Simon Townsend

Simon Townsend

Instructor Trainer

Courses/workshops:  Fundamentals, DPV, Rescue, Mixed Gas, Overhead, Support Diver, XTAD

Affiliated training agencies: PADI, ITDA.

CCR's: Dolphin, Ray, Inspiration Classic/Vision,Evolution, Sentinel, Megalodon APECs/ Copis, GDS AH1



Skype itdahq
Telephone/ Whatsapp: +34 659 126 694

Simon has always had an interest in technical diving and was lucky enough to be a part of the 9-90 magazine dive team. He became the Technical Director of ITDA after the unfortunate death of Rob Palmer, and in 2002 became the owner and CEO.

His real passion is Rebreathers and started off diving them by using the Dräger Atlantis before moving onto the APD Inspiration, Evolution, Megalodon, Sentinel and GDS AH1 logging many thousands of SCR and CCR hours.

He has been teaching Dräger units since1999 and the Inspiration since 2000 – teaching trimix CCR since 2002 when he also gained Instructor Trainer status. He was also an active member of the then popular technical diving  magazine, 9-90, he was actively involved in many projects including: The North Channel Wrecks, The Audacious (65m), Empire Heritage (70m) Identifying the submarine H5 and consequently securing a protection  order placed on her (68m), HMS Dasher in the Clyde (131m – 170m),The Bullring (Menorca) (55m – 75m), Georgia K (Menorca) (103m,), Graf Zeppelin (Poland)

Simon was Project Manager for the support team on the Steve Trugullia, British Freediving record in 2002 and Lloyd Scott’s underwater marathon in Loch Ness in October 2003, Jantoon Reigersman’s 160 meter dive in the Blue Hole, Dahab as part of his Project 9000 metres in 2009 and  lead diver for Agnieszka Kiela-Pałys Project 9000 in 2011 when he escorted her to 152 meters.

Late in 2012, Simon became the first instructor in Spain to complete the full range of Instructor levels for the PADI TECREC courses.

Simon is still a very active instructor,expedition diver and project manager, planning many trips for his team and other exciting projects for other divers.