The Team 2019-09-06T17:00:35+08:00

Your Dive Guides for Komodo National Park

Sergio Palazuelos, MSDT

Dreamer of all the things, Philosopher and Scuba Instructor

Over five years ago, I dreamt of becoming a scuba instructor and travel all over the world making a living from my passion. In 2014 I finally did it and have been traveling ever since. I have worked in Mexico, Indonesia, Maldives and the Philippines, teaching scuba diving and sharing my passion for the ocean.

I was born in Madrid, Spain and before my life as a scuba instructor, I studied and worked as a Pharmacist. During that career, one trip to Asia completely changed my life trajectory. It was then that I realized I wanted a more mindful way of working and living, a life of Asmara (link to boat page). Another passion of mine is language and as such, I speak Spanish, English, and French as well as some Italian, Russian and Indonesian.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my friends and family, travel, transcendental discussions, board games, singing and reading. One day I would like to add playing the guitar to that list!

Aitor Diaz, Course Director

Number 1 fan of the show Supernatural, and Scuba Instructor

The last five years I have worked specifically on training dive professionals, combining my passion for teaching and the ocean with the second favorite thing, organizing the daily activities at Azul Unlimited.

I was born in Jaen, Spain and have always been involved with outdoor adventure sports; everything from mountaineering in the Himalayas to white water kayaking in the Andes. My goal in everything I do is to mix these adrenaline sports with teaching so that others can enjoy bringing sport and nature together as one.

In my free time, I like to be outside in the forest or on the beach, especially if it means exploring with my dog, Chala. I have also grown to appreciate sharing a good wine with my partner, Sarah and her mini satelite (also known as a dog), Abby.

Sarah Miller, IDC Staff Instructor

Yoga Teacher and Scuba Instructor

I started diving in 2012 in Koh Tao, Thailand. I planned on being there for four days for my Open Water Course and stayed four months, moving all the way through Divemaster… It wasn’t until I went diving for the first time in California that I started to take diving more seriously and eventually decide to do my instructor training. There, I met Aitor and knew my life had changed.

After finishing my course, I went back to CA to teach in the chilly, often murky waters of the central coast. One year later, I moved my life to Mexico, dog and all. Once there, I started assisting in IDCs and teaching recreational courses in Playa del Carmen. For the last two years, Aitor and I have been a team, teaching Divemasters and IDCs.

Outside of diving, I teach yoga and love to go stand up paddle boarding with my pups. If you’re talking to us on social media, it’s more than likely that I’m the one behind the keyboard so take a second and say hello!

Laura Rasku, Open Water Scuba Instructor

Future marketing extraordinaire and Scuba Instructor

When I was on my first backpacking trip in 2015, I enrolled in the Open Water Course in Gili Air thinking that diving is one of the things everyone should try once in a lifetime… Well, I was totally hooked and started to dream of becoming an instructor.

I’m from the small town, Seinäjoki, Finland. (Believe me, Finnish people can get cold under the Indonesian sun!) I have always enjoyed all kinds of sports: soccer, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing, to name a few. I dreamt about a career where I can be active, close to nature and surrounded by like-minded people. It still took me a while to commit to my real passion since a life of scuba diving isn’t very common in Finland. I finally finished my IDC this year and now I’m happy diving in Komodo. Diving gives me great thrill as well as meditative moments underwater. It has also made me more conscious of my lifestyle choices (I’m vegan and try my best to live a plastic-free life!).

In my free time, I like to go running, take a yoga class or lay on the beach reading a book. Currently, I’m slowly trying to learn some Spanish to keep up with the crew! I’m the newbie here, but very eager to learn from my awesome mentors and students along the way. Hope to see you in Komodo soon!