BRIAN WIEDERSPAN

UTD Trimix Instructor / Technical Instructor Trainer #014

Member, UTD Training Advisory Board

NAUI Technical Instructor #42629

UTD Cave 2​

>2000 dives

>200 dives requiring stage decompression

>300 DPV (Scooter) dives

>200 cave dives

206.351.2019

brian@frogkickdiving.com

Brian was born and raised in California, but it wasn’t until he was living in Seattle, and took a vacation in Cozumel in January 2000 that he learned to dive.  He was immediately hooked, and after returning to Seattle he immediately started diving, often.


He's been a dive instructor since 2004, and a technical/trimix instructor since 2008.  He's a UTD Technical Instructor Trainer, member of the UTD Training Advisory Board and is a UTD Trimix Instructor.   


Brian coaches his students to become safer, more competent and confident divers and explorers.  His dedication to his students is his first and foremost priority.  His teaching style is more of a mentoring - he teaches as if he's building his own team, which is often the end result, as many of his students join him in his explorations and projects.  When teaching, he draws from his own extensive experience and explorations, providing the students with realistic training, helping them to develop skills they'll use in their own dives and explorations.


​​He's trained the Seattle Aquarium's dive staff, and has helped to integrate team diving techniques & procedures into their dive operations and program.  The training has included Essentials, DPV 1 and Tech 1.  By incorporating their new training into their field operations, the Aquarium's staff/field divers can now extend their operating range to deeper depths, with the added safety of helium-based bottom breathing gas and oxygen for accelerated decompression, while increasing their efficiency by including DPVs and team diving protocols.  


He's also trained Renton Fire Department's Water Rescue Team.

DIVE TRAINING

2000  PADI Open Water - Cozumel, Mexico
2002 & 2003  Worked as Divemaster
2004  Completed NAUI IDC
2006  5thD-X Essentials and Technical training
01/2008 Cave diving training
08/2008  Trimix training w/ Andrew Georgitsis
12/2008  First ever UTD Crossover/IDC

2010 Trimix Instructor Training

EXPLORATION | PROJECTS | MEDIA

Creator & Camera | GoPro's Searching the Maya Underworld

Camera / Team Member | Sac Actun / Dos Ojos Connection

Exploration Diver / Camera | Red Sea Wreck Exploration Project

Camera / Team Member | Vanilla Sky Project 2018 / O'ho Tucha Exploration

Exploration Diver / Camera | Olympic National Marine Sanctuary Project

Interview / Commentary |  Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle

Exploration Diver / Camera |     Vancouver Island Exploration Project 2017

Exploration Diver / Camera |  Shipwreck of the General
Exploration Diver / Camera |  Mine Exploration Project

Exploration Diver / Camera |  Shipwreck Exploration Project
Camera / Team Member |   Vanilla Sky Cave Exploration Project 2017
Camera / Team Member | Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM)


A true explorer at heart, Brian has been an exploration diver and camera operator on several projects.  He has a true passion for documenting exploration, as it happens.  His footage has been featured on National Geographic, CNN, BBC, Reuters and Associated Press. He’s won several GoPro Awards and his footage has been used in GoPro commercials and promotional / launch videos and he is currently sponsored by GoPro's Media Team. 


He came up with the concept for GoPro’s “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave” and worked as the primary underwater camera operator on the 14 day project, one of GoPro’s most successful “long” projects.  


He was a team member and primary camera operator for the Sac Actun / Dos Ojos Connection Project, which created the world's longest underwater cave system in Jannuary 2018. 


He appeared in, and was interviewed in KCTS’s 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award winning documentary “Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle

OTHER INTERESTS

Running/fitness/health, videography & video editing and music.  From childhood, music has played an important role in his life. 

EQUIPMENT

REGULATORS

Backmount - Apeks DST/TX50 

Sidemount / Cave - Apeks DST/ATX50 

Deco/Stage - Apeks DST/XTX50, DST/ATX50 & DST/XTX40


EXPOSURE

Rofos/UTD RS350 / XM450

DUI FLX Extreme Expedition / MK2 (Cave)


BACKPLATES / WINGS

Backmount - Fred Tagge & HOG plates, Agir-Brokk, Dive-Rite, Golem, HOG & Halcyon wings

​Sidemount (cave exploration) - Custom using UTD Z-Harness & Z-Tec Pro Wing, Agir & Sump UK hardware and DGX Butt Plate


LIGHTS

UTD, Light Monkey & Salvo primaries & DRIS and BigBlue backups


GAUGES

Shearwater and DiveSoft


DPV

Dive-Xtras CUDA 400 and Sierra X-Scooters


VIDEO

GoPro HERO6 cameras, Golem Housings and BigBlue VL5800P & VL15000 Pro lights