Fuelled by a boyhood fascination with the books and TV shows of Australian diving pioneers like Ron and Valerie Taylor, Neville Coleman and Ben Cropp, Dean took a scuba course as soon as he left school and has never left the water since.
He spent many years single tank ocean diving weekly in Port Phillip Bay with dive trips to regional Victoria and club trips to the likes of Husskison, Merimbula, Batemans Bay and The ‘Prom.
After discovering GUE in 2001 he was instantly sure he had found his ‘tribe’. He was one of the organisers of the very first GUE class in Australia run by Jarrod Jablonski and Andrew Georgitsis.
After a brief hiatus from diving, (founding a business, getting married and having three kids) he returned to follow up on his technical and cave interests. Technical, mixed gas and cave diving followed, including some fun and successful expeditions to the Nullabor, it was only in 2018 Dean finally fulfilled a long-held ambition to take up freediving, which has now become an obsession.
Dean lives in Melbourne Australia with his ever-patient wife and three beautiful children and remains eternally grateful to be born at a time in history when we can still find new frontiers to satisfy our endless curiosity of discovery.