Watching Sea Hunt as a kid in the 1960s Mark was inspired to get a mask and snorkel and head down to the local beach in an effort to re-enact the exploits of his TV hero Mike Nelson.
Today Mark is the owner of Aquability Dive Centre, the leading technical diver training facility in Melbourne.
An IANTD Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer, IANTD Advanced Standard Dress Instructor Trainer, KISS Rebreather Instructor and PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Mark is also the Founding Member and President of Southern Ocean Exploration, Vice President of the Maritime Archaeological Association of Victoria and a Councilor of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology.
In 2006 Mark received the Heritage Council of Victoria Award for his work in Maritime Archaeology with the locating and reporting of some of Australia’s most significant shipwrecks. A regular speaker on local radio, at local Lions, Probus, Dive Clubs and Community organisations Mark makes the most of every opportunity to promote Maritime Archaeology and the need to protect our shipwrecks.
Mark’s passion for the protection our Australia’s shipwrecks has at times put him at odds with some local technical wreck divers, however it has also aligned him with many like-minded divers who fully believe in the preservation of our underwater cultural heritage.
Southern Ocean Exploration is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the:
Southern Ocean Exploration (SOE) has located over a dozen shipwrecks in southern Australia, including the Kanowna, Queensland, Glenelg, and Alert. SOE has a close working relationship with Heritage Victoria and Heritage NSW. The team continue to search for shipwrecks and are always interested in hearing from like-minded divers.