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Jeff and I are from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s capital city); city bred as many might say. We met through friends at the Hard Rock, KL (not as sleazily as it sounds) in March 1999. That year, we ventured up to Koh Samui (Thailand) to welcome the new millennium with firework displays and giant lighted hot air lanterns that rose to the sky... We stayed two weeks and had an awesome time (more about Samui later).

Change
Somewhere along the line, we had decided that we wanted a change of lifestyles and careers. Jeff worked as a model doing mostly catwalk shows and some TV commercials. He also represented Malaysia to the Manhunt International Finals in 1997. I, on the other hand, had been working in a corporate firm for some years...stress, stress and more stress....

We share a common love for the sea and the islands and whenever possible, made getaways for those sandy beaches, lapping waves and glorious sunsets. Anyway, we contemplated starting up a small island business or becoming diving instructors. Mind you, I had not even tried snorkeling at the time.

Learning To Dive
The internet was where we tried to find information about diving and our path from Open Water Diver to Instructor. After weighing costs and location, we decided on Phuket and in August, 2000, ventured north to learn how to dive. Sadly, the weather wasn’t very conducive at the time and we found ourselves on a plane bound for Samui a couple of days later.

We had a great time on Samui, making friends and learning about the industry. We stayed three months, doing Open Water up to Divemaster internships where we helped out on the boat and dived almost daily. Then, we crossed back over to Phuket and got some working experience.

Destination Bali
February/March 2001 was spent in Bali, the Island of the Gods. Here, we did the Instructor Development Course back to back with the Instructor Examinations. The people we met here were great and we had a most memorable time!

New Beginnings
Upon receipt of our teaching status from PADI, we ventured around a bit to look into possible work. May 2001 found us coming to Tioman where we have remained ever since. There is an aura about Tioman difficult to explain till you see her for yourself.

Here’s taking the time to say hello to everyone we met along the way. God bless...
Contact Information:
Eco-Divers, Air Batang, Tioman, Pahang,  Malaysia
  • Telephone:+60-(9)-4191794/Mobile +6013-6022640/+6013-3687833
  • KL SHOP (RETAIL & COURSES) Lot F2.32, 2nd Floor, Summit USJ, Subang Jaya Telephone +603-80236700
  • Email: divetioman@hotmail.com