THE TEAM

Team Blue Immersion specializing in three areas: Technical Diving Courses, Underwater Film Production and Exploration. Our objective is to create public awareness for marine protection by introducing divers and non-divers direct or indirect to lakes, rivers and oceans around the globe.

Jonas Samuelsson

Jonas Samuelsson

Jonas Samuelsson

Jonas is the founder of Team Blue Immersion. He started diving in Sweden in the mid 80s. Jonas grew up by the sea and was competition swimming for many years from young age. After completion of military service and studies in Economics in 1993, he decided to become a PADI Instructor and worked as a diving journalist for the popular diving magazine UVM during 94-95. All courses up to Instructor was conducted in Sweden. In 1994 he did his first technical diving training with diving legend Dick Rutkowski. He became a PADI Course Director in 1998 at the age of 26 and was the training manager for Ban’s Diving Center that became the largest diving center in the history of the diving. He was in charge of 75 full time instructors and 5 full time course directors and each year the dive center certified over 10.000 divers. During these years he received many awards for exceeding contributions to the diving industry. He have certified over 5000 divers including 2000 Instructors. In 2010 Jonas needed a new challenge and bought a technical diving center in Dahab which he created into a college for technical diving. Jonas became the Brand Ambassador and technical advisor for brands like Hollis (American Underwater Products), OceanReef and Fourth Element. His maximum depth is 185 meter and he done over 50 dives deeper than 120 meters. Jonas is a technical instructor trainer up to Advanced Trimix Level in multiple organizations. Jonas is trained on numerous CCRs like the Inspiration, Evolution, PrismII, Draeger, Explorer. Jonas wrote the Trimix Master Class, Advanced Wreck, Technical Rescue and different Cave Diving Programs. Jonas participated in the video production of numerous commercials and TV Series. In August 2013 Jonas was the dive leader for a memorial dive on Alexander Hamilton which is a US Coast Guard Cutter that sank outside Iceland at 95 meters. The team was assigned by the families to attach a plaque to honor the 28 men that died on the ship. Jonas is going to focus on new expeditions and to expansion of TBI into new areas and to do what he loves most… deep mixed gas diving in areas no one else dives. Jonas once again broke new grounds when he taught the first TecRec program in India during November 2014. Jonas is currently working as Regional Manager for PADI EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) assisting dive shops with business development and training related issues.

Aron Arngrimsson

Aron Arngrimsson

Aron Daníel Arngrímsson

Originally from Iceland , Aron began his diving career in 2002. Since then he has traveled extensively and undergone dive training in a wide variety of world class locations. Aron is a PADI Trimix instructor, Sidemount and TDI Advanced Gas Blender Instructor with specialty in deep underwater videography where he trains industry professionals to film at depths up to 100m. Aron was the videographer, expedition diver for Expedition Iceland – Project Hamilton in June 2011. The team managed to beat the Icelandic depth record twice in two weeks, discover a previously unknown hot spring system at 70 meters and be the first team to dive the US Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton since it sank 30 miles outside Reykjavik 70 years ago. Aron also is a support divers for record breaking dives, regularly being deep support at depths between 70-120m. Aron also have commercial diving experience working in Scotland, where he spent 2 years in commercial diving. Aron is going to focus on teaching Hollis Explorer during 2014.

Erik Brown

Erik Brown

Erik Brown

Erik started diving 10 years ago to escape the cold winter of Canada.  Spending the majority of the time bouncing around SE Asia he landed in Thailand working as a professional videographer.

Erik is a TDI Instructor Trainer with specialty in CCR including the PRISM II and Sidemount Diving. Erik is partner of Team Blue Immersion and focuses on technical instructor programs in Dahab, Egypt and exploring new deep sites and wrecks around the world. Erik is specializing teaching PRISM II during 2014.

 

Greg DeSatnick

Greg DeSatnick

Greg DeSatnick

Greg started diving at the age of 10 and has dived continuously ever since. Originally gaining his Open Water certification through NAUI he is now a PADI Staff Instructor and TecRec and TDI Trimix Instructor also. Joining Team Blue Immersion in 2013 following a diving career across multiple dive centres in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Dominican Republic and Utila, Honduras where he managed the successful Alton’s dive centre. Greg’s father was a North Atlantic wreck diver and became his diving mentor and inspiration for his technical passion. Now a partner of TBI, Greg focuses on sidemount diving instruction and optimising its configuration as well as deep exploration of some of the less-visited sites in Dahab.

