Our Staff 2017-08-23T16:14:10+00:00

Our Staff

  • All
  • Boat Captain
  • Course Director
  • Divemaster
  • Front Office
  • Instructors
  • International Representative
  • Management
  • Staff
  • Yaser
    Yaser
    The Big Boss
  • Dave
    Dave
    Director
  • Michela
    Michela
    Operations Manager
  • Paul
    Paul
    International Representative
  • AB
    AB
    Instructor
  • Dominique
    Dominique
    Front Office - Fujairah
  • Elicia
    Elicia
    Instructor
  • Reggie
    Reggie
    Boat Captain & Equipment Doctor
  • Rex
    Rex
    Boat Captain & Assistant Instructor
  • Ronald
    Ronald
    Boat Captain & Assistant Instructor
  • Christobal
    Christobal
    Boat Captain
  • Danika
    Danika
    Front Office - Dubai
  • Diana
    Diana
    Front Office - Dive Garage
  • Taye
    Taye
    Divemaster
Yaser
The Big Boss

Nationality: Undecided

He has been passionate about diving since a young age and realised a dream of becoming a PADI Instructor a few years ago. Since then, as well as diving here in the UAE, he has dived the caves of Florida, has qualified as a CCR diver and has done his Bubblemaker. Unfortunately, his “proper job” keeps him from diving as much as he would like.

Diving qualifications: PADI Instructor

Favorite dive site in UAE: The pool in the Miramar

Favorite type of diving: Anything dry

Interesting fact: Recently got married

Favorite food: Any of the nuts produced by Aldouri

Dreams about: Cars and bikes….but only the very fast ones

Dave
Director

Nationality: English

Dave has been working in the diving industry for the last 30 years. With his various roles, he has been lucky enough to travel and dive in, many different countries. A Course Director, Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer and a CCR Instructor Trainer – he still loves to get wet, given half a chance!

Diving qualifications: PADI Course Director, Tec & CCR Instructor Trainer

Favorite dive site in UAE: Innes

Favorite type of diving: Trimix on a CCR

Interesting fact: Is much older than he looks

Favorite food: A big Ribeye steak

Dreams about: Playing golf

Michela
Operations Manager

Nationality: Italian

Her passion for diving was so big that she quit her job in the international commerce field to pursue a diving career. Michela is a PADI Course Director who has traveled enough around the world to decide it is now time to settle down and choose Divers Down as her “home”. You will find her bouncing around happy, but remember she is a little ferocious diving instructor. Don’t let her smile fool you!

Diving qualifications: PADI Course Director

Favorite dive site in UAE: Dibba Rock

Favorite type of diving: Conservation projects

Interesting fact: Loves Yorkshire pudding

Favorite food: English sausages…which is very strange for an Italian

Dreams about: Getting a sun tan

Paul
International Representative

Nationality: English

Originally from the UK, Paul spent his earlier years in the British Marines, and after retiring, spent some time in the US becoming a PADI Instructor, and then moved to the UAE and created Divers Down. At the end of 2016, he moved to Denmark and now looks after our Fly to Dive.

Diving qualifications: PADI Course Director and Tec Trainer

Favorite dive site in UAE: Shark Island

Favorite type of diving: Drysuit diving on sidemount

Interesting fact: Has a keen interest in old cars

Favorite food: Chili’s

Dreams about: Anything Danish

AB
Instructor

Nationality: South African

Sybrand Ab de Waal (known to all as A.B) started diving in 2012 in his native South Africa and has hasn’t stopped diving since. Being a professional swimmer and lifeguard he was always drawn to the water and after training and working in Durban he achieved his PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor rating, and decided to spread his wings which bought him to Oman/UAE. Having recently relocated to Dubai he is very happy to be part of the Divers Down family based in Dubai.

Diving qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Favorite dive site in UAE: Zainab

Favorite type of diving: Night Diving

Interesting fact: Performed in Swan Lake

Favorite food: Anything off the Braai

Dreams about: Being on a farm

Dominique
Front Office - Fujairah

Nationality: Filipino

Dominique is Rex’s wife. She has worked as a secretary for a Korean Diving/Seasport company in the Philippines for more than 4 years. When Rex left, she missed him so much that she decided to move with him and start working at Divers Down. You can find her on the front desk, greeting the guests, helping with the registrations and taking care of the payments. She is also in charge of the retail at the Dive shop.

Diving qualifications: PADI Open Water Diver

Favorite dive site in UAE: The pool in the Miramar

Favorite type of diving: Anything dry

Interesting fact: Is secretly very bossy

Favorite food: Just loves to cook anything

Dreams about: Having control of the TV remote control

Elicia
Instructor

Nationality: South African

Did her open water in Mozambique and it changed her goals and dreams in life. About a yer ago she decided to leave the city to start her diving career in Sodwana Bay, South Africa. She was looking for her next adventure leaving behind the 3m swells of Sodwana Bay, when she came across Divers Down and she is proud to say she is part of the team.

