Are you thinking about changing your life style? Having direct contact to nature, meeting people from different countries, having the opportunity to travel and work in amazing destinations ??? It’s a time to challenge yourself and try out new, challenging and fun experiences. Escape from routine! Why not becoming a PADI Professional?

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Why liveaboard diving should be part of your next vacation

Why liveaboard diving should be part of your next vacation

Passionate divers looking for a more unique dive experience should consider the array of benefits that come through liveaboard diving through a PADI Dive Shop. Diving multiple times a day, visiting remote dive sites, nights filled with stars as far as the eye can see and even a bit of pampering make liveaboard diving a little slice of heaven for scuba enthusiasts.
If you want to get away from the doldrums of everyday life, there’s perhaps no better way. Liveaboard diving means you’ll be in great company with fellow divers and you’re sure to make new friendships that last a lifetime.
dive-liveaboardYou’ll also enjoy the benefits of diving with a skilled crew and captain who can get you to those unique sites and tell you exactly how to get the most out of the experience. It doesn’t hurt if the staff greets you with a warm towel and a cold drink after your dive either.
Because liveaboard trips are one or more days in length, you can truly settle in and really focus on enjoying your diving. Dive multiple times in a day if you desire, and during downtime, relax with a good book and enjoy the scenery. Some liveaboards even have amenities like hot tubs built in for extra relaxation.
Being on the water for multiple days means you’ll miss the local nightlife, but that doesn’t mean the evenings won’t be lit up, only it will be with nature’s own lightshow. The moon and stars on the water where space is uninterrupted by man-made light is breathtaking, and a sight every diver should experience.
Foodies delight in liveaboard diving too! Because meals are often part of the experience, you’ll get some of the most authentic cuisine available. Local chefs will prepare meals with unique flare, so you’ll fill up on wholesome food and taste the exotic flavors of the destination.
With so many benefits, why not make a liveaboard excursion part of your next vacation? 

Monday, June 1, 2015

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Things That Can Destroy Your Dive Gear

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A set of dive gear is a big investment. If you’re interested in doing everything you can to keep your equipment in top condition, check out our list of things to avoid:
The Sun
Don’t leave your equipment in direct sunlight. Yes, the sun will dry your gear fast, but the UV rays also break down rubber and fabric. Dry your equipment in the shade (or better still, purpose-built indoor drying rooms) to extend its lifetime.
The Sand
The beach would be great if it weren’t for all the sand. Those tiny sand particles can get lodged in tank valves, regulators, and in the LP inflator or dumps on your BCD. Avoid placing your gear on sandy surfaces where possible, and always rinse it in fresh water after every dive. Try using a soft bristle toothbrush to remove sand from hard-to-reach crevices.
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Wash gear in freshwater
The Sea
Saltwater is another reason to do a freshwater rinse after every dive. All metals and alloys have the potential for corrosion, especially when exposed to seawater. Preventing corrosion will extend the life of your gear and is much cheaper than repairing – or replacing – it.
Chlorine from swimming pools accelerates the breakdown of materials and can fade the colour of your scuba equipment. Petroleum jelly might seem harmless, but it destroys rubber o-rings. Always seek advice from an expert when it comes to exposing your equipment to chemical based products – they may shorten the life of, or even completely destroy, your dive gear.
Poor Storage
Scuba equipment has special storage requirements. For example, never pack away your gear until it is thoroughly dry, and coil your regulator hoses so they don’t kink. Store your items in damp-proof boxes. If you take the time to store your gear properly, it will last longer.
Being Unaware
Be mindful of where you leave your gear
Diving involves a lot of energy and excitement. Don’t wear yourself out or get so distracted that you become unaware of where your gear is resting between dives. The middle of a parking lot, road or busy marina is no place to leave your gear; passing traffic might reduce your new torch to a sad pile of broken plastic, and an expensive and shiny camera might not be where you left it if there are unscrupulous types walking by. Keep your equipment secure, tidy, out of the way.
Bad Diving
A diver with poor buoyancy and bad “trim” is at risk of dragging gear over rocks, coral reefs and through sand which leads to physical damage of equipment as well as the environment. Keep your gauges, octopus, and accessories secure and close to your body when you’re diving by honing your buoyancy skills.
If you’re interested in learning more about how your gear works and extending its life, check out the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

What’s the Difference Between PADI Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster?

What’s the Difference Between PADI Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster?

Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster… sometimes it all sounds the same, doesn’t it? You may ask, what’s the difference? While these two diving qualifications seem comprised of the same words, they are quite different.
If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) and a PADI Divemaster (DM), let us explain.
Think about the relationship between a great home cook and an apprentice chef. Both know a lot about cooking and both can make a delicious meal, but one prepares meals as a hobby, and the other is a chef in the making.

