Irishman Darragh Gorman has just completed his TDI Advanced Trimix Course with renowned Instructor Will Goodman here at Blue Marlin Dive in Gili Trawangan, bringing him all the way down to 100m!! Modest Darragh, who is usually not lost for words, was uncharacteristically quiet and shy when asked about it. However, he was all smiles when he emerged from the dive on the beautiful Tunang Wall just off the coast of Lombok, and had an energy buzzing all around him.
Darragh, now on his fifth visit to Gili Trawangan, has completed his PADI Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Instructor courses here with us in the last few years, as well as his initial technical dive training TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures with Will last year.
This time round he has been training with Will for just under a month starting with his TDI Extended Range Diver course, then the TDI Advanced Trimix course, followed by his IART Mod 1 rebreather course on the JJ-CCR. The TDI Advanced Trimix Course ran over 6 dives, starting at 60m then with 8m increments, he completed dives to 68m, 76m, 84 and 92m before achieving his target depth of 100 meters. “I’m stoked” says Darragh, who also works as a PADI instructor on the weekends where he resides in the cold waters of Melbourne. “It was an incredible feeling and an awesome dive”. “It’s a crazy feeling to see 100m logged on my dive computer”.
So what’s next for Darragh, who has reached this milestone that only a select few divers achieve?
“I’m now interested in further pursuing my training on the rebreather. I will first have to go back to the day job and teach a few weekend PADI courses before I can take the next step, I’m now just super excited to continue my dive training and get more deep dive experience. I like the set up here at Blue Marlin Dive, the instruction from Will is second to none, the dive sites are all beautiful and are so close to the island. It easy to travel to from Melbourne where I live, I can catch a flight direct to Bali and be here in a matter of hours.”
The Blue Marlin team have enjoyed having Darragh here with us over the past month, he even helped us out on a few busy days guiding some of our divers. We are sad to say goodbye today, but hope to see Darragh back here again soon.