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?

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thinking of scaping from routine and becoming a PADI PRO ?

So, you’re a PADI Rescue Diver.
Are you thinking about a diving career and getting more diving, responsibility and challenge?
The PADI Divemaster Internship route leads to all of these things.
What is this?
The PADI Divemaster course is one the most challenging and rewarding courses that you can take. It’s the first level on the PADI professional ladder and it is a tremendous achievement. It opens doors all around the world and gives you a worldwide possibility of traveling profession.
But, it’s not so easy! You are going to work your way up along with your instructor(s)
 What does it involve?
The PADI Divemaster internship route is one of two choices that you can make on the road to becoming a PADI Professional. They both lead to to same certification, but with one small (but very big) difference. PADI Divemaster interns work with real students and certified divers. The non-internship route mostly simulates students and certified divers.
And I can tell you ….. There is a huge difference! Nothing substitutes repetition on practice.
You, the intern, will get the chance to see real problems as they happen. You will see the way an instructor deals with problems first hand.  This is invaluable. Though not everyone’s preferred choice it was the route I took, so let me tell you why I loved it…You will become an integral part of your chosen dive center. You will become multiple instructor’s shadows. You will prepare enough equipment to drive the actions into your muscle memory. You will lift more weight than a gym addicted fruitcake and you will learn more dive theory than the books alone can provide; You will understand the entire operation of a successful dive center using hands-on experience.

How hard is it?
You will feel out of your depth at times. You will be in your element in others. By the end of your internship you will “bleed PADI” as the PADI family is now your family. It is your tie to the diving world, your bond to the diving professional community and your ticket to a successful diving career.
Like all PADI courses the Divemaster course has three elements.
  • Independent Learning – Self Study
  • Classroom sessions
  • In-water Practical sessions & Assessments
A divemaster candidate must do a lot of self-study and home preparation to ensure they are ready to sit the final exams and practical assessments.
The jump in knowledge from a Rescue Diver to a DM candidate can be daunting. It may make you think that you’ll never understand it all. Don’t sweat. You just have to know how to take the steps to increase your knowledge slowly.Your instructors are going to help you. They are there to guide you. They will show you how to find the answers to all your questions.
The internship program usually takes longer than the simulated one. You will work with all members of staff and each instructor likely has their own way of doing things. Each will teach you something different on any given task until you, the Divemaster Candidate, have picked and chosen the way that works for YOU. 
You may be strong in some areas, but weak in others. The internship route will highlight, isolate and drive your weaknesses, turning them into strengths. You will be someone who every student looks up to. When you start to assist instructors on courses you will be introduced as “Our Divemaster Candidate” and everyone in the classroom will look at you in awe. They will feel privileged and curious when you join their group. They will ask you questions and you will give either enthusiastic answers or motivated tutorials, all under the watchful eye of your instructors.

Why would you choose this road to becoming a dive professional anyway?
Internships allow you to work with real students in real time. Their problems are real. On a simulated open water course you will work with professionals faking problems. They could be the best actors in the world, but you still  know they can clear a mask of water, no matter how much flapping about they do. Real students will get upset when they struggle with something. You are practicing how to help them achieve success and the real deal is the real deal.
By the end of your course you will be able to calm people down, help them learn, guide groups of divers, be prepared for any problems and manage an emergency. You will likely become another students mentor, and so the cycle of diving addiction continues…
If you haven’t already guessed. I’m a huge fan of the Divemaster Internship route. I chose that route myself, and I strongly believe that it made me the instructor I am today.
Go on, do it.
Have the confidence to say “bring it on” because you can do it. By the time your Divemaster application is sent to PADI Head Office you will be the fittest you’ve ever been and will have done the best dives you’ve ever done.

Contact us and we will be glad to orient you thru a successful dive career. 

Leo Saldunbides - PADI Platinum Course Director # 184808

+238 953-2154 - Whatsapp / Viber
Skype: saldunbides 

Monday, August 20, 2018

5 Things to do Before your Next PADI Scuba Course

5 Things to do Before your Next Scuba Course

Are you planning to take the next step and complete a new PADI certification? To help get the most out of your course, try these five tips on being refreshed, prepared and fit to dive.

 Choose the right course
It may sound simple, but pick a course that works with your current abilities (not just what you want to achieve in the future). So, if you’re looking to create amazing photos but struggle with holding your position underwater, Peak Performance Buoyancy could give you a solid foundation before moving onto Digital Underwater Photographer.

If it’s been a while since you were last underwater, why not sign up for PADI ReActivate, book a day’s diving, or even practice on land to brush up on the skills you’ll need to excel on your next course. For example, if you’re taking the plunge into Ice Diving you’ll want plenty of recent practice with a dry suit. Or, fine tune your compass skills for a head start on Search and Recovery Diver.

Get dive fit
Carrying heavy kit or climbing back onto a boat can feel daunting if you’re out of practice, but by adding a few simple fitness techniques to your daily regime you can make the physical demands a little easier. Stay mentally fit, too — yoga is often cited as a great way to relax before diving.