 

Adam Miller

Adam Miller

Adam Miller

Adam’s love for diving began 10 years ago in the Canary islands and has since evolved through diving and teaching in Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Indonesia, Thailand, the Maldives and now Egypt. Replacing a former career as a Software Engineer, he is now a technical trimix instructor in backmount and sidemount configurations, Hollis Explorer and Prism2 rebreather diver and the Operational Manager of Team Blue Immersion in Dahab.

Diving has become an obsession that continues to redefine his life. He loves currents, big fish, wrecks and caves and anything with a hint of exploration to it. Dahab fulfils that desire with the lure of the deep and its crystal clear, breath-taking underwater topography. You can read more about Adam’s thoughts on diving in Dahab in his blog entry here

 

Akim Adhari

Akim Adhari

Akim Adhari

the founder of Blue Immersion Freediving and the brand Blue Immersion. Akim is one of the leaders within Freediving community today and teach both SSI and AIDA. Akim is one of the first Instructor Trainers in the SSI Freediving System and hold a record of 103 meter constant weight. Akim is the owner and operator of Blue Immersion Freediving, based on Koh Tao, Thailand. During 2014 Akim is sailing around the world and teaching freediving. 

 

 

 

Chris Haslam

Chris Haslam

Chris Haslam

Chris Haslam’s passion and dedication to the undersea world has taken him from his home in Australia to some of the most amazing diving destinations on the planet among them; Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mexico, Honduras, Malta, England, Portugal, Egypt and Sweden where he’s worked as a diving supervisor, instructor trainer, instructor, lecturer and guide. Chris was certified as an SSI Instructor Trainer when he was 27 and has certified over 2000 students at various levels both technical and recreational, including teaching the first SSI Instructor Course in Vietnam. He is also a PADI Staff instructor and a TDI/SDI instructor and teaches advanced trimix/decompression diving in both back-mount and sidemount styles. Chris is an Instructor Trainer for Respond Right First Aid Courses, and has co-taught various marine biology programs to entry-level university students in Belize and Bahamas based on his strong interest in undersea life and conservation. He has also been involved with a number of worldwide marine conservation projects to help protect the environment that he so cherishes. Chris has conducted dives to 177m in addition to sidemount dives to 135m. Chris loves to explore, whether it is cold or warm water, deep or shallow, mines, caves, wrecks or tropical reefs. It is all of interest to him. In 2013, Chris participated in a heartfelt expedition to the WWII wreck of the US Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton, which was sunk by a VII Class German Submarine off the coast of Iceland, where he and fellow teammates placed a memorial plaque on the wreck in memory of the fallen sailors. Chris is a team member of Team Blue Immersion and is the managing director of Team Blue Immersion Sweden. He has also co-written two distinctive technical specialty courses with Team Blue Immersion leader Jonas Samuelsson, Advanced Wreck and TBI Trimix Masterclass. Chris believes that the diving industry is going through positive changes as a result of the development new technologies and expanded diving options and is grateful to be a part of it. His hope for the future is to continue to expose others to the undersea world that he loves through his work in education and exploration and helping individuals to become safer technical divers. Chris is currently sponsored by Ocean Reef and Hollis.He is currently looking at the opportunity to start up a TBI in the Australasia region.

 

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Ola Nielsen

Ola started his diving career some 10 years ago while travelling South East Asia. Being dive educator since 2005 he has worked and dived in countries like Vietnam, Sweden, Thailand and Greece logging some 2000 dives. Credentials includes but are not limited to liveaboard guiding, instructor development, technical dive instruction and dive center management. The array of dives includes deep multigas diving, wreck diving, ice diving and mine diving. Today teaching for Global Underwater Explorers, focus is set on teaching refined diving techniques. Ola is very passionate about building stable fundaments for more advanced diving to come and fostering sound and wise divers. Ola is going to teach GUE Fundamentals at TBI during 2014.

 

Jonathan Milnes

Jonathan Milnes

Jonathan Milnes

Underwater photographer and technical diver. Jonathan is one of the most respected underwater photographer today. He won many prices for his underwater shots and is a vital member for our expeditions and more so the team can capture the amazing dives and project being conducted for a larger group. Jonathan is based in Thailand 6 months of the year and Sinai 6 months of the year. Jonathan is our choice of still photographer during diving expedition around the world. 

