The Scubaqua team welcomes you to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and is looking forward to showing you the beauties of the different dive sites. Although we all have our own background and personality, we have a great thing in common: we share the same passion for diving and people. Our experienced and enthusiastic team has an excellent knowledge of the area, providing you with the best possible experience underwater and above.
Marieke is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Together with Mike, I dived in all corners of the world before I fell in love with St. Eustatius. If you are not sure if diving is your thing, I take the challenge. Your big smile after you did it, is rewarding enough for me. I speak Dutch, English and understand German. I like meeting old and new friends, cats and shoes ;-) I don't like slow internet and people who are not straight-forward. Best dive in Statia finding my first seahorse here.
Mike is a PADI Course Director.
After training instructors in a big dive center for years, I started missing small scale personal diving like Scubaqua offers. My big passion is underwater photography and I’m always in to discover new dive sites. I speak Dutch, English and German. I like positive attitudes. I don't like arrogance and discrimination. Best dive in Statia the 45 minutes encounter with a green turtle who must have thought I was her partner.
Mitch is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
My love for diving began with my love for travel. After a few years of working life, I finally ‘Got Smart’ and decided to ‘Chuck it All’ and I became a PADI Instructor. Now I have combined my two obsessions; I Travel to Dive and Dive to Travel! I speak English, a bit of Australian, a little Kiwi, and some Canadian. I like good books and good rum. I don’t like bad Karma or bad attitudes. My favorite dive in Statia – THE NEXT ONE!!! ;-)
Laurent is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
I started diving in 2018 in the cold waters of Belgium and Netherlands where I did my first hundred dives. Since then I did one PADI course every year. After working as a sales representative in Belgium for 20 years I decided in 2020 that I wanted to follow my passion and became a diving instructor. I especially enjoy teaching courses to new divers and changing their lives as they discover the amazing underwater world. I speak Dutch, French and English and I can order a beer in Spanish and German. My favorite dive site in Statia is Cliffs, the topography there is nothing short of spectacular. Besides diving I enjoy hiking up the Quill to enjoy the sceneries.
Colinda is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
My first dive was when I was 11 years old and saw my first seahorse underwater. After starting traveling the world in 2016 beginning with Australia I got fully hooked into diving. Back home in The Netherlands I met my husband Maikel and together we decided to travel the world to become scuba instructors. We started working in South East Asia and in 2022 we decided to move to Statia. Just amazed by the visibility, variety of dive sites and marine life, I fell in love with this tiny island. My favorite dive site is Stenapa reef, because of it diversity of artificial reef, coral, sponges and sandy patches which attracts all kind of marine life.
Maikel is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
After discovering diving in Curacao in 2010 I was completely hooked and have been diving quite some places in the world ever since. In 2019 I finally decided to become an instructor together with my wife and started my professional career in the diving industry. I started working to gain some experience in SE-Asia and ended up on Statia in February 2022. My favorite aquatic animal in the world is the frogfish which you will notice when diving with me :) My absolute favorite dive site in Statia is Blue Bead hole because of the great history and the amazing macro life you can/will find there!
Noortje is an Open Water Scuba Instructor.
From 2014 until 2017 I worked for Scubaqua. Then I took a break from professional diving, but never left St. Eustatius. 2021 seemed a good year to get back in the water. So here I am, and it's a joy to be showing our guests the underwater world again! I speak English and Dutch. Besides my work at Scubaqua, I also teach yoga, which is my other passion. I like hiking, plants, and playtime with my dogs. I don't like caterpillars on my plants and ignorance. My favorite divesite is Double Wreck, for it's historical artifacts and abundant (macro) sealife.
Seth is a Open Water Scuba Instructor.
After an 18 year career as a sales rep in the dental field, I decided to follow my passion and become a scuba diving instructor. I am passionate about ocean conservation, Adaptive Diving, and love spending time with friends and family. I speak English, Pig Latin and a little Spanish. I like kindness, a dry sense of humor and smart people that disagree with me. I don't like hatefulness, inconsiderate people or mushrooms. Favorite dive in Statia is Hangover reef named after the numerous overhangs covered in coral and sponges. In combination with the sandy patches in-between these lava flows this dive site “has it all”.
Caro is a Open Water Scuba Instructor.
After diving for a couple of years in South East of Asia, and being a professional underwater photographer and an instructor in Philippines, I decided with my husband,Rolf, that it was time for a change. He wanted me to discover Dutch Caribbean and, as soon as we arrived in Statia, I knew we made the good choice! I speak French, English, Spanish and I can understand a little Italian. I like people with a sense of humor and honesty, and a love for life in general. I don't like people judging too easily and lies. Best dive in Statia is Nursing Station because it is so full of schooling reef fish, lobsters and, if you are lucky, a nurse shark (or two/three)!
Rolf is a Open Water Scuba Instructor.
After diving for fun since 2001 I decided in December 2014 that it would be an excellent idea to become a pro and to pursue my passion. I started my professional career in diving in the beautiful Philippines and Indonesia. But remembering dive trips to the Caribbean I was incredibly happy when Caro and I got the opportunity to move to Statia and join the Scubaqua team. I speak Dutch English and German and understand Spanish and French if you’re kind enough to speak slowly. I like honesty and humility in people, I don’t like smugness and condescending attitudes. Best dive in Statia Triple Wreck because of all the history you encounter on the sea floor.