Iain, the Boss
That's me up above - the underwater version of Brad Pitt! I just turned 50 years old and am an ex-IT consultant originally from the UK. I have always been a keen swimmer and snorkeller but for various reasons never got round to diving until I reached my early thirties.
Within seconds of taking my first breaths underwater I knew that I had finally found my place to be. I decided to quit my career and become a diving instructor. All my friends and family thought I had gone mad but, having worked for a long time in banking, I'm sure you can understand why I chose the alternative career choice!
I came to Thailand in 2002 for a Similan liveaboard trip and never left, deciding to live in the beautiful area of Karon, Phuket. The following year I met my wife and my fate was sealed. Fifteen years later I still can't get enough of being underwater even if it is just in a swimming pool. Becoming a dive instructor in Phuket was undoubtedly the second best decision I ever made (the best was to marry my wife, of course!).
Oui, the Real Boss
My wife (age unavailable although she swears she's 21!) is originally from Bangkok. At the age of 15 she then moved to northern Sweden, quite a change in both culture and temperature. After completing her education there she worked in a variety of positions including teaching children and young adults.
Oui got badly bitten by the diving bug whilst on holiday in Kata, Phuket in 2003 visiting friends and family. She decided to move back to Phuket, Thailand to work in diving. As well as being well known as a fantastic and enthusiastic dive instructor (and for her love of food!) she is also fluent in Swedish, English and Thai making her the linguist in our family.
You will never meet a more passionate and enthusiastic diver than Oui. Even after fourteen years teaching diving she cannot bear to miss even one day underwater and has openly admitted preferring to go diving than stay at home with her family. Luckily, as we all dive, we do get to spend some times together, mainly underwater!
Abbie, the New Boss
The most recent introduction to the Sharkey team in Phuket is our wonderful daughter, Abbie. As the title suggests she has now taken over the show! With her mixture of energetic enthusiasm and love of the water she is the new generation of divers.
Born in January 2007, she is becoming a budding dive instructor already. She was able to swim without any flotation aids before she turned two. Since then she developed a love of snorkelling and finally got to dive on her 8th birthday. Her favourite fish on the dive were lionfish! On the day of her 10th birthday she started her full dive certification and passed her PADI Open Water course shortly afterwards.
Although she suffers from mild seasickness, Abbie still loves to come on the boats at weekends and during the school holidays. She loves to join the snorkellers and point out all the different types of fishes that can be seen. Copying her parents' belief in great customer service, she may even make you a cup of tea or coffee in between the dives!