Our Team | Dive Base Overview | Conservation
At Island Scuba we want you to experience the same sense of adventure and excitement that drives us everyday. A fun and relaxed atmosphere with a personal touch and an emphasis on safety, where you feel like you are diving with friends as we guide you through our favorite wrecks and reefs. We focus on small groups and aim to provide customers a unique knowledge based experience both underwater and above. A comprehensive dive briefing precedes all dives and our staff is always willing to work with you to help you improve your diving technique and make the most of your dive experience.
The core team of Nishan Perera and Naren Gunasekera bring together experience in marine and environmental science, underwater photography and tourism, spiced with a passion for the ocean and Sri Lanka. The rest of our team has additional experience in photography, marine research and technical diving as well as many years in the dive industry. No other dive operation in Sri Lanka matches us in the variety of our experience and combined knowledge about Sri Lanka’s reefs, wrecks and marine life.
So whether you are looking to dive historic wrecks, learn more about the animals you encounter on the reef, sharpen your underwater photography skills or simply learn to dive, we invite you to dive with us; and dive different.
Dive Base Overview
Island Scuba is a PADI Dive Resort (S-23463) located on Mount Lavinia beach. Our partner restaurant La Voile Blanche is the perfect place to grab lunch or sip a post dive cocktail while logging your dive and talking to our team. On site accommodation is available at Mount Bay Hotel with 06 comfortable AC rooms with hot water, right behind our dive base. We offer daily dive trips and PADI courses taught by experienced full time instructors.
We operate a small but well equipped dive base. Our dive boat carries emergency oxygen and first aid kits and we have a comprehensive emergency plan in partnership with Falck Sri Lanka.
- Two covered fiberglass dive boats (23ft and 19ft) with outboard engines
- 12 sets of Mares rental equipment
- Mares Puck rental dive computers
- Coltri Sub MCH16 Compressor
- Trihunter 6000 Nitrox blending system
- 80cfu Catalina Al tanks compatible with DIN and yoke regulators
- SMB's and storm whistles
- DAN emergency O2 kit and first aid kit on boat
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Island Scuba is dedicated to promoting marine conservation and sustainable resource use. Our team is actively involved in research and conservation activities and we providing diving and technical assistance to research and conservation groups. Both Nishan and Naren have been involved in organizing beach and reef clean ups and educational activities and assist at training workshops for local communities, students and government officials. We plan to establish long term reef monitoring programs that involve volunteer divers and the local community in order to document reefs and wrecks and contribute towards management of our marine resources.
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Nishan is a marine biologist with extensive experience in coral reef ecology and management. Since starting to dive in Colombo in 1995 he has dived in more than 10 countries including tropical and temperate waters and explored and documented dives sites all around Sri Lanka. As an underwater photographer he focuses on conservation photography and has worked alongside IUCN and the Environmental Foundation Limited to promote conservation in Sri Lanka. Nishan is the author of a book on the coral reefs of Sri Lanka and a regular contributor to Serendib the in-flight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. His images and articles have also appeared in numerous international magazines such as African Diver, Sport Diving Australia and the Polish dive magazine Magazyn Nurkowanie.
Since starting to dive five years ago Naren has become a dive addict. In addition to his extensive tropical diving, Naren is also able to recall some interesting stories of diving in cold Pacific Waters in the USA. An environmental scientist by training he is also an underwater photographer and has been featured in several national publications, while one of his images won the “Best Shot” award for June 2012 in Popular Photography magazine. He is actively involved in Sri Lanka’s conservation arena with photo contributions to the Environment Foundation Limited and IUCN Red List. He is currently developing a photo library of nudibranchs in Sri Lanka.
After a short stint diving with Island Scuba the lure of city living and world class wreck diving lured Akshay to join the Island Scuba team as manager and head instructor. He is an experienced PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and SSI Advanced Open Water instructor and spent several as an instructor and dive shop manager in the Andaman Islands. He has also dived extensively in Goa where he had his initial dive training. Prior to starting his career in the dive industry he completed a degree in Biochemistry.
Assisting us in the 2013/14 season, Paris is an experienced PADI and IANTD instructor who has worked in both the recreational and commercial diving industries. Hailing from Greece where he manages his own dive shop, Paris considers Sri Lanka his second home and is ever willing to try out the spicy local food. If you want to find the best ‘kottu’ in Mount Lavinia he is the person to ask!
Daniel is a marine biologist and PADI Dive Master who has dived extensively in Sri Lanka, Maldives and Malaysia. He is currently conducting research on manta fisheries and biology in Sri Lanka. He has also worked with several international film crews on underwater filming assignments in Sri Lanka.
A PADI Dive Master, Jehan prefers spending his time in the water than on land. In addition to diving, he is a qualified swim coach and an accomplished sailor. He has been diving for more than 30 years and has an extensive knowledge of dive sites around Sri Lanka. He has dived in the Maldives, Malaysia and the fjords of Norway.
Mohamed Shafraz Naeem
“Shaff”, started diving in 1995 and is a Technical Diver, PADI & SSI Instructor and founder of Atoll Scuba, Maldives. An accomplished underwater photographer, his work has been published in local and international magazines and he has worked with underwater film crews from around the world. He also won the ‘Best of Show’ award and the 1st and 2nd place in the Underwater Category in the photography contest held by the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board in 2007. Shaff is our chief videographer and in house expert on technical diving, and will run specialist courses and workshops at Island Scuba.
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