Introducing The Blue Dive Team – In Pursuit of Excellence…
At the heart of Blue Dive are your friendly and expert hosts;
Roman Jockel, Jess McQueen, Paul O’Dowd, Aggie Blanco, Herold Prins, Sam Herridge and Mark Fraenkel.
All staff have been fully trained in our Covid 19 safety plan, March, 2021.
Blue Dive is 100% locally owned and operated – we keep the personal touch.
At Blue Dive we are proudly involved in several campaigns to defend our marvellous Great Barrier Reef.
See this great little Earth Hour video featuring Blue Dive owner Mark Fraenkel and the late and sorely missed John Rumney RIP:
Our unrivalled international team of experienced and professional instructors hail from Australia, Argentina, Germany, Holland, the UK and Spain .
Jess comes from Perth, Western Australia and has been diving from the age of 8!
She has worked in the diving industry in Thailand and here in Australia.
Jess is a bit of an all-round dynamo!; Teaching diving, running the office making sure all are happy.
Diving is pretty much in Jess’s blood as 2 of her family members are…diving instructors.
Herold is an incredibly experienced dive instructor.
He worked for the legendary research and dive boat Undersea Explorer for many years and is a brilliant Marine Biologist.
Originally from Holland but now a naturalised Aussie, he is one of our main guides for extended 10 night Blue Dive Luxury Private Expeditions all the way up the Ribbon Reefs to Lizard Island and out to Osprey Reef.
Oh and Herold is also a superb tennis player and private tennis coach. Highly recommended if you are a budding tennis player.
Alongside Herold (above) there are no two more knowledgeable divers for long range trips up to Lizard Island and even out to the pristine reefs of Papua New Guinea and the Solomons which we can get to on Blue Dive Private Luxury Adventure Expeditions.
Paul hails from Melbourne but lives at Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas. He has his own company called Venture Deeper that we would highly recommend for rainforest trips.
There is no-one I know that has more knowledge of the rainforest than Paul (Mark, owner Blue Dive).
The BBC and Discovery Channel often employ Paul if they want to venture into Papua New Guinean waters.
Roman is from a mountainous region of Germany north of Frankfurt. He learnt to dive in clay quarries! But he’s a mad Chelsea supporter, so we get on.
Before Blue Dive he was central to the launch of a super dive boat called Aquaquest – the boat has relocated to Cairns these days and we work with them very well – and if you are in Cairns we’d highly recommend them.
He spent plenty of time in the German military with tours of duty in the Middle East and elsewhere. But his soul is with the ocean.
An experienced engineer, Roman ensures all our equipment is serviced exactly as the manufacturers require. Roman has German engineering skills at their best.
Roman has studied international tourism ay Universities in Germany and at James Cook University here
Roman also runs some of extended private charters. And he’s great company with penny of life experience to relate to.
Aggie was born in Spain but as she says “raised in the world”.
She started diving 10 years ago and fell in love with the underwater world. So Aggie developed her career as a PADI Master Scuba Diving Instructor .
Aggie has dived in many places including Spain, Thailand and Australia. She tells us she’s like a fish out of water when on land and it’s when she returns to the blue everything makes sense.
She speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. In another world she is also a qualified Social Worker – Aggie is extremely patient and good at problem solving, a very useful skill when underwater.
And she gets super Trip Advisor reviews.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer PADI 625299
Extended Range qualification with Technical Diving International
Blue Card 854024/1
Mark has worked as a diving instructor in the Egyptian Red Sea and on the Great Barrier Reef and has dived extensively around Australia including Tasmania, the UK and many other parts of the world.
Red Sea 1999-2008
Mark worked for Ocean College in Sharm el Sheikh and also managed the Bedouin-owned Sharks Bay Diving Village on the Sinai Peninsula and ran numerous dive safari trips to the southern Red Sea towards the border with Sudan.
He was the Projects and Marketing Manager for the multi-award winning Red Sea Diving College, Egypt. Under his direction the College won the Dive Centre of the Year 2007 and 2008.
In 2007 the College was one of the few dive operations to win the Project Aware Environmental Achievement Award. This award was given in recognition of numerous environmental projects organised by Mark including underwater clean-ups and Mark worked very closely with the directors of the Ras Mohammed Red Sea protected area (the equivalent of GBRMPA on the barrier reef)
In 2008 he moved to Port Douglas to be close to the best parts of the Great Barrier Reef. He has been visiting Australia since the early 1980s.
Mark hails from London and has a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Modern History from Manchester University. He did have a career in the UK civil service as a PRINCE 2 project manager before he became a diving professional in 1999. He tells us that it was a great move and that “I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up”.
Despite his London background, Mark is related to well-known Australian WW1 General, Sir John Monash – of German-Jewish extraction, who fought at Gallipoli and was central to establishing ANZAC Day after the first world war.
General Sir John Monash appears on the Australian $100 note…
All members of the team have an unrivalled knowledge of the outer reefs off-shore from Port Douglas – and are happy to share their knowledge with you.