With eight years on staff aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin under his belt, Clement Casadei feels right at home in French Polynesia. He loves being at sea — both above and below the waves — visiting dream destinations and getting to know The Gauguin’s guests and crew. “Everyone dreams of visiting French Polynesia, so being paid to be there is such a privilege,” he says.
Clement experienced his first dive when he was just 11 years old. He had been spending a lot of time snorkeling and freediving, but it was frustrating to him not to be able to stay underwater longer. SCUBA diving allowed him to get closer to marine life and to, as he puts it, “enjoy this complete new world.” That includes viewing everything from pygmy seahorses and mandarinfish to whale sharks and even the great white shark!
He appreciates that his job allows him to share the wonders of the deep with guests of The Gauguin, and he never forgets that his first responsibility is to make sure his dive students have fun — always in total safety.
When he’s not at sea, Clement calls Le Havre, in Normandy, France, home. His hobbies include underwater photography, world travel, and cooking.
Sail on select voyages with Marina Supervisor Clement Casadei on board The Gauguin.