My name is Nicole Helgason and I am the creator of ReefDivers.io
I started ReefDivers.io to share my scuba skills with the world.
My first dive was in 2006 and I never looked back. By the next year, I was a certified PADI dive instructor.
Being a dive instructor has allowed me to travel the world and work in some truly breathtaking locations. I’ve had ups and downs along the way, but my experiences have given me unique insight into the professional world of diving.
I started out by teaching diving in the Dominican Republic for four years before I decided it was time to go back to school. I completed a Bachelors degree in Coastal Geography from the University of Victoria, and it didn’t take long for the ocean to call me home.
Since finishing my undergrad in 2013 I’ve worked in Mozambique, Indonesia, Mexico, and traveled throughout the Caribbean. I’ve worked as an instructor but mostly as a dive shop manager. I started this website in 2016.
What first attracted me to diving was the coral, and especially coral restoration. Being an avid gardener I was obsessed with the idea that you could grow corals underwater. When I first learned to dive there was a coral restoration project at our closest dive site and knew that is what I needed to do with my life.
I have spent much of my free time learning about corals, visiting coral restoration projects, and doing anything I can to get closer to the reef. I even started my own project in Mozambique.
Thank you for visiting!