SSI Certified: Specialty Instructor, Gas Blender Nitrox/ Trimix, Extended Range Nitrox, Advanced Open Water Instructor
GUE Certified: Fundamentals
Claudia is a passionate diver. She got her Open Water certification in 2011 and in 2013 became a scuba diver instructor.
She loves teaching and finding ways to transmit her passion for the aquatic world while raising awareness of environmental issues.
Together with her teaching, she also has a passion for photography, especially Nudibranchs.
IANTD certified: dual cave CCR sidemount, cave&tec instructor, and Instructor Trainer
Anton is a speleodiver.
His passion is exploring of the virgin caves. If Anton dives, you can be certain that he will put a new line in an unexplored place somewhere really deep. His record is -212 m in 1,5 km from the entrance in one of the Portuguese caves.
Anton's second passion is teaching how to dive caves.
Arlindo belongs to the breed of divers, who usually don't wash their equipment because every dive is in fresh water. There's an exception, though and that is when he wants to dive wrecks. Unfortunately for him, there aren't very many in fresh water on this side of the globe...
PADI Certified: REC Instructor, IDC Staff Instructor, TEC Instructor
SSI Certified: Instructor, Assistant Instructor Trainer
SDI Certified: Staff Instructor, TDI Instructor
TDI Certified: TDI Advanced Trimix Diver, TDI Rebreather Full Cave Diver, TDI MkVI Discovery/Se7en Air Diluent Diver
NSS-CDS Certified: Cave Diver
DAN Certified: Instructor
Commercial Diver 3rd class
Luis is a customer oriented Dive Instructor with substancial experience in technical and recreational diving instruction and dive center management. Luis is always in a good mood. He never rests until everybody is in the same pace, having as much fun as possible, jumping from a boat to a 12 meter deep choral dive, or exploring a cave.
Wannabe diver: swimmer & snorkeller but not quite down there with diving yet - it's a work in progress!
The taste for deep dives, unexplored wrecks and caves, lead Armando Ribeiro to establish the ‘In-Silence Dive Team’ Portugal’s first team of technical rebreathers diver. Created in 2004/2005 their main objective is the development of CCR diving for the use of exploration of both deep shipwrecks and caves on the Portuguese coast as well as the participation in international diving expeditions. Armando was one of the first serious advanced expedition divers in Portugal which led him to become a member of numerous expeditions with some of the world’s best technical divers. His most recent project aims to explore, obtain cave’s cartography and capture in video the biggest and most spectacular springs in Portugal. This exciting adventure was recently fuelled by the discovery of new underwater galleries that have opened the door to new challenges due to the greater depths and distances that the team have been achieving. Armando’s work and expeditions are published in diving magazines internationally
Started diving in 1999, instructor in 2005. Boat captain since 2008. Brandi is a photographer and writer obsessed with traveling and sharing the stories of what she sees. She studied marine biology in college and has a Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii. Working on liveaboards around the world (and traveling to dive on her vacations) she started to take photos and collected tips and tricks from any photographers she met, eventually meeting a few editors willing to publish some of her work. WWII wrecks are some of her favorite subjects and she is a captain of the M/V Truk Odyssey liveaboard which dives the Japanese WWII wrecks. Brandi continues to dive around the world with the intent to share images and stories of the people, wrecks and animals that live around the water and below. She has won several awards and is widely published in books, magazines, online and has a book called The Airplane Graveyard. She is an Ikelite Ambassador, is part of the Ocean Artists Society and a Platinum Pro 5000 recipient.
