Piotr Stós

Position: owner of the company & UW photographer

Diving certification: scuba diving instructor SSI, PADI and CMAS

Period of stay: (almost) whole season

 

Where am I from: Cracow, Poland

When did I start diving: it was in 1987, when I became a CMAS 1* diver after a training in the Polish lake – Siecino.

When did I start to work with Nautica: from the very beginning – 1997.

Where did I dive: in the Maldives, the Caribbean, Mauritius, Galapagos, Indonesia, Micronesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Egypt, Russia, Spain, Italy and Croatia.


Anna Gdowska

Position: diving center manager

Diving certification: Divemaster PADI

Period of stay: whole season

 

Where am I from: originally from Poznan, spent over 10 years in the north of Poland, lastly moved to Denmark…

When did I start diving: my dad wanted to start diving, but even more didn’t want to attend the classes alone. That’s how I became a LOK (kind of CMAS)  Junior Diver. And, OMG, it was 20 years ago!

When did I start to work with Nautica: I finished my PADI Divemaster training in 2005 and became an intern in Nautica Hvar Dive Center.

Where did I dive: first at the pool, then at the Polish lakes. In Croatia I dove around the islands of Pag, Hvar and Vis. And since I know that I do not enter water that is less than 16 degrees, I have dived in Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and the Galapagos.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: Nova Pošta (Vis island) and Glavna (Hvar island) – I love overhanging rocks with fluorescent yellow sponges. And Greben with millions of fishes. And Gaće with spectacular light in one of the caverns. And all the shallows with octopuses 🙂


Piotr Jasiński

Position: diving instructor

Diving certification: PADI staff instructor, CMAS, trainer of the Fire Brigade of Diving Rescue

Period of stay: June – August

 

Where am I from: Częstochowa, Bournemouth (still Europe)

When did I start diving: First time under water? The first films of Jacques-Yves Cousteau about underwater life we watched and dreamed to see it with their own eyes, as the kid’s first mask and fins from the parents and of course the first immersion with the buddies in the lakes. Then diving rescue, training and passion lasting until today. „Diving, we look deeper”

When did I start working with Nautica: in 2005

Where did I dive: Croatia, the Red Sea, Malta, the UK, the Czech Republic, the Baltic Sea and Poland

Beloved dive site in Croatia: every dive is a new adventure. Fish, play of lights, caves, walls, wrecks, gorgonians gardens. It’s all in Croatia. I have many places I do not even know which favors. I Just like to be under water.


Bart Romanow

Position: diving instructor

Diving certification: instructor (PADI-OWSI)

Period of stay: July 7th – end of August

 

Where am I from: Poznań, Poland

When did I start diving: long, long time ago, (about 20 years have passed) during holidays in Egypt – fundive on a random reef.

When did I start to work with Nautica: this is my first time 🙂 with Nautica.

Where did I dive: Cyprus – Ajia Napa and  Bali (Indonesia). Apart from this for fun this was Croatia, up north; tons of Egypt; our Baltic Sea; Portugal (south from Lisbon); Madeira.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: I have not seen all of these places yet, so let this be a secret for a while.


Franek Przeradzki

Position: diving instructor

Diving certification: Instructor SSI, NAUI, HSA

Period of stay: September

 

Where am I from: I come from Warsaw (the capital), but still manage to cope with those guys from Cracow (former Capital). We speak slightly different Polish, though it is mine that is correct 😉

When did I start diving: I wanted to scuba dive ever since I can recall. I’ve learned to snorkel before I could swim. After watching The Big Blue I’ve spent ages holding my breath in a bathtub. Luckily my mother is really patient. Made my first CMAS 1 Star in 2000, and my instructor license in 2007.

When did I start to work with Nautica: After doing my DM in Ireland, I worked my first full season in Nautica Hvar dive center in 2006. It was legendary.

