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Go Pro with Pro Dive International in Mexico in 2022

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Follow your dreams! Go Pro with Pro Dive International in Mexico to start moving your office under water, enjoy endless summer and scuba diving. Sign up for your 14-day life-boosting PADI Instructor Development Course with PADI Course Director Leo, incl. hands-on IDC Prep and workshops.

10% Off + Freebies for EARLY BIRDS, until 31 OCT 2021!

IDC PROGRAM DETAILS

Your training will be hands-on, conducted by PADI Course Director Leo Saldunbides who has already certified over 2,200 students.

You will practice at top training facilities located at coveted four and five star resorts, and dive at some of the world’s best dive sites along the Riviera Maya and in Cozumel.

Successful candidates await an internship or job placement at one of Pro Dive’s PADI Five Star Dive Centers, subject to availability. As Mexico remains one of the most popular and easily accessible destinations for instructors and divers alike, the chances are high that you’ll find your perfect spot in our Caribbean paradise.

PADI Course Director Leo Saldunbides

  1. IDC PREP (2 days)

Review and strengthen your knowledge of dive theory, and develop your demonstration skills.

  1. ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING

During all programs.

  1. WITH EVERY IDC PURCHASED, PRO DIVE INTERNATIONAL INCLUDE
  • 2 days IDC – Dive Theory & Dive Skills Review
  • 2 days I.E. Mock Simulation
  • PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Course
  • Cenotes dive
  • Introduction to Freediving Workshop
  • Sidemount TEC Demo
  • Fun dives in Cozumel
  • ScubaPro Resort Technician Workshop
  • REAL employment opportunities

PLUS

  • Seasonal special offers – Contact us for more info!
  • Special rates for IDC & TEC/ CAVE combos
  • Sidemount Training
  1. MSDT Prep Program – Opportunity not to be missed!

Additionally to the five Specialty Instructor training courses, the MSDT Prep Program includes a technician clinic certificate for ScubaPro and a free 3-week instructor internship at one of Pro Dive’s busy dive shops to work alongside experienced instructors to gain valuable experience in the “real world”.

  1. GOPRO MEXICO IDC DATES 2022
IDC IE MSDT
Jan 10 – Jan 27 Jan 28 – Jan 30 Feb 01 – Feb 05
Mar 07 – Mar 24 Mar 25 – Mar 27 Mar 29 – Apr 02
May 02 – May 19 May 20 – May 22 May 24 – May 28
Jun 27 – Jul 14 July 15 – Jul 17 Jul 19 – Jul 23
Sep 05 – Sep 22 Sep 23 – Sep 25 Sep 27 – Oct 01
Nov 14 – Dec 01 Dec 02 – Dec 05 Dec 06 – Dec 10
  1. YOUR GOPRO IDC MEXICO TRAINER – PRO DIVE’S COURSE DIRECTOR

Leo Saldunbides (Brazilian, speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, ) – Leo has trained and certified over 2,200 students, and earned Platinum, Gold and Silver accolades for his outstanding achievements in PADI Instructor Development. Moreover, he’s fun to work with and excited to share his passion and expertise with you, gathered over his 19 years as a PADI Instructor.

Courses are available in English & Spanish!

Get in touch with Leo and reserve your spot today at info@idcmexico.com, call +52 984 806-4797, or visit www.idcmexico.com!

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Diving with…  Pablo Calderon Cadiz, Takata Experience, Mahaual, Mexico

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In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…


What is your name?

Pablo Calderon Cadiz

What is the name of your business?

Takata Experience

What is your role within the business?

Owner / General Manager

How long has the business operated for?

6 years

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

I have been diving for 16 years; I am a PADI IDC Staff Instructor

What is your favorite type of diving?

I really enjoy all types of dive but deep dives and dives with crazy topography are by far my favourites.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

We are a dive center and also a research center, so we merge both into one big idea.  When you dive with us you also benefit the reef, as we put part of that money into our restoration program. We are also one of the only dive centers in the world that has a full research center working together with us. That’s why our official hashtag is #Divewithpurpose

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

My favorite dive in Mahahual is Piratas, because of the beautiful topography and the amount of big animals you can see, such as turtles, manatees and sharks.

What types of diving are available in your location?

One of the best things about Mahahual is that there are dive sites for all levels, from shallow reefs with beautiful life to walls that can go down to 150 meters within 5 minutes from the shore. You can always choose what you want, if you are looking for biodiversity, topography, shallow sand patches or very deep walls, we have them all.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

The diving industry is an industry that is constantly evolving and from my role I am able to always bring that to Takata.  I am always looking for ways to create a solid business culture, to make sure the people that work for us can always develop themselves from a professional perspective, but also from a personal one. We have created many different programs that are unique to us, where we merge the dive and research center. All that is possible because I can take those decisions. To see how your dream becomes true is the biggest reward ever.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Sharks are my number 1, and if I can be more specific, Hammerheads!!!