Loves all about photography, for that reason always carries the camera to take amazing pictures and share with all of us.Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1971.In November 2009, discovered the wonderful underwater world.PADI, AOWD and Nitrox.Already dived in México, Jamaica, Punta Cana and of course in Portugal.In Portugal the most dived Spots are in Sesimbra, but also dives in Peniche, Portimão, Cascais and Madeira.Start shooting underwater with a Panasonic TZ7 in May 2010.In April 2011 bought used equipment, Nikon D100 with a Hugyfot Housing.In November 2011, bought new equipment: Nikon D90 also with Hugyfot Housing.His passion is Macro photography, special shooting Nudibranchs and also others tiny animals of the underwater, but sometimes loves to shoot the amazing environment of the underwater with and without divers.His photos where used in some publications as:Celebration of the 25 years of River Gurara by Sesimbra town hall;News Paper “Publico”, about the 25 years of the River Guirara;Book about the Cabo Espichel, “Terras de um Mundo Perdido”;Book cover of the Cinema Festival “Finisterra” in 2014;Photography exhibition during the Cinema Festival “Finisterra”,2014;7 Pages ith photos on the most important Portuguese Photography magazine “Mundo da Fotografia Digital”, 2013.He regrets not having discovered the diving and the underwater photography long time ago…..His favorite quote: "Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don't even deserve to be an issue in your life..."
Started to dive in the late 70's, and has become a technical and cave diver.
He loves the ocean as well as fresh water caves.
What he likes most, is to do exploration dives, it doens't matter if in fresh or salt water, as long as it is exploration!
Graduate in Audiovisual and Multimedia Comunication from ULHT, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is the phrase that I like best to define the way I love to communicate. I love challenges of overcoming, I do trekking, mountaineering and, of course, diving! What do they all have in common? Union with Nature and an inexplicable sense of Freedom.
Luis favorite quote is "Dive to Live".
Loves to travel and knows the sea from around the world, diving.
Luis discovered soon the passion for underwater photography and video, and wherever he dives, he always takes his cameras with him.
One more PortugalDive.com diver and underwater photographer.
Always dives with his camera, because truly loves to photograph the amazing world you find underwater.
That´s his way of relaxing from the today's life crazy rhythm.
Started to dive in 2011.
For Manuel, to dive is a way for relieving the everyday stress, but also an honor for his family, traditionally connected to the sea.
He always takes his Go Pro with him to capture images from the dive and share with all of us.
Lover of all aquatic things, preferably underwater.
Started diving in Egypt in the early 2000's and kept improving his diving skills
and experiences since then.
Underwater photography, technical diving, and diving instruction are some of his strongest interests.
Paulo is the atypical diver. If you ask him he is going to say he doesn't like to dive. For Paulo diving is a way of getting there. And "there" is always a shipwreck, preferably those built from iron, whose story he is going to dig for as many years as necessary until he knows all about the ship, the people that were on board, why did it sink and all the details you will find here in PortugalDive.com if are in it for wrecks.
Pedro is one of the most experienced divers whose contributions to PortugalDive.com are most appreciated because he is also one of the most frequent divers' of PortugalDive.com group of friends.
He was certified as Open Water Diver in 1999. In 2002 took is first Open Circuit Technical course. Became a CCR diver in 2005, and Trimix CCR diver 10 years later in 2015.
Loves deep diving and photography.
A diver with a splendid sense of humor and someone you would choose to be your Buddy on a diving course.
Rui Luis a Portuguese speleologist born in 1978. During the early 1990’s he joined the team of cavers from AESDA – Association of Underground Studies and Environmental Defense and soon became responsible as editor of their magazine ‘Trogle’ Now he is currently chairman of the board. In Portugal his association is known for having discovered, participated and explored the Algar do Bom Santo, (perhaps the most important Neolithic Necropolis), the Roman Mines of Valongo (largest roman mining complex), the Algar Palopes Portugal deepest cave among other projects related to archeology, paleontology and biospeleology. He is a teacher of underground photography and has published several articles and participated in national and international congresses of speleology. He began diving to further explore caves in 2001 but today is an advanced closed circuit rebreather diver exploring submerged caves and specialising in underwater photography and archaeology. He is currently responsible for the cave diving department of Xplorasub – Association of Underwater Studies and co-responsible for the exploration of several Portuguese karstic springs.
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