Oceaneric was established in 2014 by Eric Thornthwaite and is registered with the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce (KvK) 60816066. Oceaneric is specialized in maintaining and repairing dive equipment and offers several diving services.
I have dived in England, Egypt, Gozo, Tenerife, Spain, Malta, The Netherlands, The Falkland Islands, Scotland, Greece & Antarctica (yes it was cold, yes it was fantastic). I learned to dive in a flooded quarry south of Leicester in England in the rain-lashed Autumn of 2001. As miserable as this sounds, I enjoyed it and decided I’d give diving a go and as often as I could. After diving with the British Antarctic Survey whilst stationed at Rothera research station between 2002 to 2004, I knew that I wanted to move from recreational diving towards diving as a profession.
I completed my Divemaster training with Poseidon divers in Dahab, then moved to Spain to dive with S’Algar diving in Menorca, a winter season with Puffin Dive Centre in Oban, then back to Menorca to play in its caves. I then moved to work for Aquatron in Glasgow for over five years, becoming an Instructor, working in their servicing department and latterly as their Servicing Manager. Here, duties and responsibilities included compressor maintenance, repair and maintenance on high pressure (450 bar) air systems, including storage banks, oxygen booster pumps, gas blending panels and hyperbaric recompression chambers. Plus pressure gauge and safety relief valve calibration and testing. Customers included commercial dive operators, branches of the Ministry of Defence and HM Forces, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and several university scientific dive teams, as well as supporting the local and the not so local diving community.
In 2012, I moved to Amsterdam to live with my Dutch girlfriend. For a year and a half I worked as a service technician in the luxury yachting industry. But I missed the diving world, so it was time to start my own business and a return to working in the diving sector again. The result is Oceaneric.