Paul Haynes_webpage_20210402.jpgPAUL HAYNES

Special Operations Capability Manager


Paul's role at JFD as Special Operations Capability Manager means that he is focused on bringing our special operations capability to the market.

Paul Haynes is a former UK Special Forces (SF) Special Boat Service (SBS) combatant Diver Instructor, Diving Supervisor and Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Operator (Pilot & Navigator).


Upon leaving the SBS, Paul worked for Divex (now JFD) the world’s largest manufacturer of professional diving equipment and as a consequence, for over two decades has and remains at the forefront of defence underwater life support systems research, development, design, test and training; including test diving and supervision of manned free flooding combat submersibles having previously authored a Free Flooding Submersible Vehicle Closed Circuit Rebreather Study on behalf of the UK MoD.

As Diving Officer for a number of companies, Paul has developed corporate diving procedures and management governance policy in accordance with UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Diving at Work Regulations (DWR) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for Inshore Commercial Diving, Media Diving and Recreational Diving Instruction.

Active in the media diving industry, holding a Maritime Coastal Agency (MCA) Ships Master Certificate of Competence, Paul provides media diving supervision and maritime safety management escorting film production companies on diving expeditions to remote and challenging locations worldwide and as a former Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) Inshore Lifeboat coxswain, provides maritime safety and Search And Rescue (SAR) operations training for various international Coastguard / Lifeboat organisations such as the Netherlands Life Boat Institute (KNRM).

As a civilian advanced mixed gas diving Instructor Trainer on a broad range of rebreather technologies and deep shipwreck explorer to a depth of 100m, Paul is a respected civilian technical diving educator and has authored rebreather training manuals for diving training agencies and numerous safety related articles for civilian diving publications, including the peer reviewed critically acclaimed paper ‘Improving The Probability of Surviving Loss of Consciousness Underwater When Using a Rebreather’ published in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, which has since become a safety reference document for civilian rebreather diving.  Having a broad and rare diving background, Paul is an invited keynote speaker at technical diving conferences around the world with a particular specialisation in rebreather historical development, safety and training - both military and civilian and is a member of a non-profit organisation, providing civilian rebreather accident investigation assistance to US law enforcement. 

As a prolific shipwreck explorer, following the discovery of numerous deep shipwrecks in the North Sea off the East coast of Scotland and contribution to technical diving safety, Paul is an invited member of the prestigious Explorers Club of New York. In addition, Paul has been the diving safety officer on a number of high profile diving expeditions such as for example the UK Ministry of Defence sanctioned 2016 survey of HMS Hampshire, sunk in 70m out on the exposed Atlantic side of Orkney and the 2001 joint UK Royal Navy / civilian diving expedition to recover of the ship’s bell from the Battleship HMS Prince of Wales sunk in WWII in 75m in the South China Sea. Over the last decade Paul has run numerous adventurous wreck diving expeditions to remote locations in the Pacific such as Truk (Chuck) Lagoon and Palau and remains fully engaged in military underwater life support and submersible vehicle product development whilst undertaking Operator, Instructor and Supervisor training globally to a depth of up to 80m on the full range of mechanical and electronically controlled underwater life support systems used by SF, Mine Countermeasures Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Secret Service, Paramilitary and Law Enforcement diving organisations.

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