Nikhil “Nik” Patwardhan
Videographer / Divemaster
Learn More About Nik
WHY DID YOU START DIVING?
I was first certified as a diver in 1993 here in Roatan. Got my advanced in 2004 red sea and DM 2006 South Africa. I have dived all over the world and have fallen in love with the ocean. I retired from corporate life in 2017 and decided to live my dream diving the largest reefs in the world. Here I am back where it all started, and re-certifying as a DM with pro Dive Roatan.
WHY DO YOU ENJOY TEACHING OTHERS TO DIVE?
There are so many great dive sites in Roatan and I pride myself on leading Divers through the best routes on the reef and showing the many hidden underwater secrets. I enjoy teaching diving to help people discover the underwear world and themselves. The “Eureka! factor” is huge with new divers and it is so rewarding to be part of that experience with people.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT DIVING WITH PRO DIVE ROATAN?
I worked for Coconut Tree Divers in Roatan for 11 seasons before getting the amazing opportunity in 2014 (?) to open and develop a new dive shop called Quality Time Divers. This became the ‘custom’ guest oriented dive shop I needed to be a part of. I worked 5 seasons teaching and leading Divers and have been returning to QTD every season (Dec-June).
BEFORE TEACHING SCUBA DIVING IN ROATAN, WHAT WERE YOU DOING?
Before branching out to a diving career, I did 11 seasons as a whitewater guide before the 20 years as River Ranger with Colorado State Parks having logged over 15,000 river miles. In the winter seasons I was a Pro Ski Patroller at Monarch Mountain for 21 years and Patrol Director for 9 of those cold years. Skiing and Kayaking professionally was exciting but scuba diving began to be more personally rewarding and much easier on the body.