Meet Monique Richards DJL's PADI Course Director, Carlsberg don't make Course Directors, but if they did they'd probably be just like Monique!!

Monique became a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor way back in 2002 and has worked full time in the Dive Industry ever since, so over 17 years so far and counting. 

Monique has dived in some of the most exotic locations around the world, including Australia, Mexico, Fiji, India, Egypt, Malaysia and all over Thailand.  She's worked at some great dive schools too, other than just DJL here on Koh Tao.

Monique runs all of the PADI Pro level Programmes  at Davy Jones Locker (DJL), 5 star CDC centre on Koh Tao, Thailand.  With her years of experience in the industry,  she teaches the Instructor and Divemaster Candidates to the highest possible standard. 

If you want to progress throught the PADI system through Profrofessional level courses and get employment in the dive industry then with the extra tuition and workshops that Monique provides at no additional cost then there is no better place to come and take your Divemaster, Instructor, MSDT or Staff Instructor qualifications.

Monique has many Speciality instructor ratings that she teaches in addition to running the Divemaster and Instructor courses.  Her favourite PADI Specialty to teach is the Project Aware Dive Against Debris Specialty.  "Marine life is facing irreparable damage from the millions of tonnes of single use plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year.  As Scuba Divers, it is our responsibility to help protect our underwater environment.  I love teaching the Dive Against Debris Specialty as not only does the presentation and knowledge review inform divers of the crisis we are facing, but also how to help prevent further damage being done.  Plus, we get to go diving and save a bit of Planet!!"

Monique is truely passionate about diving and conservation, this rubs off on many of her students and other divers who frequently travel back to Koh Tao to enjoy Scuba Diving with her again.  Many of Divemaster trainnes fall in love with diving and the underwater world that they either come back or stay with Monique to become PADI Instructors.

Other than Diving and teaching, Monique is also a Wedding Celebrant and is often found marrying couples on the beautiful paradise beaches of Koh Tao.

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The Davy Jones Locker (DJL) dive school is located towards the northern end of Sairee beach on Koh Tao, you can click on the google map below to get directions of how to get here if you are already on the island, if you aren't and you need us to collect you from the pier when you arrive here then just send us your ferry arrival details in advance.  If you still need to book in your transport to the island then you can do that through the website and then just send us the details.


A Turtle seen at the White Rock dive site at Koh Tao

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