Meet the Joe’s Gone Diving Team

Meet the Joe’s Gone Diving Team: Experienced dive staff in Bali

All our PADI courses are taught by experienced instructors at Joe’s Gone Diving in Bali. We all have plenty of dives under our belt and have dived all over the world. All our staff is multilingual, so we are able to provide courses in several languages. Joe’s Gone Diving works with experienced divemasters for all our dive trips. They are excellent in spotting those special fishes and critters and know the seas around Bali like no other, which is especially important in some of the advanced diving sites Bali has to offer. One thing all our staff has in common, they are passionate about diving and making sure you have a great time. Find out more about the Joe’s Gone Diving team in their video’s.

Ethel: PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Hi, my name is Ethel. I am a PADI IDC Staff Instructor here at Joe’s Gone Diving in Bali, Indonesia. Being a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, I am able to teach all the standard PADI Courses from Bubblemaker all the way up to Divemaster. I also teach a number of the PADI Specialty courses and assist on Instructor Development Courses. My most favorite course to teach is the PADI Open Water course. This is my favorite course to teach as I am able to take people on their first underwater experience and I get to show them a whole other world, one that most have only ever dreamed of.

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I grew up in Manado, which is a small town in North Sulawesi in Northern Indonesia. I had just finished middle school and was still a little bit unsure of what to study in high school. One day I was talking with one of my cousins and he was telling me about underwater tourism and SCUBA diving. What he said sounded very interesting to me and I was eager to learn more, I decided to sign up for this program. In Manado, this program was quite extensive and in-depth. Over the course of 3 years I completed my Open Water, Advanced and Rescue courses.

When I completed my initial training, I knew this was what I wanted to do, so I set out to gain more experience. I ended up not too far from my hometown in another island called Bunaken. Bunaken is quite famous for its diving due to the rich marine biodiversity and beautiful coral reefs. I spent the better part of a year in Bunaken gaining invaluable experience. After about a year, an opportunity came up for me to go and work on a Liveaboard; this would have me traveling all over Indonesia diving at some of the best sites Indonesia has to offer – I had to take the opportunity.

I had always heard about this special island in Indonesia called Bali. There was a part of me that always wanted to go and visit this place. I decided this was now where my diving journey would take me. I was also at a point in my career where I was ready to take the next step and become a PADI Instructor. It was here in Bali that I came in contact with Joe’s Gone Diving and I ended up doing my Instructor Course here and I was also very lucky to land a job here.

I have now been here in Bali for over 4 years and am still here at Joe’s Gone Diving. I have been very fortunate to gain a vast amount of knowledge and experience here, I continue to have tons of fun doing what I love to do.

My favorite dive site here in Bali is Toyapakeh. Toyapakeh is literally translated as “Salty Water”. This is a very special dive site out on the small island of Nusa Penida, about 1 hour by boat from Bali. This particular dive is amazing to me due in large part to the health and beauty of the coral reef. The underwater topography is also stunning and definitely should be added to your list of must-dives while you are here in Bali. If you are lucky, you can see the famous Mola here and usually there is a school of Giant Trevally swimming around.

Ever since I started my diving journey, I have really been happy with my decision. I feel very fortunate and super lucky that I have been able to use my skills and knowledge and transform them into a meaningful and amazing career.

Eby: PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Feby Rotty “Mandarinfish” is one of our PADI IDC Staff Instructors. She originally comes from Sulawesi where she studied Underwater Eco Tourism at the Manado State Polytechnic and loves diving. She has dived all around Indonesia and spent many hours underwater in Bali. Eby is always in for some fun above water and very patient underwater.

Catur: PADI Instructor

Catur has been working in the dive industry in Bali since 2010. He is originally from Nusa Lembongan and knows the dive sites around Nusa Penida like no other. He is a very patient instructor. Scuba diving and ocean life is his passion and he is always ready to make your dive experience on Bali an excellent one.

Julliet: PADI Divemaster

My name is Julliet and I am a Divemaster at Joe’s Gone Diving. I spend my time guiding certified divers and show them the best spots around the island.

I was born in Manado City, North Sulawesi and my home town is far from the beach, basically I never learned how to swim and never learned anything about the Ocean.

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When I finished High school in 2008 I started working as a waitress in a dive resort on Siladen Island for 2 years. Working there gave me more insights and experience about the ocean and diving. I saw many guests going out diving every day, after their return I interviewed them about their experience. As I always was curious about the underwater world and I had a lot of questions to them on what they observed. Luckily in 2010 I got the opportunity to do a Discover Scuba Diving program and I got more enthusiastic about diving.

 

I felt very happy and excited upon my first experience underwater which I enjoyed a lot because I couldn’t imagine encountering so much vibrant life beneath the water. That experience got me motivated to learn swimming as it is one of the requirements for becoming an Open Water diver.

