Underwater Cameraman - Operator & Underwater DoPA great underwater camera operator needs to have both excellent diving skills as well as having a creative eye in an alien environment. Andy has more than 10 years diving & filming experience on documentaries, TV commercials and music videos and is equally at home creating beautiful or dramatic lighting effects in a tank or following wild-life in the open oceans. He is experienced with all formats of film and HD.
Over the years Andy has learned and developed many techniques to get the sequence filmed successfully, so whether you need a couple of shots for a commercial or a major sequence for a TV series, Andy's experience, equipment and support crew offer a viable, cost effective solution.
HSE Commercial Diver Part 4, HSE Media Diver, HSE Diving Supervisor (2001, Fort William Scotland).
PADI Divemaster (2001, Fife, Scotland).
PADI Draeger Dolphin semi-closed re-breather diver (Tenerife 2005).
Marine and Coastguard Agency commercial "Boatmaster" (powered craft up to 12meters, 12 miles off-shore, Scotland, 1998-2000).
Royal Yachting Association, Level 2 Powerboat Instructor.
Department of Transport: Personal Survival Techniques at Sea (Edinburgh 1999).
VHF Marine Radio License (Edinburgh 1998, GMDSS upgrade, Tenerife 2004).
Current and in-date, first aid and CPR certificate.
PADI Open Water Instructor (Tenerife 2002).
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (Tenerife 2003).
PADI Staff Instructor (Tenerife 2004).
BSAC Open Water SCUBA Instructor (Tenerife 2007)
PADI Specialist Instructor in the following disciplines: Wreck, Deep, Nitrox, Diver Propulsion Vehicles (ie. Scooters), Draeger Dolphin Rebreather and Ice diving.Emergency First Response, First Aid and CPR (including Care for Children) Instructor(Tenerife 2005).
Diving: approx 2,000 dives; including warm/temperate locations eg Zanzibar, Red Sea, Galapagos,Canary Islands and cold water/ice diving eg. Finland, Antarctica, Scotland, Argentina.
Use of Nitrox and full face masks for communications.
Teaching: 200+ PADI courses from novice to Assistant Instructor and specialities. Experience of teaching and training actors and presenters working infront of camera.
Power boats and Sailing: 100´s of hours experience driving powered craft from small tenders to twin engine diesel hard boats, in a wide range of conditions including night passages. Experience of sailing and crewing yachts from 20 foot to 140 foot, including Sir Peter Blake's vessel, Seamaster, from South America to Antarctica and a number of passages around Scotland and The Canary Islands.
Media Diving Supervisor: Marine Safety and Dive Supervisor on a number of film and TV productions including BBC's "Walking With Monsters" (2004) and a MasterCard commercial (2005).
Housings: Hydroflex housings for Alexa, Arri 435, Arri lll, Aaton prod and Arri SR lll, Amphibico for Sony HD-900/750, FX1 and PD170. AquaTechnica Housing for RED One.