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…
BRUNO - PADI, SSI and IAHD ( International Association Handicaped Divers ) Instructor
Originally from General La Madrid, Argentina, Bruno was always fascinated with the underwater world as a child. In 1997, his life changed when he did his first Discover Scuba Dive and he immediately decided to become a scuba instructor so that he could continue his passion and share it with others. Life as a scuba instructor has taken Bruno across Latin America (Galapagos, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bonaire, Brasil & Argentina) before settling in Roatan. He is also a certified equipment technician and maintains all the gear at Octopus Dive School.
WHAT BRUNO LOVES ABOUT DIVING HERE
PATRICIA - PADI open water scuba instructor
Patricia is from Santander, Spain, a place where rivers, sea, and mountains meet. She never dived before until she did a Discover Scuba Diving during her holidays in the Red Sea, Egypt 2002, and right away, it became her passion. In 2006, while in Malta, she finally had the opportunity to study up to Rescue Level on her journey to becoming an instructor. Patricia has also studied anthropology and psychology and worked in various NGOs around the world. She finally accomplished her dream of becoming a PADI Instructor in Roatan, 2018, with the specialties of wreck, naturalist, deep and nitrox.
WHAT PATRICIA LOVES ABOUT BEING A DIVEMASTER
“I love to travel, I love the sea, I love to be surrounded by nature, so every time I dive, all come together for me. Time stops, cell phones and daily worries do not have space underwater, I feel part of nature, an amazing, estrange and beautiful nature, where I can float effortless, defeating gravity, moving in every direction, up, diagonal, upside down. We live in an amazing world, and the one underwater is definitely a place to discover, and it is just a step away!”
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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. Learn more about why the diving is so amazing….