Erik Brown

Founder, Hydronauts Diving | Only North American Diver Involved In Heroic Thailand Cave Rescue

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Erik Brown is the Founder of Hydronauts Diving, a premier recreational and technical diving school in Koh Tao, Thailand.

In 2018, he was the only North American diver involved in the largest rescue operation of his generation. He was part of the team of divers assisting the government of Thailand in the extraction of 13 children trapped in a cave in Northern Thailand. He was a main support and rescue diver, highly involved in the extraction of every kid over the span of 2 weeks in Chang Rai.

Originally from British Columbia, Erik is a professional diver of 15 years. Starting his diving career in Australia in 2004, his interest in underwater video and technical diving quickly took him around the world as one of the world leading technical diving instructors. In 2010, Erik was a founding member of Team Blue Immersion in Dahab, Egypt. TBI was at the forefront on technical training and provided logistics from numerous documentaries, world record dives, and training seminars.

Erik is a sponsored diver with some of the world’s leading dive companies, including Fourth Element, Ocean Reef, and Hollis. Erik was the primary videographer on Expedition Alexander Hamilton; an expedition that saw a 4-person team of divers place a memorial plaque on the first American ship sunk in World War 2 off the coast of Iceland.

When not travelling around the world exploring caves and wrecks worldwide, Erik spends his time teaching specialized technical courses, and preaching safety principles and the teamwork required to be a successful diver.

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