PADI AmbassaDivers™ are a gaggle of worldwide freedivers and scuba divers dedicated to elevating diving of their communities and throughout the planet. Meet our inspirational ambassadors from Mexico, who every present ardour and dedication as PADI divers or PADI professionals. Learn their distinctive tales under.
Melodie Trevino – The storyteller
As a former Olympic diver on the Mexican nationwide staff, Melodie has all the time been snug within the water. Now she’s dwelling the dream! Having left her company job behind to pursue a profession in diving.
A day within the lifetime of Melodie includes sidemount cave diving within the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, residence to the well-known Cenotes; historic sinkholes, the deepest of which providing as much as 119 meters/390 ft of diving. With the remainder of her time, she assists in creating environmental and socially sustainable dive operations in lots of nationwide parks round Mexico.
Melodie likes to share tales of her encounters with crocs, manatees, and bull sharks and encourage new individuals to hitch the dive group. She invitations you to assist her unfold the phrase on water preservation and conservation. Who’s in?
Cassiopea Service Doneys – The conservation queen
“All the things I do I do within the hope of adjusting the best way we understand nature, and to develop new methods to work together with our surroundings that isn't dangerous to our ecosystems and biodiversity,” beams Cassiopea, a PADI Divemaster, and PADI freediver, in addition to a LEED Inexperienced Affiliate.
She earnt a double MA in Worldwide Ecology and Environmental Administration and at present works as Director of Takata analysis centre; an NGO working to revive the biodiversity of the Caribbean Sea. She leads eight totally different packages, all associated to ocean and coastal ecosystem conservation. To prime all of it off, she’s even co-published scientific articles within the peer-reviewed journals: Marine Biology Analysis and Marine Ecology.
Afelandra Gonzalez – The nudi skilled
Former skilled mannequin turned PADI Teacher, Afelandra, works in La Paz, Mexico (residence to a gang of unruly sea lions that like to play with divers!). She loves to show each adults and youngsters concerning the wonders of the underwater world, encouraging her college students to respect the surroundings to assist guarantee the way forward for ecosystems.
Afelandra can also be a marine biologist who focuses on Opisthobranchs (sea slugs and nudibranchs) and has even found new species within the Sea Of Cortez! We love her a lot, we wrote about her twice! Check it out.
Edgardo Ochoa – The security man
Edgardo has been diving from a really younger age and has now racked up a number of thousand dives from everywhere in the world. He began with leisure diving, then moved into scientific diving and eventually turned a PADI Grasp Scuba Diver Coach, educating science diving methods to his college students.
At present serving as a diving security officer for Conservation Worldwide, Edgardo needs to encourage others to extend their information of conservation to guard our oceans. Fortunately, he’s revealed a number of papers on scientific diving, marine biology, dive security, and dive coaching so that you can learn.
Rocio Gajon Bunker – The explorer
“I needed my city to turn into a sanctuary the place marine life might reside and thrive” Rocio informed us as she reminisced of her childhood rising up in La Paz. She was surrounded by a variety of fishing in her hometown and due to this she determined she would make it her life’s mission to guard the ocean. We love that zeal!
She turned a PADI teacher and began her dive profession from house at Cortez Membership Scuba Centre. It’s right here she found that she beloved to show as a result of she discovered a lot pleasure in taking newcomers on their very first adventures beneath the waves.
Rocio went on to journey the world with diving and has been to locations which are on lots of our bucket lists; South Pacific, Micronesia and Hawaii (simply to call a couple of!). Today you’ll discover her on a brand new journey within the kelp beds of San Diego.
Gerardo Del Villar – The shark man
As a PADI Teacher/photographer/filmmaker this man retains himself fairly busy! Gerardo has devoted his life to demystifying sharks and making an attempt to vary the general public’s notion of our toothy pals. He does this by educating and galvanizing via his work.
“By attending to know the facility and majesty that sharks have, I understood the rationale I needed to be close to them. And by the point I interacted with them, I made a decision what I needed to do for the remainder of my life” says Gerardo, who produced a documentary venture referred to as ‘Tiburones de Mexico’ (Mexico’s sharks). The documentary has educated greater than 10,000 faculty youngsters thus far and he's within the course of of creating a second one!
Do you could have an analogous story? In case you’re an ocean conservationist, passionate PADI diver or PADI skilled dedicated to elevating diving worldwide in addition to at house, you possibly can quickly have the prospect to grow to be a PADI AmbassaDiver! Purposes for 2021 AmbassaDivers open on October 1st, so keep tuned!