We have a friendly and highly experienced team, some being pioneers in the dive industry in the region. We'll provide the highest standards of tuition and an adventurous yet enjoyable time.
Allan, originally from Australia, spent several years in Hong Kong in the construction business before discovering Puerto Galera in 1985. The founding partner of Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort, Allan has one son Arthur. Allan’s other interests include Ultra-Light aircraft and golf.
Andy is the other founding partner of Asia Divers. A veteran of the aeronautical industry in Oman, Andy first visited Puerto in 1982. Andy keeps himself busy with the dirty side of the business: compressors, generator and equipment maintenance. Andy walked 520 Kms around the island of Mindoro mid 2000, to raise money for charity. Andy runs all the Equipment Seminars at Asia Divers
Asia Divers’ third partner is Swedish Tommy Soderstrom who started as a Divemaster in 1988. Tommy is married to Lina and has a daughter and son. His passions include motor biking and ‘hash running’, when he’s not exploring new dive destinations.
Allison escaped the icy cold Canadian waters and has been in the Philippines since 1995. Originally, an Art Director/Graphic Designer in Toronto, she moved to Manila and worked for the Canadian Embassy before heading to Puerto Galera. She’s been with Asia Divers since 1997 and loves taking her camera out for a spin to look for all the weird and wonderful macro creatures. With over 11,000 dives in the local area, she knows all the dive sites intimately!
Besides diving, she is responsible for the Monday Newsletter, and also leads marketing for the company. Allison is kept busy in her spare time with her 17 year old daughter, Ariana.
Born in London in 1964. Dave is a Geologist by education. He learned to dive whilst living and working out of Hong Kong, and turned professional, as a Divemaster in 1991 and then a PADI Instructor in 1992. When IANTD came to the Philippines in ’95 he was among the first group of Instructors certified, and currently holds the ratings of IANTD Trimix Instructor, plus Normoxic Trimix and Gas Blending Instructor Trainer.
A lot of Dave’s current effort is in the area of dive trip organization and trying to find new and interesting opportunities for our divers to enjoy.
Pete was born in the north of England. A Mechanical Engineer by trade, he has tried his hand at a wide variety of jobs including Market Trading and Plant Operating. He worked in South Africa and Hong Kong before arriving in the Philippines in 1995.
Pete arrived as many do, in Puerto Galera and the Philippines, on holiday and just hasn’t left. He has a wife, son and daughter here.
Another Brit, originally from Brighton, Sam began diving at Asia Divers in 1994. He was at that time living in Sydney and owned a very successful Stone Masonry and Restoration business, which he ultimately sold and moved to full time diving as a career. Sam is an IANTD Instructor Trainer to the levels of full Trimix, Technical Wreck and Gas Blending, and also teaches DPV, Essentials courses, Rebreather, and all of the PADI/DSAT levels to Tec Trimix. Sam’s instructional and supervisory skill, patience, and attention to individual’s diver’s particular needs and abilities have made him a tremendously popular and highly respected member of the Tech Asia team, and in the field of Asian technical diving generally. Sam also involves himself actively in dive travel, having put together excursions all over the Philippines, and from Micronesia, South China Sea, Java Sea, Sri Lanka and to the Burma Banks.
Ruben has worked for Asia Divers since 1998 carrying tanks, assisting in the shop, driving boats and fixing regulators. He worked his way up through the ranks to become a PADI Instructor.
Ruben is a valuable member of our team and is very experienced in the local area. He is a great spotter for all you photographers out there. Ruben is from here, married with two daughters.
Maria is our newest instructor here, having just done her IDC in May 2018 right here at Asia Divers. She’s from Pasig City Manila and like so many of us, she quit her office job to live life.
Maria started traveling around Philippines, learned surfing, but fell in love most with scuba diving in 2015. She loves all kinds of diving but macro is her favorite and she is a great critter spotter.
A local to Puerto Galera. Art has been a PADI instructor for 3 years now and enjoys blackwater, drift and muck dives the most. He has a background in music and first love is playing the bass guitar.
Wally was introduced to scuba diving in 1989 when he tried a Discover Scuba diving in Guam and that’s when he started to love the ocean. In 2006 become he became a PADI dive pro and until now the passion is still there. The ocean is worth a lifetime to explore! The past 15 years he has been working in Palau, Malaysia, Maldives and Thailand and never stopped to explore the ocean.