Pat Vanstraelen has led numerous expeditions worldwide and has over 30 years of professional experience in outdoor sports and diving.
During the 80s, cave explorer and director of the « Belgium National School of Speleology », he explore most of the largest caves in the world in Pierre Saint-Martin, in Caucasus, in Papua New Guinea and in the main karsts of Europe. Meanwhile, he organizes and participates in numerous raids, including the famous Raid Gauloises®, particularly in the jungle of Borneo, in Oman, in Patagonia and in Tibet-Nepal. During the same period, he creates, develops and manages during several years the "International Exhibition of Sports, Adventure and Travel", the "International Meeting of Speleology" and the "International Film Festival of Exploration and Adventure".
Pat started diving in 1983 and quickly he was interested in caves exploring, rebreather diving, explore wrecks and deep dives.
With over 30 years of experience and more than 10.000 dives over the world, Pat is one of the pioneers of technical diving in Europe. He was the owner or the manager of several diving center in Turquie, Egypte and Belgium. Instructor Trainer at all level, he had an noteworthy experience in the field of training with over 3.000 certifications to his credit in the major certification agencies (IANTD, TDI, DSAT, PADI, CMAS and DIR Rebreather).
Training Director for “Abyss Underwater World Explorers", a specialized school in technical diving who offers all levels of training for divers and instructors, Pat is a full time professional Advanced Trimix and a Technical Cave Instructor Trainer for IANTD, TDI and PADI Tec Rec.
Based in Belgium, Pat teaches technical diving and explore regularly in Belgium, France, Egypt, Italy, Mexico, Russia and over the world.