Jeroen van de Waal
Founder & Chief Orca
Jeroen van de Waal is building a network to do good. He works with children, academics, explorers, inventors, schools, universities, multinational companies and research labs across the globe. Using OrcaNation as an accelerator, Jeroen is focused on bringing like-minded people together to turn the tide on destruction, pollution and start putting the oceans, planet and nature first.
A native of Canada originally, Dave has lived in Singapore for over 10 years, and worked extensively throughout Southeast Asia and China, as a CEO, Business Leader and Consultant in both the Franchising and Food & Beverage industries. Having been an active diver since 1985, and an Instructor since 2017, it’s been a natural transition for Dave to combine his business and leisure passions, joining OrcaNation and continuing our growth and expansion, bringing the Sea Change message to as many people as possible.
Director of School Sales & Business Development
Andrew joined us in Jan 2020 following a very successful 7-year stint at Ecofieldtrips. He brings a wealth of experience in this industry, and will help drive OrcaNation for Schools to the forefront of outdoor & environmental education in SEA. Andrew is a very keen sportsman & in his spare time you’ll likely find him on a football pitch, cricket field or tennis court. He is very passionate about getting students learning outside of the classroom and hopes to play a key role in driving the next generation of global thinkers.
Zuhrah Abdul Rahman
Zuhrah joined in early 2022 as our School Programme Manager with her vast experience in multiple fields. She’s lived abroad for 8 years, with life experiences in both Spain and in the UK. Professionally she’s worked in sectors such as private education, public education, marketing as well as the financial industry. Over the years, she has realized how much climate change has evolved and her passion for getting the right message across to future generations about saving our planet continues to grow. She is a firm believer that they essentially are the people that will govern the country someday and have important roles to change for the better.
Jeremy Quek Zuo Yi
Outdoor Ed Coach
Since childhood, Jeremy always wanted to work with and around nature, to spread the message of conservation. After graduation from the University of Melbourne, Jeremy has focused his work in the sustainability and horticultural industry in Singapore. Jeremy’s true passion lies in education and outreach. He firmly believes that if you want to teach the next generation about sustainability and conservation, you cannot just teach students using a powerpoint slide. You have to expose them to nature to see the real world for themselves up close. Only in this way, will students see how much we need to protect and conserve for our next generation.
Dive Center Manager
Jacques is a native to South Africa. He became an instructor in 2017, in the very cold waters of Cape Town. There is a saying “if you can teach in Cape Town, you can teach anywhere in the world”. His diving experience includes South Africa, Seychelles, the Philippines, Mozambique, Madagascar, and now Malaysia. Most of his diving experience has involved marine conservation, whether it be as a volunteer (Seychelles), working as part of an NGO (Madagascar), in a partnership arrangement with an NGO (Mozambique), or just including awareness topics in his courses and dive activities. Diving has become more than just a love and hobby for him, and has turned into an irresistible passion.
Kev is a PADI & SSI Staff Instructor from Ireland. He has been diving for 20 years and working as a dive pro for 15. Kev is an experienced dive guide, instructor and dive center manager, having worked in Thailand, the Maldives, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Kevin has been part of the Orca pod in one way or another from the very beginning.
He and his wife Simone taught diving and marine conservation awareness at schools in Singapore and managed Orca’s dive centers on Rawa and Komodo. Recently he has been running our social media. Diving in Europe, Africa, and south-east Asia, Kev’s wracked up 5000+ dives and counting. His passions are the ocean, marine life, taking underwater photos and videos, and bending the ear off anyone willing to listen to tall tales about diving.
Emerson is Singaporean and started diving when he was 12. He completed his first ever PADI Discover diving program in 2017 on Rawa Island. He has dived in the waters off Tioman Island, where he completed his Open Water diver course. Emerson has dived in Cebu, The Philippines, and most of his dives were completed in Singapore’s waters, including his PADI Advanced Open Water course and PADI Rescue Diver course. Learning to dive in Singapore is great for developing your skills since the visibility often is between 0.5m to 3m max.
Ari is British and Irish. She started diving when she was 11, and has done a lot of her diving with Orca Nation. She completed her Divemaster and Instructor courses in Tenerife and then stayed on to gain experience teaching courses as an instructor. Ari loves marine life, and her favorite marine creatures are sharks and rays. She loves teaching people different diving skills and getting them comfortable in the environment that she loves, as well as introducing them to aquatic life and ways to protect the environment. Other than diving, she enjoys any water-based activities and other sports, and being outdoors is always fun. During 2021, Ari supported school camps organized by OrcaNation, and enjoyed the activities throughout those programs.
Mackenzie is a PADI open water scuba instructor. He has been diving since the age of 15, when he completed his Open Water diver course in a quarry in England. Once 18 he completed his Divemaster and became an instructor within the same year. Becoming the youngest instructor in the UK at the time. Before joining Orca Nation and the Rawa team, Mackenzie was in Barbados where he completed 3 months as a team member and diving instructor, the warm clear waters have been a pleasant change from the UK . He aims to reach the top of the PADI professional ladder in time and branch out into his other passions of diving such as technical and cave diving to really pursue all the different worlds under the water.
Nic is from Singapore and started diving 13 years ago and began his instructor journey in 2018 on the beautiful island of Bali. He loves exploring the beautiful underwater world and hopes to share this splendid affinity with new divers. He believes that you will only cherish a place if you know how beautiful it is. By sharing this beautiful and mesmerizing underwater world with more people from all walks of life, he hopes it will increase the awareness of its diversity and motivate more people to protect it. The journey as a Scuba Instructor is a constantly evolving one. His goal is to explore any body of water, being the open ocean, caves, or sunken wrecks. Soon, he will get to meet some of you and bring smiles to your underwater journey!
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