Monique Y. Tarée

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Monique (Mo) Y. Tarée

Instructor / Professional Photographer
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Places dived: As a publisher and photographer of Dutch high-end magazines I worked, traveled and dove in Eilat, Sharm el Sheikh, the south of France, Bonaire, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique and finally Roatan. But also I dove in the cold lakes in the Netherlands!
Hometown: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Favorite place to dive: Maldives, Mozambique and of course Roatan
Hobbies besides diving: Skiing, reading, photography


Years of Diving Experience


Years of Teaching Experience

Learn More About Mo

Why do you like to teach others to dive?

It is great to have the opportunity to introduce your students to the underwater world, for them an unknown world at first. Teaching them all the risks involved as well, and the skills they have to master is a whole process. Within four open water dives you see them evolving tremendously (in most of the times) which I find very rewarding. There is absolutely a WoW factor after each time we submerge underwater and get to witness the other 70% of earth, that will change us for the better and helps us appreciate our beautiful oceans.

Why are you passionate about underwater photography?

I like to teach the basics about the underwater photography to new photographers, it is great to help students to create beautiful images of the underwater world and show them how to get better pictures with their own camera. Besides that, it is interesting to see the differences in creativity and see their taken pictures through their eyes…

How did you get started diving?

Back in the days in the early 90’s, I went several times on vacation with my Dutch friends to the South of France, they had their own tanks and equipment and I joined them many times. Right away I knew I was infected with the dive virus. The more I could dive the better.

What’s the best thing about working in a dive shop? In Roatan?

That you have the opportunity to meet a lot of different people from many places, fun divers who love to dive, or teaching new divers and witness their first dive experience, which I still enjoy a lot!

Before teaching scuba diving in Roatan, what were you doing?

I used to be a publisher of different magazines. Before that I worked in the advertising world and did photography on land.

What advice would you give to a new diver?
First: knowing that 70% out the earth is covered by oceans, it would be a shame if you never have experienced this underwater world!
Second: to learn how to scuba dive is a great way to overcome fear and discover new challenges. Thinking will not overcome fear but action does!

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