Where did I dive: Starting in Polish lakes, I soon moved to Baltic sea. Then it was Australia, Adriatic, Ireland, Egypt, Florida, Caribbean’s, Philippines, Thailand. I still have a lust for new places, nevertheless diving in Adriatic and Baltic gives me sense of underwater fulfillment.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: D9. In the area where Vis bay meets the open sea, around 15m deep lies underwater plateau. It ends with a vertical drop to around 50 m. There, even though it doesn’t look anyhow interesting from the surface, you can experience true abundance of underwater life. Where does the name come from? I lost my dive computer there, and while looking for it (without luck), guess which model it was.


Piotr "Kudeł" Kudełko

Position: dive guide

Diving certification: DM PADI , DM HSA

Period of stay:

24.04-26.06 – Vis
27.06-07.09 – Hvar
8.09 – till the end – Vis

 

Where am I from: Zabierzów, a small village near Cracow.

When did I start diving: my father was throwing me into the water on his diving camps when I was a little kid and somehow I survived. First “legal” intro was in Egypt when I was 9 yr.

When did I start to work with Nautica: in 2014.

Where did I dive: Croatia, Egypt , Malta, Greece, Mexico, Poland.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: Hammock. But being serious, on Vis it will be B-24. American bomber from WWII. Front of the plane lays at 40 m. Tail part is at 50-53 m. The plane is very well-preserved and sometimes you may spot “king-pins” under the wings. Every time I go back to the ascent line I cry inside.

When it comes to Hvar island it would definitely be Travna – underwater mountain with plateau at 12 m, it goes to 50 m. All covered with corals, sponges and yellow gorgonias. The kingdom of macro life (snails,crabs etc.). If you are lucky, you may spot huge scorpion fish, congers, groupers or even rays and sea horses.


Bartosz Słaboń

Position: dive guide

Diving certification: Divemaster SSI

Period of stay: from the middle of June to the end of September

 

 

Where am I from: local patriotism makes me answer, that I’m from Modlnica near Kraków.

When did I start diving: after years of watching my dad dive and finally crossing the boundary of being 10 years old, I attended introductory course in some random diving center in one of touristic destinations. No matter not respecting any safety standards or the rules of common sense by the diving center, not only I survived, but I’m fine and diving became my passion.

When did I start to work with Nautica: year 2018 was the beginning of my adventure with internship and work in diving center.

Where did I dive: Sharm, Marsa, Malta, Cyprus, dive sites in Poland (such as Koparki, Zakrzówek, Płotki in Piła)… but it is Middle Adriatic, especially Vis and Hvar, that I love truly platonically; majority of my dives where commenced in waters surrounding those two islands.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: not that far west from the Pakleni otoci islands there is a rock spire sticking out of seabed, that raises depth of 13 metres below the surface. It is one of the best nature diving sites, that I’ve ever visited – forests of Violet gorgonias, huge moray eels, crabs, nereidas, nudibranch snails, shoals of minor fish attracted by plankton carried by strong currents… Everyone shall visit Campanella and embrace it’s beauty.


Ola Majchrzak

Position: dive guide

Diving certification: Divemaster SDI TDI

Period of stay: from the middle of August until the end of September

 

Where am I from: originally from Warsaw, lately more often from Cracow.

When did I start diving: from an early age on every family vacation I spent whole days in the water with mask&fins. Around 2006 my dad and my older brother (already certified divers) decided during our stay in Hvar that they want to stay a little longer under the water than it was possible with one breath. I was an inquisitive child and I begged my parents to let me try. I made my first intro dive at the age of 8 and started my adventure with diving, but also with Nautica 🙂

When did I start to work with Nautica: 2016 was my first year with Nautica on Vis.Where did I dive: in Poland, Croatia and Egypt.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: I’m not able to choose only one, but for sure it is spectacular Campanella, overgrown with purple gorgonias and the Teti wreck because it combines what I love to watch under water – wrecks and beautiful sea life. A huge number of octopuses, moray eels, congers, snails and various types of fish – is what to play with. Of course, I couldn’t forget about Greben – our underwater playground with many passages and tunnels between huge boulders lying on the bottom. The icing on the cake is a cave in very shallow waters.


