The concept of Insider Divers is that our groups are guided by experts, or Insiders, that are knowledgable in the different areas of the marine environment. Simon Lorenz, founder of Insider Divers, currently still runs most trips.
On many tours we invite Insiders to co-host our expeditions and share their insights and techniques. Learn more about some of them below.
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.
2nd place Asian Photographer of the Year - ADEX - July 2019
Winner Journalist Award - Ocean Geographic - June 2019
German Photographer of the Year - WorldShootOut - Jan 2019
Honourable Mention Cold Water Category - Ocean Art - Jan 2019
2nd place Underwater Life - World Oceans Day - May 2018
Photographer of the Week - DivePhotoGuide - January 2018
Photographer of the Month - ScubaShooters - October 2017
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.
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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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aARON "BERTIE" GEKOSKI
Aaron Gekoski is an award-winning environmental photojournalist, film-maker and TV presenter, specialising in human-animal conflict.
He fronts environmental film series across a number of networks, and aims to make conservation accessible to all through entertaining and educational content.
A documentary he presented and co-produced - Otters and the Exotic Pet Trade - has just won 'Best Foreign Film' at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York.
He has spent years documenting animals in captivity and is founder and lead investigator at Raise the Red Flag, a global campaign to end cruelty in the Wildlife Tourism industry.
Aaron's articles and images regularly appear in the international press and have won numerous awards, including the coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Visit https://www.aarongekoski.com/for more of his work.
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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.
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