Meet the Son Bou Scuba team!

At Son Bou Scuba our staff and trainee Divemasters have been carefully chosen. You will find the team to be expert divers and instructors who have a passion for diving. Meet the team you will be diving with and we all look forward to you visiting us soon!

MURIEL (Mümü)

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 25th September 1968

Nationality: German

Languages:               


Hobbies

Yoga, trail-running, reading books, walking, travelling.


Background

After graduating from her studies as a French and German translator in 1992, Muriel worked in the tourism industry for 4 years. She started as Representative with a German tour operator for 2 years, afterwards she led a travel agency in Bonn, Germany, as a Sales Executive.

In 1993, during a stay in the Maldives, Muriel did an Open Water course and became enthusiastic about scuba diving. After that, she continued her diving education in Germany.

In 1996 she was offered a job as a full-time instructor in a dive centre in the Maldives.


Diving Qualifications

  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Specialty Instructor in 12 specialties, incl. Nitrox, Digital U/W Photographer (DUP) and Wreck
  • Emergency First Response Instructor


  • Advanced Open Water Instructor
  • Specialty Instructor in 6 specialties
  • Nitrox Instructor
  • Gold 500 Instructor


  • Oxygen First Aid Instructor


Over 1200 student certifications
Over 7100 logged dives (by January 2020)

JOOP

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 18th March 1966

Nationality: Dutch

Languages:               


Hobbies

Ultra-running, scuba diving, UW-archaeology, reading books, walking, travelling.


Background

Joop started diving in 1982, but didn’t dive much after certification. In 1984 he fulfilled his military obligation, afterwards he joined as a regular until 1990 and worked as a press photographer. Joop spent 6 months with the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) at the Red Sea in Sharm-El-Sheik, Sinaï, where he regained interest in diving.

From 1990 to 1996 Joop studied at the Academy of Journalism in Holland. During his student years he spent the high-seasons helping at a dive centre in the Maldives.

After graduating he was offered a full-time job as an instructor in the Maldives.

From 2012 to 2015 Joop studied maritime archaeology at Syddansk Universitet in Denmark. Commercial diver training (HSE SCUBA) was part of the curriculum.


Diving Qualifications

  • Master Instructor & IDC Staff Instructor
  • Specialty Instructor in 25 specialties, incl. cavern, sidemount and self-reliant diver
  • Emergency First Response Instructor


  • Instructor Trainer & Certifier
  • Specialty Instructor Trainer in 16 Specialties, incl. Nitrox
  • Platinum 1000 Instructor


  • Oxygen First Aid Instructor Trainer


  • Course Director (International Association for Handicapped Divers)


  • Advanced Instructor


  • 3-Star Instructor


  • Intro to Cave Instructor
  • Technical cave diver


  • NACD-NSS Full Cave diver


  • Advanced Trimix Diver
  • Trimix Gas Blender
  • Dräger Dolphin/Ray SCR Instructor
  • Instructor OC Decompression Nitrox
  • Instructor OC Technical Nitrox
  • Instructor OC Level I (Trimix)
  • Instructor APD Inspiration Classic & Vision CCR (Nitrox)
  • Instructor APD Evolution CCR (Nitrox)
  • ISC Megalodon CCR diver (Trimix)


Over 1350 student certifications
Over 9100 logged dives (by January 2020)

KATIE

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 2nd August 1989

Nationality: British

Languages:         


Hobbies

Travelling, yoga, reading books.


Background

Although Katie was born in England, she grew up in Menorca. Over the last ten years she has lived in France, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and has now moved back to the island.

Katie did her Open Water course with Son Bou Scuba in 2013. She then continued her diving education in numerous locations around the world until she returned to Son Bou Scuba to certify as a Dive Master in 2017.

In 2018 she certified as an instructor and began teaching in Menorca.


Diving Qualifications

  • IDC Staff Instructor
  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Specialty Instructor in Nitrox and Emergency Oxygen Provider


Over 80 student certifications
Over 450 logged dives (by January 2020)

ROBBIN (JAPIE)

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 29 January 1995

Nationality: Dutch

Languages:   


Hobbies

Playing trumpet, scuba diving, travelling, camping, walking.


Background

At the age of 11, Robbin came into contact with scuba diving and completed his PADI Seal team. Since his Open Water certification, he has been diving fanatically in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

When not diving, Robbin works as a high school biology teacher.

In 2019 he obtained his PADI Divemaster and then worked his first season with Son Bou Scuba. In 2020 Robbin wants to do the PADI instructor course.


Diving Qualifications

  • Master Scuba Diver trainer
  • Emergency Oxygen Instructor


Over 450 logged dives (by September 2020)

ROELOF

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 1 March 1969

Nationality: Dutch

Languages:      


Hobbies

Scuba diving, cycling.


Background

Roelof started diving in 1986 in the Netherlands. He then dived in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia. In 2012 he did his PADI instructor training in the Maldives.

Roelof works in the Netherlands as a self-employed auditor and controller, and alternates this job with working as a scuba instructor for a few months a year. He has worked in the Netherlands, Bonaire and Menorca, among others.



Diving Qualifications

  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Specialty Instructor in 6 specialties, incl. nitrox, digital underwater photographer and diver propulsion vehicle
  • Emergency First Response Instructor


  • Dive Control Specialist
  • Century Instructor


Over 85 student certifications
Over 800 logged dives (by January 2020)

PADI Divemaster trainees wanted!

Are you a PADI Rescue Diver and would you like to train as a professional Divemaster? This is your chance to train alongside experienced PADI instructors and earn your stripes as a professional PADI Divemaster. With the PADI Divemaster credentials you can work professionally almost anywhere in the world. Son Bou Scuba offers Divemaster internship opportunities to talented divers who demonstrate considerable potential as future dive leaders.

What we’re looking for: people who can speak two languages fluently (either English, German, Spanish or Dutch) and with a friendly, professional attitude. The internships generally last 8 weeks and will be conducted only in July, August and September.

What we offer: as a right candidate, you will get free training in return for your time working in the centre. You can do PADI specialty courses like ‘Dolphin Rebreather Diver’ or ‘Cavern Diver’ at a reduced cost. We will provide you with accommodation and you will get a percentage of the courses you sell. This is a truly ‘win-win’ arrangement as not only do you gain your qualification but you will also receive real work experience and a reference to take with you as you move on in your dive career. For more info please contact us at: