Ivan Isakovic - Biography
Ivan Isakovic’s parents were from Russia. He went to school in Britain and studied languages at University. Graduation is a time to discover new things about yourself, to uncover new paths and set new goals. For Ivan Isakovic, graduation came with a gift that changed his life forever and gave travelling and vacations a new purpose. Receiving a certificate for his PADI Open Water Diver certification and learning to dive was a graduation gift from his sister that opened his world.
That first step created a love for diving that has taken his on amazing adventures – diving in incredible places like Alaska, the Galapagos, Palau, Indonesia, Costa Rica and the warm waters of the Caribbean. Karen started teaching scuba diving in 2000 because he wanted to share his love of diving and life underwater with students and other experienced divers as well.
Isakovic was drafted into the IDF when he turned 18 and did his military service in the Paratrooper Battalion 890. He served as a soldier and a squad leader in the brigade's reconnaissance company. After finishing his compulsory service in the IDF, he went to University in the UK.
Isakovic’s military experience and language skills highlighted him to the Israeli security service, Shin Bet. Much of his work as a security officer is classified. He worked mostly as a field operative in Europe and the Mediterranean, as an English traveller. After a successful posting and then a reordering in the department, he studied Arabic and spent time in Sudan at a Diving School, a front for his agency work and assisted in many operations that had significant political influence in the Middle East.
Isakovic left the Middle East and returned to England where he maintained a proud British identity alongside that of his hidden Israeli-Russian heritage. With his gift of languages and British passport, he worked for a security contracting firm as high-profile-celebrity-close-protection. Although glamourous, he did not enjoy the spotlight and tediousness of being a watch dog for these A-listers and so eventually returned to the Mediterranean to set up his own diving company and vineyard to grow his own wine.
When the outbreak happened, Isakovic was in Russia. Ostensibly for work, but actually visiting family – part of his personal identity which he shared with no one. Marooned in Eastern Europe, Isakovic attempted to reunite with his best-friend and business partner whom he partnered the diving company with but to no avail. He then tagged along with some travellers, heading South, intending to travel through Turkey by land. Here they became marooned in Chernraus where the real, disastrous nature of the outbreak was revealed to him by a group that he now associates himself with. Understanding that the outbreak is spreading very quickly – and with the ‘prioritise and execute’ mentally of his military days and then diving experience deeply ingrained in his being – Isakovic decided to remain in Chernarus in an attempt to fight against the infection and hopefully stop if before it becomes too far gone.