Staff Spotlight: Tayi Orri (Consultant, Training and Quality Management)


Contact Details:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0) 117 300 7234

A quick bio:

The first time I used a mask and a pair of fins was in a swimming pool in Patagonia in 1991 when I was almost two years old. My parents owned a PADI Dive Resort and soon I became a diver. I snorkelled at the sea for the first time when I was 3 years old and I begun to scuba dive in the cold waters of Patagonia with sea lions and dolphins at the age of 10. After becoming a music teacher at the University of Almería in Spain, I became a PADI Instructor and quickly progressed to become an IDC Staff Instructor in 2011. I worked as an IDC Staff Instructor for two years in Spain and last year I worked in the Dominican Republic. I joined PADI in January 2014 as a Training and Quality Management consultant.

When did you first learn to dive?

I did my first dive in Puerto Madryn Argentina, as a kid. But I got certified many years later in Spain.

How many dives have you done?


What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought?

A shining yellow mask and a wetsuit made to measure! I was so tiny!

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be? 

My mask!

What is your favourite dive site in the UK?

I have made just two dives in the UK for now. They were in Swanage and I had a great time diving with Almudena Pineiro J. We saw two really nice small rays!

What is your favourite dive site in the world?

I think I need to dive in more places to answer this question, but I love to dive in Almeria (South of Spain). It´s beautiful to dive in the ancient reefs form by the “Posidonia oceánica” (sea grass) and find all kind of hidden creatures in them!

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving?

Any happy song!!! I love music!

What is your favourite animal underwater?

Flabellina!!! I love all the mini life! But I also love all kind of rays!

What animal would you love to see on your next dive?

A whale shark! That will be awesome! J

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list?

Maldives, Thailand, Bahamas, Cayman Island, Iceland! I have a really long list!

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives?

Cribs, chocolate, sandwiches…

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be?

All my family and boyfriend together! We are all divers! 🙂