Founder / Trustee
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. He is an SSI Master Instructor and PADI IDC Staff Instructor. He is one of the most highly qualified dive instructors in India and has been diving since the last 30 years.
Roanna Silveira graduated with an M.Sc. in microbiology and a deep interest in marine research.
While working as a project assistant at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, she was particularly fascinated by coral reef conservation. Her work gave her the opportunity to collect samples on the reefs at Mandapam, Tamil Nadu, where she was awestruck by the incredible world underwater and disturbed to see how much has been destroyed leading her towards pursuing a career in reef conservation research where she hopes to contribute to further our knowledge about the oceans and ways to protect it and undo the damage already done.