Evolution is owned and run by 2 passionate divers, who love the Philippines and want to share their enjoyment with others.
The owners shared philosophies of quality facilties and services are the foundation of the Evolution model. With diving as the primary focus they aim to provide interesting and safe training designed and taught in a way to maximise students retention of information. Additionally they hope they can empower their friends and students to explore the excitments of the underwater world in they same way they do; with a well organised infrastructure of equipment, boats and staff to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Being firm believers in sucking out the best life has to offer Evolution is designed to create a meeting place for divers and non-divers out of the water, a social melting pot that makes you want to return again and again. You’ll see staff and owners in the bar and the restaurant every night…and more than likely you’ll be chatting to them over a cold drink at some point during your trip.
Matt Reed – TDI Instructor Trainer – Evolution Partner
Matt is an experienced technical diver and instructor trainer having studied with some of the world’s best, and has worked as a full time instructor since 1999 and a technical instructor for over 11 years in some enviable locations including The Red Sea, Belize, Dominican Republic, Palau, Truk Lagoon, and of course the UK. Now based in the Philippines since 2003 Matt has made the country his full time home and enjoys the warm climate, and lots of sun.
Matt teaches all courses through Advanced Trimix including the brand new TDI Helitrox class and rebreather classes on the Pelagian DCCCR. Matt also offers Instructor level courses all the way up to Advanced Trimix and Advanced Wreck. His courses are all built upon his wealth of real tech diving experience from around the world and Matt’s favorite class to teach is the advanced wreck class. Although if you’re just getting started then Matt will also be happy to chat with you about the intricacies of any level of diving.
Specialising in trimix and overhead environment training Matt’s current diving sees him exploring virgin wrecks in the Malapascua area such as the Mogami Maru an unexplored Japanese ship from WW2, which is home to a number of treasures.
Matt is originally from England and has a degree in Audio Technology as well as an NVQ in Engineering. When he’s not working Matt likes to spend time with his friends, reading, or cultivating his Bonsai collection; but mostly enjoys teaching his daughter Lilja the first steps in her diving career…learning to snorkel.
David Joyce – TDI Trimix Instructor & Master Scuba Diver Trainer – Evolution Partner
As a TDI Trimix Instructor and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, David has introduced many students to the wonderful world of diving and helped many more evolve their diving skills and capabilities through both recreational and technical diving. Diving for over 14 years, and a PADI pro since 2002, David has dived in a variety of oceans, lakes, caves and wrecks on five Continents.
When he’s not teaching David indulges his other diving passions – underwater photography and technical diving and exploration. As an Advanced Wreck, Advanced Trimix and Pelagian DCCCR diver there are few nooks and crannies off limits and Matt and David regularly plan their next Great Dive together.
If its not deep or dirty David will happily spend hours in the shallows stalking Crinoid Shrimp, Blue Ring Octopus and anything else that passes his camera lens. As a former TV Director and Producer David has an eye for the weird and wonderful and is now more then happy to be venting his creative flair on the varied and magical inhabitants of Malapscua where he lives full time with his young family.
Gino, JoJo and Alex are your local guides on daily dives with Evolution. We broke our calculator trying to figure out their combined number of dives – just not enough zeroes. Diving in Evolution’s preferred backplate and wing the guys present perfect trim and are the talk (and envy) of the local dive community on the island and are a great example of how divers should look in the water. These three can find a baby Frogish in seagrass at 50 fin kicks and know where all the best critters hide.
All are solid family men and when not diving enjoy basketball, time with their kids and the occasional cock fight.
The Mondterde ‘Mafia’
The Monterdes are a well know Malapascuan family who have been working the high seas for generations. All Monterde men set sail from a young age and work on fishing boats up and down the country but happily we have rerouted a few of them into a more sustainable way of life.
Roger, Rolly and Robin are three brothers and they captain the Evolution dive fleet of Beagle, Haldane and Tantalus respectively. Known for their good humour, big smiles and hard work the the three brothers drive the most well oiled boat crews on the island making sure our divers have to do as little as possible.
The Craic Dealers
Our “Craic Dealers” have been entertaining the customers for years and many of our former guests consider them great friends. Although Malapascua remains a remote paradise island, we always like to have a nice fun, friendly environment to relax in when we eat or drink, or just hang out with friends. The local girls will explain the special menu we have, and how it is all prepared. They will also mix you cocktails, fruit juices, or just find you an ice cold beer.
They have great knowledgeable about island life and are happy to share their experiences so you will almost certainly find yourself chatting with one of the ‘dealers’ about what your next fix should be!