The concept of Insider Divers is that our group trips are guided by experts, or Insiders, that are knowledgable in the different areas of the marine environment. These group leaders take over all organizational aspects of your tour and enrich your experience with their knowledge and insight. You can relax knowing that you will get the best possible adventure and learn about the amazing animals that we seek out. Never stop learning!
Meet the team.
Simon is an award winning photographer, PADI instructor and TDI tech diver. He is the founder of Insider Divers and the main group leader on our trips. Having dived all over the world he often felt unsatisfied by the dive operations, by the background knowledge of the guides and by the inflexibility of the itineraries. This inspired him to create Insider Divers, where groups of fun international divers get the best possible itinerary.
A tour guide by nature, he aims to develop dive itineraries with a twist. By adding unusual dives to our trips, and adding interesting meetings with local experts or presentations by famous photographers. Aside from taking care of everything on the trip he will help you with your diving and photography development. As PADI instructor he is able to add training elements to the trip if needed or expand your diving or photography capabilities.
An active photographer and writer his articles have appeared in magazines such as Action Asia, ActionDiver, ScubaDiver AustralAsia, SportDiver USA, EZDive, Plongeurs, DIVE UK, Dive Pacific, Divelog, and several more. In 2017 cover shots have been selected for Action Asia and Action Diver.
Visit www.simonlorenz.de for more of his work.
aARON "BERTIE" GEKOSKI
Aaron Gekoski (known as 'Bertie' to his friends) is an internationally-acclaimed environmental photojournalist and film-maker, specialising in human-animal conflict.
His images, articles and films have appeared on platforms such as National Geographic, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Times, and more. His work has featured in most of the top photographic competitions and he is a previous winner at Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature Photographer of the Year, and others.
Aaron focuses primarily on humankind's complex relationship with Nature. His recent documentary, Eyes of the Orangutan, is nominated for Best Conservation Film at the prestigious Jackson Wild film festival, with Aaron also up for Best On-Screen Talent at Wildscreen Panda Awards.
Aaron produced and fronted the hit online dive show, Borneo/Indonesia/Timor-Leste from Below, on ScubazooTV, which aimed to make conservation accessible to all through educational and entertaining content.
Visit https://www.aarongekoski.com/for more of his work.
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JUDGE FOR PHOTO COMPETITIONS
Tobias Friedrich is probably one of the most successful underwater photographers in the last 10 years. He has brought home almost every award there is in the underwater space and was being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 - the most prestigious aquatic award.
As highest possible achievement he was recently called to be on the judge panel of the UPY award as youngest ever panel member.
Tobias is also an author of various photography books and regularly hosts workshops on underwater photography all over the world.
Visit https://www.below-surface.com/en for more of his work.
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TECH & REC Instructor
Our tech expert Phil is originally from Sweden but has lived aboard for most of his life. In last four years been in charge of
technical diving at Manta Dive on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. He is OC extended range instructor and hold certifications for closed circuit JJ-CCR and SF2 advanced trimix.
social media wizard
Sarah Richard is an experienced dive master, social media marketeer and expert travel blogger. On the road since 2010 she has travelled and blogged all over the world. In 2017 she started a facebook group called Girls That Scuba which has grown to a massive following across all social media channels.
Some of her pages are
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Pauline Wong is an Australian/Hong Kong photographer based in Hong Kong. She is a PADI instructor, photographer, energy healer and in charge of bookings at Insider Divers. Her passion is macro photography and natural light as well as artificial light sources.
Pauline is also in charge of administration at Insider Divers.