Meet the Dive Team

Our team has knowledge gathered from over the years of both local and international diving.

Alvaro Valero

Favourite Fish: Nurse Shark (funny barbels, harmless – but huge!)
Favourite Dive Site around Petit St. Vincent: Punaise – North Reef
Qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diving Trainer, EFR Instructor and Master of Yachts Offshore

I started my underwater adventure in the Canary Islands, 8+ years ago. I was an enthusiastic fun diver while working as an electrical engineer in Spain and a worldwide traveller who have visited underwater sites all around the blue planet.

Such was the desire to dive constantly that I quit my job and became a dive instructor, and I’m relieved to say that the career change was the right choice. I really love teaching people how to dive, and seeing their eyes light up as they start to discover the underwater realm here around the Grenadines. Besides my passion for scuba diving, I also enjoy playing paddle tennis.

We look forward to welcoming you to Petit St. Vincent & our Jean-Michel Cousteau Caribbean Diving Centre and having the opportunity to share our passion, excitement and enthusiasm of the underwater world with you.

Cristina Montoya

Favourite Fish: Yellow Baby Box Fish (it is soooo cute!)
Favourite Dive Site around Petit St. Vincent: Mayreau Garden’s South Wall
Qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diving Trainer and EFR Instructor

I started diving in Spain when I was 16 years old. I definitely fell in love but it was not until many years later when I became scuba instructor, when I was sure that my passion is to teach and show how wonderful the underwater world is.

I used to be a computer engineer but I left that life when I realized that I love to be close to the ocean, the beach, the tropical weather and the most important: I preferred to be underwater.

Glad to be part of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Caribbean Dive Team, I look forward to sharing with you my passion.

Jonathan

Favourite Fish: Big Sharks!
Favourite Dive Site around Petit St. Vincent: Mayreau Island’s Salt Whistle Bay

I am Cuban by birth but have been living in St Vincent and the Grenadines since 2015 and working in Petit St. Vincent Island since 2019.

I’m part of the boat crew, with years of experience handling both sailboats (Cat & Monohull) and motorboats. I look after our divers both in and out of the water, however am currently studying the PADI Rescue diver course and hope to become a Dive Master soon.  When not diving I’ll be kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, always on the water.

Gildon (Jay)

Favourite Fish: Pink Seahorse
Favourite Dive Site around Petit St. Vincent: Salt Whistle Bay (Mayreau Island)

My name is Gildon, you can call me Jay. I am from the lovely fishing town called Barrouallie which is located in St. Vincent. I enjoy meeting and interacting with other people. 

I am a captain with lots of experiences in and around St. Vincent and the Grenadines and with a great attitude and spirit towards our guests and workmates. Looking forward to having you onboard!