Sarah spent many years working in the dive, snorkel and tourism industry before return to the UK to co found Snorkel Venture. Over a period of 8 years round the world locations included Fiji, Belize and Mexico alongside much of south east Asia including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia with over 3000 dives to her belt. As a co founder of Dive Safari Asia she also acted as a tour leader on overland tours through remote Sumatra and various locations in Indonesia. Now based in UK Sarah manages the financial side of the companies and product development.
Ben left the UK in 2002 and worked as a dive & snorkel guide for 10 years, clocking up over 4000 dives and many hours in remote locations with just a mask and snorkel. He has headed up dive teams on liveaboards and for various high end operators across 4 continents including Asia, Australasia, Africa & Caribbean. In 2008 alongside Sarah he launched Dive Safari Asia (our sister company) and more recently Snorkel Venture. Ben still likes to be the first to see the destinations we offer so regularly heads off on exploratory trips, whilst not in the water he oversees the day to day running of the business and loves telling people about his latest findings.
OPERATIONS MANAGER AND TOUR LEADER
Bernita is our supreme tour leader, manager of operations and all round logistics super star. After meeting Ben and Sarah at a dive school in Malaysia in 2005 she went on to manage numerous dive operations across the Asian continent before joining back up with us in 2016. With expert knowledge across Indonesia and Philippines she continues to lead many trips including to Papua New Guinea and Palau as well as overseeing our complete tour logistics across both Dive Safari Asia and Snorkel Venture.
A keen diver, snorkeler and all round underwater lover Maggie's experience in UK club diving logistics meant she was a perfect fit for Dive Safari Asia & Snorkel Venture. Maggie joined the team in 2013 as tour leader and has since taken clients to Raja Ampat, Sulawesi, Maldives, Komodo & Alor. With a passion for underwater photography and an interest in weird and wonderful marine life Maggie loves to explore remote parts of Indonesia.
Tour leader, photography instructor
TOUR LEADER, PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUCTOR
With three decades of diving and snorkeling, two with camera in hand, Gill McDonald is a veteran underwater photographer. Gill’s photos and articles are regularly published in marine media, and she is also inspiring a new generation of underwater shooters with her tailor-made underwater photography workshops and courses. After three and a half years teaching in North Sulawesi, Indonesia and Anilao, Philippines she is now teaching in Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. In whatever way your path might cross with hers, you can be very certain that you’ll gain from her infectious enthusiasm for the beautiful world beneath the waterline and her detailed knowledge of how best to capture that beauty in an image.
TOUR LEADER, FREE DIVING INSTRUCTOR
Charlie joined the team in 2018 after 10 years in the luxury and adventure travel sector. He has developed a vast level of experience of customising and delivering seamless travel experiences to some of the quirkiest corners of the planet.
He is also a lover of the great outdoors. A passionate snorkeller and keen adventure traveller. He also has an addiction to endurance running which has grown over the years and has now recently completed his 21st Ultra-marathon. He first met Ben on a dive trip in Papua New Guinea.
Crystal has a decade of diving and snorkeling experience, having worked in dive resorts all over the world. More recently Crystal spent 5 years in the Philippines where she managed a dive and snorkel operation on Malapascua Island. She has vast knowledge of marine life and is an enthusiastic photographer and Freediver. Crystal is a senior sales assistant and much-loved tour leader with a keen interest in travel throughout the Coral Triangle.
TOUR LEADER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER
Alex Lindbloom is an award winning photographer and videographer and freelance photo journalist originally from The USA. Since 2010 he has lived and worked in Asia, including Thailand and Malaysian Borneo. For the last five years has lived and worked full-time on a boat in Indonesia. His images have been featured in Discovery Channel and are regular features in various dive magazines and assortment of online publications. He in experienced tour leader, expert photographer and videographer and all-round good guy.
His work can be seen at https://www.alexlindbloom.com
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