We are Hollie (British) and Michele (Italian), a young couple passionate about everything to do with the underwater world. We took over Puerto Rico Diving in May 2017. After several years of travelling around the world and working in different locations as dive instructors we decided it was time to make our dream a reality; running our own dive centre!
As the new owners of Puerto Rico Diving we are keen to carry on Nina and Kevin's legacy; taking great care of our divers and sharing the same love: the ocean! We hope to see you underwater!
A little bit more about us:
How did we get into scuba diving?
Hollie: I was travelling Australia and decided to do my Open Water whilst I was in Cairns. I was lucky enough to learn to dive on the Great Barrier Reef, and once I finished my course I actually volunteered on the dive boat and washed dishes in return for free dives.
Mike: I was also travelling Australia with 2 of my friends. We made a deal before we left Italy that once we reached Cairns we would learn to dive together. I completed my Open Water and both my friends did a couple of try dives. After I was certified we drove down so I could dive off the Whitsunday Islands.
How did we meet?
Even though we have both travelled the same countries and worked in the same hotel resorts, our paths did not cross until we met in Croatia. From the beginning we have always worked and lived together, which is why we make such a good team running our own dive center.
What has been your most memorable dive?
Mike: Diving in Cozumel, Mexico. During a day off I took the ferry across to Cozumel with a friend for some fun dives. Even though I had heard great things about the diving here, it still amazed me. The amount of lobsters, eels, turtles and marine life was fascinating. The underwater topography, with overhangs, swim through and little canyons, were all waiting to be explored. This is defiantly a day of diving I will never forget.
What are your plans for the future?
Hollie: We hope to continue running Puerto Rico Diving as it always has been. Making sure all of our divers have the best experience possible, whilst maintaining high standards of safety. I also hope Mike will finally agree to let me get a dive center mascot, a dog :)