Your hosts Alan and Clare Jardine both SSI Platinum Pros, PADI and NAUI Instructors and have more than 30 years of experience in the dive industry having lived in the Bahamas, Bonaire, and the British Virgin Islands prior to acquiring Dive Provo.
The professional Dive Provo staff is dedicated to providing guests with convenient and trouble-free diving. From pick up at your hotel (for select resorts) to dropping you off at the end of the day the staff will do their utmost to make sure you have a good time.
No lugging heavy gear! The staff will set up your gear for your dive and break it down and rinse it at the end of the day. Just pack your bag, leave it on the dive boats and it will be ready for your next dive. We also have a full inventory of rental gear for those travelling light.
Meet Our Dive Staff
At Dive Provo, we know it is not just outstanding diving that makes a great vacation, it is also the attitude and friendliness of the dive staff. Dive Provo customer surveys continually rank our staff as “Number One” in reasons why they would return.
Dive staff move around the resorts from one end of the world to the other so you may well meet people you made friends with on your last vacation somewhere else.
By and large Dive Provo’s staff are in their 30’s (or older in some cases) and they all have a great variety of life experiences to share with you. Nearly everyone has been with Dive Provo for at least a year.
Regular visitors to Dive Provo will know Selma who has been with us more than 12 years. She traded in corporate banking for scuba instruction and travel. No more single traveling now; since landing in Provo she has married, built a house, and has 2 lovely children Eva and Connor. Selma wears many hats at work too, she works on the boats, in the shop and in the office.
Working alongside Selma is Justin Hinks who was with Dive Tortola in the BVIs and Brendal’s in Abaco before moving to Provo. There must be something in the water here as Justin also now has children – twins.
Jon Ward who worked with Brendal’s in Abaco and also in St. Maarten, has been with Dive Provo 9 years and is our operations manager. Once a passionate freediver and cave diver he now spends every free moment with his daughter. Jon’s wife Nives exchanged a research laboratory for the underwater world and joined the Dive Provo team 6 years ago where she met Jon and they now have a beautiful baby girl. They are happy to call Provo home.
Anna Proudfoot worked in Thailand prior to coming to Provo and before diving worked in the UK prison service. Quite a change of career! Most of our staff have worked in Thailand at some point and Kate Yarwood and Pablo Cantos-Arevalo are no exception. They seem to have settled in Provo, hopefully at least for a while.
Kate escaped the financial rat race in the UK in 2012 when she moved to Thailand to become a diving instructor. In 2014 she joined Dive Provo with her now fiancée Pablo. Since then she has become a boat captain and looks after our social media sites. Hailing from Manchester England she can often be found humming Oasis songs and scouring the island for gravy based dishes.
Pablo started diving in Spain in 1996 and is living his life long dream as a dive instructor. After completing his Divemaster in Italy, Pablo moved to Thailand where he became an Instructor before moving to Provo with Kate in 2014. Now a boat captain, Pablo is on hand for our Spanish and Italian customers. He has a particular flare for teaching courses and cooking Spanish omelette.
A newer addition to the team is Mauro Palladino. Since leaving Italy he has worked in many dive locations as a boat captain and scuba instructor. Like Italian cars he is zippy and efficient.
Jay Lightbourne has been a scuba instructor/ boat captain most of his life interspersed with periods in other trades. He keeps coming back to the water and is the personification of island laid back style.
You are most likely to meet Jo-Anne Charman in the shop, setting the schedule. She and her partner worked at Beaches then left and ran their own dive shop for a few years in The Philippines. A sailing trip brought them back to Provo where they decided it felt like home, so they stayed.
Caroline and Michael arrived at Dive Provo in December of 2018. Having sloughed off their corporate shackles in HR and Media these two newlyweds having been chasing their scuba dreams around the Caribbean for the better part of the last decade. First in Roatan, Honduras, then the tiny island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean, they are now happy to call Provo home.
Clare and Alan met Ali Patterson whilst vacationing in Palau. Her bubbly personality attracted them, and when not diving she likes to sing. If you are lucky you might catch her one evening singing with a local band.
Hopefully you won’t meet Ric Fimio! Ric is the old man of the team with many years of diving and boating experience. He now spends most of his time maintaining the equipment and is greasy on a daily basis.