Meet our Team

Our Team

Photos Socratous

Managing Director
I’m Photos and I am the owner of Cydive. I have owned Cydive for 22 years, and designed and built the Cydive facilities that we use today! You will often find me around the dive centre or as the Captain of Cydive II. I like to make sure that all of Cydives customers are happy and enjoying themselves. I learnt to dive from a young age and still dive regularly for fun. My favourite dive site is Devil’s Head. I used to dive a lot here with my friends when we were younger. The topography is very interesting with a huge bowl and a large swim through. There are also lots of fish around the island.
Our Team

Mick Bygate

Master Instructor
I’m Mick, and I have been working at Cydive for 22 years! I learnt to dive and became an instructor when I was in the military which meant I was able to dive around the world. I have been teaching PADI and BSAC course for over 23 years. My favorite dive site is Big Steps, this is a great deep dive! I like this dive site because you can do lots of different routes all in the same site. The topography is also great, making it a very scenic and relaxing dive site!

Sophie Pearson

IDC Staff Instructor
Hi, my name is Sophie, I am an IDC Staff Instructor and have been diving for 12 years. I am working towards my Master Instructor rating and hope to continue sharing my passion for the ocean with others. I love teaching kids to dive as they are so curious about the underwater world and everything they see amazes them! I recently took up underwater photography and am really enjoying learning about corals and marine life whether they’re big or small. My favourite dive site is Geronisos Island, this dive site has depths of 12,18 and 35m so there’s something for every level of diver. A huge swim cave offers great encrusted marine life and photo opportunities!

Pascal Socratous

IDC Staff Instructor
Hi, I’m Pascal and I am a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. I am bilingual, speaking both English and Greek fluently which gives me the opportunity to share my passion with both locals and English speaking divers. I have been diving for nearly 12 years and still have the same passion as when I started. Diving gives me the escape from the every day life and takes me to a place of beauty and calmness. My favorite dive site is Manijin Island as it offers swim throughs and beautiful topography, not forgetting the variety of marine life. I love diving for fun both day and night as i get to experience all types of marine life. Teaching people how to dive and passing on my passion through that first breath underwater is why I love to do it everyday.

Pavlos Zerpeteas

Master Scuba Diver Trainer
My name is Pavlos and I am a PADI OWSI. I’m currently working my way towards Master Scuba Diver Trainer which I am aiming to achieve this season. I am born and raised in Cyprus, so Greek is my first language. Throughout my time at Cydive I have also been learning English. Diving is my escape from day to day life, it gives me the chance to explore, travel and meet new people everyday. Every dive is a new adventure! My favorite dive site is the MS Zenobia, a world famous wreck! I love wreck dives and Zenobia ticks all my boxes! The marine life here is unique and you often don’t find it at other sites. My plan is to continue my adventure and show everyone I dive with, the love I have for adventure and the ocean.

Anna Przepiorka

Hello, my name is Anna and I am from Russia. I have been living in Cyprus since 2017. I am a very positive person and love the sea and beach a lot. I’m proud to be part of a company team that is like an extended family in many ways. I enjoy what i do and am surrounded by a fantastic team of understanding and amazing people.
Our Team


Customer Support
I’m Nitrox, I made Cydive my home in 2020 and have decided to stay! I’m called Nitrox because of the mix of colours in my fur just like the mix of gases in a nitrox cylinder. My job is supervising all of Cydive, I like to help in the reception, watch over the pool and hide in between the wetsuits. I have my very own office and am here to offer support to all of our divers. I love to chat to everyone when they arrive and keep their laps warm when they get back from diving!

After a busy 2 years of hard work I will be retiring in the new year. I loved chasing the birds at Cydive and seeing all the customers but I cant wait to spend my days snoozing in the sun at home!

Amrit Bajagain

Dive Crew
Hi, my name is Amrit and I am from Nepal. I have been working with the Cydive team for two years. I like my job and the friend I have made, we respect each other. My job at Cydive is to make tea, coffee and offer fruits to all divers. I also help to get all of the equipment ready for DSD and push trolley to the beautiful sea. After the dive I help to clean all equipment and check for problems or damage. Personally I am a kind and soft heart person. I like make new friends and to talk to all of our customers. My job at Cydive is helping all our team members.

Ioannis Aresti

My name is Ioannis and I am the Captain at Cydive. My love for the sea started from young, I took my first steps into diving when I was in the Cyprus special forces. I then worked as a Captain for water sports, mainly doing parasailing and in my free time I used to dive for fun. In 2020 I joined the Cydive team. Not only do I drive the boat but I also get to go diving with some awesome people at some great sites! This year I’m progressing my diving adventure and looking at tackling the Dive Master course. This way I’ll be able to lead divers and show them some great places hidden beneath the surface. My favorite dive site is Palloura, known to the locals as the magic mountain! This site is a deep dive which is usually home to some bigger dusky groupers as well as a variety of juvenile fish which just light up the area.

Karen Karslian

Freelance Instructor
Hi! My name is Karen and I’m from Moscow, Russia. I haver been a diving instructor since 2013. I love diving, as it is a fantastic possibility to be creative and passionate! All the people who touch this world never forget this experience! In diving you can find any kind of activity, starting from relaxation, enjoying the underwater world, escaping from everyday routine. At the end of the day you find yourself communicating with beautiful people, caring about the life, the world, and each other! And it’s both – professionals and simple divers. Even the very beginners immediately become the members of the family! And Planet Ocean is our home! I can teach in Russian, English and German. Cydive is a fantastic team of great professionals and wonderful people! I’m proud to be part of the team. My favorite dive site is the one we are diving at the moment. The beauty is in our eyes! Manijin is cool! Gives you many opportunities to see different things. See you underwater!

George Vrouvides

Freelance Instructor
I’m George, and I have been actively teaching since 2004. During my time as a Master Instructor I have certified nearly 1000 people! I can teach in 3 different languages, English, Greek and French. Additionally to being a diving instructor, I also teach pool lifeguarding and first aid within hotels. My favourite dive site is St George Island/Kakoskali. Kakoskali has different depth levels from 5, 12 to 30+m. There is also lots of areas to explore and marine life to see. Every time you dive here you have a different experience!