Sami Paakkarinen is a diver and professional instructor from Finland. Those who know him well would describe him as a dive enthusiast. Born in a city by the sea, he spent his early years by the water. During his younger years, he fell in love with the life above and beneath the water. Sami took his first scuba diving course as soon it was possible, in 1995; and ever since, diving has been a way of life for him.
With the desire to put his whole focus on diving, in 2011, Sami made decision to leave his day job and started to work full time for Sampo Dive, his own dive company. Sami is a technical, cave, and rebreather instructor based in Finland; but he regularly travels the world to teach.
When Sami is not teaching, you can find him in some corner of the world seeking out new caves or wrecks. His team, Divers of the Dark, has discovered many new wrecks in Baltic Sea and have participated in some of the most challenging cave explorations.
Over the past few years, Plura Cave system in Norway has fascinated Sami and his team. They have systematically pushed the cave further and further. Finally, in 2013, they connected the Steinugleflåget Cave to the Plura Cave system. The connection is 2km long and reaches 132m deep. This connection is the deepest sump ever passed.
Telling the stories of the caves and wrecks is what Sami believes in. His goal is to always bring back information useful to the environment or history. He is a prolific videographer and photographer, and uses his skills to document all that he dives.
When it comes to scooters, Sami has had lots of experience with different brands and models, but they have always fallen short of his and his team’s requirements. After many difficult and demanding dives, the only brand not to fail him has been Dive Xtras.
"Cudas have been the most reliable tools for us, whatever project we are doing, I know that these scooters are up to it. When it comes to extreme depths, long distances or speed, nothing in the market compares with what these scooters can offer."
- Sami Paakkarinen