Introduction to the Pisces Divers team – we are all PADI Instructors or Divemasters!
Mike Nortje is a PADI Staff Instructor and Cat B Commercial skipper. He started Pisces Divers in June 2002. Mike has worked in the Middle East and SE Asia and still loves to get in at least two or three dive trips a year. Mike particularly enjoys doing the sardine run each year and the pelagic shark trips.
Ryan Burchell is a PADI Course Director and a Class II commercial diver who has been teaching diving since 2008. He started diving in the Seychelles in 2006 and realised pretty soon that diving was going to be a life-long passion. And he hasn’t looked back!
Neil Taylor is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Cat B Commercial Skipper. Neil can usually be found on board our newest boat, Pisces Divers, or drinking coffee in the coffee shop at Pisces Divers!
Jan de Bruyn
Jan de Bruyn is a PADI Openwater Scuba Instructor and Cat B Commercial skipper who started diving with Pisces back in 2006 as an Openwater student and joined the team shortly afterwards in 2007. Jan is our main sales guru and lover of all things technical, specifically underwater camera equipment!
Jacqui Mance is our front office and bookings manager and is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor since 1999 as well as an underwater videographer and boat skipper. She spent twelve years in the Cayman Islands as a dive professional before returning to SA. She joined Pisces in April 2015.
Divemaster and Barista
Eddie Kasanhayi started working at Pisces as a barista in our coffee shop three years ago. He started getting curious about this “diving thing” and did his PADI Openwater course. He is now our Nitrox blender and compressor operator, and has just qualified as a PADI Divemaster.
Graeme Grant is our full-time skipper for our RIB, Pisces Divers II, as well as a PADI Openwater Scuba Instructor. Graeme’s passion is his whales and dolphins and he has an excellent eye for spotting them at great distances!
Almasi Sudi is our Full-time PADI Divemaster on the RIB and he joins us from Zanzibar where he worked as a DM for many years, before deciding to switch the tropics for some cooler water diving down here in Cape Town
Arno van der Berg
PADI Dive Instructor
Arno is our full time PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer who has been with us since April 2019. He also completed his Career Development training with Pisces Divers and we liked him so much we offered him a full-time job! Arno’s plan is to take his experience on the road sometime in the future, but right now he is loving his teaching and looking forward to season ahead.
Alan Waddell is our Service Technician as well as a Divemaster (retired!) Alan has dived for decades and travelled extensively. He did a stint at the Two Oceans Aquarium before joining Pisces in 2006.
Operations and Logistics
Dillon Lombard is our logistics man: He gets the boats launched and moves divers around with their gear to make sure our launches get out on time, a vital part of the operation. Dillon is also a Cat B dive skipper and is working towards his PADI Divemasters.
PADI Staff Instructor
Kevin has been part of the team for the last year, assisting us as an expert guide on our pelagic shark and birding charters as well as guiding on the Sardine Run this year. Kevin is also a marine biologist and commercial diver and is passionate about sharks specifically, but all things ocean related.
Arina Wessels has been our accountant for the last ten years. She is a PADI Divemaster and her “happy place” is Madagascar where she works as a Divemaster each December to keep her sanity.