Meet Our PADI Dive Instructors & PADI Dive Masters
Andres De Plaza
Un veterano de la zona originario de Bogotá, Colombia. Acogido en Taganga como un lugareño hace más de 30 años. Desde una edad bien temprana ya impartía planes de buceo y snorkel por Playa Grande y el Tayrona. Instructor, capitán, mecánico, vendedor…entre muchas de las cosas que hace. Con un gran don de gentes, te ayudará a que tu estancia en Santa Marta sea una experiencia que jamás olvidarás.
Born in Barcelona, Spain. Years ago he arrived in Colombia performing one of his great passions, Traveling the world. In this case Colombia captivated him and made Santa Marta his base. Coming from the world of education and pedagogy and passionate about sports activities and nature. Instructor, captain and photographer among some of the activities he performs.
Prankster and eloquent we find “Javi”, a young man full of energy, good humor and patience, will make your diving teaching fun, Born in Santa Marta his passion is diving and Salsa.
Young and charismatic “Camilo” is the newest of the group, Born in Bogota, He is a very methodical and patient instructor when he teaches, his passion is diving, photography, art and writing.
“Sebas” as we call his friends is a versatile and dynamic young man, who performs very well underwater, one of his hobbies is underwater photography, When he is not in the boat guiding people, we will find him behind the desk driving all the Dive center operation. Born in Barranquilla and Industrial Engineering Student, he is a lover of sports, cycling and Salsa so do not be surprised to see him either in Minca riding his bike or in a bar dancing salsa.
Originally from the Land of the Sun Beloved Maracaibo – Venezuela – “Peter” or “El Chamo” as his friends sometimes call him, he is a very cheerful young man who will sometimes see him singing and dancing, Civil Engineer by profession decided to give a change to his life and devote himself to his deepest love the sea, When he is not in the boat guiding people to dive you will see him walking through the city.
With great energy and ease of communication Andrés is passionate about the sea and photography. It is a divemaster that will make you have a great time underwater. Born in Merida – Venezuela is a world walker and will surely tell you many stories of the places he has visited.
Our principal “Capi” is a person who knows these waters since he was a child. He has always lived in Taganga and Santa Marta. Meet all the dive sites of the Tayrona by sea, even the least known, where to find currents, sunken ships and the best reefs of the Tayrona. In addition, he has a great knowledge of boats, engines and everything that involves boat navigation. When he is not on the boat, they will surely see him riding on the mountain bike through the Sierra Nevada, Minca and the natural landscapes near Santa Marta.
Most popularly recognized as “Merilo” is a man 100% sea, lives by and for the sea. Originally from Santa Marta, Colombia, he has always lived in the Caribbean waters that surround Tayrona. The sea is his home and he knows it as such, with respect and admiration. Merilo is a great artisanal fisherman. The area of Isla Aguja and Bahía Concha is where they will find him sharing his time with the Caribbean Sea.