 

After my Open Water course I was in love with the Ocean, so I decided to change my career into diving. I moved to another resort on Bunaken Island to start my 6-month training to become a dive guide, through gaining my PADI Advanced and Rescue diver rating. After working there for 5 years as a dive guide I decided it was time for a change and moved to Bali. I started working at Joe’s Gone Diving in 2015 and earned my PADI Divemaster certificate within the first few months.

 

My favorite Dive site in Bali is Blue Lagoon as you can find a lot of Macro life like Seahorses, Frog fish, Crabs and Nudi Branches. As for the best Coral life, I choose P.E.D. in Nusa Penida where you can observe hard and soft corals while doing a drift dive, which is amazing.

 

I love my job because the ocean is my second home and you get to know many different people from all over the world and share your dive stories and moments with different personalities. Also, it never gets boring underwater, because there is always a new creature to spot.

Denny: PADI Instructor

Hi everyone, my name is Denny. I am a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (PADI OWSI), I landed a job here in Joe’s Gone Diving, Bali. I really enjoy working with them, even though I just moved here, Joe’s is already like home for me. As a PADI OWSI, I am able to teach people how to dive, hone people skills in diving and also take them to the professional level (Bubble Maker up to Divemaster). My favorite course to teach is the Open Water Course. Can you imagine how it feels to be a mom who just seen her baby taking the first step? Well, not exactly the same, but that’s similar to what I feel when I teach people to take their first breath underwater in the PADI Open Water Course.

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I was born in Central Java but grew up in Bekasi, which is quite a big city next to Jakarta. I come from a very special family, I guess that is similar what other people will say about their own family, right? My diving story starts when I was in college. I wanted to do something else instead of just focusing on my study and found out that snorkeling was a nice getaway from all that. I met some new people during my travels around Indonesia and ended up joining a Freediving community in Jakarta. From there, I did more freediving whenever I went traveling and I started to grow a big love for the ocean. The talks in the community about SCUBA diving sounded very interesting for me and finally I found myself doing the PADI Open Water Course.

After a few years I managed to finish my study in college. One of my friends then told me about an internship for locals to become a Divemaster in Bali, Nusa Lembongan to be exact. I decided to apply for it, because I wanted to see more of the underwater world with SCUBA diving and was also really keen to live the island life.

Excited is the right word to express my feeling when I found out I was accepted on that Divemaster Internship in Nusa Lembongan. I started with the Advances Open Water Course, since I did my Open Water Course earlier that year, continued with my Rescue Diver Course and then finally the Divemaster course. It took me about 7 months to complete everything. I learnt a lot from my mentor and also discovered dive sites that I had never been before. I enjoyed it so much and worked for the company who made me a Divemaster for another one and a half years until I gathered enough experience for the next step: PADI Instructor, I nailed it and here I am.

I have been in Bali for almost 3,5 years now. I decided to move to Sanur from Nusa Lembongan and started working for Joe’s Gone Diving. Like I said before, I haven’t been here long yet, but it is already home, the people, the place and the chance to dive in more places, makes me feel I am in the right place.

Talking about places to dive, there is always a favorite place for me to dive, which is Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida island. It is a quite big and busy dive site especially during the high season (July-October) as a lot of divers come from around the world to see the magnificent Mola-mola or Sunfish. Despite of that, this dive site also will spoil you with super clear visibility, colorful and healthy coral reef, tons of fish swimming around and sometimes surprises with small or big creatures that are rarely seen around Nusa Penida, such as the Whaleshark and the Ghost pipefish.

Living a dream job doesn’t sound excessive to me. I’ve been feeling super lucky since I started to dive and did my PADI Divemaster internship. I will continue to do more diving and hopefully teach more people to dive so people will understand more about underwater world.

Ismail: PADI Instructor

Hi, my name is ImailL and I am a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor at Joe’s Gone Diving in Bali. I am happy to be a PADI Instructor, because at this level I can guide certified divers in a proper way and teach all levels from Discover Scuba Divers up to Divemasters.

I love to share experiences about underwater life, corals, and any diving adventure with other divers, because by sharing your story we can all explore more.

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I am from Manado, North of Sulawesi. My home is a bit far away from the sea. So, it is a bit of a strange story why I finally became a PADI Instructor. My family and friends asked me many times, are you crazy to go diving? Or, are you not scared if you go diving and see some sharks and sharks might bite you or eat you? I just answer them with a big smile and explain how nice scuba diving is. I first started diving and learnt about corals and marine life when I was in a college, studying about Tourism especially Underwater Ecotourism. I finished my school and continued my diving career in Lembeh Strait, Bunaken Island, and I took my Divemaster in Bali. After years of working as a Divemaster, I became an Instructor with Markus at Joe’s.

Why at Joe’s Gone Diving in Bali? Well, I think because in here I feel  comfortable at work, friendly staff, solid team that is a lot of fun to work with. So, that is enough reasons to work here I guess.

Bali has amazing dive sites and underwater life. Small critters, big critters, mild currents, strong currents, beautiful corals, Bali has everything. There is one dive site in Nusa Penida called Crystal bay, and this is one of my favorite dive sites. It takes about an hour boat ride from Semawang beach to Nusa Penida. This is an amazing dive site. The visibility can be really clear, that’s why it is called Crystal Bay. Let me end by saying though: “come to Bali and do some dives with us to experience it for yourself”.

