Troy Beechinor

Troy Beechinor

Troy Beechinor

Lt(N) Troy Beechinor was awarded his Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo in 1990. On completion of this degree he switched tack and joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a Maritime Surface Officer.

During 13 years aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships YUKON, ANNAPOLIS, IROQUIOS, ATHABASKAN and PROTECTEUR (a few of which are now artificial reefs) he sailed through most of the Northern Hemisphere, including the Adriatic Sea during the Bosnian conflict and the Persian Gulf soon after 9/11.

In 2002, looking for new challenges, he pursued a specialization as a Clearance Diving Officer (CLDO). The training as a CLDO was both physically and mentally arduous but prepared him for diving and supervising all Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) diving equipment including mixed gas rebreathers and surface supplied deep helmet diving. Concurrently, advanced qualifications were gained in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (both conventional munitions and Improvised Explosive Devices [IEDs}). Lt(N) Beechinor was then posted to the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) as the Battle Damage Repair Officer and as the Operations Officer.

The epitome of his career was his next posting as an exchange officer with the Royal Navy at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in Scotland. There he was the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, leading a 20 person team tasked with responding to EOD calls along Scotland and northern England’s coastline. In three years he personally responded to over 90 EOD incidents ranging from modern day hand grenades to World War II German sea mines. He was also responsible to the United Kingdom Home Office for Improvised Explosive Device Disposal for the west coast of Scotland.

For the past 4 years, Lt(N) Beechinor has been posted to the Experimental Diving and Undersea Group. He has been directly involved in the now completed TRIMIX Diving Trials which have validated the use of TRIMIX gas for rebreather diving for the CAF. Other projects have included a study into using Nitrox as a decompression gas for Heliox diving, using oxygen for diving deeper than 8 msw and new rescue diving equipment for Search and Rescue Technician divers. Further, as part of EDUGs currency training requirement, he has been to Tobermory with the EDUG dive team for four years running.

He is an active member of the Canadian Ski Patrol (Alpine and Nordic), an avid climber, sailor and finds some time to go diving for pleasure.

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