Travel Advisors & Trip Leaders - Bluewater Dive Travel

Travel Advisors & Trip Leaders

Our Travel Advisors are the Best in the Industry


Our travel advisors have decades of combined dive and underwater photography experience worldwide. This large, dedicated team allows us to match you with an advisor who is not only an expert on the region you're interested in visiting, but also knowledgeable about your style of travel. So, what makes the team special? Each travel advisor brings unique skills and experience to the team, from previous jobs as cruise directors to photo pros to expats who have immersed themselves in the local diving. Our advisors have spent time diving with Bluewater Travel's partners and can provide general recommendations while also addressing specific concerns. Many travel advisors will be leading group trips and photo workshops during the year, presenting many opportunities to dive with the team. This personal touch, along with the lowest pricing, will help you plan the trip you've been dreaming about. What are you waiting for, learn about the best dive destinations and the best liveaboard destinations now!

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The Best of Professionals

Scott Gietler is the founder of Bluewater Travel, Bluewater Photo and the Underwater Photography Guide. Scott's area of expertise include Indonesia, Mexico, Fiji, Galapagos, Philippines, Australia and the United States.

Join Scott on one of his next dive adventures in Anilao (Dec'24).

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Tim serves as General Manager and COO at Bluewater Travel and is the company's most seasoned trip leader. 

Join Tim on one of his next dive adventures in Norway (Aug'24), Socorro (Nov'24), Antarctica (Mar'25), Australia (Jun' 2025), French Polynesia (Aug'25), Solomon Islands (Aug'2026), and Socorro (Nov'26).

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T'Lane Spanos serves as the CFO for Bluewater Travel and Bluewater Photo. She is especially passionate about African Safaris and finds joy in diving adventures.

Join T'Lane in Moorea'25

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Katie Yonker is one of Bluewater Travel's first and longest serving Travel Advisor.

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Gill Flaherty is in charge of all Bluewater Travel's Photo Workshops and is a PADI and TDI Instructor in her free time.

Join Gill on one of her next dive adventures in Anilao (Dec'24).

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Laura Taylor is a Travel Advisor with extensive dive travel, hospitality, and resort management experience.

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Jaime Smith is a Travel Advisor for Bluewater Travel with over 30 years experience.

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Anne Rucquoi is a Travel Advisor for Bluewater Travel and PADI Staff Instructor

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Jessie Hug is a Travel Advisor for Bluewater Travel with vast experience in the diving industry.

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Simon Mullan is a Travel Consultant for Bluewater Travel

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Kevin Van Cleynenbreugel is a Junior Travel Consultant for Bluewater Travel

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Jasmine Carter is a Travel Sales Associate for Bluewater Travel.

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Sandrine Fock is a Travel Advisor and Special Projects executive for Bluewater Travel.

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Trip Leader Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist, as well as one of the world's few full-time underwater photography editors.

Join Nirupam on one of his next dive adventures in Dumaguete (Jun'24), Fiji (Oct'24), Socorro (Feb'25), Anilao (Apr-May'25), Sea of Cortez (Aug'25), Galapagos (May'26), Truk Lagoon (Jun'26) and Socorro (Feb'27).

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Trip Leader Mark Strickland is a professional underwater photographer and dive travel expert. His regions of expertise include Thailand, Fiji, Indonesia, and anywhere sharks can be found.

Join Mark on one of his next dive adventures in Moorea (Sept'24), Raja Ampat (Feb'25), Galapagos (May'25), and Fiji (Oct'25).

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Mai Sawai is a Group Trips Assistant for Bluewater Travel working on all aspects of planning and organizing our trips.

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Trip Leader Mark Hatter is an accomplished photojournalist who has traveled the world in pursuit of new underwater photography challenges.

Join Mark on one of his next dive adventures in Sea of Coretz (Aug'24), French Polynesia (Sept'24), and Explore Baja (Oct'24), Fakavara Grouper Spawning (Jun'25), Tanzania (Aug'25) Lembeh (Sept'26), and Fiji (Oct'26).

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Trip Leader Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA.

Join Erik on one of his next dive adventures in Bali (Aug'24), Moorea (Sep-Oct'24), Lembeh & Bali (Sep'24), Fiji (Nov'24), Alor (Sep'25), Explore Baja (Oct'25), and Anilao ('26).

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Trip Leader Mike Chiado is a Master Scuba Diver with the speciality of Underwater Photography.

Join Mike on one of his next dive adventures in Tanzania (Aug'24), Anilao (Apr'25), and Baja (Oct'27.)

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Trip Leader Todd Kortte is an Actor and Producer in Los Angeles with a passion for the underwater world, and a speciality in underwater GoPro videography.

Join Todd in Fiji (Oct'24), or Puerto Galera Philippines (Apr'25)

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Trip Leader Dan Bishop is a published photographer with more than 25 years of experience.  Dan has a passion for underwater photography and is based in northern Virginia.

Join Dan on his next dive adventure in Raja Ampat (2024), Anilao (2024), San Ignacio (2025), Cuba (2025), Socorro (2026), Anilao (2026), Explore Baja (2026)

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Trip Leader Mike Smith is a professional photographer specialising in macro photography and specifically creative lighting techniques underwater. Join Mike in Anilao (Dec'25) and Anilao (Dec'26).

Michael Pizzi is a trip leader, travel advisor, and photo sales specialist for Bluewater. He shoots a Sony A7S III and focuses on pelagic species cinematography.

Join Michael in French Polynesia in Aug/ Sept 2024.

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Trip Leader Paul Vukovich is an accomplished photographer, videographer, and trip leader for Bluewater Travel.


Join Paul on one of his next dive adventures in French Polynesia (Sep'24 & Sep'25).

Mike is a highly published, award-winning photographer, writer, international speaker, and Photo pro at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines.

Join Mike on one of his next dive adventures in Anilao (Dec'24).

Trip Leader Helen Brierley has been an avid scuba diver for over 30 years. Currently based in Los Angeles, she is board chair of the international marine conservation foundation, Reef Check.

Join Helen on one of her next dive adventures in Baja (Feb'24).

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Trip Leader Smeeta Rishi is a an avid photographer of creatures both underwater and on land

Join Smeeta on one of her next adventures in Tanzania (Oct'25.)

Jacqui Allen is the Marketing Manager at Bluewater Travel.

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Courtney Sardinha is the Social Media Coordinator at Bluewater Travel.

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Dana Diaz is the Marketing Associate at Bluewater Travel.

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Addy Ylagan is the Bookkeeper at Bluewater Travel

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Jenny Hanna is the Website & SEO Associate for Bluewater Travel.

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Trip Leader Romona Robbins Reynolds is an international, award-winning photographer who has been shooting above and below the water in over 40 countries for various clients including National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Travel Channel, and The Red Sea Project.

Trip Leader Shane Reynolds is a world-renowned producer/videographer, a master certified diver, a cinematographer, and a master Adobe Premiere Pro editor as well.

A brief bio of Linda Zath, an accomplished photographer, wildlife enthusiast, and trip leader for Bluewater Travel.

Sadie is our office dog.

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