About Andreas W. Matthes
Welcome to the personal web page of Andreas W. Matthes, or as most people know me under the name of Matt or Matten. I maintain this web page to illustrate my fields of interest and activities I am engaging in whom are ranging from cave diving, ccr rebreather diving, sidemount diving, wreck diving to art, offshore sailing, underwater photography, hdr photography, infrared photography, panorama photography, experimental photography and transcontinental motorcycle riding to name just a few.
The C.V below is not a full account of my previous life but rather a diving related curriculum, as diving has been and become such a gravitational activity in my life.
Andreas W. Matthes a.k.a. Matt was born in Germany March 13th, 1963 in the town of Wolfsburg to mom Christa and dad Wolfgang. Graduating from secondary school in 1978 and a technician school in 1981 he moved on to studying art and photography in Braunschweig in end of 1990. After traveling in 1988 to Central America, Mexico and the U.S.A. for 7 month he returned to Germany for a short sting before leaving to Africa 1989-90 for a year long trip.
His life long dream of scuba diving finally came true in 1991. Not surprisingly, when diving became a big part of his life he moved on to Thailand in 1992 to pursue his diving career and life long dream.
1992-94 Technical Manager, Assistant Manager, Chief Instructor, Safety Officer Carabao Scuba Diving, Koh Tao / Thailand
1993-94 Instructor in bilingual dive instructions , Dive guide / Instructor on live a Board Boats Specialty training on Wrecks and Deep Drift dives Oonas Dive club, Sinai / Egypt
1994-96 Instructor in bilingual instructions, Dive Guide West end Divers, Roatan / Honduras Instructor in bilingual instructions, Dive Guide Ocean Divers, Roatan / Honduras
1997-98 Director of Technical Diving Section, Trimix Instructor, Intro Cave Instructor, Cave Guide Cedam Dive Center, Q.Roo / México
1998-2001 Owner of MayaTech Technical & Cave Diving services, Q.Roo / Mexico
2001-2017 on Owner of ProTec Advanced Training Facility Playa del Carmen, Q.Roo / Mexico
2003-2016 Owner of the IANTD Franchise for the area of Mexico, Central America and Cuba
2003-2009 Representative of Dive Rite gear manufacturing in the areas Mexico, Central America and Cuba
2011-2017 Owner of ProTec Advanced Training Facility Tulum, Q.Roo, Mexico. Retirement from ProTec Dive Centers in Mexico
2017-current day Opening and owner of MayaTech Technical & Cave Diving services, Q.Roo / Mexico www.mattmexicocavediving.com
Matt was the founding member of the ProTec Advanced Training Facilities and Dive Centers in Playa del Carmen and Tulum in Mexico as well as the Yucatan Deep Speleological Dive Team. Matt was the owner of the IANTD licensee for Mexico – Central America – Cuba but has retired from this position in 2017.
Along with the daily operations of the ProTec Training Facility in Playa del Carmen & Tulum that includes teaching and administration, the IANTD licensee administration, Matt was the training director and special projects director of ProTec Incorporation Worldwide.
After retiring as IANTD Licensee and ProTec Dive Centers owner in 2017 Matt is now teaching as an independent IANTD Instructor and Instructor Trainer worldwide with his MayaTech diving services company.
Originally from Germany he has lived, worked and dived throughout Germany, Thailand, Honduras, Egypt, Northern and Southern United States, Solomon Islands, Eastern Caribbean, Belize, Pacific and Eastern Mexico.
Matt has been training divers since early 1993 and has certified hundreds of divers, Instructors and Instructor Trainers to various levels of diving and training. Some of the favorite locations that Matt currently guides and teaches include the deep walls off Cozumel, the caves and caverns of the Riviera Maya, the Deep Caves of Yucatan, the deep walls of the Honduran Bay Islands, the wrecks and deep walls along the Mexican Pacific coast, and the wrecks of Croatia.
Matt is teaching courses in German, English, and Spanish.
R.I.P: Jonathan Mayzak. 24.4.1999 - 11.8.2019
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Enjoy some images from the area surrounding ProTec Playa del Carmen Dive Center and the beauty of the Cenotes and Caves of Mexico
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