ADANG SEA TEAM
TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!
At Adang Sea, our team functions more like a family, each of us working together with care and respect for each other, and a real love of what we do! Our friendly Dive Crew have worked in Koh Lipe and Thailand for many years, some with over 15 years experience teaching in South East Asia.
We know the Dive Sites of the Taruatao National Park intimately, which enables us to make your dives more bespoke and enjoyable. All our SSI Divemasters and Instructors are trained, and work to the highest industry standards, ensuring when you dive with us, you really are diving with the best. Our Dry-Crew (the non-divers) are all local to the National Park and Thailand, some having been born on Koh Lipe itself and lived here for over 40 years!
“Unity is strength. When there is team work and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”Mattie Stepanek
MEET THE TEAM….
KRIS SSI MASTER INSTRUCTOR #90749, PADI STAFF INSTRUCTOR AND OWNER
Kris from Newcastle, UK is most commonly found out on the boat guiding guests or in the classroom mentoring future SSI Instructors on their Instructor Courses! He originally learned to dive in Australia on the Ningaloo Reef and continued to dive around the world on his travels until settling in Thailand. He is the co-owner of Adang Sea Divers and also of Blue View Divers on Koh Phi Phi. Kris’s passion is most definitely coral propagation and is the lead Instructor teaching our eco-warrior divers and team Ocean Quest Coral Rehabilitation and Propagation.
CLARE SSI INSTRUCTOR, PADI OWSI #491541 AND OWNER
Clare from London, UK is most commonly found behind the bar in one of our Restaurants or in our Dive Centre. She originally learned to dive in Thailand when she was 15, and loved it so much she came to live and work here after becoming a SSI Instructor! Clare’s also the co-owner of Adang Sea Divers, and although she works mainly on land nowadays, she still loves to hop on the speedboat to teach or fun dive with the team as often as she can. Clare loves underwater photography and enjoys teaching SSI Photo Speciality!
PI NOK (LITTLE BIRD) TRAVEL MANAGER AND OWNER
Pi Nok is originally from the small town of Ranong right on the Myanmar border. She is our Thai partner and co-owner of Adang Sea Divers. More importantly however, she is our second mother, our guardian angel and the glue that holds our team together! Based on Phi Phi for the last 20 years she runs a very well established travel agency called Phi Phi Travel Services. As busy as she is, fortunately she manages to divide her time and her busy schedule between Phi Phi and Lipe these days so she gets to visit us quite often, which is wonderful as we would be completely lost without her!
JO HEAD OF EQUIPMENT AND SSI DIVEMASTER
Jo is originally from Myanmar and has lived and worked with the Adang Sea Divers team since we first opened our doors! He takes care of absolutely everything from our tanks, compressor and dive equipment, to the gardens and grounds. Having slowly learnt to dive with us as he worked, Jo is now a proud SSI Divemaster! You can mostly find him organising the tanks or out on the speedboat guiding divers. He is one of a kind, and always flashing his million dollar smile!
NAH STAFF SUPERVISOR ADANG SEA
Nah, or ‘Super Nah’ as she is affectionately known to us, was born and raised right here on Koh Lipe. She can mostly be found making sure our rooms at both locations are being well taken care of, or at the Dive Centre organising dive and snorkelling meals for our guests and team. As a second mother to all of our team members, Nah can always be relied upon to make us all laugh with her wicked sense of humour. Along with her kind and loving nature, Nah is also a super talented Chef! She trained in a 5 Star Resort when she was younger, and loves to create and serve super tasty veggie and vegan treats at Sunrise Restaurant.
LOUISE ECO-SNORKEL AND TRAVEL MANAGER
Louise from South Africa can be found at our Tours and Trips desk most days, or out guiding the Eco-Sunset Tour she helped to create! Having worked with the Adang Sea team for over 4 years, Louise is a whizz with graphic design and all things creative! She absolutely loves to dive, currently a Rescue Diver, is slowly working her way to joining the Pro ranks and becoming a Divemaster! In her spare time, Louise is a long-term volunteer for Animal Care Lipe, and does amazing work with helping the dogs and cats here on the island.
KATY SSI DIVEMASTER AND SERVER AT BENNY’S
Katy came to join us in 2019 by doing her ‘Zero to Hero’ training from Open Water Diver all the way up to DM and did this so well we asked her if she would join our team more permanently! Katy is originally from the UK and has worked in the Restaurant Industry since leaving school. Her kind manner and insatiable laugh are enough to brighten anyones day! Katy is super interested in Fish ID and loves nothing more than to spot something new underwater while guiding her guests around the Reefs of the Tarutao National Park. When she isn’t working and diving, Katy loves to dance and practice yoga.
BECKY SSI OWSI #90750 AND GENERAL MANAGER
Becky from Yorkshire, UK can mostly be found out on the speedboat teaching budding new divers their Open Water Course, or back at the Dive Centre making sure everything is running smoothly! She did her Rescue Course with us here in 2017 and loved it so much she decided to stay and complete her SSI Instructor course with us too! Now she splits her time between teaching and managing, and likes to express herself through the ever-changing rainbow colours in her hair. In her free time Becky loves to practice yoga, and enjoys morning sun salutations in Sunrise House.
MAX SSI OWSI #90752 AND TECHNICIAN
Max is from Chiang Mai, Thailand and first came to Koh Lipe in 2012 when he began his training as a SSI Divemaster, and continued on to become a SSI OWSI in 2018. You can mostly find him teaching SSI Courses out on the boat, or expertly servicing our Aqualung Equipment. His passion lies in finding and identifying Macro Marine Life, especially Nudibranchs. He can find even the tiniest ones (we are talking magnifying glass-needed tiny), and knows them all by scientific name.
