MEET TEAM BDC
We all love diving, the underwater world, and the Caribbean lifestyle. We come from all over and each of us brings something different to the team. Together, we are the BDC family.
'Momo' Veghazi / Head Instructor
'Momo' (Guillermo) is BDC's training and operations manager. Originally from Argentina, he trained in Colombia, Panama, Spain and Mexico. He spent years diving in Cozumel, Dominican Republic and the Mediterranean Sea. He fell in love with the underwater world on his first dive, and now Momo brings all his passion and experience to BDC. He is also an amateur underwater photographer and is known for his ability to find sea horses (Some call him the sea-horse whisperer). Momo teaches in English and Spanish.
JJ / Divemaster
JJ came to Bocas from the United States. As a Florida native she has always had a connection with the sea and a love for all water activities. She spends her summer season working as a white water rafting guide and her winter season chasing the warm weather and diving! JJ lives for balancing her love of the mountains and the sea, as well as sharing experiences with the people around her. As a former intern of Bocas Dive Center she is now excited to be part of the team!
Bruce / Scuba Instructor
As someone born and raised below sea level, it's only natural that you can find Bruce with a scubatank on his back. Bruce studied marine biology at the University of Amsterdam, but after his studies he decided to move to the tropics to follow his passion: scubadiving! He dove the murky waters of the Netherlands, Belgium and Costa Rica and the beautiful blue waters of the island of Curaçao. Now he is excited to be back in the Caribbean to work at Bocas Dive Center as an instructor. Bruce teaches in English and Dutch.
Joaquin / Freediving & Scuba instructor
Joaquin is Bocas Dive Center freediving and scuba diving instructor. Originally from “Andalusia”, he is a traveller and dove in Honduras, Malaysia, Philippine… Always helpful and enthusiastic, Joaquin will share his passion with you. Joaquin teaches in Spanish and English.
Benjamin / Captain
Benjamin was born on the Pacific coast of Panama and is like a fish in the water. When he is not in the water, he loves to ride horses. Benjamin is always smiling and has a lot of good stories to tell. He believes that the sea is the best cure for most of life’s problems.
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 PADI 5 star world-class professional dive academy. He spearheaded renovations, hired top-notch instructors, built specially-designed boats and a state-of-the-art boutique hotel. Gadi and his staff provide a high quality, exhilarating diving experience, and have trained over 4000 divers of all levels.
Charlie / Captain & Divemaster
Charlie was born and raised in Bocas, and knows everything to see both above and below the 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 captains who is also a Divemaster.
Alexis / Scuba Instructor
Alexis is 100% bocatoreño, former student of Bocas Dive Center and one of the much experienced diver of the area. Now he is new member of the team! He likes water sports and is also a good dancer. For him, diving is his passion and is ready to share with you the wonderfull underwater life of Bocas del toro. Alexis teaches in Spanish and English.
Yorhani Torres / Front desk
Yorhani is a 100% Bocatoreñian girl, born and raised in this beautiful Colon Island paradise. She is the “google” of Bocas Dive Center and up to date on everything happening in Bocas. Always smiling and positive, Yorhani crushes it at the front desk and shines at divemaster snorkel test parties.
Anne-Charlotte Kartel / Intern & Scuba Instructor
Anne-Charlotte is from France. She is studying for a Master’s degree in Coastal Tourism and is working at BDC for her final internship. Passionate about the water, she is also a diving instructor who trained in France, Spain and the Netherlands. Anne-Charlotte speaks and teaches in French and English.
Freddie / Captain
Captain Freddie is a local legend. An extremely capable boat captain, Freddie is known for his trademark phrases 'todo pretty' and 'todo cool'. He enjoys setting the vibe on the boat with a mix of Latin and Reggaeton music. Freddie speaks Panamanian.