ABOUT US

Philosophy

Life is too short to waste time doing something you don’t love.  Therefore, we dedicate our lives to what we believe in and feel passionate about: the ocean.  We want to share the most wild expressions of Colombia’s oceans through life-changing, personal, and professional experiences that connect you with the bigger picture—experiences that go well beyond a “shallow” dive experience!  We aim to support the communities with whom we work to develop sustainable socio-ecological tourism opportunities by focusing on community-based diving practice, transformative educational design, and local economic development that first and foremost respects our natural and cultural diversity.  We are professional, experienced, and reliable; and we endorse a shared responsibility for the ocean, the world, and the global community.  We don’t strive to do things well, we strive to do them through excellence.

Vision

To create a diving community that connects with both of Colombia’s oceans and beyond, through sustainable dive practice and collaborative research centres.  Through partnership, our aim is to provide the opportunity for any individual to pursue learning, courses, and degrees related to diving, oceanography, marine biology, and other related disciplines that promote the health of our oceans.  Our vision is to work toward a more interconnected global environment through professional training and marine research based in Colombia, in ways that conserve natural and cultural resources through socio-ecological tourism practice, research, and education.

Approach

Through any of our plans, you are directly helping to support and direct the future of our eco-social projects.  It’s simple: Your experience helps others.  No need to donate, just enjoy.  Your smile creates smiles.

Team

Team CUE is comprised of dive-certified leaders under the international agencies of PADI and SDI/TDI, bringing together a network of professionals actively involved in oceanography, photography, design, marketing, tourism, psychology, education, conservation, and rural development.  Together, we aim to create a safe, professional, accommodating, and reliable team ready for any adventure that promotes the health of our oceans.

 

Andrés Gómez Copello
Andrés Gómez Copello

Co-founder/Owner - C.E.O. - PADI MSDT

Andrés is a passionate oceanographer with specializations in marine ecology and PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT).  He has worked with research teams related to coral reefs (Australia), sharks (South Africa), whales (South Africa), and turtles (Colombia), and he has been diving for almost a decade around Asia, Australia, South Africa, Central America, and South America.  He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

Favorite Expedition: Punta Gallinas Sharks–Project Puyuii

Juana Chaparro
Juana Chaparro

Owner - Human Resources Manager - PADI Divemaster

Juana is a psychologist passionate for people, the oceans, and above all, travel.  She is dedicated to organizing events of the International Association of Handicap Divers (IAHD), and planning all organizational details for CUE’s projects and expeditions.

Favorite Expedition: Diving and sailing in the Caribbean

Francisco Acosta
Francisco Acosta

Owner - Advertising Manager - Photographer

Francisco is a Colombian publicist passionate for photography, new experiences, and life in general.  He is an outstanding texture photographer and the most exceptional CUE Guide of the Colombian Pacific.

Favorite Expedition: Sardine Season, Chocó, Colombia

Juan Camilo Franco
Juan Camilo Franco

Volunteer Program Coordinator – PADI Divemaster

Juan Camilo is an industrial engineer passionate for traveling, diving, and the natural and cultural richnesses of Colombia. He is in charge of coordinated and structuring volunteer programs for people interested in exploring a country and contributing in environmental conservation, and social and economical development within the communities we interact though diving. He speaks spanish, english and german.

Favorite Expedition: Humpback Whale Season, Chocó, Colombia

Felipe Gonzalez
Felipe Gonzalez

Co-founder PUYUII proyect - Manager Adventi

Felipe is the manager of Adventi, a tourist agency specialized in visiting unique routes around Colombia.  He is the most knowledgeable CUE Guide of the northern territory of Colombia: La Guajira.  He invaluably dedicates his time to promote the socio–cultural ties of the Wayuú community as an integral part of project PUYUII.

Favorite expedition: Punta Gallinas Sharks–Project PUYUII

Jennifer McRuer
Jennifer McRuer

Researcher - Partner and Director of CUE Canada

Jenny has been diving with CUE for more than a year–learning, providing, and applying extensive conservation, research, and educational knowledge.  With a background in Biology and an MSc in Conservation and Rural Development, she is now completing her PhD which brought her back to the Caribbean Coast of Colombia to pursue sustainability education-, community-based conservation-, and ecotourism-related fieldwork.  An adventuresome soul, she has worked with community-based research teams in Canada and abroad over the years…but Nova Scotia and Colombia are the places she calls home.  She is the Director of CUE Canada, working to promote, plan, and execute international diving expeditions from the North to the South.  She holds current certification as a Rescue Diver with Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care, and is looking forward to continued diving with CUE.

Favorite Expedition: Providencia, Colombia

Salvador Carmona
Salvador Carmona

Partner and Director of CUE Chile

Salvador, when not representing the cultural agency, La Vieja Ciudad, in Santiago, is the Director of CUE Chile.  With CUE, he works to promote, plan, and execute unique expeditions from Chile to Colombia.

Favorite Expedition: Rosario Islands, Cartagena, Colombia

Juan Vega
Juan Vega

Underwater photographer

Juan is the author of all the photographs on the website. In case you are interest in any of his photographs, please write him directly: juanvegadive@hotmail.com

Work with us

If you are passionate about the ocean, enjoy being part of a team, crave travel, and are keen to discover new places in Colombia…We want you to introduce yourself!

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