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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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Top 5 Party Guests: The Magic of Night Diving in Cozumel

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A blog by Pro Dive International

*Header image: On the day of our planned night dive at the Allegro Cozumel, we had to reschedule, as any water activity during thunderstorms and lightning is considered dangerous. We still thought it was worth sharing this breathtaking spectacle with you.*


Have you ever gazed out at the open ocean at night wondering what happens down there as the sun disappears over the horizon and darkness sets in? If all marine life will be sleeping, or if there’s anything creeping along the reefs?

Here’s what really happens, including a list of our Top 5 Party Guests that make you want to add night diving in Cozumel to your bucket list.

Brief Overview

While the Caribbean Sea is not calming down at night due to the effectively constant trade-winds in the tropics that drive ocean wave trains and cause waves to break throughout day and night, a vibrant party under the sea is just about to begin, as huge basket stars unfurl their arms into the night, parrotfish create their mucus bubble beds, giant lobsters, king crabs and octopus prepare for hunt, and bioluminescence sparkles up the scene.

TOP 5 Party Guests

1. Basket Stars

These sea stars can only be observed in their true glory at night when they unfurl their many branched arms into the darkness to filter food from the water. Some reach nearly a meter in size! Shine your torch on them and watch them curl their huge arms back towards their mouths as they eat the small creatures attracted by your light.

The perfect party costume, do you agree?

Basket Star by Elizabeth Maleham @Pro Dive International

2. Cephalopods – Octopus & Squid

These fascinating creatures are rarely spotted during day dives, but at night you can see them out and about hunting the reef for their next meal. Watch as they move about changing colors and patterns in the blink of an eye! Below is a picture of an octopus spreading its body wide over the reef like a net to encircle its prey.

Did you know that octopuses were that colorful?

Octopus by Elizabeth Maleham @Pro Dive International

3. Crustaceans

Safely tucked away in the back of a crevice during the day, these creatures venture out under the cover of darkness to hunt. A fantastic opportunity to finally get a close-up look at all those king crabs and plenty of lobsters you have only seen as small eyes peering out from the back of a cave.

Up for a dance?

Crab by Elizabeth Maleham @Pro Dive International

4. Parrotfish

Many fish only half sleep, needing to be alert to the dangers 24/7, but parrot fish have evolved an ingenious warning system so they can get their eyes shut. As night draws in, they find a nook to rest in and start to create a mucus like a bubble encircling their whole bodies. They can rest safely in this for the entire night, but if anything disturbs this veil, they are off like a shot into the dark!

How did this sleepy guy make it into our Top 5?

Parrotfish in Cozumel by Guillermo Reta @Pro Dive International

5. Bioluminescence

For those not familiar with this natural phenomenon, bioluminescence is a chemical process which allows living creatures like plankton, tiny crustaceans, some fish, squid and algae to produce light in their body to either attract prey, confuse predators, or lure potential mates.

As the bioluminescent sea will glow when it’s disturbed by a breaking wave or a splash in the water at night, for most of our divers the best part is covering up the torches and waving our arms about disturbing the bioluminescence into sparkling blue points of light.

This makes the perfect party glitter!

Bioluminescence @Dreamstime


Already in a party mood? Pack your dive gear!

How to join the underwater party in Cozumel?

  1. Join Pro Dive International’s Cozumel Night Dives as a certified diver.
  2. Boost your skills and make your night dive one of the 5 Adventure Dives of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.
  3. Contact us for guidance.


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reservations@prodiveinternational.com

www.prodiveinternational.com/contact-us

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Turtles of the Riviera Maya & Cozumel

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Plenty of empty shells of recently hatched turtle eggs were spotted by our divers at Sabalos. They had been washed off shore onto the reef after the baby turtles had dug out of their nest at night and swam off into the sea.

The turtle nesting season on the Riviera Maya and in Cozumel happens between May and October, which means that you may be lucky to see some nests or even hatchlings during your stay with us.

Six out of the seven sea turtle species worldwide visit Mexico every year. We are lucky enough to get to see Green Turtles and Loggerhead Turtles regularly during our dives, as they are in search of food and a good clean.

The reefs and ecosystems here provide a great number of tasty snacks for a turtle, for example seagrass, sponges, crustaceans and many more. And while the turtles pass through the reef, they receive a top-notch cleaning service from many of the local fishes who feed on their parasites and algae growth.

6 Turtle Fun Facts

  1. Green turtles are so named because of their green colored fat caused by their rich diet of seagrass.
  2. Green Turtles are the largest hard-shell turtles in the world. The largest known green turtle weighed 395 kg/ 871 lbs, with a shell that measured more than 152 cm/ 5 ft.
  3. Loggerhead Turtles are so named for their massive broad muscular heads.
  4. Adult males are normally easy to distinguish from females because of their long tails visible extending past their shell.
  5. Female turtles normally return to the exact same location where they were born to lay their eggs.
  6. The sex of a baby turtle is determined by the temperature at which the egg is kept.

Turtles are regular visitors to many of our dive sites, but they are most commonly found at Tortuga – this dive site is even named turtle in Spanish! It’s located just off shore from our dive center at the Occidental Xcaret and easily accessible by boat from any of our Playa Del Carmen locations.

Moreover, for those of you who are not divers, we are lucky enough to have some extensive seagrass beds where green turtles love to hang out and eat, which is an easy snorkel off shore during one of our tours with a guide who is licensed to enter those protected areas.

Turtle Locations

Besides observing them underwater, you may be lucky to find some turtle nests in front of your resort on the Riviera Maya or in Cozumel. Hotel employees usually rope them off to ensure their protection.

Turtle conservation projects are a great alternative to learn more about their behaviors, importance for the marine environment, how you can help protect them, and to observe nests or turtles first hand:

Turtle Protection

Every sea turtle species on earth nests on Mexico’s beaches (save one that is only found in Australia). Consequently, Mexico is known as the sea turtle capital of the world and its turtle protection laws are so important on a global scale.

Current Mexican law classifies all sea turtle species as endangered.

Regulations

  • Turtles can’t be killed for their meat, skin, shell or eggs.
  • Native vegetation can’t be removed in nesting habitats, to stop erosion.
  • New regulations call for moving, changing or eliminating any light sources that illuminate a nesting beach, as baby turtles can become disoriented from finding their way to the ocean.
  • Vehicles can have a maximum weight of 300 kg on nesting beaches and only be used for patrolling and management of the nesting site.
  • Recently outlawed were turtle release events, as many places kept the hatchlings in confinement for several days until a sufficient number of participants had signed up for this activity. Upon release, they were too weak to handle the surf and avoid predators.

All of these and many more regulations help protect beaches, nests, female sea turtles, their eggs and hatchlings to make it a safer place for them.

How to start your Turtle Adventure

Let’s discover some turtles together during our dives! If you are not a diver, why not sign up for a PADI course; or join our Mexican Snorkeling Adventure at 15% OFF starting from Playa del Carmen or Tulum, if booked online until 16/09/21 & redeemed until Dec 22, 2021 with reference to this blog!

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