Christophe Gripon, French, began diving with team Abyss as a client before joining as a "part time" guide. A passionate diver since 1994, he became a PADI instructor in 2004, MF1 in 2006, BEES 1 in 2007 and is the secretary of the CSL Thonon dive club since 2000. In addition to diving, he participates in rock climbing, tennis, swimming, skiing, jet boating and travels regularly to discover new diving destinations. Dynamic and attentive he is regulary the ABYSS representative on our trips to Galapagos, Siberia and Indonesia.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer, BEES1, + 1200 logged dives.
With 14 years experience in the Philippines, Christophe, French/Swiss, is the founder and Managing Director of Abyss. Motivated to expand his vision of dive safaris around the world, he is now based in ABYSS head office in Geneva, Switzerland. He continues to work as a guide and is responsible for developing new destinations around the globe. Outside of Team Abyss his interests include snowboarding, music, cinema and nature in general.
Director General, Professional Instructor and Guide with over 4000 dives.
One of the true pillars of Team Abyss since his return to Geneva in 1999, Philippe, Swiss, travelled the world for 5 years before deciding to live permanently in the Philippines for a period of 12 years. Philippe opened dive shops in the regions of Boracay and Busuanga and explored much of the archipelago during this time. Fanatical about his love of travel and diving, he enjoys nothing more than organising the somewhat complicated logistics of Team Abyss. Based in Geneva all year round, he also travels occasionally and works as a guide at different sites.
Head Office Agency Manager, Professional Instructor and Guide with over 5000 dives.