Thresher Shark Divers
Thresher Shark Divers is based on Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island, just off the north tip of Cebu Island in the Philippines. We are located in the middle of a picture perfect white sandy beach near to all the main facilities.
We are a PADI 5 Star Dive IDC Center, so you know that we adhere to the high standards of PADI. We have an in-house Course Director as well as several PADI Master Instructors and a Technical Instructor. Our regular PADI Awards and status as one of the top PADI Dive Centers in the Philippines stand as testaments to our top quality service.
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Thresher Shark Divers was started by Andrea in 2004. Since then TSD has grown to be one of the most well known and well respected dive shops in the Philippines, noted for their professionalism, dedication to safety, but most of all for their fun approach to diving.
Andrea is a PADI Master Instructor and has a wide range of experience. She previously worked as an instructor in Thailand and the Caribbean and prior to Thresher Shark Divers, owned a dive school in San Francisco, California. The kelp beds and sea lions of Monterey Bay were fabulous, but the tropics beckoned her, and she moved to her new paradise, Malapascua Island. She has certified countless divers and done thousands of dives around Malapascua alone.
Your first contact with TSD will probably be Andrea who will answer all of your questions and help make all your arrangements.
Or Dino, as he is more commonly known, is our Operations Manager and and will be very involved with your program, particularly the organization and administration. He is a PADI Master Instructor and has been in the diving industry for almost 20 years. He has been at TSD since 2008.
Angus and Jason
At TSD we only employ instructors who are top of their field, to ensure you get the best dive education possible. Angus and Jason are two of the best instructors we have ever come across and we hope you will feel them same way too.
Angus is a PADI Master Instructor - the elite of dive educators. You cannot earn this rating through training alone; it is earned by proven experience of teaching a wide range and large number of PADI courses, and usually takes several years to obtain.
Jason is a PADI Platinum Course Director, the very highest level an Instructor can reach, the Elite of the Elite! He personally runs all of our PADI IDCs. He is also our head technical diving instructor, and can teach you to dive up to 100 meters and beyond! So if you are interested in taking up technical diving, Jason is your man! He also teaches Sidemount and Cavern diving. And Jason still happily teaches all levels of diving from Open Water on up, so you should also see a lot of him!
Jason also recently won PADI's Education Leader of the Month award. This is a very prestigious award as it is only given out to one PADI Instructor out of over 100,000 PADI Pros worldwide! And Angus has likewise won several PADI Certificates of Excellence during his time at TSD. Find out more about our many awards.
Both Angus and Jason have boundless enthusiasm and will likely be very involved in your program. You will be sure to learn a lot from each of them.
Amy is our Internship Coordinator. If you need help with anything during your stay, she will be your first port of call and will usually be organizing your daily schedule and running the daily intern meetings. She will also be assisting with your booking in advance of arrival.
You will get to know our Filipino dive guides, boat staff and shop staff very well. You could not hope to meet a friendlier bunch of people and they are a delight to work with. You will work side by side with them during your internship and as well as having a good time, you will learn a lot from them. Some of our interns become very close to our staff and their families as they all live nearby.
Our local PADI Divemasters, mostly born and bred on Malapascua Island have done thousands of dives here and know each dive site like the back of their hand. You will dive with them a lot, so follow them and watch and learn. They are particularly good at finding all the hidden critters with perfect camouflage for which Malapascua is so famous.
Our boat staff are simply wonderful. Most people who dive with us say they are the best boat crew they have ever come across. They are friendly, helpful and always smiling.
Cathy and Jess lead our office team. Jun-Jun and Andy work in the compressor room and are our general odd-job men. Jun-Jun wins the prize for the biggest smile in the shop.
Bar & Restaurant Staff
The guys and gals at Oscar's bar and restaurant look after all your cocktails requirements, giggle a lot, and are always available for a game of backgammon, liar's dice, Connect 4, or to challenge you to a Rubik's Cube Face Off.