at the EuroTEK.10 technical diving conference. While in 2014, the awards were joined by a media award at TekDive USA. However, it doesn’t stop there, as in 2019. Mark Powell has released a new book, Technical Diving – An Introduction.
Based on the extraordinary experience, past achievements, commitment and great professionalism that Mark Powell shows, you have to admit that the organizers of the 3rd edition of Diving Talks have made an excellent choice.
Therefore, if you do value your own development and the opportunity to learn from the best, he is certainly a figure whose experience and achievements are worth learning from. The Diving Talks 2023 diving congress will be a great opportunity to do so, so book your tickets and plan your stay in Lisbon today!
The organizers have announced that they expect 8 to 10 panels, talks, and debates that will cover the most exciting topics. So it should come as no surprise that they expect more than 300 participants from around the world and 25,000 online attendees.
Diving talks 2023 is the international diving show, that will bring to Portugal the world’s leading divers, showing their best of the best recent achievements. It is definitely a unique opportunity to take part in one of the most important diving events of the year, and at the same time get to know beautiful Lisbon and dive in Portuguese waters.
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