Dive centre rebrands

Gabriel Crouzillat and Alike Schroeder. Picture: DIVING ADVENTURES

GABRIEL Crouzillat and Alike Schroeder are the couple behind the recently rebranded dive Centre of Coral Coast Divers (formerly Dive Crusoe’s) are both veteran divers, with more than 25 year’s diving experience and over 20,000 dives under their belts between them.

They both hold the certification of Advanced and Gold Instructors from Scuba Schools International (SSI) and are PADI-qualified Master Scuba Diver Trainers which makes Coral Coast Divers’ a PADI-certified dive centre, allowing those who complete the dive courses on offer to become qualified divers, able to go diving anywhere in the world.

The couple say the rebranding of their company, timed with the recent revitalisation of Crusoe’s Retreat, made sense, as they operate all over the world-famous Coral Coast and were eager to allow as many visitors as possible to explore the exquisite underwater scenery Fiji offers.

“The company keeps on growing, with a team of professional and experienced instructors and Divemasters to cater all demands from tourist divers and locals alike,” said Gabriel.

“Open seven days a week, the two boats bring the guests out to explore the beautiful wonders of the Pacific Ocean on the local dive sites, to Beqa Lagoon, Yanuca and also to Vatulele.”

According to a media release from the resort, the team at Coral Coast Divers is composed of instructors from a wide variety of backgrounds, many of whom are Fijian locals who have been diving since childhood and are skilled in boating, underwater photography, and marine biology.

It said the pair were as versatile as they were experienced, with both being fluent in multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Both are lifelong lovers of the ocean and nature, and are active in such environmental causes as Animal Protection Worldwide and Ocean Awareness.

The pair says they were “looking forward to a new challenge” when they discovered Fiji and found a new opportunity at Crusoe’s Retreat.

“We were amazed by the healthy and pristine coral reefs just minutes away from the beach.”

The couple are developing their own Shark Dive with a method different from any other operators in Fiji which would be appropriate for more experienced divers looking for the thrill of a close encounter with the many different species of sharks that inhabit the waters of the Coral Coast.

According to Gabriel this experience is for experience divers only, with at least 30 logged dives under their belt.

“We go out off-shore, about three to five kilometres, where we hang a drum below the boat on a line fulfilled with ‘yummy’ fish-food. “The sharks are attracted by this smell.

“While waiting on board, divers receive a safety briefing given by our professional Dive Team. As soon as we see sharks from the surface we get into the water and stay below at a maximum of 15m depth in controlled buoyancy,” said Gabriel.

“Being away from shore, we have the chance to encounter Oceanic White Tip sharks, Bull sharks, Silver Tips, Silky sharks, Tigers, Hammerheads and so on… we never know in advance what we’ll find out there, which makes this trip a real exciting and thrilling adventure, where our guests encounter sharks very close in their natural environment!”

In addition to the experienced dive couple, shark expert Brandon Paige has also joined the team recently, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge about these extraordinary creatures to help make the unforgettable experience of diving with sharks both safe and thrilling!

So if you’re planning an unforgettable Fijian experience for your next holiday, book your stay at the idyllic Crusoe’s Retreat now, and pay Coral Coast Divers a visit during your stay for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of exploring the world beneath the waves!

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