Meet our Team

Meet the team that will help you during your professional PADI courses

Once upon a time all our PADI Instructors and Divemasters at Joe’s Gone Diving discovered a passion for diving and so their beautiful journey becoming a PADI professional began …

All our PADI Instructors and Divemasters will introduce themselves with their very own diving tale and what motivated them to become a professional diver. You will hear more about their interests today, what keeps them going and why they are still so passionate about diving. Maybe one of those tales might inspire you to take the next step or maybe even become a PADI Dive Instructor yourself.

Ethel PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Hi, my name is Ethel. I am a PADI IDC Staff Instructor here at Joe’s Gone Diving in Bali, Indonesia. Being a PADI IDC Staff, I am able to teach all the standard PADI Courses from Bubblemaker all the way up to Divemaster, Assistant Instructor and staffing IDC’s as well as a number of the PADI Specialty courses too. My most favorite course to teach is the PADI Open Water course. This is my most favorite course to teach as I am able to take people on their first underwater experience and I get to show them a whole other world, one that most have only ever dreamed of.

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I grew up in Manado, which is a small town in North Sulawesi in Northern Indonesia. I had just finished middle school and was still a little bit unsure of what to study in high school. One day I was talking with one of my cousins and he was telling me about underwater tourism and SCUBA diving. What he said sounded very interesting to me and I was eager to learn more, I decided to sign up for this program. In Manado, this program was quite extensive and in-depth. Over the course of 3 years I completed my Open Water, Advanced and Rescue courses.

When I completed my initial training, I knew this was what I wanted to do so I set out to gain more experience. I ended up not too far from my hometown in another island called Bunaken. Bunaken is quite famous for its diving due to the rich marine biodiversity and beautiful coral reefs. I spent the better part of a year in Bunaken gaining invaluable experience. After about a year, an opportunity came up for me to go and work on a Liveaboard; this would have me traveling all over Indonesia diving at some of the best sites Indonesia has to offer – I had to take the opportunity.

I had always heard about this special island in Indonesia called Bali. There was a part of me that always wanted to go and visit this place. I decided this was now where my diving journey would take me. I was also at a point in my career where I was ready to take the next step and become a PADI Instructor. It was here in Bali that I came in contact with Joe’s Gone Diving and I ended up doing my Instructor Course here and I was also very lucky to land a job here.

I have now been here in Bali for over 4 years and am still here at Joe’s Gone Diving. I have been very fortunate to gain a vast amount of knowledge and experience here, I continue to have tons of fun doing what I love to do.

My favorite dive site here in Bali is Toyah Pakeh. Toyah Pakeh is literally translated as “Salty Water”. This is a very special dive site out on the small island of Nusa Penida, about 1 hour by boat from Bali. This particular dive is amazing to me due in large part to the health and beauty of the coral reef. The underwater topography is also stunning and definitely should be added to your list of must-dives while you are here in Bali. If you are lucky, you can see the famous Mola here and usually there is a school of Giant Trevally swimming around.

Ever since I started my diving journey, I have really been happy with my decision. I feel very fortunate and super lucky that I have been able to use my skills and knowledge and transform them into a meaningful and amazing career.

Eby PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Feby Rotty “Mandarinfish” is one of our PADI Staff Instructors. She originally comes from Sulawesi where she studied Underwater Eco Tourism at the Manado State Polytechnic and loves diving. She has dived all around Indonesia and spent many hours underwater in Bali. Eby is always in for some fun above water and very patient underwater.

Catur PADI Instructor

Catur has been working in the dive industry in Bali since 2010. He is originally from Nusa Lembongan and knows the dive sites around Nusa Penida like no other. He is a very patient instructor. Scuba diving and ocean life is his passion and he is always ready to make your dive experience on Bali an excellent one.

Julliet PADI Divemaster

My name is Julliet and I am a Divemaster at Joe’s Gone Diving. I spend my time guiding certified divers and show them best spots around the island

I was born in Manado City, North Sulawesi and my home town is far from the beach, basically I never learned how to swim and never learned anything about the Ocean.

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When I finished High school in 2008 I started working as a waitress in a dive resort on Siladen Island for 2 years. Working there gave me more insights and experience about the ocean and diving. I saw many guests going out diving every day, after their return I interviewed them about their experience. As I always was curious about the underwater world and I had a lot of questions to them on what they observed. Luckily in 2010 I got the opportunity to do a Discover Scuba Diving program and I got more enthusiastic about diving.

 

I felt very happy and excited upon my first experience underwater which I enjoyed a lot because I couldn’t imagine encountering so much vibrant life beneath the water. That experienced got me motivated to learn swimming as it is one of the requirements for becoming an Open Water diver.

