So who are we? To put a face to the names behind Dive The World and what we value, see how your booking can help worthwhile charitable causes, and who our award-winning tour operators are ...
When you contact us you get to communicate with an experienced diver with many years of experience in organising vacations, just like the one you want. Here we introduce ourselves so you can put a name to the face.
Like you, we are all enthusiastic about diving and the underwater environment but we also realise that your valuable vacation time should be as much fun as possible. Therefore we take the time and hassle out of finding you the best value scuba tours available.
Dive Buddy (in alphabetical order):
Nationality: Holding on to German traveling documents
Dive The World position: As one of our expert travel consultants, Beef can make all your dreams come true if possible, and if not he will die trying in front of his computer. Apart from that he is also responsible for the artistic outcome of the Dive The World's merchandise, as if he doesn't have enough to do already.
Bio data: Being an avionics engineer by trade, Beef has been lying in front of mantis shrimp holes across the Andaman Sea since 1996. Teaching people how to dive, acting as a guide and arranging diving holidays for the past 16 years, his extensive knowledge encompasses the area of the world from Hin Daeng / Hin Muang to Phi Phi Islands, around Phuket, Similan Islands, Sipadan, Raja Ampat, Myanmar, the Red Sea and Maldives.
Language skills: German and English (her Queen's English, that is).
Nationality: Born UK, though likes to think he comes from Ireland
Dive The World position: Is responsible for keeping in touch with all our tour operators, making sure we have as much of our information accurate and complete as practical. His job includes a lot of travel, mostly for management meetings and visits to many of our international destinations. Also spends too many hours downloading music from the internet and can be seen sitting at his PC playing air-drums with his headphones on.
Bio data: Gavin is a devoutly warm-weather recreational diver who, having done his open water in Australia in 1996, has since dived throughout Asia as well as in Europe, the Red Sea, the Pacific and South Africa. A qualified PADI Divemaster, he is proud never to have worked a day as a DM, preferring to dive for fun. When not jet-setting around working for Dive The World, he lives in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Language skills: English, French - fluent once, now not so, Spanish - again peaked at schoolboy level. Currently getting to grips with Bahasa Malaysia.
Dive The World position: Jim is our finance and accounts guy. He number crunches our spreadsheets and creates our financial reports. He also makes sure we keep track of your payments so we can confirm those bookings as soon as possible.
Bio data: Jim comes from a computer programming background. After many years in the UK IT industry, he found his way to Dive The World. When he is not in front of a computer, Jim enjoys travelling, playing golf, spending time with his family, and is an occasional leisure diver. He also enjoys his sport, especially football and he still manages to play regularly, although he's a lot slower than he used to be.
Language skills: English and passable Thai (and forgotten more computer languages than he cares to remember).
Dive The World position: Marketing and UX.
Bio data: Johnny was born in San Francisco and started diving in 2007 in the warm waters of Phuket, Thailand. Since then he has worked as both a scuba instructor and a divemaster all around the world racking up close to 1,000 dives. He's been diving in Borneo, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Komodo, the Caribbean and Miami and, just like the rest of the marketing team, is a warm water only diver.
Language skills: English
Dive The World position: Pip is one of our expert travel consultants. She can help you with your inquiries regarding Australia, Thailand and Fiji.
Bio data: Pip went backpacking around Thailand in 1997 and loved the friendly people and warm weather so much that she decided to stay. Her mum still wonders where she's got to. She has been working in the industry and organising dive tours for more than 10 years and has spent her time in Phi Phi Island and on Phuket. Now is very happy to call Dive The World home. Being a hippy at heart, she will be out saving the planet if she is not answering your inquiries.
Language skills: Aussie mate and some very bad Thai.
Nationality: Born UK, though South Africa is now home
Dive The World position: The founder and inspiration behind the Dive The World concept. Some people get the impression that Sheldon lives the life of Riley, jetting off to all corners of the globe to visit our destinations on familiarisation visits and attending the occasional company meeting. However, we believe he makes a valuable contribution.
Bio data: Sheldon is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer - which means he's wasted more money than most on PADI cards. Diving in northern and southern Africa, South East Asia, Central America and the South Pacific, his passions are for adventure, adrenaline, (very amateur) underwater photography, animal and environmental issues. Having dived with great whites, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks and Zambezis, as well as mandarinfish, blue-ringed octopus and pygmy seahorses, he enjoys the big, the bad and the ugly, as well as the minute and magnificent. "I feel it's important that those with a passion for marine conversation do try all they can to protect that environment. After all, we can't expect it from others that are not interested or don't know to do anything about it".
Language skills: English and all the Thai he would ever want to speak. Also html and java script (written, not spoken).
Dive The World position: Vichai is one of our expert travel consultants and is also our Database Administrator.
Bio data: Vic was born in Thailand but he grew up in Singapore. He is most of the time mistaken by people as Japanese or Korean. He fell in love with diving when he was on a snorkeling trip in Malaysia and decided to go for the Open Water Diver course instead. His love for scuba and spicy Thai food (which he never gets enough of) grew stronger after a few trips to Phuket and the Similan Islands in 2005. This is where he decided to quit his job in Singapore and settle down in Phuket as a PADI Open Water Instructor. If he is not assisting you with your inquiries you will certainly see him decorating his house or planning his next diving trip.
Language skills: English, Thai (spoken only) and Mandarin, plus a few Chinese dialects.
SCUBAZOO is a team of professional underwater cameramen based in Sabah, Malaysia. They have filmed and photographed marine life throughout the world, particularly in South East Asia.
Their photographic work has featured widely in various diving magazines and publications and can be enjoyed in their own book: 'SIPADAN, MABUL, KAPALAI - SABAH'S UNDERWATER TREASURE. Their underwater film work has including projects with the National Geographic, BBC and Discovery Channel. Many of the images featured on the Dive The World websites have been kindly supplied by Scubazoo.
If you want to know more about Scubazoo or to take an underwater photography / videography course under their expert guidance, please visit their website at.
We know the places we promote and the operators that will take you diving there, so we are confident that we can help you find what you are looking for. Our knowledge, experience and impartiality can help take all the hassles out of your holiday planning and you can avoid the disaster of ending up in the hands of some sub-standard company, ruining what should have been a dream dive vacation.
But don't take our word for it. We have helped thousands of people book diving vacations that were perfect for them. Read what they have to say on our customer testimonials page.
Dive The World's Annual Awards: Each year we present a special award in recognition of outstanding service to our customers. These awards are the result of many comments from our customers all over the world about all aspects of their travel experience, from accommodation to food, diving safety to staff service.
We listen to your feedback and communicate with the dive operators that we promote in order to ensure they are providing you with the best service they can. So you can be sure that recipients of these awards have exceeded your expectations and received positive reviews from many scuba divers just like you.
By booking with us, you are helping us donate to charitable causes that help protect the marine environment (see our Why book with Dive The World page for more details).
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