My name is GertJan van Weert. I am Dutch, I am educated as a physical instructor and before I started my diving career I taught gymnastics, fitness and tennis. I have been diving since 1986 and in 1988 I became a professional diver, guiding and teaching PADI courses and fun diving.
I worked in the Netherlands for a short while and I continued on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean before I came to the Maldives. Since 1989 have been in Maldives. I have worked in many islands including, Emboodhu Finolhu, Kani Finolhu and Kurumba Village.
In 1993 I started Sea Explorers Associates Pvt. Ltd with my wife and friends in Male' to train locals and tourists. I have been training a lot of local Dive Masters that went onto become instructors and work as instructors in resorts and became base leaders. Many of them are now dive school operators in local islands.
I am still involved in a resort operation at (PH Hadahaa) and a local dive centre located on Thulusdhoo (Searetreats). In 2015 I became an Instructor trainer as well. Currently I hold PADI Master Instructor and SSI Instructor Trainer Ratings.