PADI Master Scuba Diver: a Recognition Rating

If someone is a Master Scuba Diver, that means he or she has significant experience and scuba training.
Fewer than 2% of divers ever achieve this rating, which makes them an elite group.
  • At least 12 years old (12-14 year old earn Junior MSD)
  • PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver certified
  • PADI (Junior) Rescue Diver certified
  • Earned five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications
  • Have logged a minimum of 50 dives
  • Complete application

PADI Divemaster: a Professional Dive Leader

Divemasters help instructors teach scuba courses and can have leadership responsibilities that result in payment. Getting paid for scuba diving means you’re a “dive professional.”
Prerequisites to take the course:
  • At least 18 years old
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certified
  • PADI Rescue Diver certified
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care completed within past two years
  • Medical Statement ‘fit to dive’
  • 40 logged dives before starting the course
  • 60 logged dives when finishing the course
What you can do once you are an authorised PADI Divemaster:
  • Supervise training and non-training related diving activities
  • Conduct dive briefings, scuba reviews, and skin diver course
  • Assist in Discover Scuba Diving programs and lead additional dives
  • Lead Discover Scuba Diving programs
What you have to do to get this rating:
  • Complete eight Knowledge Development sections
  • Pass the Divemaster Final Exam
  • Pass water skills exercises, workshops, and practical assessments
Now you know the difference between these similar sounding names. As you can see, both qualifications indicate highly experienced and knowledgeable scuba divers.
PADI Master Scuba Diver is as far as you can go as a recreational diver, and PADI Divemaster is the first rung of the professional diver ladder.
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How much do scuba diving lessons cost is a hot question among students and dive centers alike?
 Scuba diving allows you to go places that are outside of our normal biological means, it allows us to breathe underwater. It is a truly magical feeling and you can partake in this sport pretty much anywhere that there is water. So why does scuba diving cost what it does – why do we need to invest in our scuba diving education?
Compared with getting started in other popular sports and outdoor activities, learning how to scuba dive isn’t expensive. Scuba diving is a sport that offers one of the highest returns on your investment in terms of enjoyment. Learning to scuba dive is great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a highly trained, experienced professional – your PADI Scuba Instructor. What’s more, you receive a certification to scuba dive at the end of a PADI Open Water Diver course (few other activities can offer that).

To compare scuba diving to other sports that require training I would like you to consider how much you would expect to pay for:

Skiing Lessons Cost the Earth in Comparison
•       a full day of surfing lessons.
•       a weekend of rock climbing lessons.
•       a weekend of kayaking lessons.
•       a weekend of skiing lessons.
•       about three hours of private golf lessons.
•       about three hours of private water skiing lessons.
•       one amazing night out at the pub!

Scuba Lessons Cost
Check out how much skiing costs!

How do scuba lessons cost? I think you will find scuba diving is the best value for money on a time vs money scale.

I strongly believe that you get what you pay for. When going to a doctor, do you choose one according to how cheap they are? Or do you choose one on their reputation and how they can care for you by improving your current state of health? If you needed an operation would you go to a doctor who has a filthy office but had prices that were a fraction of all its competitors? Of course you wouldn’t, because you value your health above all other things.
 When you learn how to scuba dive you are leaning how to fulfill the most basic of human needs – to breathe – with one vital difference: you will be breathing underwater. When taught correctly, your Open Water course will teach you not only the basics, but will also train you in emergency procedures and will keep you safe if ever the need arises. I don’t know about you, but I would want to know everything. I would want to be trained and then have ample time to master each skill until I was confident that I would react in the right way to an emergency and therefore stand the best chance of staying safe.

I would be nervous if a dive centers prices were too low….wouldn’t you?
I would be extremely dubious of a dive center whose prices were a fraction of the cost of it’s competitors. Why? Because my life is in the hands of my instructor. I would be nervous if their prices were too low – because surely I would be putting my safety at risk. Wouldn’t I?

Let’s break it down. An open water course takes between 3-4 days. If one day starts from 9am and lasts all day until 5pm that is a total of 24 hours where I am learning skills that are alien to me. 24 hours where my life is being taken care of by another. Anyone who claims that they can teach you how to dive in under this time is cutting corners. It’s that simple. I would rather that a dive center puts my safety ahead of a restrictive time limit. I want to learn how to dive in a relaxed atmosphere– not to be rushed through it just to receive a certification that does not allow me to have confidence after I am pushed out the door.
Hoses that feed us our air supply should not leak. No Bubbles = No Troubles
Another aspect to look at is the quality of the equipment and the quality of air. At the end of the day scuba equipment is underwater life support. You want equipment that has been maintained to the highest of standards, which has been tried and tested to keep you safe. One way that dive centers can cut corners is to not maintain their equipment. There is a great saying in diving: “no bubbles – no troubles”. This refers to the equipment not leaking: Your BCD should hold air and the hoses that feed us our air supply should not leak.. For example: you want a regulator that delivers air to you without any effort. Each inhalation should be fluid and steady. The hoses should not have bubbles coming out of anywhere except the regulator itself. Your open water course will teach you how to look for anything that is out of the ordinary.

