Key diving courses
Key diving courses
Open Water Diver
Advanced Open Water Diver
Specialty Scuba Instructor
I'm a Dutch native and I've been living in South Africa for the last five years. I've dived in several places around the world, but South Africa is still one of my favorite places due to the diversity in ocean live along the very long coast line.
I am a PADI MSDT Instructor and have been teaching at Maties Underwater Club for the past four years. This is 5 Start PADI Dive Resort connected to Stellenbosch University and completely run by students and alumni, however Maties has grown to be one of the largest certifying centres in the country. Besides being a instructor I have been the Scuba Manager for two years and currently fr the past 1,5 years the Financial Manager.
The ocean is very special to me in many ways, and I try to make as much difference to conserving it as possible by creating awareness and spreading my love for the ocean both in my personal as professional life.
Where I work
I have been instructing at Maties Underwater Club since January 2014. This is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort - but connected to Stellenbosch University and fully run by students and alumni – certifying over 250 Open Water and con-ed students annually and with a steady membership base of about 300 divers. MUC is one of the biggest certifying centres in South Africa and the top certifying centre in Open Water students in the Western Cape, SA.
Besides instructing, I have been the Scuba Manager for two years and currently I am the club’s Treasurer on the Executive and Management Committee. These experiences have given me very valuable knowledge on how to run every aspect of a dive centre, from dive and course planning, crew management, marketing and promotions, finances and budgeting, gear maintenance and general upkeep.