2008 - 2016
Diving Matrix was started by Paul toomer in 2007 based out of London, UK providing technical training with DSAT, IANTD, TDI.
It ran regular trips to: Malta, Mexico, South Africa, and Sardinia.
In 2009 Ian France joins the team and initially assists Paul.
In 2010 Matrix added RAID to their line up of technical agencies, and was one of the first to start teaching Poseidon MKIV courses. Tec Lab Malta was opened as well. In 2011 Matrix Kingston opens. In 2012 , while Paul's main focus is the Tec Lab Malta, Ian runs Matrix in the UK (Manchester).. In 2013 Matrix teaches mainly SSI and IANTD, while the Malta Tec Lab is shut down. In 2014 Paul joins RAID as a co-owner, and Global Training Director, naturally Matrix now focusses on RAID & IANTD. Jason Selway joins the team as one of the youngest Poseidon MKIV instructors world wide. Between 2014 and 2016, Paul's focus is mainly on RAID, while Jason focusses more on his career. Ian continues to teach under the Matrix banner, and eventually in 2016 announces a partnership with Dave Gration.
PRESS RELEASE DIVING MATRIX
We are proud to announce the arrival of the upgraded Diving Matrix V2.0.
As you are all aware Diving Matrix has been offering bespoke advanced diving education for the last however many years. It all goes by too quickly.
You are also aware that I (Paul) decided, stupidly perhaps, to work for a training agency and then even stupider (!) start my own. Of course this shifted my focus away from offering diver training into a new arena. It has always struck me as a shame that I have been unable to bring Diving Matrix into my Dive RAID family. I have missed my friends who have spent many a year listening to me teach and being at the end of my abuse when they tried to kill either themselves or indeed me.
The beauty of Dive RAID is that I get to meet incredible divers, instructors and trainers from across the globe. The person I’m about to introduce you to fits into all three of the categories above.
So it is with great pride that I introduce you all to the new face of Diving Matrix, Mr. Olivier van Overbeek, or OVO or Oli. Yes, he’s Dutch! No. he does not have a bicycle, or a long finger to stick in dykes and yes, he speaks English. Oli is a RAID Recreational Instructor Trainer, a Rebreather Instructor and Technical Instructor Trainer. Oli specialises in Sidemount and now Rebreather but also a pretty dab hand at twinset and has been spotted occasionally in a single tank setup as well.
Oli: “Although I actually started diving in The Netherlands, the bulk of my dive training was done in the UK, going through various trainers and agencies I initially was introduced to Diving Matrix through Ian France, who provided an excellent Mine Diver Course, and it was through Ian I ended up meeting Paul and subsequently RAID about 3 years ago. During my time with RAID I’ve had the privilege to be involved with the re-writing of various technical programs as a Technical Consultant/Author, a process and opportunity that meant working with Paul, and other amazing colleagues.
Since I began working with Paul behind the scenes at RAID I started working less on my own projects at Centurion (my dive centre) so when Paul offered a partnership in Matrix, I instantly knew it made sense, not just logistically, but also because of our shared passion for going the extra mile and general approach towards the customer!
It is with some sadness I say goodbye to Centurion, and with great joy I embrace Matrix.”
Oli has rebuilt the website completely, making it more user friendly and has basically given our little company a facelift. With me at the forefront it surely needed one.
Of course I will don my Matrix hoodie from time to time and offer all levels of training as before.
Matrix will begin offering bespoke technical trips globally and will recruit and train it’s own Expedition Teams at various levels. This will be done in conjunction with RAID ResEx (Research and Exploration) program.
To make this all official, booze will need to be consumed in the traditional Matrix way, we are planning on of our legendary parties in good old London town.
Date – Place – Dress code (fancy dress?) – Will be announced shortly.
Finally, we need to mention Ian France. There is no moving forwards into a ‘new’ Diving Matrix, without recognising the amount of work, talent, and personality Ian France has put into this company over the last 6 years. Besides being an incredibly talented instructor and trainer, Ian has also been a kind and generous friend to both Oli and myself, offering continuous support and assistance.
Ian has been operating under his own banner, Ian France Technical, for some time now and although we wish him every success, he will be sorely missed at Diving Matrix.
He will be at the party, that is for sure.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and we look forward to seeing and diving with you soon.
Paul and Oli
Diving Matrix – Advanced Diver Training
Tel Oli: +44 7961 466812 / +356 99070129
Tel Paul: +44 7720 287529