Meet The Team

Zanzibar diving staff

We are proud to have an amazing dream team of professionals. We love every one of them and our shop would not be the same without them! These are the people who make Spanish Dancer a great place to be.

Diving Manager David


PADI Instructor / INTD Tech Instructor / Manager
Nationality: Israeli
Speaks: Hebrew / English / Spanish / Swahili
David has been teaching diving since 2003. He co-manages the dive centre together with Shee. Happy team and happy customers is his number one goal. New gear, new boat or just improvements, he will always find something to invest in. As well, David is our webmaster. You might find him busy at all times but he manages to take 4 month vacation a year to travel the world.

Dive Manager Shee


PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Manager
Nationality: Kenyan
Speaks: Swahili / English / French / German / Spanish
Shee is our other co-manager at Spanish Dancer. He has been an Instructor since 2002. This great guy started as a freelance Instructor at our shop, and quickly moved up to be a manager and part owner. You will usually find him at the reception, always with a huge smile on his face, and he will put one on yours with one of his numerous cheesy jokes!

Dive Instractor Roberto

Roberto (Richardo)

PADI Instructor / SSI Instructor
Nationality: Spanish
Speaks: Spanish / Basque / English
Roberto has been teaching diving since 2012. He always has a smile on his face and a joke ready for you. If you ask him, he will insist that he doesn’t care about the money, he does his job just because he loves it!! Roberto is passionate about underwater photography and video and you will often find him on our boat on his day off filming an underwater video.

Dive Instructor Tanya


PADI Instructor
Nationality: Belarusian / USA
Speaks: Russian / English
Tanya is an Ex Wall Street analyst who came to Zanzibar on vacation and never went back. She left behind a prestige job with a great salary and decided to follow her dreams instead. Tanya walked in to Spanish Dancer to do her Open Water Course in February 2016 and never stopped diving since. In November 2016 she became a PADI Instructor. Tanya loves diving, teaching and Zanzibar. She was our first Master Baby Diver 🙂 Tanya grew up with us and became one of the best Instructors we ever had.

Dive Instructor Paul


PADI Instructor / NAUI Instructor
Nationality: South African
Speaks: Africans / Dutch / English
Paul has been an Instructor since 2004. This smart guy was working in finance but decided to leave his good salary behind and follow his dream. He loves talking, playing and laughing. Paul has a wide knowledge of our underwater environment and you can always find him on the boat talking about the different fish you can see and their unique behavior. You will definitely won’t get bored on the boat if Paul is around.

Dive Instructor Myrtille

Myrtille (BlueBerry)

PADI Instructor
Nationality: French
Speaks: French / English
Blueberry was a tour leader all around the world and became a PADI dive instructor in 2011. Because her real name is hard to pronounce, we gave her the nickname of Blueberry. Myrtille is going to surprise you with her energy. Attentive to the needs of others, the customer satisfaction is her priority, in the same way as safety.

Dive Master Mwachala

Mohammed (Mwachala)

PADI Divemaster
Nationality: Tanzanian
Speaks: Swahili / Spanish / English
Mohammed has been working with Spanish Dancer since 2007 and became a Divemaster in 2013. He loves diving and is officially the slowest moving Divemaster we ever had (underwater that is). Perfect for any of you underwater photography enthusiasts. If there is any special creature in the area, Mohamed will be the first one to find it.

Dive Master Tsuma


PADI Divemaster
Nationality: Kenyan
Speaks: Swahili / English
Tsuma has been working as Divemaster since 2012 guiding divers around Zanzibar and Kenya. We originally contracted Tsuma as a boat captain. Showing his immense passion for diving and being the first one to jump in the water when needed, he left us no choice but changing his job description to Divemaster 🙂

Dive Boat captain Idi


Captain (Explorer) and Rescue diver
Nationality: Tanzanian
Speaks. Swahili / English
They say Captain Idi was born underwater. He can find almost anything in the ocean if you ask him nicely. He’s been a captain for over 30 years and knows every reef in North Zanzibar. He has been with us since 2008. Idi loves his boat Explorer and calls it his 3rd wife 🙂 He will always make sure of your safe return and provide the most comfortable journey possible. If you sing him a song (in any language), he will be singing it right back at you in no time at all.


Captain (Kidude / Mazoweya)
Nationality: Tanzanian
Speaks: Swahili / English
Captain Haji has a natural GPS and can drop you at point on any reef regardless of the weather. And it’s a promise that he will take you to and from the dive sites as safely and as comfortably as possible. Haji has a great knowledge of the tides, sea conditions and dive sites, he is the first one we consult with if we are not sure about the dive plans. Haji has been with Spanish Dancer ever since the beginning.

Captain Juma


Captain (Explorer)
Nationality: Tanzanian
Speaks. Swahili / Italian / English
Captain Juma has been a captain for over 15 years and knows every reef in North Zanzibar. He loves music and sings easily. He always makes sure everything is going nicely and takes security as a priority. He is a little shy but if you start joking with him, he is the first one to laugh.

Dive crew Ali


Boat Crew / Compressor Operator / Advanced diver
Nationality: Tanzanian
Speaks: Swahili / English
Ali has been working for Spanish Dancers almost since the beginning. He has a natural smile and it’s almost impossible to get on his bad side. The clean pure air you breath at Spanish Dancer is due to his hard work and dedication.

Dive crew Bilali


Boat Crew / Maintenance
Nationality: Tanzanian
Speaks: Swahili / English
Bilali is one of the most smiling persons in the dive center. He loves joking, playing and he is always happy to speak with customers and provide them with the best service possible. A very motivated young man and you will always find him fixing something at the dive center if he is not on the boat. Bilali recently discovered diving and he loves it. He is looking forward to get some certifications.

Dive crew Simai


Boat Crew / Compressor Operator
Nationality: Tanzanian
Speaks: Swahili
Simai has been with Spanish Dancer ever since the beginning. He is another dedicated member of the compressor team. You will also find him on the boat and although he doesn’t say too much he will make sure your tank is changed before you even notice.

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