Patrick Voorma – PADI Regional Manager, South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa

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Patrick Voorma – PADI Regional Manager, South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding Cape Verde and Tunisia)

Contact details:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +27 72 997 29 00

A quick bio from Patrick Voorma:

I first started diving in 1989 in Cape Town South Africa. I served as a Major the South African Defense force for 8 years. Since then I have managed and owned various businesses including Adventure tour companies and Photographic shops.

I became a PADI Pro in 2006 and went on to become a PADI Course Director 2009. I have managed and owned PADI dive centres in South Africa before I was appointed as a PADI Regional Manager.

I am a PADI TecRec Instructor Trainer and I have a love for deep technical diving (on both Open Circuit and Closed Circuit Rebreather) and cave diving.

My passion for deep diving and history has led to the discovery of 10 previously unknown wrecks off the coast of South Africa in 2 years including submarines, warships and passenger ships.

Fun stuff…

When did you first learn to dive?
In Cape Town in 1989

How many dives have you done?
+3000

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought?
Scubapro Knighthawk BCD

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be?
My dive computers

What is your favourite dive site in the South Africa?
The HMS Otus Submarine, The Istar Wreck and No1 reef off Durban…sorry but they are all my favourite!

What is your favourite dive site in the world?
Jesser Canyon, Sodwana Bay.. I know its South Africa..but it’s out of this world

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving?
Milky Chance – Stolen Dance

What is your favourite animal underwater?
Frog Fish

What animal would you love to see on your next dive?
Coelacanth

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list?
Galapagos Islands

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives?
Whatever was left over from the night before…

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be?
Sheck Exley