Diving qualifications: PADI Instructor

Favorite dive site in UAE: Snoopy Island

Favorite type of diving: Big surf and lots of swell

Interesting fact: She used to drive big tractors but on the wrong side of the road

Favorite food: Braai….of course

Dreams about: Becoming a Course Director

Reggie
Boat Captain & Equipment Doctor

Nationality: Filipino

Reggie, also known as “Reggie Magic” for his ability to fix almost anything, runs our Dive Lab. He worked as a boat captain and mechanic in the Philippines before coming over to work in the UAE. He has since worked his way up to PADI Rescue Diver, and enjoys the occasional pleasure dive in the quieter mid week days.

Diving qualifications: PADI Rescue Diver

Favorite dive site in UAE: The mooring lines

Favorite type of diving: Underwater welding

Interesting fact: Is a very good chef

Favorite food: Smelly, pickled fish

Dreams about: The hairdresser

Rex
Boat Captain & Assistant Instructor

Nationality: Filipino

Rex has been with Divers Down for a number of years, and is a favored member of staff with many of the regulars as he can be found at the weekends taking the advanced divers out on our boat. Rex worked as a PADI Divemaster in the Philippines for 10 years before moving to the UAE, and has thousands of dives under his belt and is often complimented by the guests on his ability to spot critters underwater.

Diving qualifications: PADI Assistant Instructor

Favorite dive site in UAE: Secret Garden

Favorite type of diving: Searching for the “small stuff”

Interesting fact: Has witnessed a Seahorse giving birth

Favorite food: Fruit

Dreams about: Not having to study in the evenings

Ronald
Boat Captain & Assistant Instructor

Nationality: Filipino

Ronald started diving in 1995 and he served in the Philippine Coastguard for Special Operation (DSURU). He became a Technical Diver, rated as 2nd class at SCUBATECH Philippines. He then moved to UAE to work as a boat captain and a dive guide. He recently joined Divers Down to expand his skills.

Diving qualifications: PADI Assistant Instructor

Favorite dive site in UAE: Car Cemetery

Favorite type of diving: Drift diving

Interesting fact: He is a fly board instructor

Favorite food: Hot & spicy Chinese food

Dreams about: Living under a palm tree

Christobal
Boat Captain

Nationality: Filipino

He had been a boat captain in the Philippines for 6 years before he decided to work abroad. He first arrived here in The UAE in 2015. Back then he worked as an assistant to the boat captain in seasport. He missed driving a boat so he decided to find a suitable job for him. That’ s how he become a member of our family. You will see him driving the small boat.

Diving qualifications: PADI Open Water Diver

Favorite dive site in UAE: Inch 2

Favorite type of diving: Wrecks

Interesting fact: Goes to the hairdresser once a week

Favorite food: Hot dogs

Dreams about: His next hairstyle

Danika
Front Office - Dubai

Nationality: Filipino

Received her Bachelor Degree last year. Right after her graduation she worked in one of the Hotels in Boracay Island , one of the tourist destinations in the Philippines, as Front Office Associate for almost half a year. After that she decided to travel abroad and wants to try a more exciting job. She is now one of the newest additions to our family Divers Down. You can find her in our Dubai Dive Center where she is in charge of the retail sales and sometimes giving us a helping hand in Fujairah.

Diving qualifications: PADI Open Water Diver

Favorite dive site in UAE: 3 Rocks

Favorite type of diving: Anything, as long as it is during daylight

Interesting fact: Bakes amazing cakes

Favorite food: Anything except seafood

Dreams about: Being on a cruise ship

Diana
Front Office - Dive Garage

Nationality: Filipino

Diana – she is the newest addition to the family. Younger sister to Dom and older sister to Danica. She had a very flexible career since she was 18 years old. She first used to work as a secretary in Japanese/Korean dive resort in the Philippines and later on she’s given the opportunity to practice her passion in cooking and she decided to work in a Japanese/Chinese resto bar. After a couple of years she decided to follow her sister (Dom) to UAE and work with us in Dive Garage, in Dubai.

Diving qualifications: PADI Skin Diver

Favorite dive site in UAE: Anemone Gardens

Favorite type of diving: Definitely surface based

Interesting fact: Has to wear 2 lifejackets at all times

Favorite food: Sushi & Sashimi

Dreams about: An Asian backpacking tour

Taye
Divemaster

Nationality: Nigerian

Taye is from Nigeria. He started diving here in the UAE with us at Divers Down. After his first breath underwater in 2014, he decided to do more than just a dive. As a Divemaster, he is busy gaining more experience so, one day he can become an instructor. You will find him in Dubai. He is passionate about spotting critters and would like to dive with a whale shark someday.

Diving qualifications: PADI Divemaster

Favorite dive site in UAE: SMB wreck

Favorite type of diving: In the shallows

Interesting fact: Used to work as a lion tamer

Favorite food: Cold curry and pizza

Dreams about: Being an actor and a script writer