RIS SSI OWSI #90769
Ris is from Langu, Thailand and began his SSI Open Water training with us here in 2015. He fell in love with the underwater world, and left his corporate career to come and pursue professional diving, gaining his SSI OWSI Status with us here in 2019. Ris can be found out on the Dive Boat most days, teaching SSI Courses, and spreading happiness with his infectious smile. As a talented and passionate photographer, in his spare time you can always find him flying his drone to shoot Koh Lipe and the National park!
LAIZA, GENERAL MANAGER AT THE ECO-LODGE
Laiza from the Phillipines joined the team here at Adang Sea in 2019 and trained up at Benny’s and Eco-Lodge. Having previously worked with our friends on Koh Phi Phi, Laiza joined the team with a world of experience and a huge smile to boot! Mostly Laiza can be found completing her dive training as she works her way up to becoming a Divemaster, and also hanging out with Benny our doggy who has definitely picked his favourite member of the team! Laiza is also passionate about Reef Conservation and is a fully qualified Oceanquest and Sea Shepherd Dive Coral Propagator.
PEAR, GENERAL MANAGER AT BENNY’S
Pear, from Bangkok Thailand, has been living and working on Koh Lipe since 2016. After studying Film at University, she came to Koh Lipe on a project with the United Nations and fell in love with the island. Mostly Pear can be found at Sunrise Restaurant, or out on the boat where she is working her way up to completing her SSI Divemaster! She is passionate about environmental awareness and helping to make Koh Lipe a more sustainable and eco-conscious place to be.
BANG DANG, SPEEDBOAT CAPTAIN
At Adang Sea Divers, we are lucky enough to have the best boat captain in the world! (Seriously!). Dang has lived and worked on Koh Lipe all of his life, and grew up learning to drive and maintain boats from a young age. He is the main person who helps to ensure that our Speedboat stays in top nick and is alway clean, safe and fast! Mostly Dang can be found out on our speedboat, but his second favourite spot is to hang out with the Chefs by the kitchen, having a good chat with a cup of coffee and a cookie.
NEE, ROOM SUPERVISOR AT THE ECO-LODGE
Nee has been with us at Adang Sea Eco-Lodge since 2017 and is the wonderful soul behind making sure your room is so clean and comfortable when you come to stay with us. Originally from Koh Lipe, Nee has lived and worked here all her life. In her free time, she loves to cook for her family and friends, and is well known to be able to lighten anybody’s day with her bright and friendly smile.
RAMA, CHEF AT BENNY’S ON THE BEACH
Rama, from Koh Lipe originally is the mastermind behind all the yummy vegan and veggie eats at Sunrise Restaurant. She has worked with us since we opened in 2019 and can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen from morning until night, always with vigour and a beautiful smile. In her free time, Rama enjoys spending time with her 5 children and husband. As she also loves to dance, she is guaranteed the first on the dance floor at any of our parties.
PUPY, TEAM LEADER AT BENNY’S
Pupy, from Hat Yai Thailand has lived on Koh Lipe full time for over 6 years, and came to join the Benny’s Team in May 2019 as she loved our ethos and family style working environment. She can be found most days managing the front of house team with style. In her free time, Pupy loves to socialise with her many friends on Koh Lipe and loves a fine dining experience visiting restaurants on her day off, dressed to the nines and always looking glamourous. Pupy is also studying English in Hat Yai during her annual leave and hopes to teach children one day!
WAWA, COCKTAIL BAR SUPERVISOR AT BENNY’S
Wawa, from Nonthaburi, Thailand joined the team in October 2019. He is famous for his contagious smile and eclectic fashion sense, and can be found spinning zesty tropical cocktails from behind our beach shack at Benny’s. Wawa’s dream is to start his own business, so when he isn’t working with us and gaining all the experience he can, he is studying business at University and goes home quarterly to sit his exams. In his free time, Wawa is learning to dive with us here at Adang Sea and is currently an Open Water Diver. He has a passion for fashion too and loves nothing more than hosting a party at Benny’s and getting dressed up!
BENNY, OUR BEST FRIEND AND INSPIRATION!
Benny is the glue that holds our Koh Lipe family together. A Pitbull Mastiff mix, he looks a lot tougher than her really is! His loving and kind nature is enough to melt the heart of anyone he meets and he has come to develop quite the fan base! Benny loves to Paddleboard and most days you can find him sitting on the SUP infront of the restaurant, watching the world go by. In his free time Benny likes to eat anything and everything, and can be found strolling around Sunrise Beach asking unsuspecting tourists to share their lunch with him.
PI ROT, HEAD CHEF AT BENNY’S
Pi Rot from Koh Bulon, Thailand, has been with us here at Benny’s since its development stage in August 2018, and is one of the masterminds behind our Vegan and Vegetarian superfood menu! Rot has trained and worked as a chef since being a young girl, and has developed an amazing skill set. Watching Rot cook is always a pleasure as she pours love into everything she makes. You can mostly find Rot cooking up a storm in our kitchen, and chatting about life with our Captain Dang during their coffee break. In her free time Rot loves nothing more than to spend her day out on her family Longtail with her husband Nauin, and then cooking for him and their two children Hassan and Fitta for a big family feast!
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”Helen Keller