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Speaker Bio

Chris Lemons has been a commercial diver for over 14 years, and currently specialises in deep sea Saturation diving, operating almost exclusively in the Oil and Gas Industry.


This highly specialised form of diving involves living in the claustrophobic confines of a decompression chamber for up to 28 days at a time, commuting daily to the sea-bed in a diving bell, and working at depths of up to 900 feet for 6 hours at a time.


In September of 2012, a freak failure of the dynamic positioning system of the vessel he was working under, resulted in the umbilical which provides him with breathing gas, light and heat being severed completely.


He was left on the sea-bed, in complete darkness 300 feet below the surface, with only the 5 minutes of breathing gas he carried in the emergency tanks on his back, and no way to protect himself from the freezing temperatures.


It took his heroic rescuers over 40 minutes to come back and fetch him, and his miraculous survival story has baffled experts ever since.


His extraordinary story was subsequently immortalised in the hit Netflix/BBC documentary ‘Last Breath,’ whilst Chris continues to dive to this day.


He was born in Edinburgh, raised in Cambridge, and now lives in the Scottish Highlands with his wife and daughter.


Chris Lemons | Motivational and Inspirational Speaker | Commercial Diver


Chris is happy to tailor his address to align with your specific theme or requirements, which may include focusing on the safety aspect and lessons learned from the accident, the human and emotional elements involved, or a more generic oversight of the offshore and saturation diving world.


Chris Lemons can offer you an insight into the relatively unknown world of Saturation Diving, where those involved spend weeks on end confined to a compression chamber, whilst being lowered each day in a diving bell to the murky depths of the ocean floor to do their work.


He will also talk you through the lead up to that fateful day in 2012 and give you a very personal account of his thoughts and actions when he was left stranded 300 feet down in the icy darkness with no heat, no light and only 5 minutes of gas left to breathe, with his rescuers over 40 minutes away from being able to get to him.


Chris offers an acute, honest and emotional testimony of what goes through ones mind when seemingly counting down the minutes to death, and how surprising and revealing ones response to such a situation can be.


To tentatively explores how staring death in the face can focus ones mind on life, as well as force you to contemplate the very finite nature of our time here on earth. Chris also discusses the practical and physiological reasons which may have contributed to his miraculous survival.


He moves beyond the miracle and communicates how teamwork, preparation, training, procedures, drills and practice played a huge role in his recovery and survival, and how the nature of how these are implemented can benefit your sphere of work or life.

Keynote Topic #1


    Chris can discuss how strong leadership plays a vital role in all spheres of the work he does.  From a robust chain of command, right through to individual leadership whilst working on the ocean floors, Chris is able to share how clear-cut but objective governance is key to the safe and efficient running of complicated and inherently dangerous offshore subsea operations.

    He can also describe how this same clear minded and well-rehearsed structure of leadership played a pivotal role in saving his life, and how you can use these same methods to enhance the day to day running and crisis management within your own domain.

Keynote Topic #2


    Chris’s extraordinary brush with death gave him an opportunity to contemplate his own, seemingly imminent, mortality.  He is able to share how in accepting the inevitability of his own death in those final conscious minutes on the seabed, he was able to find a state of calm and reflect on what was most important in his life. h.

    The miracle of his subsequent survival has given him an acute sense of what death really means, and he is able reflect with audiences on how these insights are as important in life, as they were in deat

Keynote Topic #3

    Decision Making and Survival

    Faced with the most unprecedented of crisis, Chris and the remainder of his crew made crucial decisions under the most extreme pressure, which led to one of the most miraculous survival stories imaginable.

    Chris is able to describe how and why these decisions were made, how those involved were prepared to make those decisions, and how these same skills can be transferred to your own specific discipline.

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:33 pm

        “Chris is a truly inspirational and humble chap. His story is a shining example of triumph in the face of immense adversity and one that demonstrates the importance of training and team work. No one from our conference had a bad word to say and in fact wanted to hear more than what Chris fitted into his 2 hour slot.”

