Diving

Dive Staff

Alexandre Barclais

A French native, Alexandre Barclais has been diving since the age of ten — but it wasn’t until he decided to live in French Polynesia that he really fell in love with the sport. He considers the region — and especially the Tuamotu island of Rangiroa — a paradise for anyone who loves the sea. “The marine life is so rich, you never cease to be amazed,” he says.

Alexandre especially enjoys working aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, where he can teach diving and share his love of the sea with our guests. When not at sea, he enjoys traveling, athletics, and cooking.

Sail on select voyages with Sport Coordinator Alexandre Barclais on board The Gauguin.

Maud Tarico

Hailing from France, Maud Tarico has been diving since the age of 23, entranced by the underwater world’s silence, three-dimensional quality, and marine life — especially its hammerhead and tiger sharks.

Aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, she is dedicated to making our guests happy while also sharing her passion for diving and helping them discover marine life and care about the delicate environment in which our ship sails. Aboard ship, she appreciates the opportunity to dive in different spots, depending on the itinerary. “French Polynesia offers the best dives, with clear water and different species of sharks,” she says.

When not at sea, Maud enjoys traveling, athletics, and reading.

Sail on select voyages with Sport Coordinator Maud Tarico on board The Gauguin.

Clement Casadei

With six years on staff aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin under his belt, Clement Casadei feels right at home in French Polynesia. He loves being at sea — both above and below the waves — visiting dream destinations and getting to know The Gauguin’s guests and crew. “Everyone dreams of visiting French Polynesia, so being paid to be there is such a privilege,” he says.

Clement experienced his first dive when he was just 11 years old. He had been spending a lot of time snorkeling and freediving, but it was frustrating to him not to be able to stay underwater longer. SCUBA diving allowed him to get closer to marine life and to, as he puts it, “enjoy this complete new world.” That includes viewing everything from pygmy seahorses and mandarinfish to whale sharks and even the great white shark!

He appreciates that his job allows him to share the wonders of the deep with guests of The Gauguin, and he never forgets that his first responsibility is to make sure his dive students have fun — always in total safety.

When he’s not at sea, Clement calls Le Havre, in Normandy, France, home. His hobbies include underwater photography, world travel, and cooking.

Sail on select voyages with Marina Supervisor Clement Casadei on board The Gauguin.

Mihimana Tetuaiterai

A native Tahitian, Mihimana Tetuaiterai is proof that it’s never too late to pursue a new interest: he didn’t take his first dive until he was age 39. Today, he is an avid diver. “I fell in love with diving because I can get closer to the fish I was before only able to see from the surface,” he says. He cites lemon sharks in the waters off Moorea as the most fascinating sea creatures he’s seen on his dives so far.

As Assistant Sports Coordinator, Mihimana helps to oversee guests’ safety during dives and assists them with their gear when they resurface. On the job, he feels that meeting people from all over the world and sharing their experiences is his biggest reward. When not on the job, he enjoys the art of tattoo and playing the ukulele.

Sail with Assistant Sports Coordinator Mihimana Tetuaiterai on board select voyages of The Gauguin.

Marcel Attencourt

Marcel Attencourt was only eleven years old when he first experienced the joy of diving. He recalls that he could spend hours exploring marine life by snorkeling and freediving. But SCUBA diving gave him the opportunity to stay underwater longer and observe even more creatures of the sea. “It is a very nice sensation,” he says. One particularly memorable dive for the native of Carqueirane, in the Var region of France, occurred in Argentina, where he spent an hour SCUBA diving with sea lions. They were, in his words, “playful and curious like young puppies.”

Today, as Dive Instructor aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, he strives to give novice divers more confidence by focusing on safety. He also appreciates the fact that working on The Gauguin allows him to experience a different dive site every day and to show a variety of marine animals to guests during their cruise.

When not at work, Marcel enjoys riding his kite surf—“when the wind is good,” he says—and traveling the world to discover other cultures and meet new people.

Sail with Dive Instructor Marcel Attencourt on board select voyages of The Gauguin.

Joan Casabo

Marseille, France, native Joan Casabo was ten years old when he made his first dive, and he thrilled to the underwater world that was revealed to him: the variety of species he could view, the ambiance, and the freedom of movement the sport allows. Today, as a Sports Coordinator with Paul Gauguin Cruises, he enjoys teaching diving to others, because every dive is different and because “it’s always a pleasure to see how the underwater experience can transform someone,” he says.

He enjoys the fact that working on The Gauguin allows him to explore a different diving spot every day, while also giving him the opportunity to dive in some of the best spots in the world—including the Tuamotus and the Marquesas. He especially likes the topography and the abundance of fish and sharks to be found in the passes off the Tuamotu island of Fakarava.

On his own time, Joan likes to free dive—but he also likes to take to the mountains, where he can ski and hike.

Sail with Sports Coordinator Joan Casabo on board select voyages of The Gauguin.