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.
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.
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.
Rhiannon Edmonds / Instructor
Rhiannon is warm, fun to be around and incredibly personable. Born in the U.K., she is a diver and world traveler, and we are lucky to have her here in Bocas. Her well-loved dinosaur, Tyrone, travels in her rucksack wherever she goes. She loves cooking and permaculture, and HATES plastic! Rhiannon can teach in English and Spanish.
Nicolás Paratore / Divemaster
Originally from Argentina, Nicolás is our Divemaster graduate in Bocas Dive Center. He was traveling thought the Caribbean until he fell in love with the reefs of Bocas del Toro. He will be your go-to guide if you want fun recreational dives or take some extra knowledge about the great ocean.
Maja / Freediving Instructor & Diving Instructor
Maya, half human, half mermaid coming all the way to Bocas from a volcanic rock called Lanzarote. Freediving and scuba diving instructor, she spent the last 6 years traveling and teaching in Central America, Asia and Europe. She will help you to explore your superpowers including holding your breath for over 2 minutes and/or how to move graceful with a scuba tank on your back. In a complicated relationship with scuba and freediving, she still can’t decide which one she loves more. Maya can teach in spanish, english, polish and french.
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.
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 / 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.