Our Team

Neil and Sandra met in 2006 while diving (what else!) in Gozo. They soon decided to open up their own dive centre - and to get married.

After the move to Sal they took over the majority shareholding and management of the ORCA Dive Club Cabo Verde in October 2014. In 2016, a fire unfortunately destroyed the dive centre, but the team carried on with the help of some other dive centres on the island. However, ORCA Dive Clubs made the decision to discontinue their engagement on the island, so we kept going under the new name Eco Dive School Cabo Verde. The rest is history.

 

The Boss

Neil's primary responsibilities at Eco Dive School Cabo Verde include strategy, accounting and personnel. He holds an RYA boat license and is an SSI Divemaster. He speaks English and, because he was born and raised in South Africa, also Afrikaans - but he makes everyone smile when he utilises his quite unique brand of German.

 

 

The Real Boss

Sandra is not just a passionate diver and dive teacher, she also holds a masters degree in marine biology and a diploma in business management. She loves being around people and is therefore, apart from her duties as an SSI Instructor and Instructor Trainer, responsible for the email, facebook and WhatsApp communication with our guests. As a native of Berlin, Sandra obviously speaks German. In addition, she is fluent in English and communicates without problems in Portuguese and Spanish.

 

 

Mr No Stress

Of the whole team, no-one is living the Capeverdean motto "No Stress" like our divemaster Ben. Under water, nothing can faze him which is why even nervous divers feel absolutely safe in his company. Ben has been a divemaster since 1999, but he is also a master carpenter, and with his green thumb and his knack for drawing he is a major contributor to the beauty of our dive centre. Ben is a native of Cape Verde and therefore speaks Crioul and Portuguese, but he is also fluent in English and French and converses easily in Spanish and Italian.

 

 

The Brazilian

White has been a dive professional since 2008 and became a PADI instructor in November 2014. His love for the ocean does not only show in the number of his logged dives (5000+) but also in his stunning underwater photographs. White speaks Portuguese (if with a Brazilian twang), English, Spanish and Capeverdean Crioul. In his second life, White owns the famous Brazilian beach bar in front of the Hotel Morabeza where he serves the best Caipirinha in Cabo Verde!

 

 

La Monitrice

Hélène from France has joined our team from the summer season 2019. She is a super friendly, gentle and reassuring person but with the right amount of grit to make sure her students achieve mastery in the skills necessary to ace their courses. She can teach SSI, PADI and CMAS courses in French and English.

 

 

Fröken Instruktör

We are very happy to have won Fanny for our team this year. She has several years of experience teaching SSI and PADI courses as well as guiding dives here in Sal. With her soft-spoken and warm manner she manages to quickly build a rapport with our divers and students who can learn a lot from her. Fanny is from Sweden (but is always feeling cold), so she speaks Swedish and English and can have conversations in other Scandinavian languages.

 

 

Team Germany

During the high season 2019/20 we also have Ramona and Simon from Germany on board. Both are SSI instructors and accompany beginners as well as certified divers - mainly of course in German. However, both speak decent English, and Ramona even excellent Spanish. While Ramona is a rather quiet character, Simon tends to be a little more... unconventional ;-) In any case you will have fun with these two - as long as you remember not to feed their puppy, Hannibal!

 

 

 

The Captain

José doesn't like his picture taken - but he sure likes the sea and "his" boat! The native of Santo Antao island knows the locations of our dive sites like the back of his hand and can navigate there almost blind (which, of course, he would never do!). He is also always there to help you get into your equipment before and out of it after the dive.

 

 

 

The Youngster

Ivandro is universally known as "Nené" which in Crioul means "Baby". He owes this nickname to the fact that he is the youngest child of his parents but don't let the moniker fool you: Nené tackles any task. As our second captain and helper he is responsible for taking our guests to the dive spots as well as helping in the dive center with anything that needs strong arms. He is a certified Open Water Diver and wants to become a divemaster one day.

 

 

 

The Silent One

Alex is not the most talkative person but for sure has one of the friendliest smiles around. He will always jump to help anyone who needs a hand, in the dive centre, on the boat, getting into and out of the car - you don't even have to say the word. Alex is a proud native of Guinea-Bissau and is in the process of acquiring his drivers license.

 

 

 

The Driver

Zenildo has joined our team in 2019 as a driver and helper, and has quickly found a way into all our hearts because of his cheerful and friendly nature. Zenildo moved to Sal from the neighbor island Boavista and loves the Cape Verdean national dish catchupa. He speaks very good English, and is working hard to become a divemaster soon.

 

 

 

 

The Joker

Like his cousin Nené, Djedja hails from Santiago island. Having him around usually raises the smile and laugh levels considerably, as he is a natural born jokester. But of course he takes his work as a helper very seriously, from preparing the dive equipment and loading our boats to helping our guests in the center and on the boat. Djedja is in the process of becoming an Open Water Diver and is practising his English.

 

 

 

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Neil Sandra Ben White Hélène Fanny Ramona & Simon Jose Ivandro Alex Zenildo Djedja