It is with great pleasure that we announce the graduation of a new PADI DiveMaster.
Lukeno (Luke) Alkatiri was certified by PADI IDC Staff Instructor Alexandra Booth at FreeFlow Diving on August 24th 2010. We believe that Luke is the first East-Timorese PADI professional diver, a significant milestone for a country that is looking to responsible dive tourism to aid its future prosperity.
After a lot of hard work and quite a few laughs Luke, amongst other things, is now qualified to lead guided dives, assist PADI Instructors on various courses and conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving Experience. A PADI DiveMaster is also a qualified Rescue Diver and Emergency First Responder.
It was a joy to work with Luke during his course as he showed great enthusiasm, a terrific sense of humour (he had no choice there) and total professionalism. We would also like to thank Marcus Culley for his invaluable assistance during Luke’s training.
Going over a few last details.
A very early dawn dive.
Left to right: Robeiro, Open Water trainee; Luke, PADI DiveMaster; Nelson, Rescue Diver trainee; Luis, Open Water trainee.
Luke on his first wreck dive.
A real cool underwater dude.
New PADI DiveMaster Luke Alkatiri and PADI IDC Staff Instructor Alexandra (Lara Croft) Booth