Aleksander Kiryłów

Position: dive guide

Diving certification: Divemaster

Period of stay: July 20 – August 31

 

Where am I from: I am from Kraków 🙂

When did I start diving: about 10 years ago, my father – diver told me: The next day, you were going to go to Croatia, to dive. You would see, it’s fun. So I went as He said. And He was right, diving is so exciting!

When did I start to work with Nautica: it’s my first time.

Where did I dive: Croatia, Poland.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: wreck of the Junkers JU 87 Stuka bomber. This is a beautifully preserved wreck at a recreational depth, which – every time I am there – reveals something new for me.


Maciek Basiura

Position: equipment maintenance

Diving certification: CMAS: P2, SS1, PN1, PL1 // DAN: Oxygen First Aid // IANTD: EAN Gas Blender // UDT filling portable tanks of compressed gases (air) – cylinders (breathing apparatus), motorboat helmsman

Period of stay: July

 

Where am I from: Bystra Podhalańska (near Babia Góra).

When did I start diving: in 2004 I joined the AKP KRAB AGH to learn swimming. At the pool course I did the first dive. I had to get used to the fact that you can breathe under water (it was not as obvious to me as it might seem). Once I mastered underwater breathing, I was delighted by the underwater world.

When did I start to work with Nautica: this will be my first season. Earlier, when I was worked in the AKP KRAB AGH equipment warehouse, we cooperated with Nautica.

Where did I dive: Polish lakes and flooded quarries, Italy (Sicily, Elba), Croatia, Czech Republic.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: I do not have a one beloved dive site. In diving, I like the most the state of weightlessness, in which we are under water, it does not have to be deep dive. The most I like diving above a deepness or near walls with shoals of fish.


Magda Przyłucka

Position: intern with ambitions for Divemaster SSI

Diving certification: PADI Rescue Diver

Period of stay: from 10th of July – till the end of season 

 

 

Where am I from: Warsaw.

When did I start diving: so far I don’t know where I got the idea of ​​the diving course but I made it in May 2016 as my birthday gift.

When did I start to work with Nautica: spring 2019.

Where did I dive: my first dives in Zakynthos, Lefkada (Greece), then cold water in Poland: Zakrzówek and Koparki Querry, and next I traveled diving in Maldives, Gozo, Tenerife, Egypt and Croatia (Brač).

Beloved dive site in Croatia: Lucice cave, Brač Island.


Krzysztof Leszkiewicz

Position: the oldest intern in the history of Nautica

Diving certification: Rescue & Deep Diver PADI

Period of stay: July 2019

 

 

Where am I from: from Pojezierze Drawskie, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz, Denmark.

When did I start diving: you never forget your first time… Day on diving boat, a few hours of diving training and finally two dives.

When did I start to work with Nautica: we know each other form 2017, but our cooperation starts this year.

Where did I dive: first dives in Turkey, then lakes in Poland and Baltic Sea, Germany, Egypt, Tenerife, Denmark and Croatia recently.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: so many amazing places, not easy to decide for one. I would say Pokemon Cave, as this place comes to my mind whenever  I think about diving in Croatia.


Kaja Pachnik

Position: intern

Diving certification: AOWD

Period of stay: from 25.07 to 31.08

 

 

Where am I from: Bydgoszcz, Poland.

When did I start diving: my dad started to dive a few years before me and I always felt jealous, when I saw photos from under the water. When I was 12 I managed to persuade him to do intro diving and when I was 16 I did my first course.

When did I start to work with Nautica: it is my first year.

Where did I dive: Poland, Egypt, Mexico.

Beloved dive site in Croatia: it is my first time in this country, so I haven’t got it yet, but when I will find out for sure I’ll let you know!


Mikołaj Witkiewicz

Position: intern

Diving certification: I just started my journey with diving

Period of stay: from 25.07 to 31.08

 

 

Where am I from: from Koszalin, living in Bydgoszcz.

Why I do not dive: I have never had a chance to try diving, but it has changed with meeting my girlfriend with whom I’m here so I hope I will try.

When did I start to work with Nautica: 2019.

What do I like the most on Vis island: it’s my first time on Vis, but I already know I’m going to like it here 🙂