About us

Willem

Did you know Sint Maarten – Saint Martin has some unique diving sites to explore. If you like to visit the underwater-world check out Dive Sint Maarten in Philipsburg.
 
Owner Willem Dekker is a retired Dutch Marine that has lived in the Caribbean for over 40 years. As a marine he was stationed in the Caribbean but soon decided he never wanted to leave. After his carreer as a Marine he owned and operated the radio station Dolfijn FM in Curacao for many years, before moving to SXM 16 years ago.
 
Willem has a passion for horses and so started at Lucky Stables and the bay side riding club (now Seaside Nature Park). He also operated as a Boat captain for parasailing and Octopus diving in Philipsburg before deciding to take over the dive company.
 
Under a new name “Dive Sint Maarten”, Willem and his team took the challenge upon themselves to become one of islands finest Dive centers. Operating from Philipsburg they take people on Diving excursions at many of the great dive sites in SXM. They are also certified for diving or refreshment courses to teach you everything from A to Z to go in the water safe and secure.
 
Furthermore Dive Sint Maarten has a seperate team that is doing salvage diving and wreck cleaning in the lagoon for the NRPB. 

Anne

Meet Anne, originally from Holland, but since she was 18 years old, she started travelling, got her BSc and MSc and lived abroad several times. From Australia to the Caribbean and a few places in between. After she finished her Master of Science in tourism studies she travelled through Southeast Asia for an indefinite time, but because of the pandemic, had to cut her trip short. Life works in mysterious ways, because unexpectedly she found an opportunity to move to the Caribbean. Since September 2021 she has called Sint Maarten home and it looks like it’s probably going to be like that for a while.

The ocean has been her happy place since she was a child, but strangely enough it took her awhile before she finally started scuba diving. She’s happy she finally got certified and can enjoy all that the island has to offer underwater as well.

As of May 2021 Anne’s been working as the dive shop manager here at Dive Sint Maarten and find it great fun to help everyone book their dives and make the most out of their time on Sint Maarten. Please reach out to her if you have any questions (or just want to say Hi) and she looks forward to welcome you all at Dive Sint Maarten.