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

I feel that many dive centers in the world don’t  know yet what makes them unique, so the way for them to attract people is to charge very low prices, sometimes that is very difficult, because the one that is next to you can charge 30% less than you for the ¨same service¨. I believe we should always find what is unique to us and to create a value on it. We should all focus on the professionalization of our industry.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

As I mentioned before, we have a full research center, our director has 2 master degrees and our 2 biologist both have PhDs. Actually our research center was name as Actor for the UN Decade On Ecosystems Restoration for the next 10 years.

Our research center works together with the Mexican government to ensure a sustainable development in the area and to implement big scale conservation and restoration projects in Mahahual.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

As we are a new company, there are always exciting thing coming our way, in these years we became an IDC center, UN partners, we did a small hotel and we are looking forward to develop our research center even more.  We would like to become the biggest research center in Mexico which is very ambitious and to become leaders in diving, restoration and everything that involve costal ecosystems. We dream big because we love what we do.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

I think the industry is doing ok but not great.  For sure freediving has grown a lot in the last 10-15 years. There are several organisations around the world who do great work, but we need more people and businesses looking to do the exceptional.   Sometimes talking with diving friends around the world, we all agree that this is probably one of the few industries where the prices we charge are the same or even cheaper than 5 or 10 years ago. We urgently need to proprofessionalize the industry and put the correct value on our product and services.

Finally, what would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

If you guys are looking for a unique immersive experience where you can mix your passion for diving with deep understanding of marine and costal ecosystem, then we are your choice.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

You guys can follow us on IG: Takata.experience 

FB: Takata Experience                                                                                

Our website is: www.takataexperience.com

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Discover the Best of Belize with Dive Worldwide

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This June marks the 25th anniversary of the Belize Barrier Reef becoming a World Heritage Site! To celebrate, Dive Worldwide have rounded up their top trips to Belize which includes a resort-based stay, a liveaboard special and a twin-centre with neighbouring Guatemala – perfect for soaking up some culture. 

Reefs, Atolls & Mayan Ruins

The only English speaking country in Central America, Belize is warm, welcoming and offers unbelievable adventures. This gem has plenty for divers from incredible nature and topside activities to magical diving opportunities. Belize has the second longest barrier reef in the world and three of the four atolls in the western hemisphere making it a popular choice for divers.

If you missed the Dive Worldwide Belize talk in January you can catch up here.

Belize Discovered

Spend a week diving the remarkable barrier reef from Ambergris Caye before enjoying a few nights exploring the jungle with its Mayan ruins and caves.

Underwater there’s plenty on offer, with canyons, drop offs and swim throughs in addition to a unique topography and relatively easy conditions. You’ll be accompanied by a kaleidoscope of reef fish as you marvel at the array of sea fans and sponges adorning the seabed. Highlights include nurse shark, stingray, grouper, angelfish, turtle and dolphin. 

You then head off-the-beaten-track in land where you stay at an eco lodge in the heart of the Belizean jungle. Here there are a multitude of activities on offer including hiking and cave tours or you can immerse yourself in Mayan culture and visit a number of nearby ruins for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Departs: Jan-Dec

Duration: 13 days

Price from: £2,945 per person

Belize Liveaboard

Dive the Lighthouse and Turneffe Atolls from a liveaboard and experience the very best diving Belize has to offer. Located in the Lighthouse Reef there will be the opportunity to dive the Great Blue Hole. This atoll is full of marine life with angelfish, Creole wrasse, butterflyfish, barracuda and sponges found here.

Turneffe is the largest of the three atolls and offers a mixture of shallow reefs and sheer walls with a variety of reef fish and beautiful underwater scenery. Turtle, eagle ray, reef shark, snapper and jacks live on the healthy reefs. Dive sites of note include Half Moon Caye – another UNESCO World Heritage Site – and Painted Wall where you can find macro subjects such as ghostfish, crabs, blennies and invertebrates.

Departs: Jan-Dec

Duration: 10 days

Price from: £3,475 per person

Guatemala & Belize

Begin your holiday with some topside cultural discovery in Guatemala. This country packs a punch with its colonial architecture, Mayan ruins nestled in the verdant green jungle and stunning vistas. Don’t miss a visit to Lake Atilan, widely renowned for being one of the most beautiful lakes in the world with its volcanoes, thermal springs and incredible sunrises.

After a few days in Guatemala it’s time to go diving in Belize! Explore the barrier reef and spend time diving the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Blue Hole – the largest of its kind in the world and one of the top reasons to visit Belize. Here the waters are crystal clear, the topography is impressive with large coral and rock formations and the marine life is prolific with reef and black-tip shark in addition to large grouper.

Departs: Jan-Dec

Duration: 14 days

Price from: £3,495 per person


If you want to experience the world class diving and topside highlights of spectacular Belize, contact the Dive Worldwide Team.

All prices are per person and include flights from the UK, liveaboard or accommodation, diving, most meals and airport transfers.

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