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About Andy Torbet

The Soldier

After completing a degree in Zoology Andy spent 10 years in the British Forces as a Paratrooper, Diver and Bomb Disposal Officer, including serving with the Airborne Brigade, Army’s Underwater Bomb Disposal Team and the Maritime Counter Terrorist Group. He was involved in operations in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and The Falklands. After leaving the Forces he worked in security and intelligence in Afghanistan, Pakistan and West Africa.



The Diver

Andy started diving at the age of 12 and has been at it ever since; on operations in the Forces, on commercial vessels, over sunken cities, in caves, deep wrecks and across unexplored reefs. He has a long list of technical diving qualifications, including cave, mixed gas, rebreather and free-diving as well as his professional qualifications as a military and commercial diver and supervisor. His passion is exploration whether it's exploring new underwater cave systems, new species or new shipwrecks and especially in those area difficult to reach which may require him to combine his elite diving knowledge with his other technical skills.



The Skydiver

A keen Skydiver and Wingsuiter Andy had the opportunity to make films for the BBC inlcuding perform a HAHO (High Altitude High Opening) jump for BBC's Cloud Lab, jumping solo from 28,000ft over the Arizona desert with various scientific collection apparatus strapped to his chest and arms and racing a Peregrine Falcon - the fastest animal in the world. He has competed in Speed Skydiving competitions, the fastest human powered sport in the world where top competitors can reach speeds of 600kmph making

 

The Climber, Caver and Kayaker

Andy is also a highly qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors with new routes and first ascents in the UK, Canada and Pakistan. As well as rock climbing around the world he's ice climbed from Scotland to Greenland and on icebergs in the Arctic Ocean.

He hold caving and IRATA qualification and has worked in and eexplored cave systems around the world.  Although he maintains the best reason to go caving is to reach a cave diving site at the end.

Andy is also an experienced Sea-Kayaker having done a number of solo and team projects. He is a trained sea-kayak guide.

 

The Outdoorsman

Growing up in the Highlands, with his Father a Forester, Andy's playground and back garden was the woods, rivers, loch and wild landscape of the Scottish outdoors.  His love for travelling and living in wild places, especially the familiar environments of Britain, encouraged him to learn about the plants, animals and geogrpahy of nature and the resources at one's disposal. He now resides in The Forest of Dean. "The best way to clear the mind is a day spent chopping wood and then sitting by a fire you've made yourself".



The Academic

Since growing up in the wilds of Scotland Andy has always had a fascination with the natural world. Although his diving has exposed him to some amazing marine biology he maintains a varied interests in wildlife, specialising in the evolution and behavioral ecology of Carnivores at university studying for his BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology.

Since leaving the Forces he has found the time to pursue a diploma in Archaeology and is now studying towards a Masters in Archaeology.

He is also a member of MENSA...

 

 

TV

Andy's first foray into film-making was in 2010 on a solo cave diving project and the subsequent short film, which he produced, was shown on the BBC. Then in 2011 he was given the chance to present on BBC2's Coast and remained part of the team for the final 4 series. His presenting credits also include 4 BBC series, 1 Discovery US Series, 1 History Channel Series and he's now in his 5th year as The One Show's (BBC1) resident Adventure Presenter and 'man of extremes'.

More information is available on the TV page in the Media section of this website.

 





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"... Our very own man of extremes - Andy 'Action Man' Torbet."
BBC

"Andy belongs in the fictional adventure world of Captain Nemo and Professor Challenger. He relished the risks..."
The Mail

"The Underwater Action Man, The Scuba Daredevil..."
Dive Magazine

"Andy Torbet has HUGE BALLS."
FHM Magazine

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