Come and meet your Coconut Tree Dive crew
Owner – England
After traveling the world for many years searching for the right place to call home, Gay finally found her little piece of paradise on Roatan. In 1996 she learned to dive on Roatan's reef and in 2001 became one of the owners of Coconut Tree Divers. Gay, who generally handles customer service at Coconut Tree's reception desk, diveshop operations and pretty much anything that isn't mechanical, is always good for a delicious cup of tea and a solid laugh. As one of the founding directors of the Roatan Marine Park, Gay juggles her time between addressing environmental issues, handling her kids social life, dealing with the shop boys, and keeping fresh on the latest Roatan gossip.
Owner – Canada
IDC Staff Instructor
TDI / SDI Advanced Trimix Instructor
DSAT Trimix Instructor
TDI / DSAT Sidemount Instructor
Monty's diving career began in 2001 when he was trained as a deep sea/commercial diver in Seattle, Washington. His diving adventures have carried him to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, St. Thomas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Isles, Antigua, Cozumel, Curacoa, Aruba, Venezuela, St. Lucia, and Canada. Monty is the Technical Deep and Trimix Instructor, one of only two on Roatan.
Monty is also the owner and operator of www.roatanteccenter.com that is affiliated with Coconut tree dive center. Recently Monty married his far to beautiful wife Alexandra Harper Graham the talented underwater photographer.
Boat Captain – Roatan, Honduras
Captain Carl is a true Roatan icon. Born and raised on the island, his boat captain career kicked off at age sixteen while ferrying visitors to and from Anthony's Key Resort. By eighteen he was working full-time as a boat captain for various dive shops around West End. Over the last thirty years he has captained many different kinds of dive boats under all sorts of weather conditions. To quote the man himself, "almost all of my life has been spent on the water." Captain Carl has worked at Coconut Tree Divers since the shop's inception. Taking the helm of Potlicker or Wish U Were Here, he will drive you to all the sites in the Roatan Marine Park. Carl will also assist divers with equipment setup, entering and exiting the water, and making certain that everything about your dives goes as smoothly as possible. He loves to snack on chicken and tell crazy stories of yester years on Roatan.
Boat Captain – Roatan, Honduras
Fred left his island when he was 21 years old to work on a cruise ship. After 15 years he left for the oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico and then to Italy to help build a new port. After 7 years of running inter-island freighters he has returned to his native island to take the helm of Potlicker. Fred loves fishing and his 17 grandchildren. True, buddy!
Course Director – London, England
Roatan's longest serving Course Director Will Welbourn started diving in 1989. Will explored the waters of Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Crete, Sri Lanka, Bocas del Toro, and the Corn Islands. Tired of his job as an accountant, he left sunny England in 2003 and completed his PADI Divemaster and Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications in Roatan.
Will serves as a Coconut Tree Diver's PADI Course Director, PADI/DSAT Tec Deep and Trimix Instructor Trainer, and Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer. He is currently a PADI Instructor Trainer in the following specialties: Deep, Night, Wreck, Enriched Air Nitrox, Digital Underwater Photography, Emergency O2 Provider, Boat, Drift, Multilievel, Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, Search and Recovery, Equipment, and Gas Blender.
When not teaching PADI Instructor Development Courses or exploring the depths through Tec Diving, Will also works as Coconut Tree Diver's Retail Manager. Will loves his wife Loren's cooking, sailing, skiing, snowboarding and Chelsea FC.
Master Instructor – Calgary, Canada
After first learning how to dive in the cold water lakes of Canada back in '94, Ted arrived in Roatan 15 years later to complete his Divemaster program. Since then, he has received the IDC Staff Instructor rating, as well as completing the PADI Tec Deep course with Monty. Ted has enjoyed spending the last three years photographing Roatan’s littlest species of fish and creatures whenever he has had the opportunity to take his camera down with him. He also has nice hair.
master Scuba diver trainer – San Pedro, Honduras
Born in San Pedro, Honduras Rudy (aka Chino) grew up in Los Angeles, California before heading to Roatan in 2009. He completed all courses here at Coconut Tree Divers (our zero to hero program) from Open Water through Instructor and has been a valued member of the crew since 2010. Rudy has great knowledge of many of Roatan dive sites. He loves swim thrus and has a gift for finding pipefish and pipehorses.
OPen water scuba instructor - Italy
Born and raised in Italy, Riccardo arrived at Coconut Tree Divers in 2011 to fulfill his dream to become a scuba diver instructor. He has now returned to us after working and gaining experience as a dive professional. With his Italian ways Riccardo has added spice to the menu. He enjoys diving for its meditative qualties and is always happy to share this experience with others. He is also a videographer, he claims to make the best Gnocchi ever, we are still waiting for this culinary delight our pass our lips. Maybe one day he will Gnocchi us up. He can often be found in his spare time juggling his balls.
open water scuba instructor - canada
Originally certified with her Open Water in Honduras Rachael had always dreamed of returning and becoming an instructor. 5 years later she came to us for her Dive Master and IDC and never looked back. She's come a long way from chilly Saskatchewan but for her trading snow for sand was easy. Rachael enjoys riding Moose down the West End road, driving tractors and showing the DMT's how it's done.
open water scuba instructor - transylvania
Rudolf joined us in Febuary 2017 after completing his divemaster training with us here. After many years of travelling around the world and stuck behind a desk working on websites. We refer to him fondly as "The Count" but don't worry he doesn't bite :-) His calm, reassuring demeanour is a great quality for helping nervous divers feel at ease.
Divemaster – Roatan, Honduras
A native Roatan islander, Rolando completed his Divemaster certification at Coconut Tree in 2005 and now leads visiting divers around his favorite dive sites. Rolando loves driving his skiff, drinking rum, and impressing the ladies by diving headfirst into the reef. When not in the water, he can be found managing the Coconut Tree Resort.
Divemaster – Roatan, Honduras
Born and raised on Roatan, Denver got certified as an Open Water Diver in 2013 at Coconut Tree and has had a passion for diving ever since. He was trained as a divemaster in 2015 and stuck around for freelance work. Denver loves looking for small and rare critters like nudi's, seahorses, and mermaids.
Coffee Manager – Green Bay, Wisconsin - United States
When Steve Vincent first arrived to Roatan aboard a cruise ship, he knew he had found somewhere special. Years later, he officially left the frozen tundra of Green Bay, Wisconsin, driving his RV thousands of miles south to the Roatan's Caribbean shores.
Steve is responsible for making the delicious pots of hot coffee in the morning, which keeps the dive shop functioning at 8am! In his spare time, Steve loves diving, playing with his dogs Boomer and Fido, taking people out on jungle hikes and pulling for the Green Bay Packers.
Rescue Victim – Kazakhstan
Chucky washed ashore one fateful morning in 2007. His algae-encrusted hair, sulfuric stench, and hideous face made him the perfect fit for Coconut Tree's shop mascot.
Chucky is a notoriously poor diver who constantly gets lost on Rescue courses. When he's not lounging around on the ocean floor with his custom-made weight belt, he lurks around the side of the dive shop awaiting his next chance to go diving (or frighten new customers).
Chucky is a bit of a celebrity, you might have seen him recently on CNN.
Sunday Shop Girl – Roatan, Honduras
When Nina is not on the boat with her favorite camera, she can be found behind the counter on a Sunday. If you have a question about what is happening, Nina has the answer.