Sean Wichman

Director of Land Operations

Sean grew up in Rarotonga. He is the director of Island Way Adventures and Adventure Hire.

Sean is a true Cook Islander, meaning he has blood not only from the Cooks, but also from many European countries. He was born and raised into the entertainment arena. He is a professional dancer and has been working in the tourism industry for many years. Although Sean has a very laid back personality, he is an active sports person and has won top sports awards since the days he was in the Juniors and continued through to his days in the Premiere grades of Rugby and Rugby League. His sports and entertainment achievements have taken him around the World to Oceania, America, Europe, and Asia.

Sean was educated in Rarotonga. After completing his NCEA Level 3 at College, he joined the Sports Academy to pursue a career in outdoor activities. After graduation, he started diver training to become a dive professional. He became a PADI Divemaster in 2008 and holds a Cook Islands Boat Master Certification. He also holds a First Aid and Emergency First Response Certification and has good knowledge on local healing remedies.
Sean is a proud father of three, having one girl and two boys.
When you don’t find him guiding divers or snorkelers, servicing bikes, hiking, dancing or drumming, Sean will man the office.

Patrick Jaletzky

Director of Sea Operations

Pat moved to Rarotonga in 2004. He worked for four years as a full time dive instructor on the island before teaming up with Sean to form Adventure Cook Islands. Pat is the director of Sea Operations.

Pat grew up in Cologne, Germany. Having a French mother, a German father, a Polish family name and an Irish first name, he is real fruit salad like Sean and many islanders.

Patrick discovered his love for underwater exploration at a young age during his annual family vacations in Brittany in the 1980’s. He started scuba diving in his teens with the World Underwater Federation, doing his first dives in chilling 5°C waters around Cologne. Pat became a dive instructor in the late 90’s and has worked for many dive centres throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Canary Islands, South-East Asia and Micronesia.

He holds various recreational and technical diving instructor certifications with PADI, SSI, TDI, SDI and DAN. Patrick is an avid mixed gas rebreather diver, enjoys underwater photography and freediving and loves exploring any waters. Pat is also a qualified Remotely Operated Vehicle Pilot and Technician and has worked on oil rigs and construction vessels in the commercial offshore industry in the North Sea and Asia. He holds a New Zealand commercial skippers license and is fluent in English, German and French and speaks basic Spanish.

Carina Wenzel

Diving Instructor and Handywoman

Carina joined Adventure Cook Islands in 2013. Like Patrick, she grew up in Cologne as well and even went to school together with Patrick. During her travels throughout Oceania she visited Patrick and decided to stay. She moved to the Cook Islands in 2011 where she started diving and quickly moved up the diving ladder. Carina is a PADI and SSI dive instructor and holds a Cook Islands Boat Master Certificate.

Carina went to university in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. After moving back to Germany, she decided to become a cabinet maker by trade. After successfully completing her trades apprenticeship in Cologne, Carina moved to Italy, where she specialised in antique furniture restoration. She started and operated her own restoration business for 6 years in the region of Vicenza, between Venice and Verona. Carina is truly multilingual, she speaks fluent German, English, Dutch and Italian, as well as French.

When Carina is not teaching dive courses or guiding divers, she maintains our rental fleet of bicycles, scooters and other equipment, maintains the buildings or our grounds or builds office furniture. You also find her in the office renting out equipment and taking bookings.