 
 
 
 

Gal Avital, Dahab

Gal Avital

Gal is a PADI Staff Instructor, TDI Cave Diver and Advanced Trimix Instructor and one of the most qualified female technical divers around the world today. She is certified in both backmount and sidemount and have a maximum diving depth of 135 meters. She has a vast experience teaching technical diving around the world. Gal was manager for Ban’s Diving IL on Koh Tao during a time where she also frequently explored cave systems around Thailand. Gal is completed her Law Degree in 2014 and work as TBIs legal representative in addition to being a part of the technical instructor and exploration team.

 

Katy Fraser

Katy Fraser

Katy Fraser

Katy is a PADI instructor and started diving 6 years ago. In 2011 she started working as a professional underwater videographer in Thailand where she discovered her love for underwater film. Since she has joined Team Blue Immersion where she completed her technical training in both sidemount and backmount. Katy is now acting as a videographer/editor within the team in which she has both filmed and produced commercials for Hollis and Ocean Reef. She hopes to go on to apply her videography to the more exploratory and expedition side of technical diving. Kate is going to focus on filming and editing for TBI during 2014.

 

Salahedin Sobhi

Salahedin Sobhi

Salahedin Sobhi

Salahedin Sobhi, originally from Mansoura in Egypt, began his career in the diving industry when he moved to Dahab in 1998. Today Salah is one of the world’s premier technical diving gas blenders, blending for industry greats Tom Steiner, Pascal Bernabé and since its inception, Team Blue Immersion. Also a dedicated father and avid wrestling fan, Salah is an integral part of the diving operation in Dahab. Other than being an Advanced Trimix Gas Blender charged with his panel boards and beloved Haskel booster, Salah is also a certified Apeks service technician and PADI Rescue Diver. When asked his life motto he simply replied “never give up!”.

 

Robert Stepien

Robert Stepien

Robert Stepien

Rob is originally from Poland and is a PADI, TecRec, SSI and TDI Instructor. Rob has always been active in extreme sports of one sort or another. His life long dream of scuba diving finally came true in 2004 and since then did more than 1,500 dives using backmount, sidemount, CCR and Ocean Reef IDM configuration, with a maximum diving depth of 111 meters. In 2010 Rob starting his technical diving career with TBI. Becoming instantly hooked Rob deciding to build a career around it. Robs experience of diving in many different environment during the last 10 years made him the  resourceful, determined and energetic technical diver he is today. Robs future plans is to  continue to push himself in the diving world with deep, caves, wreck dives projects, whilst growing and developing his professional dive path. During 2014 Rob is going to continue teaching for TBI with specialization in Tec and Rec CCRs.

 

Jacek Lubowiecki

Jacek - TBI - PolandJacek has been dreaming about diving since his childhood. He remember when he was taking a bath and imaging hiimself to be a member of Capitan Nemo team. The love for J. Custou’s movies made and impact as well to his career choice. Jacek started to dive in 1975 with Russian scuba apparatus, which he bought from his dear savings. He tried technical diving at first time when he was living in Thailand.. It was during that time when he discovered the beauty of cave diving.as well as the excitement of deep diving. Jacek did his first rebreather course in 1999 in Singapore. After returning to Poland in 2000 he started to cooperate with SSI. He was lucky to have great teachers like Fulvia Lami, Umberto and Germano Peploli. Thanks to them Jacek became a Certified Instructor. When teaching recreational diving Jacek always making efforts into developing his own skills in technical diving. That is why he started to cooperate with IANTD CE. Jacek feel in love with deep, cave and wreck diving. He is now working closely with Dive Rite and Shearwater. Jacek have been diving on rebreathers for years now. At the moment he using CCR Optima, Buddy Inspiration Classic and Vision. Recently he started to use Prism 2 and Hollis as well. As a diver Jacek spent several thousand hours under water. His deepest dive was below 160m on CCR Optima and he dived deeper that 100 meters many times. Today Jacek is an IANTD IT in areas like CCR, backmount, sidemount and public safety diving. As Jacek said himself “We cannot stop learning if we want to be masters of our trade”.