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Buddy Dive Academy releases new IDC dates for 2017



Everyone has a dream, right? For those with a passion in scuba diving and dreaming of a career in the dive industry, Buddy Dive Academy is the place to be. In 2017 Buddy Dive Academy offers the opportunity to follow the Instructor Development Course (IDC) on both Bonaire and Dominica. The two present perfect spots in the Caribbean to become a PADI instructor.

Only PADI CDC in the southern Caribbean

Whether the student chooses to become a PADI professional on Bonaire, shore diving capital of the world, or on the nature island of Dominica, they are sure to join one of the best PADI professional dive training facilities worldwide. Buddy Dive Academy is proud to be the only PADI Career Development Center (CDC) in the southern Caribbean. “Our students dream of teaching new divers becomes reality with us”, says Pepe Mastropaolo, PADI Course Director at Buddy Dive Academy. “We train our candidates to the highest level of standards and guarantee a 100% passing rate in the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).”

High level of professionalism

Mastropaolo will fly into Dominica to guide the candidates during their course, to guarantee the high level of professionalism everyone is used to have in Bonaire. “We would like to give the residents of Dominica and surrounding islands the opportunity to become a PADI instructor”, he explains. “As a CDC we also give them a hand in the search of a job placement in Bonaire, Dominica or other surrounding islands in the Caribbean.” The on-site accommodation on both Bonaire and Dominica is very convenient for the candidates; easy access to the dive operation, pool and ocean and at the same time they can experience the atmosphere of a dive operation, their possible future work environment.

Dates Instructor Development Course 2017


February 7 – 19, 2017

April 29 – May 10, 2017

August 12 – August 23, 2017

November 24 – December 6, 2017

Dominica (minimum of 6 participants)

June 16 – 27, 2017

More information about the Buddy Dive Academy IDC programs can be found at


Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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