 

After my Open Water course I was in love with the Ocean so I decided to change my career into diving. I moved to another resort on Bunaken Island to start my 6-month training to become a dive guide, trough gaining my PADI Advanced and Rescue diver rating. After working there for 5 years as a dive guide I decided it is time for a Change and moved to Bali. I started working at Joe’s Gone Diving in 2015 and earned my PADI Divemaster certificate within the first few months.

 

My favorite Dive site in Bali is Blue Lagoon as you can find a lot of Macro life like Seahorses, Frog fish, Crabs and Nudi Branches. As for the best Coral life, I choose P.E.D. in Nusa Penida where you can observe hard and soft corals while doing a drift dive which amazing.

 

I love my Job because the ocean is my second home and you get to know many different people from all over the world and share your dive stories and moments with different personalities. Also, it is never getting boring underwater because there is always a new creature to spot.

Denny Instructor

Hi everyone, my name is Denny. I am a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (PADI OWSI), I landed a job here in Joe’s Gone Diving, Bali, I really enjoy working with them, even though I just moved here, Joe’s is already like home for me. As a PADI OWSI, I am able to teach people how to dive, hone people skills in diving and also take them to the professional level (Bubble Maker up to Divemaster). My favorite course to teach is Open Water Course, can you imagine how it feels to be a mom who just seen her baby taking the first step? Well, not exactly the same, but that’s similarl to what I feel when I teach people to take their first breath underwater in the PADI Open Water Course.

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I was born in Central Java but grew up in Bekasi, which is a quite big city next to Jakarta, come from a very special family, I guess that is similar what other people will say about their own family, right? It was starting when I was a few years in the college, I wanted to do something else instead of focusing on my study and found out that snorkeling was a nice getaway from all that. I met some new people during my travels around Indonesia and ended up joining a Freediving community in Jakarta. From there, I did more freediving whenever I went travel and starting to grow such a big love for the ocean. The talks in the community moving around SCUBA diving, sounded very interesting for me and finally found myself doing the PADI Open Water Course.

After a few years I managed to finish my study in college, one of my friend told me there is an internship for local’s to become a Divemaster in Bali, Nusa Lembongan to be exact. I decided to apply for it because I was thinking I will see more of underwater world with SCUBA diving and also I was really keen to live the island life.

Excited is the right word to express my feeling when I know I was accepted on that Divemaster Internship in Nusa Lembongan. I started from the Advance Open Water Course since I did my Open Water Course earlier that year, through my Rescue Diver Course and then finally Divemaster. That took me about 7 months to finish everything up, leart a lot from my mentor and also discovered dive sites that I’ve never been before. I enjoyed it so much and worked for the company who made me a Divemaster for another one and a half year until I gathered enough experience and was thinking it is the time to become a PADI Instructor, I nailed it and here I am.

I have been in Bali for almost 3,5 years now, decided to move to Sanur and start working for Joe’s Gone Diving now, like I said before, it is already home, the people, the place and the chance to dive in more places makes me feel I am in the right place.

Talk about places to dive, there is always a favorite place for me to dive, which is Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida island. It is a quite big and busy dive site especially during the high season (July-October), a lot of divers coming from around the world to see the magnificent Mola-mola or Sunfish, despite of that, this dive site also will spoil you with super clear visibility, colorful and healthy coral reef, tons of fish swimming around and sometimes surprises with small or big creatures that are rarely seen around Nusa Penida, such as Whaleshark and Ghost pipefish.

Living a dream job doesn’t sound excessive for me, I’ve been feeling super lucky since I started to dive and did my PADI Divemaster internship, I will do more diving and hopefully teach more people to dive so  people will understand more about underwater world.

Ismail PADI Instructor

Hi, my name is ISMAIL and I am a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor at Joes gone diving in Bali. I am happy to be a PADI Instructor, because in this level I can guide certified divers in a proper way and teach all levels from Discover Scuba Divers up to Divemasters.

I love to share experiences about underwater life, corals, and any diving adventure with other divers because by sharing your story we can all explore more.

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I am from MANADO, North of Sulawesi. My home is a bit far away from the sea. So, it is a bit strange story why I finally become a PADI  Instructor. My family and friends asked me many times are you crazy to go diving? Or, don’t you scared if you go diving and see some sharks and sharks bite you or eat you? I just answered them with big smiles and give them explanations how nice to try scuba diving is. I was in a college studying about Tourism especially Underwater Ecotourism that is the first time I start diving and learn a bit about corals and marine life. I finished my school and continued my diving career in LEMBEH Strait, BUNAKEN Island, and I took my DIVEMASTER in Bali. Also after years of working as a Divemaster I became an Instructor with Markus at Joe’s.

