PADI Go Pro in Sicily, Italy

PADI GO PRO Event 12-10-2016 Sicily IDC, Italy.

Enjoying the introduction by Regional Director Jonas Samuelsson to life as a PADI Dive Professional
Enjoying the introduction by Regional Director Jonas Samuelsson to life as a PADI Dive Professional

On the evening of 12 October 2016, PADI Dive Professionals and PADI Divers gathered at the ATAHOTEL Naxos Beach in Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, Italy, to discuss ideas presented at the PADI GO PRO Event by PADI Territory Director Jonas Samuelsson. The evening was hosted by Dive-Careers.com and Sea Spirit Diving Resort during the Sicily PADI Instructor Development Course. It was a great evening, allowing people who are interested in becoming PADI Dive Professionals and those PADI PRO’s who want to take it to the next level, the chance to listen to a presentation full with opportunities for working in the diving world. Even better, there was the possibility to ask questions to experienced PADI Professionals and discuss about several topics like ‘how is it to work on a live-a-board?’ or ‘how is it like to work in the Maldives or Thailand?’. This GO PRO Event was also attended by PADI Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka from dive-careers.com and owners of Sea Spirit Diving Resort: PADI Master Instructor Carmelo Sgroi and PADI IDC Staff Instructor Cilla Lentz. They shared their diving knowledge and experience this evening with everyone who wanted to know more about working in the diving world – around the world.  Great information, coming from a phenomenal amount of shared experiences throughout the globe and the dive industry.

PADI Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka in front of Sea Spirit 5 Star IDC center on our Sicily IDC
PADI Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka in front of Sea Spirit 5 Star IDC center on our Sicily IDC

One of the main topics was why it is interesting and exciting to become a dive professional and start working in this business, or even to start your own business in diving. According to Mark Soworka it is possible to travel a lot and see different cultures and different parts of the world working as a dive professional. He himself has an elaborate network of dive resorts and professionals.  After working for many years as a dive professional, and though his network of dive-careers.com, he is now able to offer diving jobs on a regular basis. Carmelo and Cilla explained it is wonderful to work in an international environment with dive professionals and customers from all over the world who have one thing in common: they are divers! Every day again, people come into the diving resort as strangers and leave as friends after a half day of diving with other people they just met that morning. They say it is their job as dive professionals to give divers a good time, safety, professionalism and quality. According to them, one of the best aspects of being a dive professional is the appreciation of new divers because you taught them something totally new in their life and the smile of a diver coming out of the water after a beautiful dive, enjoying the underwater world and the sound of silence and bubbles that they experience under the surface. Moreover, Carmelo explained why it is an excellent idea to enrol in a PADI Divemaster Candidate Internship or PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Internship. He said that at Sea Spirit Diving Resort, the candidates will have a full range of opportunities to get familiar with all aspects that are important to become a good dive professional, by assisting experienced PADI Instructors on courses, running the daily program on board and learning how to be a good deckhand or even how to become a skipper, handling a compressor, maintaining equipment and building experience in high quality customer service, so when completing the internship, as PADI Divemasters or PADI MSTDs, they are ready to work everywhere or making it easy for them to take it to the next level.

Taking the plunge into free diving as part of the opportunities that a Sicily PADI Instructor course opens up to you.
Taking the plunge into free diving as part of the opportunities that a Sicily PADI Instructor course opens up to you.

All in all it was a great evening inspiring divers who are interested in going PRO and PADI PRO’s who want to take the next step in their diving career! We wish all the participants good luck with their path in the diving world and know that we PADI PRO’s will be always available to give advice and help with the next step in your diving career!

Scubapro Seminar during our Sicily PADI IDC, Italy.

Sicily SCUBAPRO Seminar as part of Dive-Careers.com Italy IDC

On the 13th of October, 2016, during the IDC from dive-careers-europe.com, we had the honour to welcome SCUBAPRO Technical Director Gilbert de Coriolis at the ATAHOTEL Naxos Beach in Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, Italy. It was going to be a day full of passion for scuba dive equipment and brilliant tips for our PADI IDC-participants. SCUBAPRO Sales Director of EMEA Gianluca Bugli and Area Manager Federico Garaventa also attended, adding a marketing perspective to an incredible dive equipment seminar.

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Aperitivo Sicily style during the Scubapro seminar on our Sicily IDC, Italy.

From 09.00am in the morning we could fasten our seatbelts, in a few minutes we were blown away by the passion and enthusiasm that Gilbert spread throughout the conference room about the developments of scuba diving regulators in the last 50 years and the technology behind it. Gilbert took us on his journey, taking us from piston and diaphragm first stages, to a precise explanation of the differences between unbalanced, balanced and overbalanced first stages. Holding different parts of first stages in our hands, showing the newest models and listening to explanations about several second stages, we were taken on a journey through regulator development. Terms like ‘inhalation effort’, ‘instant flow’ and ‘hydrostatic pressure’ were explained clearly in a relaxed, passionate manner.  Gilbert also shared with us the new innovations and developments at SCUBAPRO that continue to maintain that initial company goal, to have the safest and the best dive equipment on the market.

