Basic Tec & Sidemount: Two new distinctive specialties available through Jorge A. Mahauad

PADI Tec Basics and Sidemount Diver distinctive specialties are available through Jorge A. Mahauad. These specialties are a very good way to tap into open circuit technical diving in an easy, affordable way.

PADI Tec Basics will develop the basic notions and understanding required to find out if Tec Diving is for you. We will provide all the equipment and the training is very simple if you are comfortable in the water.

The Sidemount Diver course will introduce the use of side-mounted twin cylinders, this technique has revolutionized exploration in tight spaces and is quickly making its way into mainstream recreational diving because of the gas redundancy, simplicity, streamlining, light-weight and versatility it allows.

Other courses available if you have interest in learning Open Circuit Technical Diving are the PADI Tec 40, Tec 45, Tec 50, Trimix 65 and Tec Trimix programs. He also teaches Nitrox and Trimix Gas Blender Courses.

If you are interested in exploring your area further than anyone has done before and in becoming part of the very select group pioneering in Technical Diving in Galapagos and Ecuador make sure to contact him.

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PADI Instructor Development Course: March 13 - 31

Exploramar Diving will have a PADI Instructor Development Course in Quito - Ecuador from March 13 to 31. Course will be directed by CD Michel Guerrero, IDCS Janko Mesec and I.

A short description of the schedule follows:

- Emergency First Response and Care for Children Instructor Course: March 13 -14
- Preparatory and Theory Review Section: March 15 – 19
- Instructor Development Course (AI + OWSI): March 19 – 31
- Instructor Examination is scheduled for April 1 – 3.

For more information do not hesitate to contact me.

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Mike DeGruy (1951 - 2012)

Mike DeGruy, the internationally respected and unanimously liked documentarian of underwater nature films, died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Australia.

DeGruy spent decades looking intimately at the ocean. A consummate storyteller, he has inspired many by sharing his awe, excitement, and fears about the blue heart of our planet and the creatures that live in it.

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He personally inspired me and completely shaped my love for sharks when I first heard his shark bite story. Mike DeGruy also produced some of the world famous documentaries about the Galapagos Islands that “turned on the lights” for hundreds of sea lovers and scuba divers.

Capturing the loss of such a great man in words is impossible. I am deeply saddened. But the people who knew him closely say he'd want us to try and shrug it off, laugh as much as possible. This is a post to try and  celebrate the incredible life he lived.

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