For this month's feature on Meet the Team, we interviewed one of the longest-serving team members of Meeru, Ahmed Hameed.
Ahmed has worked in Meeru for almost 14 years. Having initially joined as a Boat Crew in 2007, Ahmed quickly worked his way up the career ladder to be promoted as Captain.
In his current role, Hameed is the captain of Meeru's classic timber motor yacht Kamana Yacht which takes the guests on numerous excursions including the sunset yacht cruising to overnight sailing.
Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and your background, where are you from and where you have worked and how it has shaped you?
I was born and raised in Lh. Naifaru. However today I live with my family N. Henbadhoo. It is where I call home now.
Q: Why did you decide to become a Boat Crew/Captain?
Growing up, I loved to watch people sail. The old boats back then were a thing of fascination for me to watch, how they operated and how the people sailed them so effortlessly. This was when I started developing an interest in being a Captain.
I also loved the fact that being a Captain meant providing a great service to people in getting them from point A to point B safely. As this is a job that makes you responsible for a lot of people’s lives, I am always extra careful and take my responsibility very seriously.
Q: What do you love most about your work?
I always try to be a team player and try to lead by example. I do my best to impart whatever knowledge I have gained over the years to my team. I strongly believe that there is always room for growth and improvement and so I always encourage my team to learn new things to stay on top of their game.
Q: What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not at work?
I have always enjoyed playing and watching football and Volleyball.
In addition to that, I of course love going for a swim, line fishing, and spear-fishing as well.
Photo: Kamana during sunset
Q: What safety measures can you advise when onboard?
I never forget that I carry the lives of many people every day- multiple times. So my number one rule is to always follow the safety measures implemented by the government and to follow safety policies laid out by the resort.
For my passengers, I would always encourage them to follow the instructions of the boat captain.
Q: What is your favorite excursion?
My favourite excursion offered by the resort is Turtle Explorer. This is a full-day trip exploring the marine life of multiple locations and it gives me such joy to be able to watch these beautiful reefs.
Guest can meet Ahmed while on excursions on the Kamana. Excursions