Meet the Team - Ged O'Hagan
Meet the Dive Team - Ged O'Hagan, one of our PADI Divemasters. We asked Ged about his diving so far.
When did you start diving?
I did my open water course in 2009 on the island of Tenerife. I was working out there at the time and my girlfriend (now wife) surprised me by signing me up for my PADI Open Water course for my 21st
What made you start diving?
I love the ocean and everything within it! Watching documentary after documentary on the oceans and seas my wife Rachel knew I wanted to get into the water myself. She surprised me with the most awesome 21st
present ever… My PADI Open Water Course!
Being neutrally buoyant and breathing underwater was and still is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s what I imagine it would feel like being in space – but much cooler!
Where and when was your last logged dive/dive related experience?
Palm Mar Wall in Tenerife. Nice, easy dive site with a max depth of around 18m. We were surrounded by three Green Turtles just minutes into the dive and also had Common Stingray and Eagle Rays circling us throughout. It really was one of the best dives I’ve ever had.
I have loads! There are so many more countries I want to visit and sites that I want to dive. I have recently completed my Divemaster course with Scuba Leeds so will be focusing on developing myself as a PADI Pro for the time being. I love diving and being involved with the dive school so I am sure that I will be progressing onto my AI (Assistant Instructor) course at some stage in the near future!
What keeps you diving and how do you keep the passion?
I love to dive. Diving on tropical reefs, the UKs inland quarries or helping out at our pool sessions, I love it all. I had always been a ‘fair weather’ diver and had enjoyed the warmer waters where often I would dive in just a pair of swimming shorts. That all changed after my wife and I honeymooned in Mexico and I had a few dives out on the reefs and also two at the Dos Ojos Cenotes. This was the trip that made me realise just how much I enjoyed diving. Diving could no longer be something that I done once or twice a year on holidays, I had to start diving in the UK!
So, why the PADI Divemaster course?
Well… it all started with a trip to Scotland with Scuba Leeds following my drysuit course. I had only met a couple of the team on the course and didn’t really know anyone but I like to meet new people and think (hope) I’m easy enough to get on with so I booked myself a space on the trip.
Scuba Leeds is made up of a great bunch of people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. I was instantly welcomed on the trip and within no time at all I felt like we had all known each other for years. Shortly after the Scotland trip, I did my PADI Rescue Diver course and by this point I was enjoying the diving and getting on with everyone from the school too much not to get more involved… so here I am!
Favourite dive site?
There are a few dive sites that are my favourite for different reasons but one site I will never forget is Chumphon Pinnacle off Koh Tao, Thailand. Great diving in warm crystal clear waters with Batfish, Barracuda, Giant Grouper and Clown Fish. What made this dive special was catching a glimpse of a Bryde’s Whale during our safety stop.
Favourite pieces of dive equipment?
Both My Hollis F1s and my shiney new X-Deep NX Zen!
As you will probably know, Scuba Leeds has moved to single tank wing and long hose configuration. Many of the instructors/DMs also jumped on the bandwagon and used this opportunity to upgrade their own kit. The Zen is a great piece of kit and really does help to keep nice flat trim when diving. One great feature of this wing is how easy it is to dump air due to the positioning of the inflator hose which is right in the centre at the highest point of the bladder (why this is not the standard positioning, I have no idea). The stainless steel backplate distributes weight well and means less weight on your waist which aids good trim and comfortable diving. I would highly recommend this wing to anyone looking to move to a single tank wing setup.
As for my Hollis F1 fins, I would honestly say that they are the best fins that I have ever dived with. There propulsion and manoeuvrability in the water is amazing and the extra weight is just right and keeps my feet in good trim in my drysuit wellies.
Hollis F1 Fins
xDeep NX Zen