FULL SERVICE - DIVING CENTER   PLAYA DEL CARMEN - RIVIERA MAYA - MEXICO

Staff

JORGE CHINO LORIA - JORGE LORIA – DIRECTOR / PADI INSTRUCTOR #91759

 

Jorge “El Chino” Loria began to dive when he was only 10 years old. In 1995 he became a PADI instructor in California and since then he has certified more than 500 students ever since. Founder of Phantom Divers, he has a passion for teaching:&nbsp his dream is to explore the underwater world and get as many people as he can to learn, share and enjoy the unique beauty of the Mexican Caribbean. Among his most important accomplishments is the founding of the NGO "Saving Our Sharks", an association created for the benefit and protection of sharks. Come to know him and he will certainly delight you with the stories of a man who lived his life to the extreme.

SOFIA VELAZQUEZ - SOFIA VELAZQUEZ – OPERATIONS MANAGER

 

Sofia is a fundamental part of Phantom Divers. She organizes all the logistics and the planning of our daily operation. Although she was originally a city girl, Sofia decided to live in Playa del Carmen when she was 13, after seeing the turquoise sea, typical of this region, for the first time. She is very outgoing and friendly. Her positive, joyful attitude is really contagious. Sofia has a beautiful daughter who you will happen to hear about sometime. Both of them fully enjoy the beach life in Playa del Carmen.

MARIA JULIA COPPOLA – BOUTIQUE - MARIA JULIA COPPOLA – BOUTIQUE

 

Julia is a creative designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In recent years, she has taken care of the spaces of the boutique with her unique style and good taste. She moved to Playa del Carmen in 2002 looking for a change of lifestyle and thanks to her passion for diving she found Phantom Divers. Julia is very spontaneous and has a powerful feeling that life has to be lived to the fullest. Being outdoors, the beach and nature in general are her main hobbies. She is responsible for the distribution of diving gear and underwater cameras. If you're looking for new apnea or diving equipment, do not think twice and ask her! She won’t stop until she gets what you need.

CHARLIE ESTRABEAU - CARLOS ESTRABEAU – PADI INSTRUCTOR #237088

Charlie is an extraordinary person who has an inexplicable connection with animals. Born in Mexico City, when he was still a baby his family moved to Acapulco and then to the Mayan Riviera. He started diving at the age of 9 and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. With him as guide, you will live an unforgettable diving experience: he is entertaining, outgoing and loves extreme sports!

SPECIALTIES: Nitrox, Deep Dive, Underwater Navigation, EFR Instructor, Oxygen Provider, Drift Dive, Shark Observer, TDI Full Cave Diver and Cavern Diver, Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

RAMON MAGANA - RAMON MAGAÑA – PADI INSTRUCTOR #178624

 

Ramon is a person full of energy and enthusiastic for life. He dove for the first time when he was barely 12 years old. Such was his fascination with the creatures of the ocean, that since then he got obsessed with diving and became an instructor in 2002. Another of his passions is underwater photography. While working at Phantom Divers, Ramon has developed his skills and today is known as one of the most talented photographers in Playa del Carmen.  He speaks English, Spanish and Italian. He is passionate about his work, funny and very patient with people. SPECIALTIES: Wreck Dive, Night Dive, Deep Dive, Underwater Photography, Open Water Scuba Instructor.

MARIO RIVAS – FULL CAVE #100172 - MARIO RIVAS – FULL CAVE #100172

 

Better known as "MANIS", he was born in Champotón, Campeche. He arrived in Playa del Carmen in 1990. He specialized in cave and cavern dive in 2003 and since then he has been our guide to this magical underwater world. Mario speaks Spanish and English. He has also a small hotel in Playa del Carmen’s downtown. His outgoing and friendly personality will captivate you and diving with him will certainly leave you speechless!

GEREMIAS CANUL – CAPTAIN - GEREMIAS CANUL – CAPTAIN

 

Our captain Geremias was born in Halacho, Yucatán, a small mayan village famous for the production of hats and baskets. He lived for 20 years in Cozumel and then decided to move to Playa del Carmen with his wife and five children. He is hardworking, very responsible and friendly. He has extensive experience in navigating and of course he loves the sea and fishing. He speaks fluent Spanish and Mayan.

FAUSTINO VENEGAS – CAPTAIN - FAUSTINO VENEGAS – CAPTAIN

 

Faustino is from the State of Oaxaca, and he reached Playa del Carmen six years ago driven by tourism and his desire for success. He is a very cheerful person and a keen dancer, but when it comes to work Faustino is extremely serious and responsible. He says he has much to contribute to Phantom Divers because of his love for what he does. In fact, he is very happy with his coworkers and proud to work in a socially responsible company. He is always willing to help our customers with their diving equipment and getting everything ready for the immersions. Do not be surprised if you find him dancing reggaeton after work!