John Bantin was an advertising photographer and television commercials director during the '70s and '80s. He learned to dive in 1979 and in 1992 it became his career. He was technical editor for Diver Magazine, Britain's most popular diving magazine.
During the past 20 years he has travelled the world gaining many different experiences underwater (not all of them good) which has furnished him with a vast store of anecdotes. He is now known as something of an accomplished raconteur in the diving industry. His first book, the popular Amazing Diving Stories, was published in 2013.