Dan has had a long and varied career. Starting with the military as an army communicator, he completed tours of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, six years in Europe, and was a demonstration jumper with the Canadian Forces Parachute team the Sky Hawks. Retiring in 1992, he went to College and graduated with distinction as a Software Engineer in 1995.
He began diving in 1992 but in 1997 he began diving in earnest and pursued a career in the diving industry. He became the only Canadian Global Underwater Technical instructor in the fall of 1999. In the year 2000 he founded Northern Tech Diver in Kingston, Ontario.Dan currently teaches technical diving internationally full time. He is an avid videographer, photographer and author. He typically completes over 300 dives a year, about half of which are mixed gas technical OC or Rebreather dives. In his spare time over the last year, Dan completed his Private Pilot’s license as well.
HMS Repulse Expedition 2004
The HMS Repulse began her life as a 26,500-ton Renown class battle cruiser on the 24th of January 1915 when builder John Browns laid down her keel in Clydebank, Scotland, and was launched on the 8th January 1916. The HMS Repulse had a long career. She saw battle at the tail end of the First World War as well as half way through the Second World War.
In October, 1941 the Repulse joined the Eastern Fleet to form what was to become known as the ill-fated Force Z. On December 8, 1941, the HMS Prince of Wales and the HMS Repulse, in the company of their destroyers, left Singapore naval base without air support. They were attacked by Japanese torpedo bombers in the South China Sea off the coast of Malaysia. HMS Repulse sank at 12.35 hrs, with the loss of 513 men. The loss of the Repulse and Prince of Wales was a tremendous blow to the British. Both ships are officially listed as British War Cemeteries.