Tony. 28. Indonesian.
How long have you lived on Gili Air?
28 years, since I was born.
How long has your family lived on Gili air?
More than 50 years.
When did you first start diving?
2005 when I was 18 years.
What made you want to learn to dive?
I wanted to know what diving was about, why people love it so much and what makes it interesting.
How long have you been an instructor?
5 years. I was the second Indonesian instructor on the island.
What made you want to teach diving?
To meet lots of different people from around the world and to be able to stay in one place.
What has been your most memorable experience underwater?
When I teach divers who really want to learn how to dive and they can do everything underwater, it comes naturally to them. They are my happiest days ever.
How many dives have you done?
More than 7000
How did you start at Blue Marine?
I started working in the bar about 10 years ago. The shop owner, Chris asked me if I wanted to try diving and work towards becoming a Divemaster.
Have you always dived with Blue Marine?
Yeah, I really like this place. Blue Marine is the first place I ever dived. I did my Open Water to Instructor here. It's friendly and I really like all the staff.
What's your favourite dive site around the Gili Islands and why?
Simons Reef. It's a quiet dive site with beautiful coral, it's quite hard to find. It's a new challenge.
Do you have an underwater fun fact?
We have only explored less than 5 percent of the Earth's oceans. We have better maps of Mars than we do of the ocean floor!