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
ASSISTANT MANAGER, DM + TEC 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
ASSISTANT MANAGER & TEC + CCR INSTRUCTOR
Did someone say cave diving? If you so much as mention cave diving and/or sidemount you can guarantee that Julien will be there. Aside from his love caves, Julien loves teaching a wide variety of tec courses from wreck, rebreather but also has a passion for training new entry level divers and showing them what all the fuss is about. His life underwater started as a kid while on holiday with his parents and being able to experience so many incredible destinations all over the world affirmed his decision to become a dive pro. He has worked in a vast range of locations all over the world such as Egypt, Maldives, Spain, Mexico and more. His aspirations are to carry on building his open circuit and CCR ratings and eventually to become a tec Instructor Trainer!
Favourite Dive: Reqqa Point
Who would have thought that Sports studies and Marketing student, Murray, would eventually become a dive instructor by day DJ by night?! After shaking up things up across the UK in the hospitality & events industry from the age of 18, Murray decided to leave the corporate world behind and dive into a new career, SCUBA. He made the move over to Malta and completed his divemaster program and immersed himself in the day-to-day logistics of a dive centre which affirmed his decision to become an instructor. He didn’t just stop there as he wanted to branch out and develop his diving abilities, so he completed an internship with a commercial diving company during the winter. His aspirations to progress in the dive industry grow every day and we can see that he already has tec on his mind…
Favourite Dive: Karwela
While at uni studying Health Biology, Margot realised she had a passion for all things underwater and when the opportunity came up to start her CMAS Level 1, she snapped it up immediately. She began her entry level certification in France in a quarry with conditions that are the total opposite of those we’re blessed with here so there is no question that this is one tough lady. A trip to Malta to study English quickly turned from doing some fun dives in her spare time to the beginning of her new career. She signed up to do her divemaster when she discovered her love for teaching and then progressed on to her instructor course. She loves sharing her passion with new divers and is always ready to snap up opportunities to grow and develop herself as a dive pro.
Favourite Dive: Cathedral Cave
A one-way ticket to Australia meant a quick stop on his way over in Thailand to gain his open water and advanced course certs was something that he could not pass up. After finishing up a year working holiday in Australia, Nanook decided to head back to Koh Tao to become a dive pro and sign up for his divemaster internship which he successfully completed. A two-week holiday in Malta for some fun diving turned into Nanook taking that next step to becoming an instructor and spending the season enjoying what the island had to offer. Nanook doesn’t only love sea adventures, but he spends his spare time exploring on land too so from hiking through mountains to camping, his appreciation for the outdoors and adventure covers all basis.
Favourite Dive: Blue Hole
This lady was always destined for a life underwater. From studying Marine Biology & Oceanography down to her name itself, you can sense she her passion from a mile away. She started off her dive journey in Koh Tao, and her experience spans from Australia to Malaysia and even New Caledonia. Oceane has already spent a year exploring the underwater world of Malta and Gozo and aside from her interest in the underwater world in general, she has a keen interest in photography and is always looking for opportunities to hone her skills and further herself as an instructor. We hear that she is also super keen on kickstarting her cave diving adventures!
Favourite Dive: Blue Hole
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.
OUR EXTENDED TEAM
We’d love to chat about teaming up with new people to make our adventures even more awesome. If you’re interested in getting in touch, email [email protected] or [email protected] to find out more.