Why at Joes Gone Diving in Bali? Well, I think because in here I feel more comfortable to work with, friendly staff, solid team and a lot of fun to work with. So, that is enough reasons to work here I guess.

BALI has amazing dive site and underwater life, small critters, big critters, mild currents, strong currents, beautiful corals, everything is in Bali. There is one dive site in Nusa PENIDA called Crystal bay, and this is one of my favorite dive site. Take about an hour boat ride from SEMAWANG beach to Nusa Penida. This place has amazing dive site and also the visibility can be really clear that’s why called Crystal Bay. At the end of my words, “come to BALI and do some dives with us”.

Nanne PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Hello, my name is Nanne and I am the new Master Scuba Diver Trainer at Joe’s gone diving. I will be teaching all kinds of courses and guiding dives doing this in Dutch and English and hopefully pick up some Bahasa Indonesian on the way as well.

I’m from the Netherlands where I used to work as a logistic planner. After doing my Open Water and Advanced Open Water Course in Koh Tao in Thailand I knew this was something I wanted to do more with. Being under water puts you in a different world which is amazing, there is so much to see and explore. The amount of fish, coral and sponges with all their variety of colors is breathtaking!! Seeing all this with the feeling of ‘flying’ through the water is the best feeling J

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About 5 years ago I went to Malta to do the Rescue and Dive Master training in a 3 month internship. I remember I was still very new, I was emptying 15 liter tanks which is quite surprising since I’m not the biggest person. Luckily this improved quickly after getting a couple of dives in.
In those three months I did a lot of diving on the many wrecks around the Maltese islands. And of course for the training I started guiding and assisting on courses. I enjoyed this so much I quickly decided I was going to change my life completely.

After a good talk with my instructor and owner of the dive shop we decided that I would come back to Malta to do my IDC and MSDT training and work for the upcoming season as an instructor for him. Big change, but best decision of my life, I like my office so much better now J
After the season in Malta it was time to find a new place and I found a dive center in Curacao where I stayed for 2,5 years, a little longer than planned. Curacao offers easy diving on beautiful reefs and lots of small critters to find. Next to diving I had the opportunity to learn my way around the shop. I had a great time there with great people, but it was time to move on.
This job is perfect to see more of the world and the Maldives was top of my list for the diving. After a summer in Holland, think I won’t survive the winter anymore, I moved to the Maldives for 6 months where I fulfilled my dream to see the bigger stuff in the water like Mantas, Napoleon wrasse and different kinds of sharks. Incredible to see, but Asia was always the dream and pulling me in!!

Luckily Joe’s Gone Diving was looking for a new Dutch speaking instructor. I applied for the job and after the first interview it was clear to me this was the place I wanted to work. After a week I was so happy to hear that they felt the same way!!
And I can honestly say I’m still very happy. The whole team at Joe’s is fantastic to work and dive with. The island Bali has much to offer: friendly people, incredible nature with jungle and waterfalls, the best food and for me the first experience riding the waves on a surfboard.

And don’t forget about the diving!! Haha, never!! For me the diving has the best of the places I have been and a little more. There is the USAT Liberty wreck, beautiful reefs with so many small critters and also the possibility to see Mantas at Manta point and if you find the right place there are some sharks around as well.
Next to that I have seen so many things I haven’t seen before here and there is lots more to be found!

I will be looking forward to see all of you here and take you to see and explore this incredible underwater world. Just be aware it can be addictive, but it’s the best addiction you can have!!

Elvis and Komang Equipment

Elvis works in Joe’s equipment room. He will make sure you always have full tanks, clean all your equipment (so you can just relax) and just generally helps out around the dive center. He is more than happy to help you with your equipment. Elvis is a local boxing celebrity.

Komang also works in Joe’s equipment room. As Elvis, he will make sure you always have full tanks, clean all your equipment (so you can just relax) and just generally helps out around the dive center. He is more than happy to help you with your equipment. He has been working with us for several years.

Fitri and Ade

Fitri, is one of our receptionists and has been involved with Joe’s Gone Diving from the beginning. She is more than happy to help you with all your questions. Whether you would like advice about diving, on accommodation, sightseeing or restaurants.

Ade is also receptionist at Joe’s Gone Diving and happily answers all your questions about your pick-up time and your schedule and can provide you with tips on accommodation, excursions or restaurants. She will always be waiting for you with a big smile.

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