        Brett Ward
        Fendercare Marine

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:33 pm

        “I just wanted to a say a huge thanks for your time in the SOA conference.
        It was a fantastic session, I’ve had so much good feedback and only wish it could have gone on longer.”

        Dr Matt Morgan
        Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine
        Adult Critical Care Lead for Research and Development

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:32 pm

        “What can I say? Absolutely brilliant!
        I’m getting text after text after email from all who attended, who enjoyed your talk so much.”

        Peter Wilson – National Police Diving School, Northumbria Police

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:32 pm

        “We used our annual award ceremony to hear from a truly inspirational character, Chris Lemons. Chris’s story and his talk on the day certainly helped to reinforce issues surrounding the need for competency and the adherence to Health and Safety.

        We want to thank him for sharing his experiences and thoughts in such a meaningful manner.”

        Stuart Hunter. CEO, Advance Global Recruitment Ltd

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:32 pm

        “Chris, Merci pour ta prestation, c’était captivant et tu partages ton expérience avec une humilité remarquable. Merci beaucoup!”

        Cyril Calabrese – Responsible Marketing Axxis Resources France

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:32 pm

        “We had the great pleasure of having Chris speak at our General Assembly, to which we invited all the member companies of our association. His testimony as a feedback from experience touched the audience very much. Several aspects were important to us through the conference we wanted to organize: the preparation of the interventions (to anticipate), the organization, the definition, the implementation of the means and the strength of the “collective” (shared vigilance). It is with simplicity & humility that Chris knew how to address these aspects and “captivate” the public with his story. I can only recommend him for your professional and associative seminars. Congratulations and many thanks to him!”

        Maxime Lomme – MASE Hauts-de-France

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:32 pm

        “The most gripping and unique story I have ever heard, our audience was gobsmacked”

        Grant Rawlinson – Royal Geographical Society Singapore and founder of Powerful Humans

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:31 pm

        “Thanks once again for your time last week. I have had really positive feedback from your sessions and also heard from many who also tuned in to watch the Netflix documentary.”

        Nicola Porter – Tracerco

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:31 pm

        “In a challenging time period during the COVID-19 pandemic, DeepOcean wanted to bring in a key note speaker from our industry that had a fascinating story to tell, could draw parallels between their own experiences and the global pandemic lock-down and who could connect and resonate with our onshore and offshore communities. Boy did Chris deliver! His presentation was funny, engaging and deeply touching.”

        DeepOcean, Norway

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:31 pm

        “Chris is a very friendly, down to earth and engaging speaker whose story is hard to believe. He took the audience of ~160 through the story of that fateful night in a clear manner, using clips from the Netflix documentary to emphasise the story at certain points. Prior to the event, we had discussed with Chris the themes we wanted him to focus on in his talk and he was very accommodating with this request. We received great feedback from the audience who found the talk incredibly interesting – many went on to watch the Netflix documentary after.”

        Reinsurance Group of America, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:30 pm

        “Thank you so much for speaking to the Shell Energy network this week – it was a great presentation and we’ve had so many comments about it being the ‘event of the year’!”

        Rebecca Watson – Finance Advisor at Shell

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:30 pm

        The Royal Society of Medicine, London

        “I’ve had the honour of hearing Chris’ story on several occasions now, each time with a fresh angle or nuance. Articulate, knowledgeable and surprisingly dispassionate (given his subject matter), he is able to spin a riveting yarn which will have the audience gripped. It’s an incredible story of survival, told with genuine flair by its humble protagonist in true edge-of-your-seat style. Hear him if you dare!”

      • WeSpeak Global
        06/01/2022 at 5:30 pm

        “Chris is a remarkably powerful speaker with a tremendously valuable story. He also happens to be a genuine gentleman. Highly recommend.”

        Robin Sharma #1 Bestselling Author of the 5am Club

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