Tom Steiner van den Ouweelen is a Technical Instructor Trainer living in Malta and originaly from Switzerland, his passion is teaching technical diving and cave diving either on backmount or sidemount. His extensive experience after 36 years in the water will bring you the most interesting courses that you can ask for. The training is hard but you will become a very good diver. All his courses are filmed and debriefied on what you achieved.
Born in 1965, in Switzerland, 1 km from Bulle (which means Bubble in French!)... He speaks and writes fluently 7 languages (EN, F, D, SP, NL, I & HUNG) and has some good Arabic knowledge. Tom started diving in 1979 with an intro dive in Barbados during a holiday, and after returning to Switzerland he decided to start his diving education in Lake Geneva[Montreux]
90% of all of his diving education took place in the cold and dark Swiss lakes and 10% in the Mediterranean Sea, starting with CMAS and finally PADI, TDI, SDI, EDA, NRC, IANTD, BSAC, PROTEC and IATA (International Advanced Training Association) Instructor.
After over 20 years of professional diving he has over 13'500 dives and a total amount of 2'500 hours on Rebreathers! Tom has been working all over the world in the diving industry and has also attended many international dive shows where he presented some seminars on Technical Diving.
He is today an EDA Examinator, CMAS Course Director & Examinator, TDI, SDI, PADI TECREC Instructor Trainer, INNERSPACE Explorers Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Master Freediving Instructor and finally a BSAC & IANTD Instructor. Tom is specialised in training Instructors in the technical field and his passion is Technical Diving, Caves, Sidemount, Rebreathers, Nitrox, Trimix and Gas Blending.
He has been training Instructors all over the planet and is one of the most experienced Technical Diving Instructor Trainer's worldwide.
Tom has trained Astronauts at the ESA (European Space Agency) and the Greek Navy and Coast Guards on Rebreather.
He also organised the AIDA Free Diving World Championship at Lake Geneva in 2000, where his team were responsible for the safety of 48 free divers, spending 4 hours non-stop underwater at a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius, he was also safety diver for Loic Leferme, Fred Buyle and Sarah Campbell (freedivers).
He is also safety diver for Pascal Bernabe and assist him during his training sessions and deep trimix courses. (world record holder of the deepest dive 330 meters below sea level). He was part of many movies that have been done around the globe (-330 meters below the Sea, "22 minutes" action movie)
The second worldwide Reefball project by PADI is also one of his projects. He is also CCR Instructor (Rec and Tec).
Tom has also trained Instructors from the most famous dive centres in the world, including Sinai Divers (Sharm el Sheikh), Sam's Tours (Palau), Hippoconsulting (France), Euro Divers (Maldives), Sea Explorer (Maldives), Sinai Dive Club (Sharm el Sheikh) and Scuba-Shop's (Switzerland), Deepquest (Switzerland) and many others... He has also worked in collaboration with National Geographic, and trained on Draeger SCR at this time the world famous hyperbarist Dr. Slostman Daniel.
Tom has also written and translated books about Rebreather and Nitrox and developped the first Tec Sidemount course in the diving Industry and is the inventor of the sliding sidemount buckle. He moved from Egypt after 15 years in Sinai, he came to Gozo in february 2012. In Egypt he was first manager of Dahab Divers Lodge and then owner of 2 dive centers, Fantaseatec at first and then Dahab Divers Technical.
You will earn..., not buy a certification!
He is located in Malta from March to end October, in winter he is teaching courses around the world.
Total number of dives : +13'500
Rebreather hours : 2'500 (Inspiration, SF1, Draeger, OMG "Azimuth", Voyager)
Cave dives : +1'800 (Spain, France, Mexico, Malta, Egypt)
Dives between 40 to 100 meters : +4000
Dives between 100-150 meters : +250
Dives between 150-200 meters : 5
First dive : was in 1979
Training agencies : TDI/SDI, INNERSPACE Explorers, PADI and ANDI