Our Dive Team

 

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Dias Menis

Our manager and PADI instructor – the backbone of Triton!  Without him nothing would work properly! He organizes everyone and has a wicked sense of humour! His love for diving comes across immediately.

Nationality:     Greek

Born:    1988

Speaks:       Greek, English

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary care Instructor

SSI Advanced Open Water instructor

Specializes in:

  • Perfect Buoyancy
  • Deep Diving
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Stress and Rescue
  • Boat Diving
  • Underwater Photography & Video
  • Night and Limited visibility
  • Underwater Scooter/DPV
  • React Right(FA,CPR,AED,O2)

-other certificates:

  • Dry Suit diver
  • Aqualung Certified Equipment Maintenance
  • Boat Captain License
  • Sailing boat Skipper license
Dias greatest love since his early childhood has been the vast blue sea. A major role for this is the fact that he comes from a family that has dedicated their lives to the commercial and military navy. He has been sailing since the age of 9, diving since the age of 13 and since as long as anyone can remember he’s had a mask and a snorkel attached to him! He started his studies at the Technical University of Crete in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering but he never finished due to the fact that his heart belonged with the sea. With over 6000 dives in Greece and around the world – Dias has worked as a sailing/motor boat Skipper, Divemaster, Instructor and manager in respectable dive centers throughout Greece. A great instructor with an emphasis on safety – Dias will make your diving experience unforgettable!

 

 

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Jurek Majkowski

The Main Man and PADI course director – 2 years running Platinum course director.  His reputation precedes him and this is who you want to train with!

Nationality: German

Born: 1956

Speaks:  English, German, Polish, Czech, Slovakian and basic French

PADI Course Director – awarded 2 years in a row as Platinum director

Jurek was born in Gdansk, Poland and started diving in 1963. In 2015, he became a PADI Course Director and has been awarded as a  Platinum Course Director. To date, Jurek has 7000+ dives.  

Jurek teaches the instructor courses in: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Greece and Dominican Republic.

He is also the owner of two diving centers: AQUAplus in Black Forest, Germany and AQUAplus Divers in Lestinka, Czech Republic.  His reputation as a top PADI course director makes him a great asset to our team!

 

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Iliana Gialama

Our PADI instructor – always calm and serene, Iliana is the perfect instructor for new divers. Her love of the underwater is what she loves to share!

Nationality:   Greek

Born:     1989

Speaks:     Greek, English, German, Basic French

PADI Open Water instructor Specializes in:

  • Perfect Buoyancy
  • Rescue
  • Nitrox
  • Deep diving
  • Navigation
  • Project Aware

Other:

  • Mares Service technician
  • Speed Boat license

Iliana graduated from the University of Western Macedonia with a Bachelor in economics and international relationships.  However, as she’s been working in tourism since 2008 it was only natural that she would pursue a career in this field. Her love of the outdoors had her working as a hiking guide in various locations around Europe but when she tried scuba diving… that was it!!  She found her true love in the underwater and has since qualified and worked as a scuba instructor.  Her calm personality comes across immediately which makes her perfect for nervous first time divers and children.  Iliana always states that the best reward for an instructor is the smile of first time divers which she will never tire of!!  Iliana is also keen on marine conservation and is a volunteer in several marine projects.  When she’s not in the water (which is rarely) she loves to travel, hike, read, cook and generally be outdoors.

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Nikoletta Efstathiou

Our PADI instructor  – Nikoletta is always smiling and putting everyone in a good mood – she spends more time in the water than on dry land!!

Nationality:   Greek / Canadian

Born:     1993

Speaks:     English, Greek

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Specializes in:

  • Perfect Buoyancy
  • Deep Diving
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Search and Recovery
  • Night Diving
  • Navigation
  • Emergency First Response (First Aid infant/child/adult& Care for Children) 

Nikoletta was born in Athens and has an Architecture degree from the University of Toronto in Canada with a minor in Environmental Studies.  Her love for scuba diving has led her to certify as an instructor and to work in diving in addition to continuing her studies in the field of architecture. With over 500 dives, she passionately shares her underwater knowledge with other divers!  Nikoletta has been spending summers on Alonissos since she was a little girl and her knowledge and love of the island comes through immediately!  In addition to diving, Nikoletta loves camping, reading, traveling, designing and learning about environmental conservation.

 

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Riccardo Lodesani

Free Diving Instructor and Divemaster – Riccardo just “dives” into every situation!  He’s our social whirlwind – he loves meeting other divers from all over the world!

