Lauren

Born in New Zealand I was raised on an island, only ever two hours from the beach, in the forth largest NZ city with a population not much bigger than Cozumel.

While working in the education team of a global development organization I travelled to Nicaragua and then took leave to backpack my way through Central America. During this trip I signed up for my PADI Open Water certification in Belize. I was terrified. I was afraid of swimming in the ocean, had a panic attack underwater but I persevered and ultimately I fell in love with this new world.

I spent all my holidays over the following years planning dive trips and in 2017 I returned to Mexico to find Cozumel and the most beautiful reefs I had ever seen. After this trip I only lasted three months in New Zealand before I quit my job, sold all my belongings, and arrived in Cozumel with two bags.

Education has always been a passion of mine and prior to moving to Cozumel I was a high school Science and Chemistry teacher. So it made sense to combine my passion for education with my passion for diving and now my classroom is the Mexican Caribbean and I couldn’t be happier.

I love to help people face their fears, to experience the world under the sea for the first time, to improve their skills and build confidence, and to educate them on the importance of protecting our global reefs.

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home” – Sylvia Earle