Bubbles on a dive in UtilaAfter starting to dive in 2005 in Cyprus I visited the island of Utila in Honduras again in April 2006 for the second time after 2000. First it took a moment to convince me to go for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification but once started I knew diving would be a great thing to continue on. Since I was planning to start university in September 2006 I decided to take a longer break before studying started so I went back to Utila in July 2006 to continue my diving education. Having had a great mentor and met a lot of nice people these 8 weeks were so far the best I have ever experienced in diving. First I had to do my PADI Rescue Diver which was by far the best course I have taken so far. You start feeling so much safer after this course just because you know how to react in certain situations. Then I went straight on to the PADI Divemaster Course where you basically learn everything you have to know to also become a PADI Instructor. It took me roughly 5 weeks to complete all the confinded and open water session including studying the encyclopedia of diving and doing all the knowledge-reviews plus the Divemaster exams. During the time I was doing my Divemaster it was mostly fundiving I did with a bit of guiding sometimes. Since there was not enough time after completing my Divemaster course I decided not to go for the PADI Instructor rather than take a few specialities. This is how I got all the certifications listed below. One of the best experiences was definitely the PADI Dolphin/Atlantis Rebreather course where you dive with a rebreather - meaning you don't make any bubbles and fish come closer to you than they have ever done that before.

Certificate Date issued
Place Issued Dive Center
PADI Open Water Diver
October 2005
Ayia Napa, Cyprus Lucky Divers
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
April 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Rescue Diver
July 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Divemaster #977880
August 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Dolphin/Atlantis Rebreather
August 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver
August 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Wreck Diver
August 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
DAN O2 Provider
August 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Dolphin Awareness
September 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Deep Diver
September 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
National Geographic Diver
September 2006
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI River/Current Diver
June 2011
Verzasca Valley, Switzerland Scubalino Chur
PADI CCR (Poseidon MK VI)
April 2012
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI TEC 40/45/50
April 2012
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Sidemount
May 2012
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre
PADI Tec Trimix
May 2012
Utila, Honduras Utila Dive Centre

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