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Pro Dive Mexico Instructor recognised as an Ambassador of Cozumel



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MSDT Instructor Javier Herrera of Pro Dive Mexico recognised by Jean-Michel Cousteau & the Scuba Fest committee during the Cozumel Scuba Fest 2015

Pro Dive MexicoMexico & Dominican Republic – Pro Dive International, one of the Caribbean’s most established PADI 5 Star Dive Resorts and recognized Career Development Centers, announced recently that one of their MSDT instructors based at Pro Dive Mexico in Cozumel – Javier Herrera – has been recognized as an ambassador of Cozumel and the Scuba Fest for his excellent work, integration and support of Cozumel´s diver community, byno other than Jacques Yves Cousteau´s son ‎Jean Michel & the Scuba Fest Committee.

The 4th edition of the annual Cozumel Scuba Fest (Dec 8-13th, 2015) was dedicated to advanced divers who could follow Jacques Cousteau’s journey on his visit to the island back in the 1960’s, and become an ambassador for the world´s second largest barrier reef by completing a route of nine reefs during four consecutive days of this six-day event, to receive the official logbook signed by his son Jean Michel Cousteau, become a “Friend of the Reef” and member of the diver network recognized by the Ocean Futures Society.

“We are proud of Javier, and congratulate him on this fantastic achievement. He is very popular with our divers, students and team members, who love him for his passion, comprehensive knowledge about our famous dive destination Cozumel, his expertise in this industry, and dedication to our marine life & conservation. Javier is setting standards for other instructors and is a true asset to not only Pro Dive International, but the entire dive community,” says Jorge Maldonado, Operations Manager Cozumel.

Renowned for excellent quality in providing first class adventures including diving in the CENOTES, with BULL SHARKS, at WRECKS & FAMOUS WALLS at COZUMEL, SAONA & CATALINA islands, as well as Safaris with WHALE SHARKS, SAILFISH & HUMPBACK WHALES, Pro Dive International, founded in 2003, is the official onsite water sports service provider for several 4-5* RESORTS along the RIVIERA MAYA & COZUMEL/ MEXICO, and in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
Everything under one roof, Pro Dive International´s head office in Playa del Carmen/ Mexico features a multilingual reservations team taking direct bookings for diving, hotel accommodation, the VIP stay & dive concept ULTIMATE DIVE EXPERIENCE at Allegro Cozumel (unique in the Caribbean!), transfers and cultural tours, but also providing services to international travel agencies, an equipment maintenance department, excursions team and own competitive transportation system available to provide airport and hotel shuttles.

For more information, visit Pro Dive International’s websites and, or enquire by email at

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Pro Dive’s Facebook Pages with lots of pictures and info is located at Pro DIve

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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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