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.

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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.

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Katie Yonker is the Director of Operations and a Travel Advisor for Bluewater Travel.

Join Katie on one of her next dive adventures in Papua New Guinea (May'23).

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Tim Yeo is the General Manager for Bluewater Travel and also is a PADI and SDI Instructor on the weekends.

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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.

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

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

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Jaime Smith is a Travel Advisor for Bluewater Travel, with over 30 years experience in the dive industry, Jaime is on hand to share her passion, expertise and knowledge.

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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 Triton Bay & East Banda (Apr'23), Dumaguete, Philippines (July'23), Fiji (Oct'23).

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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.

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Join Michael in French Polynesia in September 2023

Trip Leader Tommy Stylski is a photo professional with Bluewater Photo. He is an avid marine life photographer, ocean lover, and diver of over 20 years.

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Join Tommy in French Polynesia in September 2023

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 Anilao (April'23), Lembeh (Sept'23), Raja Ampat (Nov'23), Fiji (Nov'24)

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Trip Leader Craig Dietrich is an award-winning underwater photographer based in Jupiter, Florida.

Join Craig on one of his next adventures in Fiji (Oct'22), and Tanzania (Aug'23).

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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 Socorro (Feb'23)

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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's next trip: Little Caymans GoPro Video Workshop (Apr'23)

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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 Raja Ampat (Feb'23), Galapagos (May'23) and Sea of Cortez (Aug'23)

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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 Anilao (Dec'22).

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

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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.

Join Romona on our Cuba Photo & Video Workshop Oct 2023

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.

Join Shane on our Cuba Photo & Video Workshop Oct 2023

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 La Paz (Oct'23)

Sadie is our office dog.

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