Passionate about diving since his childhood, Alban Michon started diving in 1988 and became professional in 1999. He has been the director of the ice diving school of Tignes (France) since 2000 and has developed the school to become a reference in this particular world of ice and cold. In 2005, he extended his instructor activities to instigate underground diving in the French river Lot. In February 2009 he left France for Finland (on the edge of the Arctic) to dive under the compression crests of the Baltic Sea. Alban will supervise our expedition to Antarctica in 2014.
Dive guide and instructor with 5000 dives.
Originally from the Island of Cebu, Bruce is one of the longest serving members of the team. He began his career with us as one of our mariners and has trained over the years to become a fantastic guide. With his expert eye and his deep knowledge of the safaris in the Philippines, he is a pleasure to dive with and an exceptional guide.
Professionally qualified guide with over 4000 dives.
Diving since 1992, Cedric, French (on more precisly, borned in Marseille), moved to Switzerland initially to follow his passion for mathematics. In Lausanne he met Eloise, Swiss. Both madly passionate about diving they joined team Abyss in 2004 to move with the seasons and guide in the Maldives, Philippines, Bali, Komodo and the Raja Ampat. As a PADI Instructor, Cédric alos dove in the French West Indies, Sudan, British Columbia, Tasmania and Thaïland. Back in Stwizerland in 2013, he joined our selling team of Geneva, to share his great experience with our divers.
Outside of diving he is passionate about the mountains, the outdoors, and, as everyone from Marseille, about the local "OM" soccer team !
Professional Instructor and Guide with more than 3000 dives.
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.
After his studies in advertising communication in Paris, Eric MOURET, French, left for Asia in 1995 for a trip planned for one year. 15 years later Eric is still a "Citizen of the World". During his travels around the globe he unpacked his bags for a period of time in India, Brazil and Bali. It was in Mexico, in 2000, that he discovered scuba diving and became an Instructor in 2003. He then worked in Thailand, the Maldives and the Philippines, where he joined Team Abyss in 2009. When not diving Eric loves both wind surfing and music.
Instructor and professional guide with 2000+ dives.
Having been involved in diving in Switzerland for more than 15 years, Laurent, Swiss, has for a long time juggled his world as a train driver, dive instructor and agent for dive trips. An occasional guide with Team Abyss since 1999, in 2007 he took the step and moved to the Philippines full time. Laurent is in charge of our operations there and fundamentally oversees all our mariners and guides. Outside of diving, he loves cinema, music, great food and the mountains.
Director in the Philippines, Professional Instructor and Guide with over 5000 dives.
Born in Guadeloupe, Maelle DOUCET, French, discovered scuba diving in 1993. As a specialist in tourism marketing, she spent 8 years working for a dive tour operator in Paris, before joining Team Abyss in July 2010 with solid experience in "Taylor Made Voyages". Passionate about lost paradises both above and below the water, she has travelled to numerous destinations such as Polynesia, Indonesia, The Antibes, The Red Sea, Tanzania, Panama and the Galapagos to name just a few.
When she is not diving, Maelle enjoys music, swimming and evenings amongst friends.
A specialist in "Taylor Made Voyages", Maelle is a CMAS** and Divemaster with more than 700 Dives.
First as a professional musician, then pioneering bungee jumping in Europe, before to create a mountain guiding company in Nepal, Phil spent most of his life between continents, lakes, oceans and mountains. A professional diver since 1993, he is today a PADI Course Director and consultant, but dedicates most of his time to travels and photography, leading to numerous publications in various diving magazines. An experienced photographer, he has the ability to capture the intensity of nature both above and below water. Phil acts as tourleader on our Digital Photography Workshops, taking place in 2013.
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.
After 12 years booking diving trips for an agency in Nantes, Stephane, French, joined Abyss in January 2006, he brought all his experience and passion to head office in Geneva, where he spends of his time on line and on the phone. He has dived in over 20 dive destinations from the Red Sea to Polynesia, Palau to the Caymans, Maldives to Galapagos... He is able to sit and talk to you about the logistics of over 80 destinations. Outside of diving, his interests include music, nature, and cooking for friends.
Responsible for communication, the internet site and voyage creation, he is also an advanced open water diver with over 300 dives.
Having been a lover of the ocean and travel for a long time, Vincent, French, discovered diving in 1998 in his home town of Toulouse in France. After finishing his qualifications he worked in the Mediterranean before going further afield to Spain, Egypt and then Polynesia. He joined Team Abyss in January 2008 and has since put his passion and knowledge at the service of Abyss clients. He now guides at different destinations around the globe for Team Abyss. Outside of diving he is passionate about nature and photography.
Professional Instructor and Guide with over 1000 dives.