Kevin Gurr
Cave and Wreck Explorer
England - United Kingdom
Kevin started diving as a sport diver in a local dive club in the UK. Air was the only gas and diving conditions made deep wreck exploration extremely hazardous. As a electronics engineer his interest in diving electronics started when a friend had a major accident with a high pressure gauge. Having created a digital alternative he soon realised the device had enough brain to run a decompression algorithm, so he designed a dive computer.

This interest spread to rebreathers when he was comissioned to design a control system. The first chamber test dive (and his first rebreather dive) was to 200m! It failed!

He then started to use his new found knowledge of mixed gas to experiment with decompression calculations further and do deeper and longer dives. This resulted in the worlds first nitrox computer in 1991.

At the time internet was growing and through the first Tech Diving forum he met Richard Pyle who was to become a good friend. Kevin attended the first Nitrox/Tech Diver workshop in Houston and as a result adpoted and set-up IANTD in the UK. He became the first technical diving instructor outside the USA.

Through his association with Pyle he met Dr Bill Stone and after a week of assembling muddy rebreather parts in Bills garage, Richard and Kevin had built 'their children'. Their first fully functioning MK4 rebreathers. Training ensued and they went onto help Bill with the MK5 development.

In 1997 Kevin led the first post-Cousteau expedition to the Britannic. His team spent 3 weeks on the site. This deep water project along with several others like the Lusitaniain the same year led to the development of the VR3 mixed gas dive computer (www.vr3.co.uk).

In 1998 he received the 'Diver of the Year award' in the UK for services to the diving industry and his leadership of the Britannic project and is still the last recipient. His diving product designs have won several inovation awards.

Kevin has dived all over the world and been involved in many exciting projects. He worked with NOAA on the Monitor project during the turret recovery, as a videographer he has worked on several wreck investigation programmes.

His expertise in marine electronics and surveying has led to several diving projects in search of Spanish Galleons throughout the Pacific, Central America and the Florida Keys. Over several seasons he worked with Billy Deans in Guam where for the first time they used MK15.5's on a regular basis over a range of depths down to 330ft, logging hundreds of closed circuit hours. This project led to the development of the Ouroboros Rebreather (www.ccrb.co.uk).

Kevin is an active dry caver and cave diving instructor and teaches technical diving at all levels. He has wrote and co-wrote many of todays standard teaching materials. As a diving engineer he has been instrumental in assiting with the designs of many of the worlds technical diving products for his own and other companies.

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