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Aussie Divers Team

Aussie Divers Team

Darren Gaspari

Darren Gaspari PADI Course Director Aussie Divers Phuket

Darren Gaspari PADI Course Director Aussie Divers Phuket

Darren Gaspari is an Australian who was born and bred in the Victorian country town of Mildura and later moving to the city of Melbourne to take a position with Victoria Police where he worked for over 10 years.
Darren came to Phuket for six months in 2008 and never went back after falling in love with Phuket and scuba diving decided that teaching people how to dive was a whole lot more fun and rewarding than the life of a police officer.

Having completed over 3000 dives in the local area which gives Darren a comprehensive and intimate knowledge of the local dive sites.

Darren has instructed over 800 happy students from over 30 different countries though out his time in Phuket. Darren is the holder of the coveted PADI Course Director rating which is the highest instructor achievement obtainable in the PADI program. Darren is qualified and happy to teach everyone from the first timer to assistant instructor level and can assist you in achieving your instructor qualifications. Darren is also the holder of the following PADI Instructor specialty credentials:

Specialties

He loves his marine life and the St Kilda Football Club equally. He loves to chat Aussie rules with anyone that cares to listen.

Yaowada Intamusik (Hua) – a.k.a The Boss of Everything

Hua - Aussie Divers Office Manager

Hua – Aussie DiversOffice Manager

Hua is born and breed in Phuket. She graduated from Broken Arrow High School in the USA. Got married 29th May 2010. She is a cat person who also loves Japanese food. She started work for Aussie Divers Phuket 2nd of February 2015 after working for Andaman Ocean Safari’s for many years. She has a lot of fight in her and is not scared to take on undesirables in front of the shop with a preferred weapon of choice of a chair or unruly taxi drivers where he preferred weapon was her finger. A brilliant office manager and a great person to have on your side (especially is there is a chair close by). She speaks fantastic English and is starting to learn a lot of Australian Slang.

Scuba Diver Rating:

PADI Discover Scuba Diver

Simon Creed

Simon Creed - PADI Master Instructor

Simon Creed – PADI Master Instructor

Simon is originally from Preston, Lancashire in the UK. 39 years old and after working in IT for 12 years he decided it wasn’t for him anymore and set his sites on world travel in 2008. Originally with a one year 13 country plan, with his first stop being Phuket, Thailand. Those plans changed as he never left Phuket and has now been living here for eight years. His first dive was in Zakynthos, Greece where he did a PADI Discover Scuba Diving. Unfortunately he didn’t see fish that day. He successfully did his PADI Divemaster course in July 2008 and since then I have made my way up the rankings and have since earned the Padi Master Instructor rating. In the past few years he has racked up over 3500 dives in the Andaman Sea and still love the diving we have here. He feels privileged to have some of the world’s best diving right here on his door step.

In his spare time he enjoys relaxing on Phuket’s glorious beaches and also enjoy a good spy thriller movie. When it comes to music he has a very diverse taste which can change from day to day. He cites being a bit of a 70’s and 80’s man with ABBA being top of his list through that era and Brittany Spears his idol in the 80’s.

He loves the great local food but says you still can’t beat a good bowl of Italian pasta from time to time.

Specialty Instructor Certifications:

And is a DSAT Gas Blender

Ashley Walker

Ashley Walker - IDC Staff Instructor

Ashley Walker – IDC Staff Instructor

Ashley Walker is a country Australian, with a passion for the water. This is surprising since Ashley was born in the middle of a 10 year drought, in the same small country town as Darren Gaspari, Mildura. Moving to Ballarat closer to the ocean is when Ash found his craving for salt water, this only grew stronger with a move to the sunny Gold Coast and living a life on the beach in his teenage years.

Its surprising that it wasn’t until the age of 26 that Ash did his first DSD dive in Koh Tao, Thailand and found his passion for Scuba Diving and for Thailand. After that trip to South East Asia Ashley went home and enrolled in the PADI Zero to Hero program, changing his career path from retail management to PADI Pro in 2010. With a strong background in retail Ashley entrenched himself into the dive industry working as a Sales, Marketing and Technical Manager for Mares Asia Pacific. This is how he met Darren G. promoting Aussie Divers at ADEX in 2012, amazing since Ash and Darren both originate from a town with a population of just 30,000 people.

