TFC Profile #1 – Professor Simon Mitchell

Simon Mitchell began diving in 1972 at the age of 14. His diving career has subsequently included more than 6000 dives spanning many disciplines including sport, scientific, commercial, and military diving. In recent years his diving interests have focused on photography and visiting deep wrecks using a Mk15.5 closed circuit rebreather.

Simon changed career paths from marine biology to medicine in the 1980s, completing his medical degree, post graduate Diplomas in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and Occupational Medicine; He trained in diving medicine with the Royal New Zealand Navy between 1992 and 1998, and then spent 4 years in Brisbane, Australia as medical director of the Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine. Over this period he treated over 400 cases of decompression sickness.

Simon is one of the southern hemispheres leading speakers and a practicing anesthesiologist and diving physician based in Auckland New Zealand. An active technical diver Simon currently using a Mk15.5 closed circuit rebreather to explore deep shipwrecks around New Zealand and Australia. Co-author of the now second edition of “Deeper into Diving” with John Lippmann he also co-authored 2 chapters on decompression illness in the most recent edition of Bennett and Elliott.