Meet the Team
Lanta Diver are very proud of the hardworking staff we employ. All of the team have been on the island for over 5 years now, so we have a good understanding of the local community as well as the diving here! Lanta Diver was originally set up by Swedish partners Ulf, Maj-Britt and Thomas who successfully ran the company for 18 years. In 2017 they decided to move on to new pastures and sold the business to Swedish couple Raymond and Kristin Hellmark. We all look forward to exciting times ahead with new owners at the helm. This ensures that you have the best day out we can give you. All of our staff are experienced in the diving industry, having dived many places around the globe. Our staff come back year after year to guide and teach in some of Thailand’s best diving spots. Meet the talented, motivated and passionate faces behind Lanta Diver!
Raymond – Owner / PADI Instructor
In the year 2000 Raymond completed his PADI Open Water course in Phuket. There wasn´t much diving done after that due to family commitments and work. In 2014 the whole family took some time out and visited Koh Lanta and started diving again. He then fulfilled his Dive master course with Lanta Diver and joined their dive staff team for the rest of the season. Once back in Sweden he worked at a Swedish dive center named Alpin & Dyksport. The same place where he also became an instructor.
In 2017 Raymond and his whole family decided to move to Koh Lanta and to run Lanta Diver. The big step is a lifelong dream for the family. Raymond left a job as Business Development Director at a Company called Flygbussarna. During his time in Sweden his job entailed being Sales Manager, Marketing Manager and IS/IT Manager which will come in useful when running Lanta Diver. As the new owner of Lanta Diver he is looking forward to upholding the great reputation of Lanta Diver, whilst installing his own take on how the business can be run. He looks forward to be a part of the local life on Koh Lanta. Not only a part of the diving industry but also be a part of making Koh Lanta more environmental care taking.
Raymond can be found either in the shop or on the boats teaching or guiding and sharing his passion for the diving around Koh Lanta.
Kristin – Owner
Kristin, one of the owners of Lanta diver, completed her Open water course in Stockholm, Sweden in the year 2003 and her advanced course here on Koh Lanta 2013. Her first visit to Lanta was in 2001 and she has been on vacations with the family since 2005. Kristin comes from Stockholm, Sweden and is married to Raymond. Together they have three kids Nora (14), and the twins Kerstin and Dennis (11). Also part of the family is Mr Charlie the dog and their three cats Thaow, Nisse and Junior. Kristin has traveled a lot and loves South east asia, especially Thailand, and big cities!
Kristin loves the beach, the ocean and meeting new people! She has been working as a social worker and a cognitive behavior therapist for 18 years. Thrilled to be able to combine two passions; diving and working with people, she hopes that her experience of helping people with both emotional, practical and life changing issues will be an asset both to staff and costumers. Her diving has been standing back a little lately but she can not wait to get into the water again!
Kristin can be found in the shop and occasionally on one of our boats.
Raymond and Kristin have been living on Koh Lanta for the past three years and know Lanta Diver very well. Kristin has been involved with many community based projects on the island since they arrived. In year 2017 they sold everything in Sweden and moved full time to Koh Lanta.
Raymond and Kristin have great experience in the hospitality and service industry and Raymond has been a PADI Instructor for over three years now. Diving is their passion which they hope to share with you.
Julie – Shop Manager / PADI instructor
Julie has been diving since 2003 and living full time on Lanta since 2005. Her first introduction to diving was completing the Open water course with Lanta Diver and she then returned to work for them as a Divemaster in 2004. She became an instructor in 2005 and has not looked back since. Julie lived in London and worked as a lawyer for 12 years until in 2002 she decided to take a year off to travel.Traveling throughout Asia, India and Australia she by chance stumbled across Koh Lanta in 2002.
A two week stay on a Thai beach for Christmas turned into a life changing event. Her 10 years working as an Instructor gave her the challenge of teaching students to dive and the reward of introducing them to the underwater world for the first time. A natural progression was to eventually run the Divemaster trainee courses for Lanta Diver and to have the honour of having trained many past and present staff. Not so much in the water now, but you can find her most days in our main shop making sure everything runs smoothly for the many customers we have diving with us year round. When she does have time to get back in the water the fun and excitement is still there even after all these years!
Stephi – Shop Assistant / PADI instructor
Stephi has been living on Koh Lanta since 2013 working in the diving industry. Since 2016 she has become part of the Lanta Diver Team. Her parents introduced her to diving in her childhood, and she decided to become a Dive professional about five years ago.
