My professional dive career started in 1998 at the Ojamo mine in Finland, as I signed up for a yearlong dive instructor course. After I became a certified dive instructor, I decided to leave for Thailand. Many roads led me to the tropical island of Koh Tao, where I started managing the first dive centre on Koh Tao: Koh Tao Divers. I have been running Koh Tao Divers ever since, and have expanded to Malta, Europe. I work seasonally in both locations as a CCR technical diving instructor and organise technical diving expeditions.
My passion is to explore and document the undiscovered underwater realm through the lens of my camera to inspire others to get involved.
For the past 10 years, in addition to teaching technical diving and photographing the underwater world, I have been mapping the World War II deep-sea wrecks around the South China Sea and exploring new overhead environments. Over the years, our team has found dozens of Japanese war ships and other vessels lost in the seas.
I'm located in Thailand during the winters months exploring the Gulf of Thailand wrecks and in Malta during the summer season diving the best wreck diving selection Europe has. I'm available to teach in other locations on request. For recreational diving in Thailand, check my center Koh Tao Divers.
Whether you are looking for an adventure of a life time in one of the WW2 historical wrecks, or want to take your technical diving passion further, contact me and I´m always excited to share my passion to other divers.
- Mikko Paasi