The Sairee Cottage Team
Some of our Instructors and Divemasters you might see around the Sairee Cottage dive shop.
Hi All, I’m Trevor the owner of Sairee Cottage Diving Koh Tao, I’m a PADI and SSI diving Instructor but spend my time enjoying this beautiful beach from the view of a hammock!
Originally from north Dublin I have spent a lot of my 20′s traveling the world, after some restless years I finally ended up in Thailand and then Koh Tao. Here I fell in love with the island life style and the underwater world. After spending 4 years working as a Dive Master and Videographer I decided it was time to take the leap and open my own dive shop. I take great pride in making sure all our customers receive the special treatment they deserve on there dream diving holiday.
PADI Master Instructor at Sairee Cottage Diving, Dominic or ‘Bear’ has been teaching diving for 12 years. His instruction has received recognition of excellence from PADI. He is also a PADI Technical diving instructor, Sidemount instructor and mixed gas diver having conducted dives to 100m deep.
Bear is now the Dive school manager.
Barry is in house a.s.s.e.t. technician at Sairee Cottage Diving, PADI instructor and speed boat captain. His extensive knowledge on equipment and the local dive sites make Barry one of the best dive leaders around.
Barry offers regulator and b.c.d. servicing to all our customers at very reasonable prices.
Hey guys! My name’s Maddy and I’m originally from Montreal, Canada. I was first introduced to diving in 2010 when I was backpacking Australia, and it was a love at first descent. A few years later I started a backpack trip around South East Asia with the intent to do some diving; little did I know my passion for diving was only starting! I reached Koh Tao and knew it was meant to be. I took my first steps into professional diving, started my Divemaster training and never looked back. Now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer I could not be happier. My office is the ocean, I get to show people something exceptional every single day and meet people from all over the world. We are all truly living the dream here at Sairee Cottage Diving! Come and share that dream!
Although many would think Denja has a job at SCD because she is Bear’s wife it actually is down to her vast experience as a full time PADI instructor that she’s back on the team.
Originally a member of the SCD team early as 2010 she excelled as a Dive master here, she spent some time working in Central America as PADI Instructor and on the west coast of Thailand running live aboard trips around the Similan Islands.
A few years teaching at one of the biggest dive schools in the world has given Denja mastery of SCUBA instruction, always knowing how to get her students to feel comfortable in the water. Now back home on the team at Sairee Cottage Diving she can teach in German and English to all her lucky students.
Hi everyone I’m Paddy the in house PADI pro underwater photographer for Sairee cottage. I have been diving for 9 years and lived in Koh Tao for the last 4 years so I know where to find plenty of marine life that you wont find in the local guide books. I spent the first 2 years here as a Divemaster before becoming a videographer then specialising in photography.
Gal is Sairee Cottages very own International Man of Mystery, no one really knows where he came from, he just appeared at the shop one day in full dive gear and was immediately hired on as our Head Dive Master! True James Bond Style his hair remains immaculate as he shows you the wonders of the underwater world. Although unconfirmed, it is rumored that he sleeps in a swim through at Green Rock surrounded by an army of Trigger Fish.
Originally from South Africa, Mel discovered a love of the underwater world five years ago in the Caribbean. After working on Cruise ships and travelling from island to island all around the world, she decided to come to Koh Tao do her Dive Master Trainee….and never left. The rest, as they say, is history. Mel is now an integral part of the Sairee Cottage crew and you will find her either front of house or leading dives at Sail Rock. Come and say hello!
Originally from Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, Aom has given up the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s second largest city for the tranquility of life on Koh Tao. She is the friendliest person and the first face you see when you come to Sairee Cottage Diving. She deals with all the madness so that we don’t have to and whilst working in the dive shop, she is also completing her Divemaster training. If you think you see a Ninja while diving, it’s probably Aom in perfect trim with her Sidemount equipment. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Emma chucked in her advertising career in Melbourne over two years ago to backpack around South East Asia before her initial plan to move to London. Despite an unhealthy, irrational fear of water, she was convinced to give diving a go, and completed her Open Water course with Sairee Cottage Diving. She then ended up completing her Advanced course. And then her Rescue course. And then she finished her Dive Master training which led to working as a Dive Master taking certified divers around Koh Tao.
Emma is now the in-house Videographer at Sairee Cottage Diving, and you can either find her filming underwater in the mornings, or screening her videos at the pool bar in the evenings. She never made it to London…
After 16 years working in financial services in the cold wet UK, I decided it was time for a change. So I did what any normal person would – pack up and go travelling! After spending some time coaching football in Africa and diving in Australia, I decided to move on and landed on Koh Tao.
3 years on and I now get to live the dream by sharing my passion for teaching and exploring the underwater world! Living in a tropical paradise I not only introduce people to the wonders of diving but also get to help them turn that passion into a career by training them to be a Dive Professional.
Whether you are interested in learning to dive, want to advance your diving or want to go from zero to hero as a Dive Master, come and dive with us at Sairee Cottage. I don’t regret swapping the suit and tie for the beach and board shorts and you won’t either!
Sairee Cottage Diving Koh Tao has introduced me to the underwater world and since my Open Water course, I have never left the place. If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever live on a tropical island I would have called you insane.
From being indoors most of the day, working in visual effects, getting excited about graphics cards and huge Photoshop files, I now spend every day, almost all day outside in the sun and underwater, where introduce people to the amazing underwater world. I have become quite accustomed to island life and have abolished the concept of shoes, toilet paper, traffic jams and the like. I think you should do it too, come and join the family at Sairee Cottage Diving!
Adriana grew up along the Southern California coastline and there, at 16, is where she first learned to dive. Since then she has been diving all over the world, from the Caribbean to French Polynesia to the current filled waters of Komodo, Indonesia.
In 2013, after working several years in research, Adriana packed her bags and wandered off to find out what the rest of the world had to offer, with the hope of working in diving to help her along the way. She made her way to Thailand, landed on Koh Tao, trained as a divemaster then as an instructor, and has still not managed to leave this beautiful island.
Want to experience what the underwater world has to offer? Adriana is always eager to introduce new divers to the world she loves and to help certified divers hone their skills!
Hiya my names Kaylie and I am one of the full time dive masters at Sairee Cottage Diving. Originally from Australia, 4 years ago I threw my degrees in the bin and set off on the adventure of a lifetime. After diving my way through Central and South America, I landed on the little island, Koh Tao I completed my diver master training with SCD and never looked back
I spend more time under the water then on land which suits me perfectly. As Sebastian the lobster once told me;
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea
Heya! My name is Andie and I’m one of the divemasters at Sairee Cottage Diving. I begrudgingly dragged my feet to this island in May of 2015, convinced I wouldn’t like anything about it; oh how wrong I was! I did all of my training through SCD and then was lucky enough to get a job here too! I love spending my days talking about fish and showing people around the underwater world– plus, my work colleagues double as my family abroad! What more could you ask for? Come dive with us to see what it’s all about! See you in the blue!
Hey folks, I’m Bobby
Decided to become a dive pro 2 years ago, I moved to Koh Tao 2 years ago.
Since then my life chanced drastically. I found my love for the oceans below and I’m a happy camper 🙂
Gone by many nicknames since then like BJB, Bobby Bucher, at the bar Bob, on the ball Bob, Bobby green fingers, and finally “the Count”. I’ve been the joke of the dive shop but I love everyone who takes a laugh at me.
I love my job and I love teaching! My goal is to get everyone I meet to get hooked on diving!
The underwater world is a place of peace, tranquility and adventure!