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Buddy Dive Resort’s Course Director Achieves Highest PADI Professional Rating



Buddy Dive resort in Bonaire have announced that Pepe Mastropaolo, their long-time Course Director, has recently been awarded the prestigious Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Gold Course Director status for 2014. One of only 44 PADI Course Directors worldwide to achieve Gold status, Pepe has reached the pinnacle of PADI’s professional dive instructor certification.

Originally from Venezuela, Pepe began his dive career in 1989 and has been actively teaching ever since. With over 25 years of professional dive instructor experience, Pepe has taught more than 18 Instructor Development Courses (“IDC”) since 2010 and certified 108 students from around the world as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. He is also a  certified PADI Tec Deep Instructor Trainer, allowing him to teach and certify new technical diving instructors.

As Buddy Dive’s Course Director, Pepe has elevated Buddy Dive to the premier center for PADI dive instructor training. Buddy Dive’s 100% pass rate for IDCs is a testament to Pepe’s tireless commitment to every student. Pepe’s teaching approach ensures that each IDC candidate receives the individual attention needed to successfully complete the course. When Pepe’s IDC candidates graduate, they are ready to immediately begin their careers as confident and prepared dive instructors. Pepe’s motto is “do what you love, love what you do” and this is personified in everything he does as Buddy Dive’s Course Director.

Buddy Dive’s next IDC begins April 30th 2014, and already boasts a roster of 10 students from around the world, including Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, Holland and the United States. Pepe is looking forward to another successful IDC, and is already busy planning the graduation ceremony scheduled for May 13th 2014.

Buddy Dive Resort is consistently rated as one of the Caribbean’s top dive resorts, and enjoys a reputation as one of the leading IDC centers worldwide. Located on the sunny island of Bonaire, the shore diving capital of the world, Buddy Dive’s oceanfront location means it is only a few steps into the clear, calm and warm Caribbean waters. The resort also offers several swimming pools and an air-conditioned classroom equipped with the latest technology for its IDC candidates.

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SCUBAPRO Free Octopus Promotion 2023



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Free Octopus with every purchase of a SCUBAPRO regulator system

Just in time for the festive season, divers can save money again with the FREE OCTOPUS winter promotion! Until December 31st SCUBAPRO offers one of the two new Octopus models S270 or R105 for free with every purchase of a regulator system!

The S270 OCTOPUS is free with purchase of a MK25 EVO/D420 or MK19 EVO/D420, MK25 EVO/S620Ti or MK19 EVO/ S620Ti in INT or DIN versions. A R105 OCTOPUS is free with purchase of a MK25 EVO/S600 or MK17 EVO/S600, or MK25 EVO/G260 or MK19 EVO/G260 or MK19 EVO BT or MK25 EVO BT/ G260 CARBON BT in INT or DIN versions.

SCUBAPRO offers a 30-year first owner warranty on all regulators, with a revision period of two years or 100 dives. All SCUBAPRO regulators are of course certified according to the new European test standard EN250-2014.

Available at participating SCUBAPRO dealers. Promotion may not be available in all regions.

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More information available here: SCUBAPRO Free Octopus Promotion 2023

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Indo siren destroyed by fire



Indo Siren

Indo Siren, a vessel from the Master Liveaboards Fleet, has been destroyed by a fire this morning. Thankfully, all guests and crew members are safe.

Master Liveaboards have released the following statement:

During our current cruise in Raja Ampat, on the morning of 30th November, a fire broke
out on Indo Siren. At the current time we are still assessing the events around the incident,
and will be working with authorities, so cannot currently comment further.

All guests and staff departed the boat, without further incident. They are now with our
ground crew who have organised accommodations while we assist with all their other
needs going forwards.

We are currently evaluating the issues created by the fire on upcoming trips. Guests who
are likely to be affected by enforced cancellations or changes will be contacted in due time
when plans are finalised.

We are incredibly grateful that this incident was not more serious and that everyone who
was onboard, both crew and guests, are safe and well.

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