MEET TEAM BDC
We all love diving, the underwater world, and the Caribbean lifestyle. We come from all over the world but have come together thanks to a shared love for the underwater world. We all bring something slightly different to the team but together have built the BDC family.
'Momo' Veghazi / Head Instructor
'Momo' (Guillermo) is the Head Instructor at BDC. Originally from Argentina, Momo trained and spent years diving in Cozumel, Mexico. From there he fell in love with Caribbean diving and brings all his experience to BDC. He is also an underwater photographer. Momo is known for his ability to find sea horses. Some call him the sea-horse whisperer. Momo teaches in English and Spanish.
Maelle / Divemaster
Maelle is one of our Divemasters at BDC. Originally from Quebec, Canada, Maelle has travelled the world and has many stories to tell. She trained as a Divemaster in Nicaragua, where she became hooked on the Caribbean diving lifestyle. Maelle speaks English and French.
Victor Doroshenko / Instructor
Victor is an instructor at BDC. Originally from Russia although he grew up in Sweden, Victor began diving in Koh Tao, Thailand, where he fell in love with the underwater world. Particularly passionate about the environment, Victor runs our Project Aware partnership. One word of warning, don't ask him about Nudibranchs. Victor teaches in English, Swedish and Russian.
Ariel / Freediving Instructor
From a village near Jerusalem, Ariel is a Freedive instructor, Scuba instructor and Yoga instructor. Ariel sees Freediving as a way to connect with the soul and find a true feeling of inner peace. Ariel has competed in World Championships, reaching a maximum depth of 77 metres, and has worked as a safety diver in other World tournaments. No one in the world can teach you more about freediving than Ariel. He teaches in English and Hebrew.
Charlie / Captain + Divemaster
Charlie was born and raised in Bocas and so knows everything to see above and under water. Before joining the BDC team, he worked for the Smithsonian marine biologists who research and photograph our beautiful, fragile reefs. With over a thousand logged dives, Charlie is one of (if not the) only boat captain who is also a Divemaster.
Gadi Cohen / Owner/Scuba Instructor
Scuba Instructor Gadi Cohen fell in love with the easy logistics, simple access, tranquil weather, and unique culture of Bocas. He transformed a small dive center into a world-class 5 Star Professional Dive Academy. He spearheaded renovations, hired top-notch instructors, built specially-designed boats and a state-of-the-art boutique hotel. Over 3,000 divers have honed their skills at BDC, the only PADI 5 Star IDC in Panama. Gadi and his staff provide the highest quality diving experience to divers of all levels.
George Jeffreys / Instructor
All the way from England, George is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer at BDC as well as our underwater photographer / videographer. George has been diving for 7 years, but only recently in the Caribbean. He particularly loves wreck diving. George teaches in English, Spanish and French.
Gabs / Freediving Instructor
Gabs is our other Freedive and Yoga Instructor. She started her dive career as a PADI Divemaster but fell in love with the silence and peace of freediving. Gabs has also worked as part of safety teams in world-level freediving competitions. She is also a highly proficient underwater photographer. Gabs teaches in English and French.
Freddie / Captain
Captain Freddie is a local legend. An extremely capable boat captain, Freddie is known for only saying the words 'todo pretty' and 'todo cool'. He also enjoys setting the vibe on the boat with a mix of latin and reggaeton music. Freddie speaks Panamanian.