Andy Torbet is an underwater explorer, technical diver, skydiver, climber, kayaker and extreme adventurer. He is also a TV presenter, writer and speaker having, at last count, presented 14 BBC and 1 Discovery US series, written over 80 articles for publications as varied as Diver magazine to FHM and published 1 book.
Andy has co-developed and will present a new CBBC series, Beyond Bionic. The series will be high octane and fast moving where Andy attempts to match, if not beat, the super-powers of animals using engineering and ingenuity - watch this space!
Most recently Andy co-presented Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster with Kate Humble for BBC One and also the landmark series for BBC2 Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney.
Andy spent 10 years in the British Forces as a Diver, Paratrooper and Bomb Disposal Officer. During his time he commanded the Army’s Underwater and Airborne Bomb Disposal Teams as well as the High Risk Search Team of the Maritime Counter Terrorism Unit and deployed on operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Andy is an accomplished and respected underwater explorer with a high level of skill and experience in deep, technical and cave diving which has taken him all over the globe. Using everything from the latest technology in mixed gases and rebreather to old fashioned SCUBA he has mapped new submerged cave systems, discovered a number of lost shipwrecks from WW2 merchant-mans in the cold, dark water of the English Channel to 18th Century warships off uninhabited islands in Southern Patagonia. There is no environment more hostile and inhospitable to human life on Earth than underwater and only a few elite divers in the world can operate in the huge cave systems and extreme depths Andy explores.
He is also a professionally qualified climber and mountaineer, kayak-guide and accomplished skydiver including performing a High Altitude High Opening jump from 28,000 feet for a science project filmed by the BBC and racing a Peregrine Falcon, the fastest animal on Earth, in free-fall achieving a win with speeds in excess of 240mph.
With a degree in zoology and diploma in archaeology, as well as being a member of MENSA, he has a interest in a variety of academic and social subject.
But he is an explorer at heart and the darkness of the undiscovered forever beckons.
TELEVISION PRESENTING AND FILMING EXPERIENCE:
Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney, BBC2, co-host
Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster, BBC1, co-host with Kate Humble
The People Remember 2014 & 2015 (Live), BBC1 Host/Presenter
The One Show, BBC1 2013-2016, Adventure Presenter
Coast, BBC2, Series 7-10 (2012-2105), Presenter
Operation Iceberg, BBC2 & Discovery US, 2012, Presenter. The Series won the RTS, Jackson Hole and S-BAFTA
Cloud Lab, BBC2, 2013, Presenter
Landward Series 16-17, 2011-2012 BBC2: Presenter and Cameraman
The Adventure Show: The Cave of Skulls, BBC2, 2011 – Presenter, Director and Cameraman
Alone in the Lost Mine (Short Film): Producer, Presenter and Underwater Cameraman
70 Miles from the Sea (Short Film): Producer, Director and Underwater Cameraman
The 3 Lakes Challenge (Short Film): Producer and Presenter
The Great British Dive (Short Film): Producer, Director, Actor, Underwater Cameraman
The Underwater Realm Part II (Cinematic Short Film) – 2012. Actor and underwater stuntman
“Andy was absolutely brilliant and really helped the conference. He was inspiring and so interesting, he captured everyone's attention and had some really good, strong motivational statements. He really got us all thinking." Victoria Watts - Head of UK Field Sales at VAX Ltd
"We booked Andy to speak after a formal lunch for a large professional society. His talk was very different, compelling, nerve wracking, but also human and really funny. He had everyone on the edge of their seats one moment and laughing the next. The feedback from absolutely everyone afterwards was terrific." Andrew Kearney - Society of Construction Law
"Thank you for an enthralling , absorbing and most informative talk on your experiences. Your photos and video clips were outstanding, your description -spiced with great humour- was fascinating : this was surely one of our best talks ever, and greatly appreciated by a larger than usual audience.” Jim Muir – RSGS
"Just a quick note to say that we’ve collated all of the feedback from all. Each speaker was rated by them and I am pleased to say you alone scored 100%.” Alan Purcell – ScotSacBBC
"Having hosted the Literary Stage for 5 years now, I was extremely impressed with Andy Torbet's easy manner and fantastic stories. Andy managed to engage the children in the audience and bring the children out of the adults, definitely one of the best I've seen. If it was up to me I'd book him again for sure."
David Wright, host of the Guardian Literary Stage at Camp Bestival
"Andy Torbet has been a long-time and highly-valued contributor to Sport Diver magazine, and when it came time to grow our prestigious annual awards evening into a much-larger, more-formal gala event, Andy was the first on my list to act as host. As with all the work he has conducted in the magazine, on the evening itself he was the consummate professional, engaging with the crowd and keeping the event rolling along nicely. He was such a hit with the audience that I have already lined him up to present the 2016 event in October" Mark Evans, Editor, Sport Diver magazine
ADC Commercial Diving Supervisor
HSE Part 3 Commercial Diver
IMCA Dive/Hyperbaric Medical Technician
Army Advanced Diver
IANTD Trimix Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver (Units qualified in: JJ-CCR, AP Inspiration and Evolution and Poseidon MK6 Discovery)
IANTD Advanced Cave Diver
IANTD Closed Circuit Rebreather Cave Diver
TDI Advanced Trimix
BSAC Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor
BSAC Mixed Gas Blender
RYA Powerboat Coxswain
BPA C Licence
Speed Skydiving Certified
Flight-1 101 & 102 qualified
MLTUK Mountaineering Instructor Award (T)
MLTUK Mountain Leader Award
MLTUK Single Pitch Award
BCA Single Rope Techniques
JS Cave Leader Award
BCU Kayak Guide 4 Star Trained
BSc (Hons) in Zoology.
Diploma in Underwater Archaeology (pending-2015)
Member of MENSA
Full Driving Licence, including A and H (motorbike and tank)
International Driving Licence
Dive Medical Technician
VHF Users Licence
All Arm Pre-Parachute Selection (P-Company)
0801 EOD – Bomb Disposal Officer
Demolitions Range Safety Officer
High Risk Search Commander
Army Advanced Diver
Flight Aptitude (comprising 16 hours of flight training)
Armoured Fighting Vehicle Commander/Driver
Royal Marine Boat Operator
|23/02/17||Telegraph||Seven things no one tells you before you become a bomb disposal expert||Read Article|
|22/03/16||The Sunday Post||Exclusive interview||Article|
|16/09/15||The National Student||Interview||Read Article|
|16/09/15||Sunday Post||Q&A||Read Article|
|16/09/15||The Scotsman||The joys of exploring||Read Article|
|16/09/15||Be Happy magazine||A man of extremes||Read Article|
|14/09/15||Upgrade||Great British Adventures||Article|
|14/09/15||Scuba||A life less ordinary||Article|
|14/09/15||Dive magazine||Welcome to the Cave of Skulls||Article|
|01/07/15||Diver||My favourite kit||Article|
|01/04/13||FHM||Take it outside||Article 1, Article 2|