Our Team


Venkatesh Charloo – Founder / TrusteeVenkat diving photo

Bachelor of Commerce – Bangalore University Certified Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor certified with Professional Association of Diving Instructors

A banker by profession, Venkat worked in Hong Kong for 11 years between 1984 and 1995 before deciding to quit the rat race and start recreational scuba diving in Goa, India, in Nov 1995. He joined Barracuda Diving India as a freelance instructor, becoming a partner in 1996 and then taking over the company as a Sole Proprietor in 1997. He is passionate about marine conservation , and founded Coastal Impact with the intention of building awareness about marine ecosystems and motivating people to become divers and ‘ocean ambassadors’ , as well as join in to save Goa’s precious marine life.