Meet the team at Octopus Dive School
Our awesome team of professional, fun, friendly staff love living and diving on Roatan. We hope you can come join us on our island paradise soon. We look forward to diving with you!
NURIA - Owner of Octopus Dive School and PADI dive instructor
Nuria is from Spain. She first tried diving in 1999 in Utila. She loved it so much that two years later, she became a Divemaster, then left for Egypt to start working as a dive instructor in the Red Sea. Since then, she took the scenic route back to the Bay Islands, stopping to teach in Mexico, Kenya, The Canary Islands, then Utila again. Finally, she made it back here to Roatan, where she realized a personal dream and opened up her very own dive school.
HOW NURIA FEELS ABOUT HER DIVE CENTER IN ROATAN
“Octopus Dive School is my life! Since opening in 2005, we have consistently been delivering quality service and personal attention to everyone comes diving with us. I’m living my dream life here on Roatan and I would love you to visit and share it with me.”
Nuria works hard to make sure everyone has a great time at Octopus Dive School. Find out why diving in Roatan is so much fun when you go….
VIRNA - Octopus Dive School's manager and PADI dive instructor
Virna is from Italy. Her life changed when she discovered the amazing underwater world in Roatan in 2012. Soon after, she decided to turn her passion into her job and became a professional diver! She started working for Octopus as PADI dive instructor in 2016 and though she is still teaching on a regular basis, she now also manages our dive shop on Roatan island. Virna keeps everything running smoothly at Octopus and she always has a big grin on her face, especially when she’s just seen something really cool underwater. She’s been lucky enough to spot two hammerhead sharks just recently!
WHY VIRNA LOVES TEACHING SCUBA DIVING
“I just get such a thrill from seeing the look on peoples’ faces on their first dive, when they realize how beautiful it is down there!”
Virna and the rest of our team love introducing newbies to the underwater water in Roatan. If you are interested in learning to dive check out our…
MEL - PADI dive instructor, blogger and underwater film maker
Mel is from England. She used to travel the world as a flight attendant and decided to do a PADI Open Water Diver course one day because she was bored of laying on the beach. She surfaced from her first dive, told her instructor that she wanted his job and then went on to dive all over the world! She became a PADI professional in Roatan in 2009 and she has since been teaching diving in many tropical locations. She has also managed several dive centers, worked as an underwater film maker and photographer on private yachts in the Bahamas and live-aboard dive boats in the Cayman Islands. But Roatan is her home base and she joined the team at Octopus this year shortly after returning for good this time!
LEARN ABOUT MEL'S PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND TEACHING
“I relish the challenge of framing and capturing the perfect underwater still image, but what I really love is filming the life on Roatan’s reef. I particularly enjoy sharing my knowledge about advanced diving techniques and underwater digital imaging. I love teaching specialties, and helping good divers become awesome divers!”
Mel is eager to share her underwater photography and film making tips with you. Want to learn about this or other specialized diving techniques? Check out our…
AARON - PADI dive instructor
Aaron is from Canada. He escaped the cold winters there several years ago and came to start a new life in the Caribbean. He did his PADI Divemaster internship in Roatan, then left to work in the Corn Islands in Nicaragua. After returning to Roatan, he achieved his instructor rating and initially worked on the East End of the island before joining us this year at Octopus. Aaron’s a real joker and a very lively member of our team. He’s a lot of fun to dive with and to learn from.
WHAT AARON ENJOYS MOST ABOUT SCUBA DIVING HERE
“I learned to dive because I couldn’t be an astronaut! I love the floating feeling of being underwater. What I like most about diving in Roatan is the lovely warm water and searching for the tiniest creatures I can find.”
Aaron changed his life when he took the plunge and made scuba diving his profession. Are you ready to follow that dream? Find out more about our…
VELVET - Dive instructor and equipment technician
Velvet is from Guatemala and has been diving since 1999. She got her Rescue and Dive Master certification on Roatan with Octopus and began working with us as an instructor in 2007. She went on to teach in and manage several dive centers in Central America and South East Asia before returning home to Octopus as a highly qualified PADI Staff Instructor in 2015. She holds many certifications in dive equipment repair and maintenance and takes very good care of all of our dive gear.
HOW VELVET HELPS PROMOTE REEF CONSERVATION
“I believe that the first step in environmental awareness is education. I love sharing my knowledge about Roatan’s reef and all the marine life we see here.”
There is so much to see on Roatan’s reef. Find out about all the different types of marine life habitats and creatures Velvet likes to talk about when you go…
QUINN - Our experienced local captain
Quinn “el Capi” was born and raised right here on the island of Roatan. He has worked as both a dive boat and deep sea fishing boat captain as long as he can remember. So he knows these water extremely well. He comes from a long line of local fishermen who trawl the deep waters miles off Roatan’s coast looking for tuna and wahoo. When he’s not out on the water at Octopus, he’s usually out on his own boat or spending quality time with his little three year old son.
WHAT QUINN LOVES ABOUT ROATAN AND WORKING AT OCTOPUS
“I just absolutely love being out on the ocean all day, listening to the sound of it, watching the birds, feeling like I am part of nature. Roatan is such a beautiful place to be and to call my home. I really like all the interesting people I get to meet from all over the world working with Octopus Dive School. We always laugh together a lot on the boat.”
Roatan really is a tropical paradise. The diving is amazing but so is the history, culture and nature that Quinn loves on this tiny island. Find out more about…
ANDREA - Office administrator and receptionist
Andrea was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. When she moved to Roatan island over 5 years ago, she initially worked with the local municipality. Then in 2014, she discovered scuba diving and it changed her life forever. Andrea is probably the first smiling face you will see when you get to our dive center in Roatan. She is great at keep everything organized and loves to chat with our divers about anything and everything.
WHAT ANDREA LOVES ABOUT DIVING HERE
“I love how peaceful it is, the colors, the underwater life and the sound of the bubbles, it’s so relaxing. I really enjoy seeing the bigger stuff underwater; like octopus, turtles and eagle rays. My favorite dives involve drifting with the current and I like going diving on Roatan’s deep wall dive sites and wrecks.”
There are so many great dive sites on Roatan, Andrea likes the deep dive sites and our sunken ship wrecks. How about about you? Learn more about the…