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Meet The 56 Team

The boat crew


Captain Aek

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The Dive Team





Ri grew up in a few African countries – Uganda, Cameron, Tanzania & South Africa. After university and completing his articles in Chartered Accounting, Ri quickly decided it was time to pursue his passion for diving and completed his PADI OWSI certification requirements on Gili Trawangan and spent the next three years teaching diving in Indonesia & Thailand. During this time, he continued to expand his diving knowledge & training and is currently a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. After a summer teaching diving on yachts in the Caribbean, Ri came back to Koh Tao

Favourite marine animal: Juvenile Yellow Box Fish

Favourite dive site: Tao Tong

Favourite place to eat: Babaloo



Diving changes your life! You get to know a new world under water and you learn how to dive safely. As an instructor I am patient and try to give every student the approach they need. 

“The very best thing you can do for the world is to make the most of yourself” 

Favourite marine animal: The banner fish, the most relaxed and laid back of ‘m all and always around. 

Favourite dive site: White Rock never disappoints you.

Favourite place to eat: any cheap Thai place. Again: never disappoints you



Ocean enthusiast who used to dive in Sweden but can’t stand the cold. Always been fascinated by marine life and their ecosystems. Tried scuba diving for the first time in 2013 and was hooked by the underwater beauty. Now living in Thailand teaching people how to dive.

Favourite marine animal: Octopus

Favourite dive site: Chumphon

Favourite place to eat: Family Kitchen



Our divemaster Ian, affectionately known as The Captain, hails from the frozen wasteland of northern Canada where his rugged good looks were chiseled by the arctic wind.  He now spends his time putting the fun in fun diving with his keen eye for marine life big and small.  When he's not making fish friends below the waves, his natural habitat is a karaoke bar.

Favourite marine animal: Banded Sea Krait. (Because they're beautiful, yet toxic,  just like me). 

Favourite dive site: White Rock

Favourite place to eat: Bingo 

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My first dive was at the age of 24, after that my view on the ocean changed forever, I developed a passion for scuba diving and the ocean, I wanted to see and experience more. It was then I decided I wanted to work within the dive industry, it was fun, it was my passion and I wanted to share that with everyone else. 5 years later and here I am on Koh Tao as a qualified instructor

Favourite marine animal: Manta Ray

Favourite dive site: Green Rock

Favourite place to eat: Chicken D

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