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Gilbert from Scubapro inspiring the IDC candidates on our Sicily IDC

It was a fantastic way to integrate an equipment seminar into the PADI IDC of dive-careers-europe.com, dive-careers.com and Sea Spirit Diving Resort. As a dive instructor, you should have a strong working knowledge of dive equipment.  The SCUBAPRO seminars integrated into www.dive-careers.com PADI Instructor Development programmes, ensure our instructors attain that thorough understanding of dive equipment. With the team from SCUBAPRO, our Sicily instructor candidates gained a unique opportunity to increase their dive equipment knowledge and will definitely explain things better to their students and divers in the future with advice on buying equipment and how to take care of it. For more information about equipment workshops during our PADI IDC, please contact Mark Soworka (mark@dive-careers.com) or Cilla Lentz (info@seaspiritdivingtaormina.it).

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Scubapro, PADI, Sea Spirit and Dive-Careers.com staff enjoying the beauty of Giardini-Naxos Sicily, Italy

Sicily PADI Dive Instructor Course and Diving Week.

Great PADI Professional Diver Training planned for Sicily October 2016.

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This October we have a great couple of weeks of diving planned in Sicily, Italy.  We kick off with a PADI Dive Instructor course starting on the 7th October.  On the 12th of October PADI representative Jonas Samuelson and Fabio Figurella will conduct a Go-Pro Evening for all PADI professionals and anyone interested in becoming a dive professional. Scubapro will be running equipment workshops and world renowned Akim Adhari will be conducting free diver training.

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Deborah giving confined water briefing to marco on our Sicily IDC

The PADI Dive Instructor Course, PADI IDC, will be attended by candidates from all over Europe and taught by Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka and Master Instructor and owner of Sea Spirit Diving Sicily, Carmelo Sgroi.  The course starts on October 7. We have a great couple of weeks planned with loads of extra workshops from Marine Resource Management Seminars through to diver rescue scene management training. Sea Spiriti Sicily is a great location for your Dive-Careers.com IDC.  We use the facilites at Ata Hotel.  Olympic swimming pool for the skills, confernece room for the lectures and nip out on the zodiac to Isla Bella for some diving.  Excellent logistics making your instructor training relaxed and enjoyable.

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On October 10 Mark Soworka will conduct a Scubapro ProSales workshop.  This is free of charge and all are welcomed.  Participants will have an in depth look at how dive equipment from regulators to computeers function and the importance of equipment sales to a dive business.  Seminar completion is awarded a ProSales certificate from Scubapro.  Federico Garaventa, the Area Manager for Scubapro Italy, will also conduct an equipment workshop on the afternoon of October 12.  PADI have offered all PADI professional attending this seminar, free Equipment Specialty Instructor rating.  Sign up soon to ensure your place.

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Scubapro Equipment certificate issued to our candidates on our Sicily IDC

Also on the evening of October 12, Jonas Samuelson, PADI Regional Director, and Fabio Figurella, PADI Regional Manger, will condcut a GoPro evening for all in Sicily area.  They will be providing aperitivo and will look at the myriad of possibilities you have as a dive professional.  Career pathways from technical diving, liveaboard work through to apnea will be discussed.  Should be a great evening with a remedial day the following day unwind and wake up late after enjoying a night of Sicilian hospitality.

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Successful completion of the Sicily IDC. Now for aperitivo

After the PADI Instructor exam on 21st and 22nd October, it is planned for world renowned free diver, Akim Adhari to conduct free diver training.  Akim has given a great offer to get PADI instructors certifed as PADI Free Diving Instructors with a 5 day course.  Excellent opportunity to hone your free diving skills in the picturesque waters of Taormina, Sicily, where many scenes in the free diving cult classic ‘The Big Blue’ were set.

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Become a PADI free diving instructor with Akim Adhari on our Sicily IDC

We also have loads of diving planned for the  Sicily IDC, with specialty instructor training diving the canyons of Isla Bella and deep dives down to ancient Greek columns.  Plenty of time to enjoy the great diving conditions Sicily provides in October.  Our October 2016 IDC programme on Sicily is packed with so many great workshops and seminars to help you become a confident and competent dive professional.  There is no better way to launch your PADI professional dive career than joining the Dive-Careers.com network.  It is your passport to a truly global netwrok with genuine job placement opportunity.  Join us this October 7 2016 or enquire for our programmes in 2017 May 6 and Otober 11 2017.  Contact mark@dive-careers.com to launch your career int he dive industry.

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Out diving ancient Greek columns on our Sicily IDC