Staff Spotlight: Isa Fayos (PADI Regional Manager, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Monaco)


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Born in a multicultural family of sailors, divers and free divers, I was surrounded by unconditional love for the sea from a very early age. Growing up in Spain and going to a French school I began to dive in the south of France when I was 9 years old. I soon completed my PADI Open Water Diver course, and when I was 14, became a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. The amazing thing about my Advanced Open Water Diver course was that when I came back to the surface, after a magical night dive, I looked at my father and said: this is what I want to do!

Then age 20, I became a PADI instructor, you know… Dive, travel the world, meet people… And that’s exactly what I did. Visiting amazing countries and diving amazing spots: living the dream, or… the dream growing in me. Years later, I became a PADI Course Director, again a new experience and a new adventure. Finally in September 2016, I had the honour of being appointed PADI Regional Manager for France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Monaco.
I believe the sea teaches you. I believe I was lucky to discover my love and passion so young.

One thing that I can say about me is that I’m passionate about diving and everything related to teaching diving. For me PADI has always been “The Way the World Learns to Dive”, that’s the way I did, and that’s what I want to teach now :-)

When did you first learn to dive?

I learned to dive in 1989, in the South of France. I did my first dive in the Marine Reserve of Banyuls

How many dives have you done?

Over 12 000 dives

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought?

My first bit of dive equipment that I bought was a mask. My very own first mask. I used to always inherit the old ones from the rest of my family!

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be?

My mask

What is your favourite dive site in France?

Until now: Le cap Cerbère

What is your favourite dive site in the world?

Tulamben, Bali

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving?

Lost Frequencies – Are you with me

What is your favourite animal underwater?

Nudibranchs and sharks (two extremes)

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list?


What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives?

Water and Coffee

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be?

Drew Richardson, because of this:

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