Discover the Scuba GOAT podcast, your ultimate resource for scuba diving, ocean conservation, and scientific exploration. Join dive professional, Matt Waters, as he explores a range of engaging topics and...more
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Let me tell you where it all began. In 2012 I had created a cycle business, selected the London-based store location, and was set to open in May 2013. However, following 17 years in the Royal Air Force I decided that I deserved a well-earned vacation before opening the doors to ‘Muddy Wheels.’ So, with no real agenda (other than diving) and no real travel plans I booked a return ticket and set off for South-East Asia. First stop, Bangkok. Fast forward six months and I’m in love with a little slice of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, warm weather, beaches, and diving. Board shorts, t-shirts and no shoes are the new uniform and I’m hosting a constant air of positivity “Living the dream.” I nipped back to the UK to move my storage into dad’s loft and garage, sold my cars and motorbikes and close the doors on Muddy Wheelz before they’d even opened. Ten days later and I’m back on a flight to Thailand armed with island essentials, Monster Munch, Marmite and Snickers bars ready for the next chapter of my life. Since then I have taught almost every recreational course possible through SSI & PADI, certified countless divers, led thousands of dives, created my expeditionary travel agency Nomadic Scuba, moved to Sydney and also created this fabulous podcast. My transition from hobbyist to dive professional has afforded me some of the best experiences in my life to date, non-more so than the people I have had the pleasure of meeting. The adventures shared, fears overcome and the ever-lasting memories and friendships that evolve from a mutual love of diving. Through Scuba GOAT and my ever-expanding network of dive buddies hope to stoke the diving dreams of listeners, spread the word of majestic global dive locations, the operators that provide the foundations and service that we require to submerge and explore and those who strive to protect our blue world. Ultimately triggering those life-changing moments that close the cycle shop doors only to open a watery world of adventures and realised dreams.