Phil Short

Phil  has  been  diving  professionally  and  exploring  for  over  30  years  and  has  logging  thousands  of dives in caves and open water using both open and closed circuit equipment.

He  learnt  to  dive  in  1990,  from  a  background  of  dry  caving,  to  pass  short  flooded  sections  of  dry caves.  He  then  continued  his  diver  training  through  the  PADI  system  with  Course  Director  Steve Axtell and in 1991 he qualified as a PADI instructor and began teaching full time, working his way up to Master Instructor.

During  this  period  Phil  continued  cave  diving  and  began  developing  his  Technical  Diving  skills through training with Kevin Gurr and in 1993 was involved in forming one of the first Trimix wreck diving  teams  in  the  UK  and  working  as  a  CCR  Diver  of  shipwreck  search  projects  in  the  Gulf  of Mexico  &  Guam.  He  is  one  of  the  foremost  IANTD  Instructor  Trainer  Trainers  and  the  Training director of IANTD UK in addition to being a member of the IANTD HQ Board of Advisors.

Having developed his Technical skills, Phil began to use them for cave diving, his true passion, on expeditions to Mallorca, France, Spain, Canada, Russia, Greece and Mexico. At the same time, he began teaching first open, then closed circuit, technical and cave diving full time.

Phil has been involved in film projects for ITV, BBC, Discovery, Channel 4 and NOVA. On projects such  as  ‘The  M1  submarine’,  ‘The  shipwrecks  from  the  battle  of  Jutland’,  ‘The  Last  B-24’, ‘Oceans’,  and  cave  diving  projects  in  Spain  ‘The  Road  to  Certain  Death’,  the  UK  ‘Secret Underground’ and Mexico ‘Curiosity The Cave’.

He has trained divers from the HSE, the BBC, the U.K. Police, NOAA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute  (WHOI),  the  Archaeological  department  of  the  National  Museum  of  China  and  the  US National Parks Service.

Phil  currently  works  as  Diving  Operations  Manager  for  Institutions  including  Lund  University Sweden  and  WHOI  and  has  been  involved  in  Scientific  projects  including  the  survey  and excavation of the Antikythera wreck, The excavation of the Mentor wreck and the excavation of the 1495  ship  Gribshunden.  He  has  supervised  DPAA  projects  to  survey,  excavate  and  recover  crew from WWII ditched aircraft. The Tulsamerican B-24 project in 2017 saw the successful repatriation and internment of the pilot.

Phil joined a 3 month project lead by Bill Stone to pass sump 4 in the Cave J2 in Southern Mexico and explore the cave beyond during which he spent 45 days living underground.

He  has  spoken  at  numerous  International  Diving  Conferences  and  was  awarded  ‘Diver  of  the Conference’  at Tek Dive USA in 2016.

Phil owns Dark Water Exploration Ltd. and holds HSE SCUBA, HSE Surface Supply & Offshore Top  Up  Commercial  Diving  qualifications  plus  Swedish  S-30  &  Dive  Supervisor  Certification  to support his role as DSO.

Phil is a Fellow of  The Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Explorers Club.


Titile of the presentation: “Langbans Mine, the history, the diving and the exploration of this iconic Mine."


Langbans Mine and mining museum in Sweden is a time capsule of preserved industrial archeology. The team will cover the history of the mine for extraction of Iron ore and minerals, the available diving for Mine and cave divers and the Deep section exploration by the team over the last decade.

2007 - 2022

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