Meet the Blue Revival crew
The diving world can seem full of sales and marketing, price wars and conveyor belt courses. We are a group of instructors who have been around a while, with a combined experience of over 40 years. In this ramshackle world, we are coming back to our original love for diving, and back to honesty.
Diving, is the best way to know and love the ocean. Teaching diving, is a way for us to bring life back to the ocean. Look across to the boundless blue sea. In this moment, forget your complicated and cumbersome life. In this moment, you just have to remember to breathe.
Life is just that simple, and Blue Revival is just that simple as well. Our promise to you, is that we will teach you sincerely, we will teach you correctly, and we will teach you with all our hearts.
It is time to wake up to the blue.
Paul started diving in 1998 in Turkey. After he became a dive instructor in 2004, his life completely transformed. From the remote island of Madagascar to the running currents of South Africa, Paul continued his search for adventure and deeper, darker, wilder diving. In the last decade he has seen the degradation of the ocean and is firmly committed to its protection.
Jaki got to know the ocean through learning to dive, and got to know conservation from her love of the ocean. She was Sea Shepherd crew for nine years, from documenting the dolphin slaughter of “The Cove” in Japan to exposing shark poachers in East Timor. She believes that the survival of humans, animals, and the Earth are all intertwined.
Their connection started from defending the ocean, and after traveling half the globe separately, they both decided to put down roots in Bohol. Blue Revival is the seed of their hope, that through diving we will be able to know and protect the ocean, and love life.
“One more diver means one more protector of the ocean.” Mark’s dream is to let more people fall in love with diving, enter the arms of the ocean and feel moved to protect her. Mark has never forgotten his original vision, and although he is a Course Director now, he still enjoys teaching entry level courses, and exploring new depths with technical diving training.
Queenie used to be a land-bound computer gaming IT worker. In order to learn to dive, she trained hard at swimming, and eventually transformed into an ocean-loving, “sun sea and sand” island girl. From OW to dive instructor, from fair to tanned, she does not think you need to ask why, because a bold life does not need explanations!
Bohol is where Mark and Queenie, met and fell in love. Because of their awakening in this blue sea, they decided to start their own dive centre, to bring awareness of diving and the ocean to more people, and to find their own wide, open, space.
Raphael did his first dive in Australia in 2016, and started his lifelong romance with the sea. After he became a dive instructor in 2010 he worked in Thailand, Malaysia and many different parts of the Philippines. His favourite part of teaching diving is to watch his students fall in love with the ocean, just like he did.
Mumu did not plan to learn to dive and was taken by surprise by the beauty of the underwater world. Many people say it is a blue poison and an addiction, and she completely agrees. After she experienced the freedom of diving and the clarity of leaving the hustle and bustle behind, her life would never be the same.
By a touch of fate, Raphael and Mumu met in Bohol, and later started their own little family. Diving to them is the thrill of breathing underwater, the freedom of floating, and a multi-sensory experience that they would love to share with you.
A typical girl from Canton, Wing is straight shooting and humorous. After her first diving experience, Wing missed the ocean like she missed her hometown and longed to go back. And so, she conquered her fear of water to successfully become a diver, and hopes to help others to learn to dive and love the ocean.
Hong Kong-born Yuki loved the sea and its creatures since she was a little girl. After learning to dive, she dreamed of traveling the world. She may be small in size but she is strong in heart, and very principled in her dive teaching. She believes that being strict will benefit her students and the protection of the environment.
Two Cantonese-speaking girls, who started their professional dive careers together in Bohol, have made it a home away from home, and become good friends and great sisters. Although they both have life partners, but they will always be the best “husbands”.
Bernard was a French chef for 18 years, living between France and Australia. In 2013, he did his open water course during a vacation in Indonesia and immediately fell in love with diving. In 2015, he left his kitchens behind and came to Sierra Madre Divers to train to be a dive professional.
Bernard fell in love with Bohol and stayed! He loves the beauty of the dive sites around Panglao and tries to keep them that way and protect them. He loves teaching and transforming people’s lives just like it happened to him few years ago.
Bernard speak English and French.
When Anton first tried diving in 2010 he was intrigued by the mystery of the ocean and always felt a desire to return. As the F&B Manager for Ethihad Airways, he felt that he was destined not to be limited to the ground, and in 2016, he came to Sierra Madre to change his mile high life for a his career in the deep blue sea.
After his training and graduation, he decided to stay with the SMD family and continue to spread his love for the underwater environment with others. Anton treats his students like his babies and he loves to watch them grow and thrive.
Anton speaks English and Russian.