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The Team

Ady van der Ploeg (owner)

After 27 years in the South African and International restaurant and nightclub industry, Ady finally decided it was time to “take the plunge” and venture into the world of Scuba Diving. He was fortunate to have had the opportunity from a very early age, to experience what it was like to move effortlessly with the wonderful creatures the sea holds.

Moving from “civilized” society, with bank loans, car payments, credit cards and mortgage debt, to the quaint island of Koh Lanta in Thailand was quite a big step. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with every one of his guests and customers. On any given day, if you pop in to the dive centre on Long Beach, Koh Lanta, you’re sure to catch him recounting a story, or explaining (in easy to understand terms) something about diving, whether it be to a student, certified diver or staff-member.


Val van der Ploeg (owner)

Val has spent the majority of her working career in a teaching, or coaching environment. Her passion is to enhance every ones’ experiences in life through education. Her skills and abilities lie in her drive and motivation to keep learning, and keep teaching. With Blue Chip companies such as Estee’ Lauder and Dale Carnegie behind her, Val managed and owned a number of successful companies in South Africa. She decided to hang up the corporate "high-heeled" shoes and swap them for a comfortable pair of Flip Flops! 





Nong has been an invaluable member of our team for the last 6 years. She has become renowned as the "organiser" on our island. Besides looking after our guests "liquid refreshment" requirements, she also has incredible experience regarding hotels, transfers and tour options!

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