Ask to see the dive centers air analysis certificate. A reputable dive center will be proud to show you, most will have it on display for all to see.
Another way that dive centers can cut corners is by not maintaining their compressor. A compressor compacts thousands of liters of air into a very small space – your scuba cylinder. It also pushes this air through filters that remove all the dirty stuff that is found in normal air. Cylinder air needs to be clean. This is only possible if the compressor has been serviced and the filters have been changed within their natural life span. Filters are expensive. Filters are essential and more centers than I care to admit cut corners by “squeezing” too many hours out of a filter that has gone past its safe limit. The open water course teaches us to test our air before heading into the water. Air should taste of nothing but air, very dry, very clean air. Air that tastes of anything else should be rejected. So how can you test the quality of air other than tasting it? How can you be sure that the compressor isn’t pushing horrible dirty elements into your air supply? Its simple. Ask to see the dive centers air analysis certificate. A reputable dive center will be proud to show you, most will have it on display for all to see.
Cylinders should also be maintained by law. All cylinders have to be visually inspected every year and hydro statically tested every 5 years. This is to ensure that they are clean, free from rust and can withstand the extremely high pressures that are being exerted upon it. It is easy to check this – all cylinders will have a test date sticker – telling you when they last where in for their annual checkup.

Be Confident After you Receive Your Scuba Certification
I would love to tell you that all centers maintain everything as they should, BUT this is not the case. A dive center that reduces prices dramatically is more than likely cutting corners that can affect your safety and enjoyment. Budget prices = budget service. Don’t do it. Pay a fair & healthy price and stay healthy!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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Join our #PADI #GoPro #DivemasterInternship or our comprehensive and relaxed #PADIIDC - #InstructorDevelopmentCourse starting on June in #SalIsland - Cape Verde.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

IDC STAFF Instructor Course

Who should take this course?
Just as scuba divers look up to Divemasters, instructor candidates really respect IDC Staff Instructors. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process and prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. It’s also a great career move.
Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDTs) who are ready to be excellent role models and agree to use the PADI System and components in their entirety may enroll in an IDC Staff Instructor course.
What will you learn?
After a preassessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you’ll participate in these sessions:
  • Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum
  • How to organize and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course
  • The psychology of evaluation and counseling
  • Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations
Plus, you’ll get to audit an IDC or practice teaching many curriculum components.
As an IDC Staff Instructor, you can independently teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses as well as assist with IDCs and other instructor-level continuing education courses.

IDC Staff Instructor Duties

Teaching status, updated IDC Staff Instructors are authorized to staff instructor
development programs and teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses. They work closely
with PADI Course Directors to develop instructor candidates teaching abilities as well
as shape their attitudes as dive professionals. As with PADI CDs, IDC Staff Instructors
also are role models with regard to diver training and professionalism, and are
responsible members of the dive community.
 IDC Staff Instructors counsel instructor candidates on improving skills and developing effective teaching presentations. As such, IDC Staff have a strong working knowledge of current PADI standards, programs and procedures. IDC Staff Instructors are influential in instructor candidate development and conduct.

Training and Certification

The IDC Staff Instructor course is conducted in conjunction with an IDC and includes
auditing an entire IDC or presenting all Assistant Instructor course components. IDC
Staff Instructor candidates learn how to evaluate knowledge development, confined
water and open water teaching presentations, as well as develop familiarity with the
IDC curriculum.
When the CD verifies that all performance requirements are met, candidates apply
for PADI IDC Staff Instructor certification by submitting a completed IDC Staff
Instructor Application to their PADI Office.

*Note: IDC Staff Instructors certified before January 2001 upgrade their knowledge and skills before
teaching PADI Assistant Instructor courses or staffing instructor development programs by either 
attending an IDC Staff Upgrade or by auditing a complete PADI IDC Staff Instructor course

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

TIP: Pre-study for PADI IDC

One of the misconception about an Instructor Development Course is regarding Dive Theory.

During the IDC we DO NOT teach again dive theory, instead we will go over a complete REVIEW of all 5 topics (Physics, Physiology, Dive Equipment, RDP & Decompression Theory and Enviromnent & Techniques) in order you reach the level expected for a future instructor and to PASS the PADI I.E.

So, it's really a MUST you start EARLY your studies and review DIVE THEORY well in advance prior you come over to attend the IDC.  I strongly recommend:

- Dive Theory online (I can help you purchasing it )
- Study thoroughly and answer all the questions of DIVING KNOWLEDGE WORKBOOK combined with the Enciclopedia of Recreational Diving.
- Go over the OLD Divemaster (prior 2010) Exams questions regarding Physics, Physiology, Dive Equipment, RDP & Decompression Theory and Enviromnent & Techniques.

If you plan to make your IDC with us, i can mentor you online by skype sessions and send you some mock exams in order you prepare yourself to succeed !

Hope to see you sonn in one of our PADI IDC / MSDT Preparation!!!

Leo Saldunbides 
PADI  Course Director # 184808
EFR Instructor Trainer 
DSAT - Tec Deep Instructor / Tec Sidemount Instructor

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