Stephi is now a main part of the Office staff here at Lanta Diver. With her father being Swedish and her mother being German, she is able to help you with Diving or Snorkeling questions in English, German or Swedish. Stephi grew up in the north part of Germany. After leaving her job as an occupational Therapist, she decided to explore Asia. Stephi made her passion to the underwater world to her life and enjoys introducing her students to the beauty of Koh Lanta Marine life. She is happily married to Pan and they have two dogs that love walkies. They are currently building a new home on Koh Lanta for the family.
Also with her German roots she is sure everything around her is well organized!
Bow – Shop Assistant / PADI instructor
Bow is one of our staff who has worked the longest with us and has been around since 2002. She left her jobs as a computer programmer/system analyst in Bangkok and came to Koh Lanta as she had enough of the big city life. As most people she came to Koh Lanta for short holiday, but she managed to find herself a job as a resort manager! However, after two weeks she realized that it was not what she wanted to do.
Bow decided to do a diving course before she left Koh Lanta. She took her Open Water Course taught by her friend who was working for Lanta Diver at the time. Her friend then approached Bow to offer her a job as we always want Thai staff to join our team. This was even before Bow finished her Open water course! Bow managed to complete the Open Water course up to dive master course and join our team as a dive guide and also helping us in the office. Bow then went on to complete her PADI instructor course in 2006. Although these days Bow does not do much guiding and teaching, but you can find her in our main office in Saladan town or in the ocean which she loves.
Victoria – Shop Assistant
Victoria came on holiday to Koh Lanta in 2008 & 2009 and loved the island so much she quit the corporate world in London for a more fulfilling life and now spends half her time between Lanta and the UK.
Victoria wasn’t a natural sea dweller and actually had a fear of what lay beneath, always choosing to stay above the ocean either sailing, windsurfing or paddleboarding. When she came to Lanta she was encouraged by friends to go on a few snorkel trips to Koh Rok & The 4 Islands and became curious of the marine world. She finally plucked up the courage to try a Discover Scuba Dive with Lanta Diver. She loved the dive and what she saw so much she went on to do her Open Water course followed by her Advanced Course the following year.
Victoria joined the team at Lanta Diver in 2012 bringing with her organizational and customer service skills, she can be found in the shop most days but occasionally on a day off she likes to join a group on the boat for a day out diving.
Nick – Professional Underwater Photographer
Nick has been diving since 2008 and has now been living on Lanta for the past 7 years. Now a professional underwater photographer for Lanta Diver, Nick has worked as an Instructor for many years. Nick has a real passion for photography, both above water and below. After leaving a corporate career in 2008 he began traveling around the world for two years but now resides in South East Asia working as an underwater photographer.
Having grown up in Hull he now lives in Koh Lanta, since making the decision to leave the UK. He has crossed many continents, visited a number of places and dived many oceans. As well as exploring the underwater world he has enjoyed his time exploring new countries, cultures and meeting new people from many backgrounds.
Before Photography Nick worked as an instructor for many years teaching PADI courses. He has a real passion for sharing his knowledge and experience with his students and jointly with his photographic skills. Nick has provided an experience of a lifetime with memories to last. This year Nick is running bespoke Underwater Photography Courses with Lanta Diver. Please see more here.
You can find Nick and Fabrice on one of the Lanta Diver boats everyday taking stunning pictures of divers and snorkelers capturing the days events. Photos are available to purchase on the way home.
Fabrice – Professional Underwater Photographer
He rediscovered diving in 1999, in Thailand. His first experience underwater was in his teens in the cold water of Brittany in France. Since then there was no turning back. His passion for diving and the underwater world led him to become an instructor. Over the years he has introduced hundreds of people to the wonders of the sea.
Underwater photography was a main hobby from the beginning until it became a full time job here in Koh Lanta with Lanta Diver. Fabrice has lived on Koh Lanta for 10 years now. As an avid diver he has traveled and explored reefs in Indonesia (his favorite), Malaysia, Australia and Japan. Fabrice loves to share his passion for the underwater world and nature conservation, through teaching people how to dive and sharing his photos. Everyday on Lanta Diver boats you can bring home some unique memories of your dive day. Either Fabrice or Nick will offer you to purchase some high quality photos of you and the reef creatures you’ve seen while diving in Koh Lanta.
Our boat crew have been with us for over 15 years now. They have over 15 years of experience on the waters of the Andaman sea. They all share the history as well as their love of the ocean, and particularly the beautiful Andaman Ocean they are all keen for you to love and spend time in. Our boats are run by our Captains – Sin (Lanta Diver 1), Pong (Pongkrit) and Ye (Lanta Diver 2).