 Know your scuba gear
You’ll find it hard to concentrate on learning new skills if your equipment is badly fitted, doesn’t work, or if you’re not sure how to operate it. If you’re using your own gear, do make sure it’s tried and tested well in advance so you’ve got time to make any necessary adjustments.

Have a goal in mind
PADI courses are a fun way to develop your experience as a diver. But inevitably there may be challenges along the way, such as taking a little longer to master a new skill. Having an end goal in mind— and a reward — can keep you focused and give you an added sense of accomplishment at the end. How about a new torch after a Night Diver course, or a trip to a bucket list dive site to celebrate becoming a Deep Diver?

If you may have questions or need more information regarding a specific PADI Course, do not heitate to contact me, and i will be glad to guide you through your diving goals.

Greetings from Cape Verde 

Mobile / Whatsapp: +238 953-2154
Skype: saldunbides

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

13 things you must give up if you want to be succesful.

Everyone i know and i talk with want to be successful, but in reality, only the minority is really "hungry" do run the extra mile. So, there are few tips and hints to help you getting there. So, give up these 13 things in your life !

1. Give Up On the Unhealthy Lifestyle
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn
If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts here. First, you should take care of your health, and there are only three things you need to keep in mind:
  1. Quality Sleep
  2. Healthy Diet
  3. Physical Activity
Small steps, but you will thank yourself one day.

2. Give Up The Short-term Mindset
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. — Mae West
Successful people set long-term goals, and they know these aims are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day.
These healthy habits shouldn’t be something you do; they should be something you embody.
There is a difference between: “Working out to get a summer body” and“Working out because that’s who you are.”

3. Give Up On Playing Small
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson
If you never try and take great opportunities or allow your dreams to becomerealities, you will never unleash your true potential.
And the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.
So voice your ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, and certainly don’t be afraid to succeed.

4. Give Up Your Excuses
“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter theirstarting point, weaknesses, and past failures.
Realising that you are responsible for what happens next in your life is both frightening and exciting.
And when you do, that becomes the only way you can become successful,because excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally.
Own your life; no one else will.

5. Give Up The Fixed Mindset
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery
People with a fixed mindset think their intelligence or talents are pre-determined traits that cannot be changed. They also believe that talent alone leads to success — without hard work. But they’re wrong.
Successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on adaily basis to develop a growth mindset, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills and change their perception so that it can benefit their lives.
Who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow.

6. Give Up Believing In The “Magic Bullet.”
“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” — Émile Coué
Overnight success is a myth.
Successful people know that making small continuous improvement every day will be compounded over time and give them desired results.
That is why you should plan for the future, but focus on the day that’s ahead of you, and improve just 1% every day.

7. Give Up Your Perfectionism
“Shipping beats perfection.” — Khan Academy’s Development Mantra
Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much you try.
Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents you from taking actionand putting your creation out there in the world. But a lot of opportunities will be lost if you wait for things to be right.
So “ship,” and then improve (that 1%).

8. Give Up Multi-tasking
“Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking, but in reality, you are actually wasting time switching from one task to another “
— Bosco Tjan
Successful people know this.
That’s why they choose one thing and then beat it into submission. No matter what it is — a business idea, a conversation, or a workout.

9. Give Up Your Need to Control Everything
“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.” — Epictetus
Differentiating these two is crucial.
Detach from the things you cannot control, focus on the ones you can, andknow that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to control is yourattitude towards something.
Remember: nobody can be frustrated while saying “Bubbles” in an angry voice.

10. Give Up On Saying YES To Things That Don’t Support Your Goals
“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”
— James Allen
Successful people know that in order to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO to certain tasks, activities, and demands from their friends, family, and colleagues.
In the short-term, you might sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your goals come to fruition, it will all be worth it.

11. Give Up The Toxic People
“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”
— Albert Einstein
People you spend the most time with add up to who you become.
If you spend time with those who refuse to take responsibility for their life, always find excuses and blame others for the situation they are in, your average will go down, and with it your opportunity to succeed.
However, if you spend time with people who are trying to increase their standard of living, and grow personally and professionally, your average will go up, and you will become more successful.
Take a look at around you, and see if you need to make any changes.

12. Give Up Your Need To Be Liked
“You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be people who hate peaches.” — Dita Von Teese
Think of yourself as a market niche.
There will be a lot of people who like that niche, and there will be individuals who don’t. And no matter what you do, you won’t be able to make the entire market like you.
This is completely natural, and there’s no need to justify yourself.
The only thing you can do is to remain authentic, improve and provide valueevery day, and know that the growing number of “haters” means that you are doing remarkable things.

13. Give Up Wasting Time
“The trouble is, you think you have time” — Jack Kornfield
You only have this one crazy and precious life. That’s why you owe it to yourself to see who you can become, and how far you can go.
However, to do that, you need to ditch meaningless time wasters and stop allowing them to be an escape from your most important goals.
To do that, you should learn how to take control over your focus, attention and make the most out of your 24 hours within a day.
Remember that you will die, so never stop creating your legacy and doing the things that will enrich your life.