Hailing from the region of Andalucía in Southern Spain, Ruben is the latest addition to the Sea Saba team. Growing up by the Mediterranean Sea and the Gibraltar Strait, Ruben began free-diving as a child. After a stint as a professional handball player (the European team version) in his teens he successfully completed a degree in automation robotics. He worked in this field for several years in both Parma (Italy) and Dublin (Ireland), which is where he developed his excellent command of English (no easy feat when you consider the added embellishments of the ‘Oirish lilt’!!). But as Ruben can also speak fluent French and Italian, as well as his native Spanish, it’s easy to see how he picks up new languages with ease (watch this space – he’s now working on his Portuguese!!). He also managed to find time to do a course in social work, the fruits of which you can see reflected in his patient demeanor, especially when working with nervous or new divers.
Bitten by the travel bug Ruben decided to take a break from robots and backpacked across the Middle East stopping in Jordan, Israel and finally Egypt, where he rekindled his love of free diving in the Red Sea. When offered the opportunity of an internship in social work in Mexico he leapt (like a jumping bean?!) at the chance. Inspired by the dive tourism in Mexico, Ruben learned to dive on his next backpacking spree in Utila, and was immediately hooked. He fast tracked his way up the ladder, and after completing his PADI Instructor course he returned to Spain working two summer seasons in the Med, before moving back towards Mexico way to work in Roatan.
After a year working in bustling Roatan, Ruben was inspired to look for a smaller, less touristy location, which he certainly found in Saba! Ruben was first struck by the friendliness and warmth of the island’s people, and loves to spend his free time walking around the villages and chatting to the people he meets…though take the opportunity when you have it – he also loves to run so you may just see a Ruben shaped blur!! His favorite thing to see underwater is sharks…sharks… sharks!! So look forward to seeing Ruben bust some underwater break-dancing moves when he spots one gliding by!!