Simon Liddard, Owner
Born in England but living in Indonesia for the past 25 years, I have been an active scuba dive instructor since 1986, an active technical instructor since 1992 and in 1998 I began specializing in Close Circuit Rebreather training. I am an IANTD Instructor Trainer at Trimix level- both open circuit and CCR, a member of the IANTD Board of Advisors, a TDI Trimix Instructor Trainer, a PADI course director and DSAT Trimix Instructor Trainer. Currently I am the only IART JJ-CCR level III Trimix Instructor in Indonesia. I have thousands of logged dives in Indonesia and over 150 logged Trimix CCR dives beyond 100m, including the first ever solo deep Trimix rebreather dive to a depth of 150m in 2002. I have the luxury of teaching deep technical and CCR trimix for my personal enjoyment and not for income.
Steve Willard, AKA Scuba Steve, General Manager
Also born in England but now living in Indonesia for 6 years, I first arrived on the island to complete my Divemaster course and before I knew it I had worked 4 years for Blue Marlin Dive, Gili Trawangan. I manged to become the highest certifying instructor in Indonesia 2013 and second highest 2014. Certified more than 40 Divemasters in that time and also constructed a Divemaster schedule to account for 18 at one time.
The reasons for me becoming an instructor, is I love the feeling of being underwater, plus ever since I can remember being able to stay with the wildlife for hours at a time, is still a dream! This is the main reason I wanted to dive, to see the fish close and personal.The decision to become an instructor was down to my need of showing people the underwater first hand. There's nothing better than taking a new diver scuba diving and seeing the reaction you get from them. Over time this has become more on a level of understanding how best to get people over their fears for the water, and turn it into a passion.
Some of my most memorable students I tough over these years have been the most scared of the open Ocean, but have been the most determine to conquer it for the passion for it. These few people are what still keep me buzzing for the next dive experience!
Another and newer inspiration has come from teaching Divemasters. This is due to seeing some of the most insecure and unsure divers become skilled, vibrant and professional divers. I've even been lucky enough to have some of my protégés work along side me.
Roos Michels, Instructor
Starting diving 7 years ago on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef I realized that diving would be a nice way to explore more of our planet. I fell in love with the feeling of being weightless, seeing all the weird and wonderful creatures and all the other things this wonderful sport has to offer. Took my advanced course the next month in Koh Tao, saw a whale shark and that is until this day one of the most memorable encounters underwater.
I took way too long to go diving again, you know, moving houses, new jobs, empty bank accounts, life happened. After a corporate job in sales back in Holland I felt the urge to go exploring again and that is when I decided to quit the job, buy a ticket and jump on the plane to Indonesia to do my Divemaster Course and see from there.
A couple of weeks into this amazing course I already knew I was not ready to leave this island and was inspired by my mentor and instructors here to set a new goal: becoming an Instructor. I was lucky to do my course and stay at Dive Central to start taking my own students under my wing. Calling Gili’s awesome dive sites my office and sharing the passion for the ocean and it’s amazing inhabitants put’s a smile on my face everyday.
leesa scanlan, Instructor
I am from Australia and have been living In Indonesia for about 3 years.
I came to Gili Trawangan in 2014 to do my Open Water Course. Diving and exploring the underwater world absolutely blew me away. I’d always been a water baby and as soon as I found diving I knew this was something I wanted to do every day.
I returned to do my Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster in February 2015 and had the most incredible time but knew I wanted to do more. It didn’t take much to realise that Instructor was the logical next step for me!
There are many aspects to teaching that I love, from taking someone underwater for the very first time, to helping them overcome their fears and seeing them progress and become more comfortable underwater. Plus this job not only allows me to live on a stunningly beautiful tropical island but also to meet some great new people on a daily basis.
I am also technically trained, having completed my advanced nitrox and decompression procedures courses along with my sidemount course last year.
I am truly in awe of the ocean and feel very lucky that I spend time in it every day. Underwater I like to see big things like sharks, rays and large schools of fish. I am not very good at finding the small things
Christoffer Skilving, Instructor
Hello there, my name is Christoffer “Chris” Skilving and I am 28 years old, from Stockholm, Sweden. I arrived on Gili Trawangan early 2015 and I have now been here on the island for three years.
I started diving back in 2012 and I haven’t looked back since. I did my first ever dive in Madagascar and immediately fell in love. I remember coming up from my first dive and looking up at my instructor with envy and I remember asking “how can I become you?”, and that’s basically how I started my path on becoming a PADI scuba diving instructor. I had been traveling all over Europe, Africa and south east Asia but it wasn’t until I found this gem named Gili Trawangan that I decided to settle down and do my instructor course!
For me there is nothing more rewarding than to see that big smile from a student whether it be from seeing their first turtle or overcoming a fear. My biggest passion when it comes to diving (besides teaching) is finding the small, rare and elusive critters around the Gili islands, and the reason for that is because they are really hard to find, they also look really funny!
What surprises me and what keeps me going to this day is that I never seem to get sick of it and I probably never will, this island truly is magical. Come dive with me and I’ll show you my passion for the underwater world and I can guarantee your mind will be blown!
Hi I’m Yudi, I’ve been living and working on Gili Trawangan since 2004. I started as boat crew but found a love for diving very quickly. I began working as a Divemaster in 2006 and became one of the first few local Instructors on the island in 2010. Working in shops close to the house reef, Bio rocks, I find it by far one of my favorite places to dive. I think it is the best place to find Nudibranches and Frog fish and that’s just one of the many reasons why I love diving this spot.
I still love both teaching and guiding, however, I find myself mentoring more these days. I also have a passion for bird life, taking care of and flying pigeons in my spare time. I love nothing more than spending time my 2 boys, teaching them how to look after their environment so they can follow in my footsteps.
I’m Atex and I’m also from Lombok, I finished my Divemaster last year but I’ve been diving and helping guide since the shop opened. I love diving but I hate being cold! So I don’t enjoy diving in the rainy seasons as much, when temperatures drop down to 26 degrees. My favorite dive site is Shark Point, it’s great to see people’s reaction to seeing sharks for the first time and it never disappoints.
My goals for this year are to become better at spotting macro and maybe invest in a thicker wetsuit!