Working as a PADI Dive Instructor in some of the best diving destinations in the world, including the a year on a remote island in the Great Barrier Reef, it was a natural progression to move to Phuket and start work with Aussie Divers early in 2016. With well over 3000 dives throughout Asia Pacific Ashley has moved up through the PADI Professional ranks earning his IDC Staff Instructor Rating at Aussie Divers. His passion for diving flows into the specialty course’s he can teach below (Can also assist you with “true blue” Aussie Slang as well).

Specialty Instructor Certifications:

And is a DSAT Gas Blender

Martin Ruhoff

Martin Ruhoff Aussie Divers Phuket Scuba Diving Padi 5 Star IDC Dive Centre

Martin Ruhoff Aussie Divers Phuket Scuba Diving Padi 5 Star IDC Dive Centre

Martin Ruhoff – PADI MSDT Instructor

Hailing from Denmark in the cold north of Europe Martin began his love of scuba diving more than a decade ago in Ao Nang Thailand. As with most of us he caught the scuba diving bug and has never looked back. He has now been teaching in Thailand for almost five years.

His easy doing and relaxed Scandinavian persona makes him an excellent and well respected instructor and we are proud to have him on our books at Aussie Divers Phuket. He is also an avid underwater photographer and talking about underwater photos with customers and students.

He has dived many countries of the world including Mexico, Philippines, Sweden, Palau, Indonesia, Turkey and many others.

Martin is one of our most experienced instructors with a wide range of specialties including,

He is into Tech Diving and is an instructor in Tech Deep 50 and Sidemount Tech.

Emily Hallam

Emily Hallam Aussie Divers Phuket Scuba Diving Padi Instructor

Emily Hallam Aussie Divers Phuket Scuba Diving Padi Instructor

Emily Hallam – PADI MSDT Instructor

The golden girl from Nottingham, England. Emily is a superstar instructor in the making and has betting setting the world on fire since becoming a PADI master Scuba Diver Trainer in 2014.

As with most instructors she is an avid underwater photographer and has a keen eye for the small creatures. She is still gloating in having seen a whale shark before the boss.

She is already well traveled and completed her PADI Divemaster course in Honduras and here PADI Instructor Development Course in the Maldives with now PADI Regional Manager Andy Auer.

She has the following specialty instructor certifications.

Nina Morris

Nina Morris Aussie Divers Phuket Scuba Diving Padi Instructor

Nina Morris Aussie Divers Phuket Scuba Diving Padi Instructor

Nina Morris – PADI MSDT Instructor

Hailing from Cumbria, in sunny England, somewhere near Wales we are told. Nina is a superstar of diving here in Phuket and the Similan Islands, she has an extremely keen eye for macro is very lucky when it comes to finding the bigger stuff like Whale Sharks, Giant Manta’s and Mola Mola, in fact we think she might be part fish.

Nina did her Divemaster in Utila, Honduras and thankfully escaped from that horribly fun place to come and do her Instructor course and work here in Phuket.

Nina is also some-what responsible for global warming, as she is one of seven children and could easily beat up her brothers after working in Australia as a Muay Thai Instructor for many years.

Fitness freak and marathon runner, videographer and general all round smiley face on the day trips boats we are glad to have Nina working for us here at Aussie Divers Phuket!

She has the following specialty instructor certifications.

Andre Engstrom

Andre Engstrom

Andre Engstrom

Andre Engstrom – PADI OWSI Instructor

Andre is from one of the coldest places on earth Helsingborg, Sweden and it is no wonder that he needed to find a warmer climate to work.

Andre is unique in the sense that most instructors have fallen in love with scuba diving. Andre actually fell in love with a girl that fell in love with scuba diving and he just tagged along. She has long gone but Andre is still here.

Andre is one of the easiest going dive instructors and exudes the Swedish relaxed attitude to life which makes him a very good dive instructor.

Andre’s greatest claim to fame in the scuba diving industry is that he saw four whale sharks in one day at Richelieu Rock. A feat that he is constantly reminding the boss off.

Andre is a PADI OWSI and Enriched Air Nitrox

Mike Milner

michael-milner

Michael Milner – PADI Instructor

Mike Milner – PADI MSDT Instructor

Mike started diving in cold old England in 2010 and has since dived all over England. He has also dived in Scotland, Wales, Malta, Egypt and Thailand.

He did his PADI Instructor Development Course in Phuket during 2013, retiring to England after that to teach for 12 months. He realised the error of his ways and returned to the lovely warm waters of Phuket to continue his PADI teaching career.

