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About Aquanaut India

After many dives, many destinations and a whale’s appetite for all things underwater, we started Aquanaut India in 2014. Aquanaut India is a way of sharing our personal journey of underwater discovery with you.

The Aquanaut Team

Abhishek Sukumaran
Abhishek Sukumaran Founder | Chief Bubble Maker

Abhishek used to work in advertising. One day, ten years ago, he went scuba diving. Since then, he’s been making waves. A PADI certified Dive Master, he has dived across the world from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Galapagos off South America. He’s also dived in the Maldives, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and his all-time favourite diving destination – the Andamans. He began Aquanaut to share his passion for SCUBA diving and grow the sport meaningfully across India. He brings deep technical and product expertise, and also drives the company’s day-to-day management.

Abhishek Sukumaran Founder | Chief Bubble Maker

Abhishek used to work in advertising. One day, ten years ago, he went scuba diving. Since then, he’s been making waves. A PADI certified Dive Master, he has dived across the world from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Galapagos off South America. He’s also dived in the Maldives, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and his all-time favourite diving destination – the Andamans. He began Aquanaut to share his passion for SCUBA diving and grow the sport meaningfully across India. He brings deep technical and product expertise, and also drives the company’s day-to-day management.

Karthik Iyer
Karthik Iyer Partner | Senior Instructor | Operations

1500 dives. 500+ dive certifications. Experience with dive sites across the world. Karthik is a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor. Name the site and we bet he’d have been there. Before his collaboration with Aquanaut India, he was a Dive Instructor with DIVE India at Havelock Island in the Andamans for over 5 years.

PADI Master SCUBA Instructor. Specialities: PPB | Project AWARE | Deep | Wreck | Enriched Air | EFR primary Care | Search & Recovery 

Karthik Iyer Partner | Senior Instructor | Operations

1500 dives. 500+ dive certifications. Experience with dive sites across the world. Karthik is a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor. Name the site and we bet he’d have been there. Before his collaboration with Aquanaut India, he was a Dive Instructor with DIVE India at Havelock Island in the Andamans for over 5 years.

PADI Master SCUBA Instructor. Specialities: PPB | Project AWARE | Deep | Wreck | Enriched Air | EFR primary Care | Search & Recovery 

Neha Contractor
Neha Contractor Senior Instructor | Travel Expert

We have a fun question we keep asking Neha. Why did you quit a lucrative job at Apple and join us? Neha says the answer is simple. Diving is her passion. And she wanted to build a platform where everyone can get unique diving experiences. She’s a water baby. When she is not teaching diving or making friends with sharks and coral reefs, you’ll find her exploring the waters in a river’s forest. She’s travelled across the world, including the North and South Poles. When you dive with her, she draws from all these experiences, making your dive truly memorable.

A PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer + trained to teach Nine Specialities that include:

Deep (up to 40m) | Enriched Air (Nitrox) | Wreck | Peak Performance Buoyancy| Digital Underwater Photography | Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation| Project AWARE Shark Conservation Diver | DPV | EFR primary care (CPR) & Secondary Care w/ AED

Neha Contractor Senior Instructor | Travel Expert

We have a fun question we keep asking Neha. Why did you quit a lucrative job at Apple and join us? Neha says the answer is simple. Diving is her passion. And she wanted to build a platform where everyone can get unique diving experiences. She’s a water baby. When she is not teaching diving or making friends with sharks and coral reefs, you’ll find her exploring the waters in a river’s forest. She’s travelled across the world, including the North and South Poles. When you dive with her, she draws from all these experiences, making your dive truly memorable.

A PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer + trained to teach Nine Specialities that include:

Deep (up to 40m) | Enriched Air (Nitrox) | Wreck | Peak Performance Buoyancy| Digital Underwater Photography | Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation| Project AWARE Shark Conservation Diver | DPV | EFR primary care (CPR) & Secondary Care w/ AED

Abhishek Bhaskaran
Abhishek Bhaskaran Instructor

It is no coincidence that Abhishek has lived his whole life close to the ocean. Chennai, Andamans, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Maldives, Australia, Indonesia. He loves diving. And he’s dived in all those places, except in Singapore. He has a deep passion for the ocean and all its inhabitants. He’s spent hundreds of hours underwater decoding the behaviour of sharks and rays. He’s trained students from around the world. He’s also broken barriers by introducing hundreds of differently-abled persons to the underwater world through scuba diving. That includes the visual and hearing impaired, paraplegics, and quadriplegics. He’s also a health and fitness enthusiast. He’s a certified personal trainer and believes being healthy and strong enables one experience life to the fullest.

PADI Open Water Instructor

Enriched Air (Nitrox) | O2 Provider Speciality 

Abhishek Bhaskaran Instructor

It is no coincidence that Abhishek has lived his whole life close to the ocean. Chennai, Andamans, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Maldives, Australia, Indonesia. He loves diving. And he’s dived in all those places, except in Singapore. He has a deep passion for the ocean and all its inhabitants. He’s spent hundreds of hours underwater decoding the behaviour of sharks and rays. He’s trained students from around the world. He’s also broken barriers by introducing hundreds of differently-abled persons to the underwater world through scuba diving. That includes the visual and hearing impaired, paraplegics, and quadriplegics. He’s also a health and fitness enthusiast. He’s a certified personal trainer and believes being healthy and strong enables one experience life to the fullest.

PADI Open Water Instructor

Enriched Air (Nitrox) | O2 Provider Speciality 

Awards & Accolades

We received PADI recognition for “outstanding contribution to growing the sport in India”. Obviously, we were thrilled. What better accolade than one from the global diving authority? Our story with PADI is over five years old now and in that time, we’ve done over 400 certifications.

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