WE CREATE EXPERIENCES LIKE NO OTHER
Ritual is INCLUSIVE. We believe in this so much that we’ve included it in our name. That’s right, the A isn’t upside down for nothing, it’s actually the symbol that means ‘for all’ in mathematics. At Ritual, we live for the spirit of adventure and we want to make sure this can be seen in whatever we do. We are excited at the chance to give our explorers the best possible experience by making sure we focus on their needs and make sure they have fun and they’re safe whenever they’re with us. We’re patient with our explorers and we inspire them to make their possibilities a reality. With our years of experience in the dive industry, we want to build bonds and a level of trust between our divers to make sure they get the most they can out of every experience. We make sure that everything we offer has no hidden surprises and we’re always honest and approachable in our daily operations.
Meet our devoted dive department
FOUNDER & INSTRUCTOR TRAINER
After studying for her Pharmacology degree in Manchester, Rachel fell in love with diving following her Open Water course in Koh Tao while travelling. She then moved to Thailand and became an instructor in 2015; it wasn’t long until she was head instructor at one of Koh Tao’s busiest dive centres. She completed an MBA (Business & Management) and in July 2018 became an instructor trainer to teach all levels of scuba courses up to an instructor level. That’s not all; she’s actually Maltese herself – so knows the islands inside out.
Favourite Dive: Karwela Wreck
FOUNDER & INSTRUCTOR
Nick started his career as a broker in London and pursued it for 8 years, before catching the travel bug and falling in love with diving in 2005. He quickly progressed to instructor level in 2007 and worked at major dive centres and liveaboards on the barrier reef. He then moved to super yachts before settling in Koh Tao for 11 years. In this time he worked his way up to head instructor and then manager at one of the islands biggest and busiest dive shops. He loves island life so much that he’s swapped one for the other.
Favourite Dive: Blue Hole
DIVE CENTER MANAGER & TEC INSTRUCTOR
Toby has worked as an instructor for a wide variety of different adventure sports for the last 25 years but has spent the past 10 years focusing on scuba diving in particular. He plays an active role in furthering and developing courses and is an expert in customizing his training sessions to suit student goals. He moved on to become an instructor trainer in 2016 and has played an active role in training dive professionals at Ritual since we opened in April 2019.
Favourite Dive: Xlendi Bay
HEAD INSTRUCTOR & ECO PRO
Our wildlife and eco guru is a certified zoologist. He showed a keen interest in the marine biology aspect of his degree and decided to pursue a career in diving. He moved to Koh Phangan in Thailand where he became a certified instructor in 2010. He always had a soft spot for Gozo and packed his bags in 2015 to live here full time. Apart from teaching a wide variety of scuba courses & specialties over the past year, Alex has created his own specialized Eco course and helps coordinate various eco related activities such as beach & dive site cleanups.
Favourite Dive: Ras il-Ħobż
EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN & INSTRUCTOR
If you’re looking for the perfect example of trim position in diving, just take a look at this guy. Paul’s our resident funny man & king of one-liners. He started his professional diving career in Egypt where he became an instructor in 2014 and worked until he moved over to Gozo in 2016. He’s shown a keen interest in equipment maintenance so after taking further courses, he’s stepped up to become our on-site equipment technician on top of instructing and guiding dives.
Favourite Dive: Ras il-Ħobż
After competing in a number of downhill Ski races for 11 years, Amanda decided it was time to head off travelling. Along the way, she decided it was time to swap her skis for fins and sign up for her Open Water Course which is when she decided to make her new passion her career. Following a quick visit home, she headed back out to the Gili Islands in Indonesia to work her way up to becoming a Divemaster. After working as a divemaster for two years, she decided it was time to take the next step to becoming an instructor. When she’s not training new divers or teaching continuing education courses such as deep and nitrox, she’s looking into new ways to grow her career.
Favourite Dive: Blue Hole
Adventure sports are definitely Jilly’s thing and apart from being a dive instructor, she’s a Ski Instructor too! She originally decided to get scuba certified in 2017 in the Netherlands as she was keen to get into conservation. That idea quickly transformed into her wanting to make it a career. In 2019, she decided to switch things up to a warmer climate and head over to Koh Tao where she flew through her Divemaster and Instructor courses and successfully became a dive professional. Apart from her love of teaching recreational diving, she also has a keen interest to move in tec diving!
Favourite Dive: Cathedral Cave
FOUNDER OF MOCEAN IMAGES
Our chief cameraman (yes…that’s his real surname) started his life underwater in 2002. He made the switch from holiday diver to professional diver in 2016 when he moved to Koh Tao and gave up his 13-year long career as an It Technician to become a divemaster. During his training, he came across the resident underwater videographers filming students and went on to gain his qualification in 2017. He now owns & runs Mocean Images and offers all our adventurers the chance to capture their experience. Don’t think twice about booking him in, his photos and videos are wicked. Check out our Instagram if you don’t believe us…
Favourite Dive: Santa Maria Caves
As Gozo’s newest and most pioneering dive facility, we create highly skilled, safe and eco-conscious divers. We’re crazy for adventure, passing on this infectious spirit through everything we do, from entry-level courses to professional courses, and even our fun dives too.
We work hard to create a comfortable environment for all of our divers and staff in this idyllic Mediterranean setting – this in no way compromises our commitment to safety and conservation both above and below the surface.
We’ve got our sights set on being ‘the’ place of choice for dive training and fun diving in Gozo and Malta. And we hope to achieve this by creating tailor made experiences that help our divers learn new skills, as well as providing them with a hub for like-minded people to discuss their passions and interests. Through friendliness in our day-to-day operations we’ll build life long bonds with our divers and already can’t wait to welcome back familiar faces again and again.
If you work for us, we treat you as family, bringing out the best in you by developing your strengths and talents. We’re strong advocates for diversity and go all out to give employees the best experience possible. We also offer our staff a real opportunity to progress into leadership roles.
We’re committed to providing innovative, sustainable and high-quality services to every single one of our customers. By establishing long-term relationships, we can better cater to their individual needs while making sure that they’re safe, comfortable and most importantly enjoying themselves.
The only thing we will leave behind is a positive impact on the local community with ethical and sustainable practices. We’re also strengthening the economy by partnering with a number of local businesses that can provide our customers with accommodation and additional services.
There’s nothing more important to us than sustaining the environment. That’s why we do everything in our power to reduce our carbon footprint to a minimum. And through the promotion and education of eco practices we can share our knowledge with a wider audience making them aware of local environmental issues.
Everyone’s got their Ritual. Our’s just happens to be diving. We believe that diving is ‘for all’ and that the preparation is part of the adventure. Our planning and preparation started over 2 years ago on an idyllic tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. We wanted to draw on our previous adventures and bring our own perspective to Europe. Having roots in Malta already, we began our search for potential locations. When we spotted an opportunity in the heart of Xlendi Bay that not only had a dive centre just a stone throw away from the sea but also included a hotel and bar/restaurant, we just had to find a way to bring our dream to life. After extensive planning, we opened at the end of March ‘19 and we just can’t wait to share our experience with you. Our team’s can-do’ attitude coupled with our extensive experience in both the hospitality and diving industry, makes this a winning combination for you explorers looking for that little bit extra.