Originally from the East Rand of Gauteng, Riaan started diving at the age of 15, completing his Open Water and Advanced. After matriculating in 1994 he set off to the Kabbutz.
After 2 years on the collective farms in Israel and then crossing into Egypt. Riaan managed to start employment in the diving industry as a “Gilly”, carrying equipment and general land based tasks, at a dive shop in Dahab, South Sinai.
Here he was offered to further his diving qualifications up to Dive Master, after which he stayed on and operated for a further 15 months. Returning to South Africa, Riaan worked in Sodwana Bay for 2 years, before obtaining his Instructor rating and then set off to Aliwal Shoal.
Riaan has been working “The Aliwal Shoal”ever since, which totals his time and experience here to almost 19 years to date. He has also obtained similar professional ratings with 2 other diving organisations in the past 6 years and his passion for the ocean, working with people and ongoing love for underwater world has only grown more and more.