Allan Power Dive Tours
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ALLAN POWER 25 April 1933 - 17 December 2018 Late on Monday 17 December 2018 one of the great identities in SCUBA diving, Allan Power of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, passed away. Allan was well known and highly regarded among his peers and divers traveled the world to meet him and share his passion for diving and love of the marine world that the wreck of the SS President Coolidge provided. Allan was born in Sydney, Australia and developed a passion for the water and fascination for marine life. He was hard working and ambitious to embrace opportunities and after several careers was drawn to the Barrier Reef and underwater photography. His timeless book The Great Barrier Reef published in 1977 became a classic and copies are still treasured, as it was a book that opened the eyes of many to the underwater glory of the reef. What Allan was showing us involved issues that are commonly recognised today regarding coral bleaching and water pollution. After moving to Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu for a salvage operation, Allan established Allan Power Dive Tours which grew in stature as a premier dive operation and one that was held in high regard worldwide. His insistence on the welfare for his diving guests was evident in the manner in which he ran his dive operation and the quality of the guides he employed. It is widely recognized that Allan initiated tourism on Espiritu Santo and was therefore a founding father to economic growth of the island. He was well known and respected by locals on Santo who always called him “Uncle”. On 8 November 2011 Allan was inducted into the International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame in the Cayman Islands. This prestigious award recognized his contribution to the diving industry with specific mention to his work and achievements on the SS President Coolidge. The thousands of divers who have met Allan over the years may recall his incredible memory and detailed knowledge of underwater fish species and passion for sharing this knowledge. Allan was in his 85th year.
Allan Power (Mr President) Allan Power (Mr President)
An outstanding 15,000 dives on the President Coolidge is just part of the reason Allan has been inducted into the SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame. Allan is still active within the business and with this many dives, nobody has the depth of knowledge of the President Coolidge as has Allan. Join him after your dive to ask and listen - you will be facinated to share wonderful stories of the Coolidge.
Tony Lewis (General Manager) Tony Lewis (General Manager)
With over 20 years in the dive industry and a certified PADI/SSI Instructor, with TDI qualifications. Tony handles all administration including emails. If divers have any special needs, contact him prior to travelling to Santo.
Lionel (Richie) Jimmy Lionel (Richie) Jimmy
Lionel is our resident Instructor. A nephew of former long time guide Gary, Lionel has inherited all the charm and ability as an instructor and guide. He is fluent in English and French, with his beaming smile and his great personality he's a great asset to the team.
David Noel David Noel
David has been diving with us since he was a young man and cuts a fine figure above and below the water - his easy style reflects his Ni-Vanuatu & French heritage. Divemaster.
Yvonne Ritchie Yvonne Ritchie
Having dived the Coolidge since 1992, Yvonne is well known to regular visitors to Santo. Her diving background also covers many years of deep blue water wreck diving & cave diving. A Santo resident, Yvonne is also "Aunty" to the guides and is ever watchful for them. Divemaster.
Tim Ritchie Tim Ritchie
Tim has been diving since 1986 and first dived the Coolidge in 2002. Since that time he has explored most of the ship and mastered all of the favourite Coolidge dives. Divemaster.
Ian Moly Ian Moly
Ian is well known and highly regarded in the dive fraternity in Luganville. Divemaster
Paul Avock Paul Avock
Paul is a dedicated and hardworking team member. Rescue Diver
Douglas Petrick Douglas Petrick
Douglas has been guiding, as well as filling tanks for three years. A valuable part of the team and a guide that truly appreciates individual needs of guests.
Claud Wove Claud Wove
Claud is a great guide who has earned his stripes with determination and a keen understanding of the requirements of the guests.

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