COME MEET THE TEAM!
THE CALYPSO TEAM
We believe great companies thrive on great staff members, and we are proud to have a team of highly experienced diving instructors from many different European countries. Most of our friendly and cheerful team members are multi-lingual and may even speak your language, plus all of them are very enthusiastic about diving.
When George decided to give up his "proper" job in 1985 and came up with the idea to open a diving centre, many locals called him crazy. He proved them wrong.
With his ingenuity and commitment he made Calypso Diving Centre a success story.
"Papa George” is always approachable for any matters our guests or the team may have, and even though he has been living with his family in Switzerland for a few years now, he will always remain the core of the dive centre.
Languages: Maltese, English, Italian, basic Swiss German
Founder & former Director
When George decided to give up his "proper" job in 1985 and came up with the idea to open a diving centre, many locals called him crazy. He proved them wrong.With his ingenuity and commitment he made Calypso Diving Centre a success story."Papa George” is always approachable for any matters our guests or the team may have, and even though he has been living with his family in Switzerland for a few years now, he will always remain the core of the dive centre.Languages: Maltese, English, Italian, basic Swiss German
Tom (yes, another one!) started his diving life off the island of Menorca at the age of seven. A cylinder, regulator, weights, ABC, that's all you needed to scuba at this time.
After a business life in Germany and thousands of dives worldwide later, he turned his passion into a profession. First as a diving instructor, later as a dive centre manager in various countries. But all the years Tom’s goal remained to have his own small, charming dive centre one day.
Now he has found it! By a lucky coincidence and a very friendly acquaintance with “Papa George”, the founder of Calypso, the dive centre has confidently been handed over into Tom's hands on 1 January 2022.
You can now meet our “new” Tom here most of the time whilst George will still be with us every now and then.
Languages: Kölsch, German, English
When George decided to give up his "proper" job in 1985 and came up with the idea to open a diving centre, many locals called him crazy. He proved them wrong.With his ingenuity and commitment he made Calypso Diving Centre a success story."Papa George” now lives in Switzerland, but will stay approachable for any matters our guests or the team may have. He will forever keep a very special place here at Calypso.
Languages: Maltese, English, Italian, basic Swiss German
Dive Shop Manager
If you e-mail, call or visit Calypso Diving Centre, chances are high you’ll meet Tanja, one part of the dive centre's management.
Through her passion for traveling her path crossed scuba diving, and she has been working full-time in the diving industry since 1997, teaching diving in many different places around the world.
Together with her partner Tom she moved to Gozo in 2007, and now runs the customer care and administrative side of the dive centre mainly.
Languages: German, English, basic French
Director of Diving
Tom is our Director of Diving and the other part of the management. He is the man who looks after everything "outside" the office - the dive guests, instructors, the compressor, the boat and trucks, and the dive gear.
Tom started diving 1997 in Germany, and has worked in many different countries as a diving instructor since, with thousands of dives under his belt.
Languages: East German, West German & English ;)
Shop Assistant & PADI Dive Instructor
Jen has joined us in summer 2022 and has quickly settled in with Calypso. With her warm and kind manner she takes great care of our dive guest's needs, whether they want to buy a new mask or need some help with choosing the right diving course.
Jen made her first introductory dive at the age of eight and fell so deeply in love with the underwater world that she later studied marine biology and became a research diver.
She has been living in Gozo since 2018 and possibly loves dogs even more than fishes!
Languages: English, Spanish & Scottish
Compressor Room Consultant
Joey, a true Gozitan, has been with Calypso for decades and is the "Master of the Pumps". He is a skilled gas blender and looks after everything in the compressor room: filling and maintenance of cylinders, compressors and the Nitrox membrane. He also takes care of our unaccompanied divers when they come for their air and Nitrox fills.
Languages: Maltese, English & Italian
When Maren came to Gozo for the first time in summer 2017 as a dive guest, she instantly fell in love with the island. Working the winter seasons with our Quality Divers partner Sea Bees, the idea was born to spend summers here in Gozo as part of the Calypso Dive team. Maren is a passionate diver, SSI and NRC Instructor, and looks forward to sharing this passion with you!
Languages: German, English, Italian, Mandarin
PADI Dive Instructor
Iwona's passion for diving was awakened in the cold, dark waters of Poland. She continued her diving adventure in different diving destinations and fell in love with Gozo when visiting in 2018.
In 2022, she fulfilled a dream by becoming a scuba instructor and is now working her first season abroad. Iwona goes in with a lot of curiosity and energy and especially her patience and positive, calm nature make her popular with our beginners.
Languages: English & Polish
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer & NRC Instructor Trainer
Our "newcomer" Andy is an old hand in the diving business. He has already worked in many different countries such as Egypt, Maldives, Thailand, and the Philippines as a dive instructor and base leader. He has also spent a few diving seasons in Malta from 2012-2015.
After living in Turkey for a few years now without diving, he is drawn back underwater and spends the summer and fall seasons with us. Our sunny islands just have that magical attraction!
Andy especially enjoys diving on our wrecks and in the many caverns & caves.
Languages: English & German
SSI & PADI Instructor & NRC Nitrox Instructor
After several diving holidays in Malta, Katja decided in 2020 to turn her great passion into a profession and became a Divemaster. Meanwhile she is a dive instructor and is especially looking forward to sharing her love of diving with you.
Her motto is: "Do what you love and love what you do!"
Languages: German & English
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Josette is a true Gozitan and has been working on and off for Calypso already since 1999!
She actually works in a different sector, but helps out at the dive centre whenever she is free.
Josette has been a mermaid in her former life, and being underwater is natural to her since child hood. Our guests love her for her kind and professional attitude, good sense of humour and knowledge of the island both under- and above water.
What Josette really enjoys most about being a dive instructor and guide is to open a new world of possibilities to people, and to help achieve confidence and trust in their abilities.
Languages: English, Maltese & Italian
SSI & PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Asbjørn from Norway bring a fresh Nordic wind into the Calypso team. In the picture you can see him next to his twin sister Malfrid.
After many years as a loyal repeater guests they love to spend part of the summer on our sunny and warm islands (…and water!). Asbjorn has been helping out for the past years during our peak season.
Languages: Norwegian, English, Swedish
Tabasco is the most faithful team member and looks well after the shop.
Having been a stray dog before Tom & Tanja adopted him, he still is a bit shy, but with some kind words he often is available for a cuddle.
Even if half Labrador he probably is the only hydrophobic member of our team! :)
Languages: German, English & Maltese ;)
Visit Calypso Diving Centre and meet our staff members in person. We are looking forward to exploring Gozo's beautiful underwater world together with you!