About Us » The Team

The Lacadives team are a diverse and multifaceted collection of individuals with two things in common…we dive because we’re passionately in love with the sea, and we do everything we can to help conserve this wondrous liquid world. Beyond our numerous certifications with PADI, CMAS and DAN, here is a little introduction to the Lacadives team.

Sumer Verma

The CEO and working partner of Lacadives, Sumer (CMAS Course Director #INDXM310000080) has been diving the waters of India for the last 20 years and is one of the most experienced dive instructor & underwater photographer in the country (www.luminousdeep.com). His underwater imagery has earned him many national and international awards, and his work has appeared in a number of magazines, books and a variety of education material. He is a passionate educator who is constantly striving to increase awareness about the beauty and fragility of the underwater world, whether by teaching diving and photography, or conducting awareness programs in schools. Dividing his time between the Andaman Islands, and other dive destinations around the world for his photo and video assignments, Sumer has done more than 9,000 dives in these waters. In-tune and completely besotted by the wonders of the sea, he is a pleasure to dive and learn with.

Lochinvar Tavares:-

lochinvarLochinvar the COO of Lacadives has been with us since November 2013. Propelled by passion for adventure and formerly a Flight Analyst with Kingfisher Airlines, Lochinvar is also a Certified PADI Advanced Scuba Diver and EFR Certified himself. He has been lucky enough to be surrounded by many knowledgeable people in the past ( From the Corporate ladder of Aviation to Marine conservations & Ecologist, etc.) and nothing makes him more happy than sharing that knowledge. He has worked in the tourism industry for over 8 years and knows the importance of providing a professional and unforgettable experience. He is somebody who always sees the bright side of a situation and smiles to everyday life.


Nigel Jeffries:

NigelNigel joined the Lacadives dive team in early 2013 from handling the booking and enquiries, he is now an Instructor with the Lacadives team in Chidiya Tapu. Passionate, dedicated and goal driven, he will go above and beyond to ensure your experience with us is an unforgettable one. He was initially with Carlson & Wagonlit with a tourism background and believes in professional working with an awe inspiring experience for his clients. His love for marine life and the deep blue has got him addicted to diving.


Rahul Mitra:

rahulFrom the moment he surfaced from his first dive as an Advance open Water diver with Lacadives in 2013, He knew this is where his future lies. He immediately fell in love with the ocean and it was no big surprise. Adventure and nature has been an integral part of his life since childhood and has recently culminated into his career as well. Rahul joined the Lacadives team in the marketing and sales department in 2014 and now is a Drift Speciality Instructor with us. He believes that this is just the beginning of many great adventures to come. He loves to explore, travel, learn and has a good hand with the camera as well.