Gemma Smith

Instructor Data

Units Taught:Defender
Instructor Level:CCR Air Dil Decompression
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Gemma started diving in 2008 and has been diving professionally for 6 years. She has logged over 2000 dives in caves and open water, using both open and closed circuit equipment.

She completed her diver training through the PADI system and in 2012 she qualified as a PADI instructor and began teaching full time, working her way up to Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and earning Elite Instructor status in 2015.

Gemma has received two PADI commendations for teaching excellence.

During this period Gemma also began developing her Technical Diving skills, training up to Hypoxic Trimix Open and Closed Circuit, and Full Cave Open and Closed Circuit. 

Gemma worked as an instructor full time at one of the Caribbean’s busiest Technical Diving centres, Dive Tech Grand Cayman, during which time she was lead guide on one of the Inner Space boats, guided Technical dives, became an IANTD CCR Instructor and was bottom diver on a 155 metre camera test dive for housing manufacturer Nauticam.

In the past few years she has specialised in Cave diving and in 2016 became one of the youngest ever OC and CCR Full Cave Instructors.

Gemma has trained extensively in Diving related first aid qualifying as a First Person On Scene (FPOS), HSE First Aid At Work and Diver Medical Technician (DMT).

As an educator Gemma has trained, supervised and guided divers from groups such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), and the US National Parks Service.

Throughout the last year Gemma has been a team diver and team medic working on joint projects between WHOI and the Greek Ephorate of Antiquities including the Mentor Wreck in Kythera and the Antikythera Mechanism wreck in Antikythera.

In 2015 Gemma received the Suunto Guiding Star from Cristina Zenato and took it with her on a 2.2 kilometre penetration to surface in the Bivouac Chamber of the Emergence de Ressel in France.

In 2016 she and her husband set up their own company, Dark Water Exploration, specialising in high level technical and cave diver training, as well as running expeditions.