Concept Scuba Malta under the Management of Audrey Farrugia – Managing Director and Ray Micallef – Director of Diving & Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Ray – co-owner proprietor of Concept Scuba Malta is now in his 43rd year as a Scuba, Snuba, Rebreather and Technical Diver too as well as being a PADI Staff Instructor now he personally numbers over 5K dives plus. There’s very little about diving Ray hasn’t tried or done himself and as he says he’s always looking toward being innovative and can’t wait for the next new invention in diving so he can try it! Obviously still as enthusiastic as that very first day back 1977 when he took the first official lesson on how to dive he beams up with his countless stories of diving here and there across this globe over the years, his most favourite of dives being here in the Maltese and the Caribbean islands. He opened up this dive centre because having dived and worked as a freelance instructor with most of the big dive centres here in Malta in the past he realised there was just that little something missing from his involvement:- that of running a dive centre to his high standards and over and above all one that respects and holds to heart a genuine customer care!” If my clients don’t end up lifelong friends then I have failed”, you often hear him say to his carefully chosen Instructors… all do!
Matthias – French nationality – Matthias has been a scuba diver for more than 4 years now. He had been a sailor in classic yacht companies operating from Paris for few years before finally totally falling in love with sea and underwater and adventure. Learned how to dive in Koh Tao in Thailand he decided to go professional and became a full time Divemaster so finally realising his dream to become a “man of the sea“. His original plan was to travel around the world as a diver but he soon came to Malta and felt so at home and great here that he decided to keep enjoying the wonderful dive life and the amazing dive sites in Malta! Now he’s such a big part of this family with Ray and Concept Scuba Malta that he took the next step and became an Instructor too! Now he loves sharing his diving passion with as many people as he can!
Laura – English Nationality – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor also able to teach some exciting specialities (Night, Wreck, Deep, Enriched Air, Gas Blender, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE). Laura started diving when she was 14 years old and has loved it from that moment on, the feeling of being underwater is second to none. Previously a chartered accountant working in London, Laura made the decision to follow her passion and started a Divemaster internship with Concept Scuba Malta, she hasn’t looked back and has been part of the family ever since! Dreams are best pursued by diving in head first (or by giant stride deep water entry!).
Maria-nacionalidad española-Mallorquina de nacimiento. Descubrió el mundo del submarinismo a la edad de 19 años haciendo un internship en Mar Balear Dive Center durante todo un verano. Quedó tan fascinada por todo lo que descubrió bajo el agua que trabajó como recepcionista y Dive Máster durante dos años más en el mismo centro de buceo tratando de conseguir la mejor experiencia posible antes de realizar el curso de PADI Instructor y Nitrox Instructor en Zoea Mallorca. Antes de embarcarse en un viaje que la llevaria a vivir en Koh Tao,Tailandia, para trabajar como Open Water Scuba Instructor, decidió hacer sus prácticas de Auxiliar de eterinaria en el Aquarium de Mallorca trabajando para la conservación del coral y realizando cursos sobre el estudio biológico de los cetáceos, skualos y ajiformes, peces tropicales y peces del mediterráneo; así como los rocedimientos que deben llevarse a cabo en caso de varamiento de tortugas marinas y cetáceos. Defensora incansable de los tiburones, su objetivo principal como Instructora PADI es crear embajadores del mar y concienciar de la importancia de admirar, respetar y conservar este maravilloso planeta océano.
Maria – Spanish Nationality – Majorcan. Discovered the world of scuba at the age of 19 working as an internship at Mar Balear Dive Center for a whole summer. She was so fascinated by everything she discovered underwater that she worked as a receptionist and Dive Master for two more years in the same dive center trying to get the best possible experience before taking the PADI Instructor and Nitrox Instructor course in Zoea Mallorca. Before embarking on a trip that would take her to live in Koh Tao, Thailand, to work as an Open Water Scuba Instructor, she decided to do her Veterinary sistant internship at the Mallorca Aquarium working for coral conservation and conducting courses on the study biological of cetaceans, sharks and rays , tropical fish and mediterranean fish; as well as the procedures that must be carried out in the event of stranded of marine turtle and cetaceans. A tireless defender of sharks, her main objective as a PADI Instructor is to create ambassadors of the sea and awareness in the importance of dmiring, respecting and conserving this wonderful ocean planet.
Stephanie – Ze is onze 20-jarige Divemaster en zo ook de jongste van ons team. Stephanie heeft altijd al van water gehouden, maar voornamelijk van onderwater te zijn. Al sinds ze kon stappen, begon ze eveneens in het water te plonzen, nooit schrik van uiteindelijk kopje onder te gaan. Eens ze afgestudeerd was van de middelbare school, ging ze naar Fiji om vrijwilligerswerk te verrichten in een natuurbehoud project. Terwijl ze genoot van het duiken, verzamelde ze data over de lokale vissen, roggen, schildpadden en haaien om het marine leven in kaart te brengen. Tijdens haar verblijf, ontwikkelde ze haar passie voor duiken en realiseerde ze zich dat ze deze ook graag wou delen met anderen. Op dit moment, studeert ze in Malta en brengt ze zoveel mogelijk (vrije) tijd door met duiken.
Stephanie – Dutch Nationality – She is our 20-year old Dive Master, and with this also the youngest of our team. Stephanie always loved the water and especially being underwater. As soon as she could walk, she started diving into water, never being afraid when she went under. Once she graduated from high school, she went to Fiji and did some voluntary work in a conservational project. While enjoying diving, she collected data on local fishes, rays, turtles and sharks for the marine life project. During her time there she developed her passion for diving and realised she wanted to share this passion with other people. At this moment, she is studying in Malta and spends as much time as possible on diving.