The new Regional Coach for Wales is Steve Barnard, who brings a wealth of professional and technical diving experience to this important BSAC role. 

Based in North Wales, Steve is a committee member of both Blue Planet Explorers and North Wales Technical Divers Sub-Aqua Clubs. He is enthusiastic individual and a firm believer in safe practices, positivity and the empowerment and encouragement of others to get what they want out of diving.

His CV includes multi agency experience and a background in professional diving and sport and volunteering development. With almost 30 years of diving experience, today Steve is a rebreather and open circuit technical diving instructor with more than 5,000 logged dives. He is passionate about development and has trained divers at all levels, supported dive clubs and provided professional services to dive centres in the UK, Cyprus and Egypt.

Announcing the new appointment, BSAC Diving and Training Advisor Julia Branagan said:

Our Regional Coaches provide an invaluable service to our club network, both with the Diver Training Programme and organising regional training events for members. I’m sure you’ll join me in welcoming Steve as a Regional Coach, and we look forward to working with him as he brings his considerable skills and experience to support BSAC training in Wales.

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