Diver since 1987, instructor since 1996, is the founder and training director of STDA (Scuba Training Development Academy).
CCR Instructor Trainer, Trimix, DPV and Gas Blender Instructor for several agencies (ANDI, ASTD, CMAS, DIRrebreather, IANTD, IART, PADI, UTRtek), has acquired over the years a huge experience in many training systems, contributing to the development of some of them.
Over the years he has begun to develop its own system of training in the field of rebreather and OC courses, writing several manuals, standards and procedures, founding STDA.
He's an instructor for several rebreathers, the first Hammerhead rebreather instructor and trainer in Europe, probably the most active worldwide, and today one of the first instructor trainer for X-CCR rebreather by IQSub.
Marco is often invited as speaker at conferences about rebreathers.
Currently, as owner of Blue Edge Srl, collaborates with some companies in the industry (i.e. for the development, sales and training of rebreathers) and is the team leader for the development of D-Twin computer and controller.
Curriculum and activities
2016: author 'R2 DEEP' (ADV DEEP) STDA
2016 STDA and ASTD X-CCR Instructor Trainer
2015: Instructor Trainer x-over course for X-CCR rebreather by IQSub - Czech Republic
2015: Instructor Trainer DAN
2014: author of 'R1' (OWD), 'R2' (AOWD) and 'Fundamentals - Intro to Tech' STDA manuals
2013- : team leader and tester of the 'Blue Edge D-Twin computer & electronics' Project
2013 Founder and Training Director of 'Scuba Trianing Development Academy' STDA
2012-13: author of 'CCR 3 Extended Range' manual
2012: author of 'CCR 1 & CCR 2 - Hammerhead rebreather ' manual
2010-2012: 'Rebreather Training Director' in UTRtek
2011: Hammerhead RevD electronics Technician course, Pennsylvania USA at Juergensen Marine
2011: tester for Hammerhead RevD electronics
2010-2011: author of 'Intro to ccr' and then 'Intro to Rebreather - Adv' Manual
2010: start to develop his own CCR program to use during UTRtek courses, as first CCR Instructor and Trainer in the agency
August 2010: Hammerhead Instructor Trainer, first in Europe, after have attended the IT course with the ITD Joe Radomski in Pennsylvania, in agreement with Juergensen Marine and ANDI Int. standards. Become Optima instructor
October 2009: HammerHead RevC+ electronics Technician course, in Pennsylvania at Juergensen Marine
August 2008: DIRrebreather Fundamentals Instructor
February 2008: Hammerhead ccr Instructor Course in Florida with ITD ANDI Joe Radomski
December 2005: start to use Hammerhead electronics on ccr
August 2005: ANDI CCR Inspiration Instructor with Pim van der Horst (ANDI)
Main expeditions joined
2017 Szent Istvan battleship expedition -65mts; rebreather X-CCR with STDA divers - Adriatic Sea, Croatia
2016 HMHS Brtitannic : -120mts, rebreather X-CCR, DIRrebreather expedition
2016 Burdigala: -75mt, rebreather X-CCR, DIRrebreather expedition
2014 Protee submarine (2nd time): -129 mts, Hammerhead CCR, STDA Team
2012 U-boot 455 -121 meters, with ccr Hammerhead, Mar Ligure Italy - DIRrebreather
2012 Protee submarinee and Natal cruise liner -129 meters, with ccr Hammerhead, Costa Azzurra France - DIRrebreather
2011 Viminale cruise liner -107 meters, with ccr Hammerhead; Tirreno sea southern Italy - DIRrebreather
2010 Garibaldi Wreck -123 meters, with ccr Hammerhead; Adriatic Sea Croazia - DIRrebreather (first italian to have dive this wreck)
2003 'Szent Istvan' (Santo Stefano) armored ship -65 meters , as photographer in open circuit; Adriatic Sea Croazia - IANTD
Deep dives training location: lake Garda, northern Italy
Other certifications: Gas Blender Instr. Trainer (ANDI and IART), ANDI CCR Full Cave Diver L4 (Thailandia), UTD Cave 1 diver (Messico), ANDI, DIRrebreather and UTRtek dpv instructor, Trimix and IDC Staff Instr. PADI, Specialty Instructor, EFR instructor, Dan Instructor (1996)