Our Team

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. Date of birth 19-08-1971 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’m also a board member of Stenapa (St. Eustatius National Parks). Date of birth 02-01-1970  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.

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! Date of birth 04-11-1979. 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. Date of birth 01-01-1976. 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.

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! Date of Birth 22-07-1979; 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!!! ;-)

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. Date of birth 13-11-1976. 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”.

Dennis is a Open Water Scuba Instructor
Started travelling in 2017 and loved it so much that I tried to find ways to keep the travel vibe going! Did my first dive in February 2017, haven’t been dry since! Got most of my instructing experience from Koh Tao, Thailand and most of my guiding experience from Utila, Honduras. Both small islands but big enough for this big dude! I was born the 10th of June 1991 in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. I speak Dutch and English perfectly and my German is passable (if you don’t mind the occasional grammar mistake). I like long romantic walks on the beach, especially on Statia (my favorite beach is in front of the dive shop). I don’t like dogs I can’t pet, and food I can’t eat. My best dive site in Statia is Double Wreck. The combination of history, small critters and massive Stingrays in this dive site never gets old!

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