We have a friendly, experienced team to provide your with an adventurous, yet enjoyable and relaxing time.
Allan Nash - PADI Course Director, Managing Director
Allan, originally from Australia, spent several years in Hong Kong in the construction business before discovering Puerto Galera in 1985. The founding partner of Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort, Allan has one son Arthur. Allan’s other interests include Ultra-Light aircraft and golf.
Andy Norman - PADI Master Instructor, Technical Director
Andy is the other founding partner of Asia Divers. A veteran of the aeronautical industry in Oman, Andy first visited Puerto in 1982. Andy keeps himself busy with the dirty side of the business: compressors, generator and equipment maintenance. Andy walked 520 Kms around the island of Mindoro mid 2000, to raise money for charity. Andy runs all the Equipment Seminars at iDAP College
Tommy Soderstrom - PADI Master Instructor, Director Sales & Travel
Asia Divers’ third partner is Swedish Tommy Soderstrom who started as a Divemaster in 1988. Tommy is married to Lina and has a daughter and son. His passions include motor biking and ‘hash running’, when he’s not exploring new dive destinations.
Allison Manis - Mermaid/PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Allison escaped the icy cold Canadian waters and has been in the Philippines for the last 22 years. Originally, an Art Director/Graphic Designer in Toronto, she moved to Manila and worked for the Canadian Embassy before heading to Puerto Galera. She’s been with Asia Divers since 1997 and exhibits great patience in her teaching - she specializes in the kids diving programs and loves taking her camera out for a spin to look for all the weird and wonderful macro creatures. With over 10,000 dives in the local area, she knows all the dive sites intimately! Besides diving, she is responsible for the MondayNewsletter, and also leads marketing for the company. Allison is kept busy in her spare time with her eleven old daughter, Ariana.
Dave Ross - Partner, Instructor Trainer and Manager of TechAsia
Born in London in 1964. Dave is a Geologist by education. He learned to dive whilst living and working out of Hong Kong, and turned professional, as a Divemaster in 1991 and then a PADI Instructor in 1992. When IANTD came to the Philippines in '95 he was among the first group of Instructors certified, and currently holds the ratings of IANTD Trimix Instructor, plus Normoxic Trimix and Gas Blending Instructor Trainer. A lot of Dave’s current effort is in the area of dive trip organization and trying to find new and interesting opportunities for our divers to enjoy.
Pete Eaton - PADI IDC Staff Instructor and EFRI Trainer
Pete was born in the north of England. A Mechanical Engineer by trade, he has tried his hand at a wide variety of jobs including Market Trading and Plant Operating. He worked in South Africa and Hong Kong before arriving in the Philippines in 1995. Pete arrived as many do, in Puerto Galera and the Philippines, on holiday and just hasn’t left. He has a wife, son and daughter here.
Sam Collett - IANTD Trimix and Technical Wreck Instructor Trainer
Another Brit, originally from Brighton, Sam began diving at Asia Divers in 1994. He was at that time living in Sydney and owned a very successful Stone Masonry and Restoration business, which he ultimately sold and moved to full time diving as a career. Sam is an IANTD Instructor Trainer to the levels of full Trimix, Technical Wreck and Gas Blending, and also teaches DPV, Essentials courses, Rebreather, and all of the PADI/DSAT levels to Tec Trimix. Sam's instructional and supervisory skill, patience, and attention to individual’s diver’s particular needs and abilities have made him a tremendously popular and highly respected member of the Tech Asia team, and in the field of Asian technical diving generally. Sam also involves himself actively in dive travel, having put together excursions all over the Philippines, and from Micronesia, South China Sea, Java Sea, Sri Lanka and to the Burma Banks.
Kjell Söderström - PADI Instructor
Kjell was born in Sweden. He found it far too cold in Sweden so he retired from his work as a municipal commissioner and moved to Philippines 2004. Kjell is married to Rhuby, our Resort Manager and became a dive instructor 2006. Kjell looks after the dive schedule and boat allocations and is usually found with a marker in his hand. When he is not at the board, you can find him in the Point Bar together with the other instructors. Kjell is a great addition to our team in many ways including being able to teach courses in Swedish.
Sabine Henkel - PADI Course Director
Sabine, originally from Germany, has been living in Asia for almost 20 years now - mostly in Singapore - and has come to Asia Divers for the first time in 2003. She instantly fell in love with this place and spent most of her holidays here. She did her PADI Instructor in 2004 and PADI IDC Staff Instructor in 2007. Now a PADI Course Director, Sabine is very passionate about the environment and coaching upcoming instructors to be ambassadors of the ocean while having fun in the process. She left the corporate MNC world to make a difference in Instructor Development and is now running the IDCs at Asia Divers with the new E-IDC concept. Sabine is also Instructor Trainer in more than 20 specialties, EFR Instructor Trainer and enjoys teaching PADI Tec Rec- Technical Dive Courses. She holds qualifications with TDI and IANTD including Trimix and Technical Wreck and has been one of the first National Geographic Dive Instructors in Asia. You can recognize her by her pink fins :)
Ruben Maranan - PADI Instructor
Ruben has worked for Asia Divers since 1998 carrying tanks, assisting in the shop, driving boats and fixing regulators. He worked his way up through the ranks to become a PADI Instructor. Ruben is a valuable member of our team and is very experienced in the local area. He is a great spotter for all you photographers out there. Ruben is from here, married with two daughters.
Eleanor Hui - PADI Instructor
Eleanor was in Marketing & PR in cosmetics industry for 10 years in Hong Kong. She quit her job and moved to Puerto Galera in 2016 September. Eleanor loves diving and taking pictures – even on the ground or underwater. She is a Chinese Instructor at Asia Divers and can teach in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Andy Xie- IDC Staff, Enriched Air, Deep, Drysuit, sidemount, DPV, Wreck, EFR instructor
Andy is from Beijing of China. With the enthusiasm of diving and the sea, he resigned his job as an IT engineer in Beijing and came to Philippines. He holds a broad range of qualifications and background of recreational diving and tech diving knowledge.
Andy teaches courses in Mandarin and has been been working for Asia Divers for several years now. Besides diving, Andy also loves hiking and photography. He is also a marine environmentalist.