Adam thought he had things pretty sussed out. Being a PADI divemaster would afford him the opportunity to work his way around the world, and also be a good alternative to University. Yet just one year on after completing the PADI Instructor course, it’s fair to say that diving has become one of his greatest passions. After spending a year guiding in the warm waters of the Red Sea he wanted to challenge himself, and cold water diving in Iceland seemed like the opportunity he was looking for. Showing new or experienced divers the unique world underwater and seeing the awe on their faces is what he enjoys most about diving. As long as people have the tenacity to dive Silfra, he is happy to take them!
Born in Switzerland, Adrian started diving when he was 16 years old in Italy. After the Open Water course, he decided that one day he would work as an dive instructor. Two and a half years later that dream was fulfilled in Bali, Indonesia.
As a PADI and SSI Instructor he has worked in Indonesia, Jamaica, Portugal and the Maldives. After that he decided that he needed to experience something different, so here he is! He has a passion for teaching and showing people what amazing places there are to explore underwater, and what better place to do that than at Silfra fissure?
Anna was born in Finland and grew up on an island, fascinated by the ocean to the point of eventually studying environment and health at Stockholm university- combined with marine biology. After her studies, she decided that she wanted to become a diving instructor. Luckily she was already a diver since 2005! So she did the PADI instructor course in Bali, and worked in mostly tropical waters. Now very firmly back in the Northern hemisphere, she finds herself in the cold but beautiful waters of Iceland. Not a bad place to call your office!
A PADI instructor, Carlos always felt a connection with the sea. He was born in a northern coastal town of Portugal, which allowed him to regularly snorkel and freedive from a very young age. It didn’t take long for him to learn how to Scuba dive, and this eventually led to him becoming a dive professional in 2009. Since then he’s worked in numerous exotic locations worldwide seeking new adventures, including Riviera Maya and the Maldives. It helps that he speaks numerous languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese (you would hope!), and English (kind of!). Now he gets to call Thingvellir national park “the office”.
Julian started diving recreationally in the cold murky lakes of Belgium and Netherlands, which is handy as he is Belgian! It didn't take long for him to figure out that it was something he wanted to do for a living, so he moved to Thailand to train and work there for a year. After Thailand he moved to Mexico, where he got to dive many of the cenotes, and dived in the ocean with bull sharks!
It was then time to move on to the Dominican Republic where he spent one winter diving and exploring dive sites accompanied by humpback whales. But as incredible as it sounds, all that warm water diving made him want to try out cold water diving. Iceland was the obvious choice! If you don’t get to be guided through Silfra by Julian, you will probably find him looking for new dive spots somewhere!
Originally from Poland, Natalia studied animation and special effects in film school. She got the travel bug shortly after University and became a PADI instructor in Thailand. After working as an underwater videographer there, she decided it was time to leave Thailand to seek new challenges. With the stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes, Iceland was the obvious choice for her next adventure. After almost one year working as a dive guide at Silfra, she’s still here! We’ve recently been putting her filming talents to good use to shoot some promotional videos too, so keep an eye out on our facebook page for them.
Ricardo considers himself very lucky to work outdoors, and has done so in a variety of countries across the globe. Becoming a divemaster was a good way for him to continue doing that. He arrived in Iceland a couple of years ago to jump into it’s frigid waters. He knew it would be a challenge quite unlike any other; a frozen wonderland at the top of the world. Since arriving here he has become a PADI instructor and lead guide. Not bad for a guy whose name sounds exotic and Spanish, but is actually Richard Wales from Newcastle!
Richard has been in Iceland since May 2016, after deciding he needed to get back into cold water diving. Prior to this he managed Big Blue Tech, a successful and well-respected TDI technical diving school in Thailand. He is a PADI, SSI, SDI, and BSAC instructor, and teaches technical diving through TDI, SSI XR and PADI TecRec. He’s also an avid wreck and cave diver. In his spare time he runs a facebook tech diver information page called Iceland Technical Diving. When not doing that you’ll find him either out looking for new shipwrecks to dive, or polishing his rebreather!
Stig was first introduced to diving whilst traveling the world in 2015. He did his open water course in Bali, and absolutely fell in love with being underwater. He has since dived in numerous places around Asia, Oceania, and Europe, and he became a PADI instructor in New Zealand. After working a summer season in Greece, the Norwegian in him made him homesick for some snow and ice! So he decided to come to Iceland to see what all the fuss was about. Now he knows!
As part of the Arctic Adventures family, we can provide customised tours and combination tours with diving and other activities. If you would like to know more please contact our service desk and we will be happy to accommodate your specific needs.