Nanne MSDT at joe's Gone Diving

Nanne: PADI MSDT

Nanne is originally from the Netherlands and is one of our PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers. He is very passionate about diving and has worked around the world. Nanne is a very calm and patient instructor and just loves to teach. He is more than happy to take you diving around Bali and to share his dive experience with you.

Fitri and Ade: Reception

Fitri, is one of our receptionists and has been involved with Joe’s Gone Diving from the beginning. She is more than happy to help you with all your questions. Whether you would like advice about diving, on accommodation, sightseeing or restaurants.

Ade is also receptionist at Joe’s Gone Diving and happily answers all your questions about your pick-up time and your schedule and can provide you with tips on accommodation, excursions or restaurants. She will always be waiting for you with a big smile.

Elvis and Komang: Equipment

Elvis works in Joe’s equipment room. He will make sure you always have full tanks, clean all your equipment (so you can just relax) and just generally helps out around the dive center. He is more than happy to help you with your equipment. Elvis is a local boxing celebrity.

Komang also works in Joe’s equipment room. As Elvis, he will make sure you always have full tanks, clean all your equipment (so you can just relax) and just generally helps out around the dive center. He is more than happy to help you with your equipment. He has been working with us for several years.

Markus: PADI Course Director

My name is Markus and I’m the Course Director at Joe’s Gone Diving which basically means that I’m mainly teaching people how to become Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Divemasters. This is not how I started out though, the road until here was long.

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I grew up in a small mountain village in Austria and until the age of 12 the main source of water I knew was frozen. My first diving experience was with my dad on a holiday in Mauritius, Africa. I couldn’t understand the instructor so the experience wasn’t as pleasant, but the fish I saw and the loss of gravity got me hooked.

After my training and education in Hospitality in 2007, a holiday of 8 months brought me to Mexico. The months went by and the more people I was meeting, everyone was talking about diving so I took my courage in both hands and did my Open Water course in a little village close to Belize. My original plan was to travel all the way down to Panama, but I got hooked by blowing bubbles.

Working mainly abroad in the summers to come, I always had some spare days to dive in different locations of the world. On that list you can find amazing places like Egypt, several Islands in the Caribbean, Austria, Switzerland, Pacific and Atlantic side of Mexico to Thailand. I always wanted to see new places and do different things. I also did my Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and several Specialties in those areas until I was completely hooked and already thinking about becoming a professional in diving.

In 2013 I had enough of the busy lifestyle in the Hospitality industry and I bought my one-way ticket to Bali. Here I became a PADI Divemaster and Instructor. After a couple of months gaining experience, I started working at Joe’s Gone Diving. Throughout the years, I was fascinated by the bio diversity, I haven’t seen that many different fish and critters anywhere else in the world.  Not only that, here in Sanur you are in the center to access great wreck, deep, drift and muck diving. There is also a mix of macro up to big fish like the famous „Mola ramseiy” Sharks, Mantas and Turtles.

My favorite dive sites on Bali are Tepekong in Candidasa and the Kubu Wreck, as I love cave and wreck diving and everything that goes into a technical aspect of diving.

I love my job! It is demanding in a way, having so many new professionals striving to become better and asking for more information and sometimes I leave the dive center when it’s dark, but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing all those new diving professionals after their IDC or Divemaster exams and hearing about their stories and seeing them grow within the industry.

In the end, my passion is diving itself as there is not a more pristine place on earth than underwater. Feeling the gravity loss while floating in mid water and blowing bubbles makes me forget all the troubles in the world.

So, if you want to become a PADI Professional I will most likely see you around on Bali.

Nathalie Operational Manager Joe's Gone Diving Bali

Nathalie: Operational Manager

Nathalie is originally from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She has a background in the hospitality industry and has worked in several countries. She speaks Dutch, English and Spanish fluently and is always more than happy to help you with all your queries. You will no doubt see her around the dive center when you dive with Joe’s.

Jan: Owner

Jan is one of the owners of Joe’s Gone Diving. He is a PADI Dive Instructor and has dived all over the world. He left corporate life to open Joe’s Gone Diving. These days he spends more time above water than under the water. He is your go to guy for all your equipment questions.

Jan: owner Joe's Gone Diving
Mirjam owner Joe's Gone Diving Bali

Mirjam: Owner

Mirjam opened Joe’s Gone Diving together with Jan in the beginning of 2011. She is a PADI Dive Instructor, and is very active on the organization side of the dive center these days. Before moving to Bali she worked in the corporate world. She is more than happy to give you any advice on diving, Bali, spas or restaurants.

Buttons: PR Officer

For special entertainment at our dive center, we have Buttons our young and playful Beagle dog. She is always happy to see you and very friendly. Not a big fan of dogs, don’t worry just let us know.

Buttons, PR officer bei Joe's Gone Diving

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