The Orca Scuba Team
Although the same could be said of any business, in a dive company like Orca, the team really is our greatest asset. Orca Scuba's people are more than just members of staff. They are our ambassadors; they are our customer service representatives; and they are our sales and marketing people. They take care of problems and they deliver both 'surprise and delight'. Our employees represent the Orca brand in everything they do. And we trust them with the lives of our customers and our children.
Our Orca CEO and Managers
Jeroen van de Waal
Jeroen is a multilingual Dutch entrepreneur and conservationist. Jeroen is on a mission to foster a generation of 'ocean ambassadors', who have the passion, drive and determination to reverse humankind's destruction of the sea. Read more.
PADI MSDT and Orca Scuba's operations manager, Simon (self-proclaimed “DIVE GOD”) was bitten by the dive bug when he was only 13 and has been a lifelong diver ever since. To date, he has approximately 5000 dives and over 12 years’ experience as an instructor. Read more.
A Professor in Earth Sciences, Charlie's passion for the underwater world re-blossomed while working in SE Asia and he decided to work his way up to become a PADI Instructor. He has now joined Orca Scuba as the Chief of Conservation and Education. Read more.
In The Water
The diving industry is filled with characters. Scuba diving is a career that attracts all kinds of people, most of whom have deliberately chosen an extraordinary life - away from computers and commutes. Among these people, it cannot be denied, are a fair share of rebels. At Orca, we aim to be different. We strive constantly to find, and retain, the most professional dive crew on the planet. We pay better wages, we supply better gear, we cover insurance and board, and we award outstanding performance. For these reasons, we employ the most professional team of divers you'll find anywhere in Asia, if not the world.
Our Rawa Island Dive Centre Managers ...
Sim is from Frankfurt, Germany. It was there, before catching the diving bug, that she used to teach biology and English. Sim has dived and worked in locations such as Thailand, the Maldives, Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia and Germany. She has over 4500 dives and 1000 certifications. Read more.
As well as fun diving all over the world, Kevin has taught diving in Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives. He has racked up over 4500 dives and 1000 successful dive certifications at various levels, and is our base manager on Pulau Rawa. Read more.
Our Orca Resorts Dive Staff ...
Britney was introduced to scuba diving at the young age of 13 by her mother. Born and raised on the east coast of South Africa, she was lucky enough to have the diverse Indian Ocean at her fingertips and this is where her passion for the ocean emerged. After finishing high school, she went straight into her Divemaster course and is now a master scuba diver trainer. Read more.
From the Netherlands, Gabe is an Orca instructor at Pulau Rawa. As Gabe would say: "Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching!" After one dive, he was hooked on scuba, and a while ago he decided to change his office from corporate headquarters in Amsterdam to the endless ocean. Read more.
Surrounded by a family of divers, Cameron knew from a very young age that he just had to try it. When he was 16, he completed his Open Water and Advanced courses. He has now decided to dedicate his life to exploring and teaching others about the beauty of the ocean. He has worked all over South Africa, Mozambique and Koh Tao. Read more.
Evita den Toom
As long as Evita can remember, she has been an active person who cannot stay inside. Being outside and doing sports has always been important to her. Quitting her corporate communications job in the Netherlands and getting into the diving world has positively changed her life. She's now a PADI Instructor, and a yoga and fitness instructor with Orca Scuba. Read more.
Stephen is from Canada and has a Masters in Environmental Science. Stephen has worked as a Green Fins assessor to train and empower dive shops around the Philippines to be champions of the marine environment, and is currently doing the same here with Orca. Read more.
After making Rawa home for a full year, you can find Natasha at Orca Scuba's new location, Pulau Weh. Pulau Weh is ranked as being one of the top dive spots in Indonesia, amongst the famous Komodo and Raja Ampat. Natasha is the dive base manager at Orca Scuba, Pulau Weh. Read more.
PADI staff instructor, Richard, loves teaching all levels of student divers. He particularly enjoys conducting the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences, and teaching Open Water courses, because he gets to introduce people to the world of diving. Richard has joined Natasha as dive base manager at Orca Scuba, Pulau Weh. Read more.
In The Office
Our sales, marketing and customer service teams are every bit as important as our dive crew ...
Our PADI Divemaster, Hilde, tried diving to keep up with her husband, scuba-junky Jeroen. And, boy, did she start loving the underwater wonder world! Having dived all over Asia, she now enjoys helping our customers receive the tailor-made dive experience they are looking for. You will find Hilde answering your enquiries or lending a helping hand during our many Orca Scuba events. Read more.
Jim's background is sales and marketing. Jim now sits on multiple boards, is advisor to several startups, and manages a private portfolio of investments across the technology, manufacturing, marketing, leisure and media sectors. Jim is also Orca's chief marketing officer. Read more.
Nadia chose to do a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) at the National University of Singapore based on what she enjoyed studying in secondary school and JC - biology and geography. Her love for nature had been instilled in her by her mother from a young age. Read more.
Buddy joined Orca Scuba in 2017 as a marketing executive and growth hacker to help support Orca’s regional ventures and expansions. And, as a qualified MSDT, Buddy wishes to continue his passion for teaching diving by organising school diving clubs and activities for different schools in the region. Read more.
Kong Seng Quee
Always finding time to get his fins wet, Seng Quee has been mesmerised by the astonishing wonders of the ocean on every dive. Seng Quee is able to share the experience and value that scuba diving can bring to another person. Seng Quee got his pro-rating in April, 2014. Read more.
Ed started diving in Pulau Aur, an island south of Tioman Island, Malaysia. Ever since, he has dived in a wide range of places, such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and the west coast of the USA. At Orca Scuba, Ed has been working as a supervisor to operations and technology. Read more.
Joanna has recently joined Orca Scuba as our Customer Services Manager and is here to ensure all our divers get the best out of their dive trips! Contact her with your queries, course questions or to find out more about our various resorts. Read more.
Asyraf started diving when he was 20 years old. He became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2013. In 2017 he accomplished his PADI Staff Instructor rating, as well as his Disabled-Diving Instructor rating. Asyraf works from our Ocean Centre in Singapore. Read more.
Sometimes the time comes for members of the Orca Team to move on and seek new opportunities. They are always welcome back and part of who we are ...
Ron first experienced scuba diving in the colder temperatures of his hometown, Ottawa, Canada, where he attained his Open Water certification. This proved to be his first step towards a career in marine science. Read more.
Chelsea Grace Clements
Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Chelsea is a 23-year-old graduate with a background in events, tourism and hospitality, and a Masters in Tourism and Events Management. Chelsea has completed her Divemaster and Marketing Internship with Orca Scuba. Read more.
Working for over 14 years in the tourism industry across Australia, New York and Hong Kong, Nicki is now based here in Singapore to help you create the most perfect dive trip possible for you and your family. Read more.
Anna is an Advanced Open Water Diver, who has logged around 50 dives since qualifying in 2010. Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and is regularly found riding - sometimes instructing - at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Anna is Orca’s general manager. Read more.
“Excellent dive instructors with a passion for the environment and actually educating you in all safety aspects.”
“Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. We have already booked to go back.”
“I liked it so much that I ended up extending my stay for another week to get my Advanced Open Water Certificate as well.”
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