Leigh was born in Britain, 31st August 1968, he started his diving career in Israel in 1993 with CMAS 1 + 2 star and PADI dive master course, after 2 years working in Israel, he spent a year in Central America exploring deep dive sites in the Caribbean, then moved to Egypt, Dahab, where he soon became a recreational instructor.
His proximity to the “Blue Hole” in Dahab, where he worked, sparked his interest in diving deeper. He was aware of the “Blue Hole’s” reputation for claiming divers lives, and as such, embarked on training and education to give the site the respect it deserves.
eigh says, “It’s a bit like the steeplejack – he will only fall off once, when you do this every day, you have to be prepared, every day.” With 6 dives below 200 metres, 50 dives between 150-200 metres and more than 500 dives below 100 metres to his credit, Leigh is no stranger to deep diving.
To date Leigh has been diving for 22 years and logged over 6000 dives, held two Red Sea’s depth records with dives to 220m and 240m in 2002. List of records: http://www.nunogomes.co.za/rec.htm These two records were the part of the “In Deep” project initiated by Leigh Cunningham, which required a rigorous training plan including both mental and physical preparation. In 2005 Leigh Cunningham with carried out the world's deepest wreck dive, after descending 205m to the wreck of the Jolanda, off Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.