Paul Toomer

Paul started diving in 1996 under the instruction of PADI Course Director Steve Axtell. Having such an extraordinary trainer and a passion for the underwater world, it was not long till he decided this was the career he'd been looking for.

In May 1997 he opened Diving Leisure London Limited and qualified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. By 1999 he had achieved the rating of Master Instructor and in 2001 he completed his PADI Course Director program. By 2006 Diving Leisure London had achieved PADI's highest rating of 5 Star Career Development Centre, London's first and only CDC Centre.

In 2002 Paul decided he wanted to pursue his technical diving interests. He began his training with TDI and then qualified under multiple technical agencies including IANTD, PADI and PSAI to name but a few.


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In 2007 he decided to concentrate purely on technical diver training, expeditions and Diving Matrix Tec Lab was born. Tec Lab is innovative in it’s design and philosophy and sets the benchmark for advanced diver training.

During training for SSI Instructor Trainer Paul was offered the position as Director of Technical Training for SSI (Scuba Schools International). He is responsible for writing diver and instructor manuals, training standards and all sorts of interesting projects.

In January 2014 Paul joined Jim Holliday and Barry Coleman as co-owner of RAID International. Paul has happily taken the role of Director of Diver Training and with his team is developing state of the art programs in the recreational and technical arena.


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Paul has dived caves and wrecks all over the world and also safely planned and executed many sub 100 metre ocean dives with a maximum depth of 150 metres. He is qualified on multiple rebreathers including – Inspiration, Evolution, Sentinel, JJ, Prism 2, Hollis Explorer and the Poseidon MKVI and Se7en.

Paul regularly contributes to various dive magazines including London Diver and has worked with Film and TV Companies as a diver, supplier and advisor. He has given many diving related presentations including SSI Member events, DEMA, OZTek, EuroTek, TekCamp, the British Scuba Industry Trade Association, PADI, the London International Dive Show, Hollis/Oceanic Dealer Seminar and many more.

A little boy called Sebastian, motorcycles, tattoos and playing drums are the other major influences in Paul's life.