Meet Ocean Tribe Owner & Instructor Trainer Mark Slingo
From watching James Bond movies and the classic Flipper episodes as a kid, Mark was obsessed with the underwater world. Originally from Great Britain after years of snorkelling and free diving on holiday, he finally earned his Open Water Diver scuba certification on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, travelling around the world on his GAP year.
Mark continued to dive on holidays and after completing a bachelors degree at Newcastle University, Mark travelled to Thailand to become a Divemaster. Enjoying himself so much working on dive boats, he elected to stay and become a diving instructor.
Just a few weeks after Mark became an instructor, tragedy struck. A fall from a third floor left Mark paralysed from the waist down. He was hospitalised for four months in the spinal unit in the UK. But he considers that the thought of being able to scuba dive kept him going. And true enough just three weeks following Mark’s discharge from the spinal unit, he was invited back to teach in his former job in Thailand by his mentors top PADI Course Directors, the late Stephen Blumenthal and Russell Martin.
Delighted that he could still teach as a normal dive instructor, and wanting to pass on that gift to other divers, Mark specialised in working with divers with disabilities. At the same time he worked as part of a busy dive centre team, earning higher instructor certifications until in March 2008 he attained the highest PADI Instructor rating possible for anyone. PADI Course Director. He is at the time of writing the first and only wheelchair user to ever attain this rating.
After becoming a PADI Course Director Mark worked in Egypt, and Phuket & Bangkok, Thailand before setting in Kenya teaching diving courses. The culmination of Mark’s experience and hard work were rewarded when Mark finally opened his own dive centre Ocean Tribe in 2015. He strives to maintain the highest possible standards of diving instruction and dive trips at Ocean Tribe and introducing people to the wonders of Kenya’s superb diving.
In addition to his work for Ocean Tribe, Mark is also the Director of Training and Marketing for Disabled Divers International, the world’s leading disabled diver training organisation. He travels around the world teaching Divemasters and Instructors to work with disabled divers and instructor trainers how to teach the instructor courses for pros who wish to work with handicapped people.
Mark is a superb choice to come to to complete your dive professional training or simple do a dive course with. He loves just going for a dive too so often you will find he’s the one fighting to the front of the queue to lead divers.
Away From Diving
Mark is a massive sports fan following his various rugby, football and cricket teams as well as being a fanatical traveller and photographer when he gets the chance. Kenya gives him more than his fair share of opportunities to pursue all the interests without even having to leave the country, which is another reason (aside from the great diving) why he chose to be here.
Wreck diving is a particular love of mine, but any time I’m in the water diving for myself with a cool buddy is the best experience ever!
Mark's Dive Ratings By Agency
- SSI Instructor Trainer
- PADI Course Director
- PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer
- React Right Instructor Trainer
- EFR Instructor Trainer
- DDI Instructor Examiner
- IAHD Instructor Trainer
- DAN 02 Provider Instructor
- TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver
Mark’s Dive Career Highlights
- 2004- Certified as a PADI diving instructor
- 2005- Certified as an IAHD Instructor Trainer
- 2008- Youngest PADI Course Director in the World at the time at 25 years old
- 2008- First and only wheelchair user to become a PADI Course Director
- 2008-Present - Taught PADI IDCs and DDI Instructor courses in Thailand, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, UAE, Oman, Australia, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and UK
- 2013- Taught first ever DDI Instructor course in Australia
- 2015- Opened Ocean Tribe
- 2015- Appointed Director of Diver Training for DDI
- 2015- Trained first ever DDI Instructor Trainers in Australia and New Zealand
- 2015- Trained first ever DDI Instructor Trainers in USA & Canada
- Training supervisor on Award-Winning North AmericanTV show "Invincible- Beneath The Surface"
Mark in the MediaMark assisting on TV productions in North America enabling access for disabled people
Report in Travel Daily News about programs introduced by Mark in Atlantis, The Palm resort in Dubai, UAE
Mark on the front page of Bangkok Post Weekend Supplement
Mark in a newspaper in Cyprus
Mark in the PADI Undersea Journal
Mark appearing in Emirati Diving Association magazine
Mark in Qatar Tribune April 2016
Mark in Eye of Dubai 30 March 2016
Mark mentioned in Vice magazine November 25 2015
Mark has also been featured in SIA magazine Forward, Adult Learning Australia publication Quest and most recently page 3 of The National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.