Team

Lanny Vogel

Cave Camp Founder

IANTD and TDI Full Cave Instructor, CCR Instructor

Lanny started Cave Camp with Claire in 2016. As well as coordinating the event and running the socials he will be instructing on CCR and DPV try dives, and trying to sneak off for a cave dive whenever possible. He has been diving for over 20 years and instructing since 2003. He has trained with some of the world’s leading dive educators and explorers, currently teaches for TDI/SDI, IANTD, RAID, PADI, CMAS, BSAC and DAN, and holds GUE tech and cave certifications. Before setting up Underworld Tulum and diving full time, he was a Commander in the Royal Navy, but retired to prevent work interfering with cave diving.

Claire Vogel

Cave Camp Founder

IANTD and TDI Intro Cave Instructor

Claire is the co-founder of Cave Camp and uses her amazing logistical and organisational skills to make sure the event runs smoothly. She started diving 14 years ago and is an Introductory Cave Instructor with IANTD and TDI, as well as being a RAID, PADI, TDI, SDI and BSAC Open Water Instructor. She has a passion for taking experienced recreational divers into the technical arena and instructing them in the beautiful caves of the Riviera Maya. Claire has wide experience in a range of diving environments around the world, including rebreather and sidemount configuration, wreck, cave and trimix.

Garry Dallas

RAID OC Full Cave Instructor Trainer, SF2 CCR Instructor

Garry, aka ‘Sidemount Bob’, began his diving career in 1999. His interest in diving includes sidemount, backmount and CCR and has led to an extensive knowledge base which he eagerly shares with others. An avid dry caver in his earlier days, Garry’s passion for sidemount and cave diving led him to be fundamental in the founding of the Apeks Cave Exploration Project in 2013. Whether diving technical or recreational, cave or wreck, Garry provides high quality training with an enthusiastic and friendly approach.

James Draker

IANTD and TDI CCR Cave Instructor

James is a Technical Cave, Trimix and CCR instructor for IANTD, as well as an Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer, CCR and Full Cave Instructor for TDI. He is passionate about teaching and promoting safe technical diving and mentoring newer cave divers to allow them to fully experience the unique environment of underwater caves. A well known figure in the Florida cave diving community, James has a passion for deep, extended duration dives venturing many hours underground.

Marissa Eckert

TDI DPV Full Cave, DPV and CCR Instructor

Marissa Eckert is a TDI Full Cave instructor, Cave DPV Instructor, and CCR Cave Instructor, as well as a TDI SF2/SF2 Sidemount E-CCR Rebreather instructor. She enjoys teaching students in all configurations but especially loves the small sidemount caves. She moved to Florida many years ago to pursue her passion for cave diving full time and has accumulated thousands of cave dives. Marissa has an undeniable love for caves, she loves photographing them, hiking to find them, and exploring them.

Ian France

IANTD OC and CCR Technical Cave Instructor

Ian started his teaching career in 2005, teaching open circuit technical courses up to Advanced Trimix. Now specialising in Mine, Cave and Trimix diving as an Advanced Cave diving instructor, Ian believes that the wrecks, caves and unexplored areas of the world are accessible to all divers with the correct training, equipment and knowledge. When not teaching, Ian spends his time exploring caves and flooded mines. He offers training in the UK, Azores, France, Spain, Malta and Mexico.

Jon Kieren

GUE Fundamentals, TDI OC and CCR Cave Instructor

Jon Kieren has spent the past 10 years focused on improving diver and professional level training. As a GUE Fundamentals Instructor, TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer, CCR and Full Cave Instructor, SDI/TDI Training Advisory Panel member and former Training Director for Technical Diving International (TDI), Jon has a wide range of experience working with student divers and dive professionals at all levels, but his primary focus resides in the technical and cave diving realms.

Steve Lewis

TDI & RAID OC/CCR Cave Instructor Evaluator

Steve (aka Doppler) has been an active technical diver, instructor and expedition leader since the early 1990s. Steve is best known for promoting safe practices to the diving community whether in caves, on wrecks or in open water environments. He was primary author of RAID’s cave diving programs. And among other awards, he is a recipient of the NSS-CDS Sheck Exley International Safety Award for 1000 logged cave dives, and is a member of the college of fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.