Our Amazing Team!

Charles

Charles Mckinven

General Manager

PADI IDC staff instructor Charles Mckinven is our General Manager in charge of all aspects of recreational diving from DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) to Divemasters. Charles got his start in diving back in his native Scotland & even had the opportunity to dive in Loch Ness (but didn’t see the monster). Having gained his instructor rating with SSI in 2000 diving in Northern California then adding PADI rating gained in Phuket Thailand 2003. He headed for Maui Hawaii next for 3 years, before returning to California. Finally deciding that a new opportunity was needed he returned to Phuket as a partner at Kiwidiver in November 2019. Charles is passionate about teaching new divers & making them feel comfortable on those first ocean dives. When not teaching or managing the shop staff he will usually be seen diving with a camera to add more photo’s to his collections

Ken Steck

Ken Steck

Business Development

Ken Steck is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has been instructing for over 12 years. He has a long history of teaching in the cold, but uniquely beautiful waters of Monterey California. Ken has been described as a patient and intuitive instructor who is able to work with students one on one to help them accomplish their dream of obtaining scuba certification. His mantra is, “I make safe divers,” and ensure every student has the confidence and skills to enjoy the sport safely. Ken joined Kiwidiver in November 2019 as a remote partner, is primarily located in USA at this time and is helping to build up Kiwidiver’s recreational scuba operations.

Kevin Black Kiwidivers Tec and Rebreather Instruction

Kevin Black

Training Manager and Course Director

PADI Course Director Kevin Black founded Kiwidiver in October 2009 and developed Kiwidiver into the leading PADI Tec Center in Thailand before taking a less active role in 2021. Kevin is still an active member of the teaching team, Kiwidiver’s Course Director, Technical Instructor Trainer and Rebreather Instructor Trainer. Kevin is the only Course Director actively teaching both PADI Tec & PADI Rebreather courses in Phuket at both diver level and Instructor level and has won awards from PADI for the number of Tec and Rebreather courses taught in the PADI Asia Pacific region. When not teaching Instructor Development Courses, Technical or Rebreather Courses Kevin is either off exploring new cave diving sites or sailing around the Andaman Ocean looking for new wreck diving sites.

Our Philosophy

  • At Kiwidivers we never cut corners or costs simply to provide the lowest price. We believe your safety is first so you can relax and enjoy your dives. We hold ourselves to the highest quality standards for training and providing the safest and most fun experience for FUN DIVES! Kiwidivers carefully maintains our rental gear and we ensure everything is in working order and never loan out shoddy gear. If you decide to travel light, we have you covered! If you brought your gear and something breaks, we can attempt a repair or help you out with a high quality loaner. At Kiwidivers, we are lovers of diving. We love diving so much we have made our passion into a small business dedicated to sharing this sport and the amazing dive locations around Phuket with you. We strive to make your holiday amazing and so memorable that you will talk about it for years and we can’t wait to have you back again!