Mike instructor certifications include:

 

 

Tom Domville

Tom Domville - PADI Instructor

Tom Domville PADI Instructor

Tom Domville – PADI MSDT Instructor

Tom started diving in cold old England in 2010 and has since dived all over England. He has also dived in Scotland, Wales, Malta, Egypt and Thailand.

He did his PADI Instructor Development Course in Phuket during 2013, retiring to England after that to teach for 12 months. He realised the error of his ways and returned to the lovely warm waters of Phuket to continue his PADI teaching career.

Tom is also a ScubaPro Service technician which comes in handy at times.

Tom is the closest thing that Aussie Divers Phuket has to a boy band member.

Tom’s instructor certifications include:

 

 

Darren Logan

Darren Logan

Darren Logan Padi Instructor

Darren Logan – Instructor

Darren is rarity at Aussie Divers Phuket as he is one of the few instructors actually from Australia.

Hailing from Collaroy, New South Wales he has been living and working in Phuket for the last three years.

Darren is a very professional and thorough scuba diving instructor.

He likes to be referred to as Darren #1.

Simon Ilett

Simon Ilett Aussie Divers Phuket Scuba Diving Padi Instructor

Simon Ilett Aussie Divers Phuket Scuba Diving Padi Instructor

Simon Ilett – PADI MSDT Instructor

Hailing from Tamworth, Australia, if you don’t know where that is, don’t worry about it because it’s a small town in the middle of no-where, left of it doesn’t matter.

Which is exactly why Simon now lives in Phuket and spends his time scuba diving, free diving, taking photo’s of really really small marine critters and generally planning to never return to his small town roots.

Simon also had a past life as a web developer but has since seen the error of his ways and tries hard to avoid working in an office that isn’t completely surrounded by ocean or sandy beaches.

He is also a well traveled scuba diver, having dove in volcanic crater lakes in Guatemala, Quarries in Pennsylvania New York, the Blue Hole in Belize, Little Corn Island in Nicaragua, Perhentian Islands Maylasia, Myanamar, Australia, Bali and probably some other places he doesn’t recall.

He has the following specialty instructor certifications.

Smith Buranastidporn (Big)

Smith Buranastidporn (Big)

Smith Buranastidporn (Big)

Smith Buranastidporn (Big) PADI Divemaster/Driver/Graphic Artist

Big has worked for Aussie Divers Phuket since late 2015. No one actually knows what his job description is, you will however find him doing a variety of jobs around the place and is now a PADI Divemaster. (His also great at being a professional victim during PADI Rescue Diver Course’s)

Big hails From Bangkok and first came to Phuket in 2004. He has worked around the country and returned late last year to work for Aussie Divers Phuket.

He graduated as a Graphic Designer and is a superstar when it comes to designing logos, brochures and the like and doing graphic design work for over 14 years.

He is married and has a lovely son who loves whale sharks, some say that Big speaks better English than most the Australians here.

Past work : Dental Technician, Art teacher, Private Cook & Villa Manager Koh Samui

His hobbies include cooking (yet to cook for the staff at Aussie Divers Phuket), music and travel.

Curent Scuba Certification:

PADI Divemaster
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox
PADI Deep Diver

Wanchai Sukkade (Pae) – Aussie Divers Driver

Pae - Aussie Divers Driver

Pae – Aussie Divers Driver

Wanchai Sukkade (Pae) – Aussie Divers Driver

Pae : aka Elvis. Born 1976 from Trang small village Baan Vang Von. Married. has son and daughter.

This is often the person you need to look out for when being transfer to the shop.

Happy, friendly and funny guy. A very hard worker and the most punctual of all the Aussie Divers Team.

He has been with Aussie Divers since late 2015.

Narumaon Sombatkham (Nan)

Narumaon Sombatkham (Nan)

Narumaon Sombatkham (Nan)

Narumaon Sombatkham (Nan) Office Assistant

Nan started work with Aussie Divers Phuket in October 2015 as an Office Assistant.

She is from Chachoeng Sao Province which is east of Bangkok. She graduated from college there and worked in a variety of different jobs including a 7/11 and a micro chip factory.

She came to Phuket 2014 to help her Aunty Anne with her business and also worked as a tour guide before coming to Aussie Divers Phuket.

As yet we have not convinced Nan to take up scuba diving.

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