Meet the team at Octopus Dive School

Our awesome team of professional, fun, friendly staff love living and diving on Roatan. We hope you can come join us on our island paradise soon. We look forward to diving with you! 

NURIA - Owner of Octopus Dive School and PADI dive instructor

Nuria is from Spain. She first tried diving in 1999 in Utila. She loved it so much that two years later, she became a Divemaster, then left for Egypt to start working as a dive instructor in the Red Sea. Since then, she took the scenic route back to the Bay Islands, stopping to teach in Mexico, Kenya, The Canary Islands, then Utila again. Finally, she made it back here to Roatan, where she realized a personal dream and opened up her very own dive school.

How nuria feels about her dive center in roatan

“Octopus Dive School is my life! Since opening in 2005, we have consistently been delivering quality service and personal attention to everyone comes diving with us. I’m living my dream life here on Roatan and I would love you to visit and share it with me.” 


"I've been lucky to dive all over the world over many years. I have never had a better experience with a dive operation than Octopus. From the moment I contacted Nuria (the owner) to set up a week of diving I was treated as a valued old friend. Nuria is warm and friendly, and most important, accommodating....."


VIRNA - Octopus Dive School's manager and PADI dive instructor

Virna is from Italy. Her life changed when she discovered the amazing underwater world in Roatan in 2012. Soon after, she decided to turn her passion into her job and became a professional diver! She started working for Octopus as PADI dive instructor in 2016 and though she is still teaching on a regular basis, she now also manages our dive shop on Roatan island. Virna keeps everything running smoothly at Octopus and she always has a big grin on her face, especially when she’s just seen something really cool underwater. She’s been lucky enough to spot two hammerhead sharks just recently!

Why virna loves teaching scuba diving

“I just get such a thrill from seeing the look on peoples’ faces on their first dive, when they realize how beautiful it is down there!”

"Nuria (the owner) and Virna (the diving instructor) are simply amazing. Their attention to detail, expertise and care made my son's first diving experience a memorable one. Highly recommend Octopus Dive School!!!"


Why Bryce loves teaching scuba diving

“Teaching people a new skill and seeing the looks on their faces after they’ve accomplished something new that they can be proud of and that they will carry with them forever is the most rewarding part of being a dive instructor”

Bryce - PADI dive instructor

With 15 plus years of experience in the hospitality industry as a chef and a cocktail bartender in hotels and high end restaurants, good service is in Bryce’s blood. 

Bryce came to Roatan in March of 2020 from his life of adventure in Jasper Alberta Canada, where he spent his time mountain climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and cliff jumping in glacier fed rivers, amongst other thrill seeking activities.

From the Mountains to the Sea, Bryce has always found his joy from sharing his passions with others. 

BRUNO - PADI, SSI and IAHD (International Association Handicapped Divers) Instructor

Originally from General La Madrid, Argentina, Bruno was always fascinated with the underwater world as a child. In 1997, his life changed when he did his first Discover Scuba Dive and he immediately decided to become a scuba instructor so that he could continue his passion and share it with others. Life as a scuba instructor has taken Bruno across Latin America (Galapagos, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bonaire, Brasil & Argentina) before settling in Roatan. He is also a certified equipment technician and maintains all the gear at Octopus Dive School.

What bruno loves about diving here

“I want to motivate any person to dive and love the sea, with or without disabilities.”

"Highly competent and very friendly crew. Their knowledge of the area and diving know how are incredible. I would highly recommend for the beginner seeking certification or for experienced divers looking for a great Roatan experience."


Gustavo - Octopus Dive School's Underwater Photographer

Gustavo is the one in charge of making beautiful memories of your dives. He’s been a professional photographer since 2006 and he’s been living in Roatan for the last 5 years, snapping the best images from our amazing reef. Originally from Argentina, he learned scuba diving in a small town of the northeast of Brazil, Serrambi. It was there where he mixed both passions, diving, and photography.

His underwater photography business is called Deep Photos. He is fully equipped with professional photography gear.  If you want stunning photos to remember your Roatan diving adventures, Gustavo is your guy!

underwater photographer

Why Gustavo loves underwater photography

“I love combining my two passions – diving and photography to capture amazing memories from your dives in Roatan”.

QUINN - Our experienced local captain

Quinn “el Capi” was born and raised right here on the island of Roatan. He has worked as both a dive boat and deep sea fishing  boat captain as long as he can remember. So he knows these water extremely well. He comes from a long line of local fishermen who trawl the deep waters miles off Roatan’s coast looking for tuna and wahoo. When he’s not out on the water at Octopus, he’s usually out on his own boat or spending quality time with his two kids. 


What quinn loves about roatan and working at octopus

“I just absolutely love being out on the ocean all day, listening to the sound of it, watching the birds, feeling like I am part of nature. Roatan is such a beautiful place to be and to call my home. I really like all the interesting people I get to meet from all over the world working with Octopus Dive School. We always laugh together a lot on the boat.”

"Boat Captain Quinn is an extraordinary seaman, and handles the boat with total confidence, no matter the sea condition."


We look forward to welcoming you to one of the most experienced dive shops on Roatan.


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Octopus Dive School has been operating on Roatan since 2005. We take pride in offering an exceptional personalized service and diver safety is our top priority.