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General Information
  Introduction
  Introduction
  How it works?
  How it works?
  The Anatomy
  The Anatomy
  Meet the Team
  Meet the Team
  The Gears
  The Gears
  Expedition Log
  Expedition Log
  Expeditions Schedule
  Expeditions Schedule
  Forms
  Forms
  Episode Overview
  Episode Overview
  The Empress of Asia
  The Empress of Asia
  The Quest for Truth
  The Quest for Truth
  Prisoners & Warriors of the Sea
  Prisoners & Warriors of the Sea
  The Ultimate Disaster
  The Ultimate Disaster
  Sinking the Unsinkable
  Sinking the Unsinkable
  Yellow Coals from the Deep
  Yellow Coals from the Deep
Assistance & Sponsership
Assistance & Sponsership
  Governmental Endorsement
  Information, Literature, etc
  Manpower
  Safety and Security
  Sponsorship
  Press & Media
  Media Coverage
  Media Coverage
 
 
 
 
 
 

MEET THE TEAM

Project Leader | Expedition Leaders | Photographers | Videographers
| Researchers | Advisors |



Project Leader
Michael Lim

Professional Experience & Skills Assessment

Currently a consultant on recreational and technical dive-related services providing consultation to travel agents, tourism boards, dive operators, live aboard operators and resorts. He is also actively involved in the ongoing technology of technical and rebreather diving.

He is responsible for the breakthrough of technical diving in Singapore and the region, being the first to set up a technical dive centre in 1994.

He has help set up nitrox filling station and technical diving workshops in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Terrengganu in West Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia, Brunei and for the navy in Thailand. He is also the appointed diving consultant of the first full-scale dive membership club in the region, Club Adventure in 1999.

Acquired his own research and dive vessel, M V Mata Ikan in 1998 and pioneered a series of underwater expeditions and filming projects. Led the first full scale maritime history salvage work in Singapore on the Empress of Asia wreck and was exhibited in the Singapore History Museum. He has completed a series of successful projects to date that includes Japan TV and BBC Productions. He is presently running his own technology and talent company to produce world class adventure production about South East Asia.

 
 
   

 

 
 
Writer and Photographer
Active freelance underwater photographer with work published in many magazines and books. Has jointly worked with journalist and produced a book entitled "Diving Escapade in Thailand's Tropical Seas" which won the Singapore Publishers Award of 1994. He was the column writer of the "Gearing Up" section in Asian Diver Magazine and the Tek Diving column in Decom.Stop Magazine.

He is also a contributor to the Tec Asia Magazine and premier photographic magazine, Asian Photography.

International Trainer and Leader
Field experience in diving includes leading expedition groups to Malaysia, Thailand, Phillipines, Borneo, Maldives, Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America, Indonesia, Europe and Micronesia. Training divers and instructors in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cyprus, Greece and Kuwait. 17 years experience in dive operations with 15 years full time commitment (1987-2002).

Dive Services Operator / Consultant and Industry Authority

Worked and set-up "Sharkeys Dive & Adventure Pte Ltd" in Singapore for 10 years from 1988 - 1998 as instructor and owner. Work includes training of divers from beginners to instructor level, supervising the overall running of dive and adventure operations and the planning and packaging of new programs.

Set - up "TDI Advanced & Technical Diving" in Singapore in 1995 to develop and support Nitrox and Technical Diving. Has been involved as guest speaker in the following events: The Asia Pacific MegaOcean Symposium, Dive Queensland Seminar, Tecasia Conference, PATA talks and Omnimax Threater Dive Talk.

Experience in dive resort and travel includes setting up of dive operation in Tropical Coral Inn, Tioman Island, and Peninsula Malaysia.

Setting up of dive operation in Phuket, Thailand. Co-ordinator and consultant of Project Dive Asia, a comprehensive dive travel package. Has work with numerous dive operators, travel agents and tourism boards. Represented Queensland Tourist Promotion Board as speaker in the Dive Queensland Seminar and Bandos Resort in the Dive Maldive Seminar. He is also the first recognised lecturer to conduct Dive Travel training course for travel agents in Singapore with MFTC (Multi-Franchise Training Centre).

Expedition Leader and Film Maker
He spearheaded FishEyeProject, which consists of 12 dive expeditions to the wrecks, caverns and caves of the region setting the benchmark of dive exploration in the South East Asia. His projects have been aired on CNN and BBC news. He also owns his dive and research vessel, M V Mata Ikan since 1999 and has worked on many international projects.
He worked with NHK in their production of the Japanese Survival series, which took 4 months of shooting in a remote island in Thailand.

He, also assisted BBC in their filming of the HMS Repulse and Prince of Wales.
He was responsible for the re-discovery of the Empress of Asia, a Canadian Passenger Liner turns troop carrier that went down during WWII in Singapore waters. A successful recovery operation led by him in July 1998 was put on exhibition in the Singapore History Museum for 18 months entitled, the Forgotten Empress.

He was appointed by the Dutch Navy to search for their missing WWII Submarine, O20 and KVI. He led a submarine expedition in 1998, which received international recognition. He found the O20 in 2002, which was aired across the Netherlands. He is currently searching and producing a one-hour adventure documentary about these submarines.
 
Diving Qualifications & Credentials

Commercial Diving
A Qualified Lloyds Registered Underwater Inspector and Surveyor.

Sports Diving
SSI ( Scuba Schools International ) Master Instructor #8090, Instructor Trainer, and Specialty Instructor in the following disciplines: Underwater Photography, Videography, Deep Diver, Search & Recovery, Equipment Specialist, Wreck Diver, Underwater Navigator, Night Diver, Cavern Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Shark Diver and Boat Diver. Has been awarded the SSI Platinum Diver and Instructor Achievement Award. He is also an Instructor Trainer with AUSI (Associated Underwater Scuba Instructor).

Technical Diving
TDI (Technical Diving International) Instructor Trainer #1A in the following discipline: Nitrox, Advanced Nitrox, Decompression Diver, Extended Range, Advanced Wreck, Rebreather and Gas Blending. He is also an IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers) Nitrox Instructor and Gas Blender. A qualified NSS (National Speological Society) Cavern and Full Cave Diver.

Equipment Servicing
Certified to service and maintain the following dive manufacturers equipment: Spare Air, Pro-sub, Mares, Spirotechnique, Poseidon, U S Divers, SeaQuest, Apex, Zeagle and Scubapro. He is also a certified Drager Dolphin rebreather serviceman. He is also an instructor trainer in the ANX Computerised Gas Mixing System.

Safety and Emergency
Certified Instructor Trainer of NSC (National Safety Council) and React Right International. Instructor of DAN (Divers Alert Network) and Emergency First Response.
 
 
 
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