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Pro Dive International appoints Leo Saldunbides as new leader of GoPro Academy

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Pro Dive International has appointed PADI Course Director Leo Saldunbides as the new leader of their prestigious IDC, GoPro & TecRec Academy.

Leo, originally from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, started freediving and scuba diving at a young age, and has been working in the diving industry as a professional for almost 20 years. During that time, Leo has been diving, teaching and working in many locations such as Brazil, The Bahamas, Mexico, The Dominican Republic, Portugal, The Netherlands, Malaysia and finally in Cape Verde Islands, where he spent the past several years of this professional career.

Leo has been a very successful Course Director for many years now, and during his career has certified more than 2000 Students, while completing upwards of 7500 dives. He is also qualified to teach technical diving such as Sidemount, Tec Deep and many other areas.

Leo was the first person to introduce PADI Instructor Training in a regular and structured way to the islands of Cape Verde, where his implemented training system remains until today. He also filled roles as GoPro Coordinator and in Quality Assurance, something he will also be encharged with at Pro Dive International.

Fluent in English, Spanish and also in Portuguese, and with plans to add German, French and Italian to the portfolio, Leo will be able to offer GoPro Packages and Instructor Development in more different languages than any other IDC center on the globe.

Leo’s vision is to completely revamp and further improve what Pro Dive’s Academy has to offer. This includes not only adding more technical dive training options on top of the more “mainstream” possibilities, but also the creation of entirely new programs that will be unique and second-to-none in the diving industry.


If you are interested in Leo’s training, or would like to learn what the Pro Dive International GoPro Academy has to offer, you can contact Leo at trainingandquality@prodiveinternational.com or visit www.prodiveinternational.com 

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Jeff chats to… Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Louis’ film – Uncovering Cornwall’s Little Known Oceans – can be seen here:

Third in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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DAN launches 2021 webinar series

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Divers Alert Network (DAN) has launched a new series of live monthly webinars on its YouTube channel, DAN TV.

Throughout 2021, experts from DAN’s Research, Risk Mitigation, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive pros and dive business owners as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and resume diving and traveling.

The 2021 series will begin this Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST, with a webinar by DAN Director of Risk Mitigation Francois Burman titled Emergency Planning: Who Is Responsible for Your Safety? The presentation will cover various mishaps that can occur during diving and travel as well as tips for anticipating, preparing for and successfully managing them.

Future webinars in the series will cover topics including fill station safety, ear barotrauma, DAN research updates, the latest information about COVID-19 and diving, and more. Attendees can look forward to lively 30- to 45-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.

The webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Keep an eye on the Events page of DAN.org

For more information about upcoming webinars follow DAN on: 

Recorded presentations will remain on DAN’s YouTube Channel.

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