Staff

Zack Richardson

Hi, my name is Zack and I am the co-owner of TDS and a PADI, SDI and TDI Instructor. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a deep love for the ocean. This passion inspired me to create exquisite reef tanks in my teens and to travel the world in search of epic surf, so becoming a dive instructor was an easy choice for me. I enjoy teaching all levels of diving from recreational entry level courses to deep technical diving.

Lucia Podlipny

Hello, I’m Lucia and I’m a PADI and SDI instructor. Growing up in a little rural town in NH, USA, I would never have imagined I would become a dive instructor. Throughout my life, however, I have always enjoyed nature and working with people. From running summer camps, teaching horse back riding lessons and cello lessons, working in restaurants, and studying abroad in pursuit of exploring new environments and people, etc, I eventually realized that helping people explore the ocean was something very meaningful to me. I have enjoyed living and diving on Bonaire for the last three years and look forward to sharing my passion for the ocean with both beginner and advanced divers.

.Astrid de Jager

Hi, I’m Astrid, the former co-owner of Technical Diving Services. In a former life, I used to be a musicologist, writer, and editor. I took a short break to become a divemaster on Bonaire, and totally fell in love with the island and the underwater world. So shortly after I became a PADI instructor, and after gaining some teaching experience down under and above, I became an IAHD instructor and a SDI Instructor Trainer. But you’ll find I enjoy a Discover Scuba Dive just as much as training new professionals.

Rens Jonker
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My name is Rens and I’m PADI and TDI Instructor. Most of the time I teach in the dark and cold waters of the Netherlands, in which I love to dive. I consider it a challenge for my students and myself to train in these conditions and I believe people can become a better diver this way. Although I fell in love with the Dutch waters, Bonaire is my second home. I have lived in this beautiful island for three years, working fulltime as a diving instructor. So it’s no surprise that once in a while I drop by on this amazing place. When I’m on Bonaire there is a good change you’ll find me at TDS helping out however I can. From teaching technical diving to bringing you a cup of coffee.

Eelco Moolenburgh
eelcoHi, I’m Eelco. I was born on Curacao, but spend most of my lifetime in The Netherlands, working first for the fire brigade and later for an insurance company. Although I don’t literally work for TDS, you’ll often find me hanging out and practicing my coffee making skills. On top of that I recently finished my SDI Assistant Instructor internship.

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