Meet The Team
Say Hello To The Oktavia Dive Center Staff
Leading our team in the Similan Islands is the Swedish owner, Kulan Bark. Many moons ago Kulan met Jorgen, another Swedish guy, while conducting business in their homeland. These two embarked on the boat purchase together and quickly turned into a thriving business.
Jorgen is now settled back in Sweden with his wife and two children and handed the full reins over to Kulan. The Boss, as we call him,
has more than 3,000 dives across the Similans and Richelieu Rock and you will often see him on the boat although he has now had to hang up his BCD and regulator!
This 2015/16 season will see a few changes in our team with Jez from the West Coast of the USA taking over the job of tour leader. Jez is a laid back guy who has been diving a few years around Southeast Asia as well being an English teacher. He joined us last year as an instructor and straight away hit off with all the guests. Jez will be the main ‘Go-To’ man on the boat this season.
For this season we have two new instructors joining our liveaboard in the shape of Jukka who is a Finnish national with an eclectic mix experience stretching across Southeast Asia and The Middle East. Kerstin is from Germany and has left the rat race of responsible living so to speak to do something she loves. Obviously she can chat and teach in her native German as well as English but can also hold a conversation in Portuguese! With these two additions top our dive team we are sure to have a great season.
Backing the team on the boat are Jamie and Dom in the office who look after all your needs before you join the trip and a few after the trip too! For this season there is a good chance you will meet one of these two on the boat while you are diving or snorkeling the Similans. They’re not there to be the boss (that is Jez or Captain) but just to tag along for the ride. This will be Jamie’s fifth season with MV Oktavia and Dom’s first full season albeit he’s been helping out for the past two seasons! Both of these guys are the backbone of the business and take you from that first inquiry all the way through to meeting you when you turn up at the pier. If anything goes wrong, you can usually blame them!
As dive professionals move on we will be recruiting a new bunch of guys and gals who will be our back-up staff for the coming 2015-16 Similans liveboard season on board MV Oktavia. We’re hoping to have a vast range of nationalities to call on but more particular we are looking for excellent and professional staff.
On board the M/V Oktavia, commanding the crew is our Captain Chow. He is 40-something (you’ll have to ask him yourself) and has been sailing these waters for many years already, so he knows the area like the back of his hand. On the dive deck, Lek, Gai and Bow help divers and snorkelers getting geared up, entering and exiting the water. Our engineer is Aod who will also be there to support the dive deck when needed but his main vocation is to keep all the motors running smoothly. Last – but certainly not least – P. Ed and her assistant, Meow, work their magic in the galley, making sure that our track record stays intact: nobody has lost any weight on our cruises so far and they will tailor make meals to specific requirements if you have any allergies or even a vegetarian/vegan…