Nationality:    Italian

Born:     1992

Speaks:  English, Italian

  • Free Diving Instructor
  • PADI Divemaster

Riccardo was born in the Reggio Emilia area in Italy close to the city of Bologna.  He has a Degree in Agriculture studies but has worked in the fashion industry as a salesman for 6 years.  Riccardo got the travel bug in 2018 and has traveled to many parts of the world – he has loved Greece since forever and has visited more than 15 Greek islands in his travels. An avid hiker – he’s also walked more then 5000 kms on hikes!   He’s been an avid Cliff and Freediving fan since he was a young boy as he’s kind of an adrenaline addict! Riccardo discovered the scuba diving world in Australia where he lived for 2 years and since then he’s been hooked.  He was with us last summer where he qualified as a divemaster and also took his free diving exam which is where his real talents lie free diving to 60m!!  When Riccardo isn’t scuba diving he loves to cook, share stories and experiences with people, reading, playing the harmonica and sunsets.

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Ambroise Richard

Dive Master – Ambroise is our adventurer and always on the go – he’ll sit still for the summer as part of our great team!

Nationality:    French

Born:     2000

Speaks:  French, English, Italian

  • Open Water Diver

Ambroise was born and raised in Paris, were he went to an international school hence becoming fluent in English and Italian. He then moved to London for 3 years, where he studied geopolitics and history at Kings College London. His ambition is to pursue a career in the defense world. His  passion for the wonders of the sea and for diving started 4 years ago during a trip to Indonesia. Since then, he’s been able to discover the unimaginable sea treasures of Alonissos; an island close to his heart. Ambroise has been coming to Alonissos for the past 10 years, and now owns a house in Chora. In his down time, he likes to cook, read, and play a bit of video games. Ambroise is also great with kids, having been a nanny for most of his time at university.

These are the brave souls who have decided to change their lives, join us on our beautiful island in Greece and learn to become Diving Professionals.  If they look tired they are…… If they look like they have been shouted at…they probably were, and if they look scared…. then they haven’t been studying for their exams!!!!!

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Angel Van Uffelen

Dive Master in training – Angel is our rocket of energy! She’s always on the go and her smile lights up the room!

Nationality:    Belgian

Born:     1998

Speaks:  Dutch, English, Basic French

  • Open Water Diver

Angel has a degree in Graphic design but her heart and soul belong to the sea! When she would go on holiday with her family they could always find her under the water, completely immersed in her own world.  Naturally then when she was 8 years old she came across scuba diving and wanted to try it –  and was hooked immediately! Since then diving and the under water world have always been her passion, and she has yet to find something that gives her so much peace. Angel will be with us this summer to further her knowledge and passion for the sea and to take her diving to another level! When Angel isn’t in the water she likes to read, weightlift and overall be in nature.

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Renate Heinsalu

Dive Master in training – Renate is our travel expert! She’s traveled all over the world and will sit still for the summer as part of our great team!

Nationality:    Estonian

Born:     1998

Speaks:  Estonian, English, Russian

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Deep Diver

Renate was born in a small seaside town in Estonia but moved to Latvia when she was 14.  She studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where she graduated with a degree in Marine Biology. Since then she went to volunteer at a whale and dolphin conservation centre in Tenerife where she ended up running the program for 4 months. This is where she got her first taste of scuba diving and immediately loved it. Renate has also been sailing since she was about 9y old and really loves any activity to do with water as it’s her comfort zone. Even though she loves the sun and warmth of summer she also really enjoys the snowy mountains and snowboarding where she is currently working for a snowsports travel company. Renate loves to travel but will sit still this summer as part of our great team!  Besides her love of travelling and spending time outdoors she also really loves a cozy day on the couch or a spa day. Renate is keen to further her studies in marine biology and hopes to use her diving skills for a career in marine biology.

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Nils Houyez

Dive Master in training – Nils just “dives” into every situation! He loves meeting people from around the world to exchange experiences with.  His smile and sense of humour are contagious!

Nationality:    French & German

Born:     1990

Speaks:  French, English, German

  • Advanced Open Water Diver

Nils has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Marseille Business school (Kedge).  After 6 years of working in the startup world, Nils has decided to take some time off for himself and pursue his passion for scuba diving.  This passion has led him to Alonissos where he will train as a dive master with us this summer! His first scuba dive experience was when he was 14 and he’s been hooked ever since. When Nils isn’t diving he enjoys being outdoors, travelling, skateboarding and reading a good book.

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