About Keith.


Now retired, Keith Cardwell was in the Dive Industry for 40 years, won countless awards including the PADI "Platinum" Course Director.

Keith has trained approximately 10,000 divers with more than 5,000 of these at various levels of instructor certification. He has established several 5☆ Instructor Development Centres and lived and worked as a Course Director in Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Maldives, and the U.S.A.

Originally qualified and working for ten years as a production and pneumatics engineer, Keith holds a PhD in the study of workplace competence for recreational diving instructors, a Masters Degree in Education majoring in Lifelong Learning with Diplomas in Vocational Education and Training (VET), Training, Design & Development (TDD), Business and Industrial Administration (BIA), Applied Climate Science & Sport and Recreation. Operating in Cairns for the past 20 years and having working alongside Divers World, Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Scuba College, Passions of Paradise and TUSA Dive he still offers assistance to those wishing to make a career in recreational diving.

Now back at University, his present passion is the science of Climate Change and is hopeful of being able to contribute to future research in this subject.

Academic Papers

  1. PhD Thesis: Workplace Competence for Recreational Diving Instructors through Situated Learning Environments in Established Communities of Practice
  2. Chapter 16, Formal, Informal, and Incidental Learning How Recreational-Diving Instructors Achieve Competency from text: 1st Edition, Beyond Binaries in Education Research, Edited By Warren Midgley, Mark A. Tyler, Patrick Alan Danaher, Alison Mander