ItÂs been revealed that one of San PedroÂs residents has passed his PADI exams to become an official diving instructor. Â Juan Carlos Montejo will now be able to officially train other divers from around the world who want to live their dream and explore the underwater realm. Â ItÂs an important step for San Pedro, which is starting to see a thriving tourist sector.
San Pedro Town is in a state of change, with the once quiet fishing village quickly becoming a popular tourist destination, particularly with those who want to enjoy BelizeÂs stunning marine life. Â The Hol Chan Marine Reserve do a lot to ensure that the marine ecosystem is protected as much as possible, and with money coming in from tourism, thereÂs an obvious rise in divers wanting to explore the coast.
Juan Carlos, a local resident, has now completed his training to become a PADI diving instructor, enabling him to not only enjoy the marine world himself, but take out others and train them to be safe in the water. Â ÂIt was so awesome that if I could do it again I would. Â It was fun and professional; I had a great time. Â ItÂs about living your dream,Â he explained, clearly showing passion for his chosen career. Â Having spent many years working and playing at sea, as well as working at the White Sands Dive Shop, Juan is now part of an elite team of certified SCUBA Instructors.
With San Pedro TownÂs past as a fishing village, itÂs only natural that locals will gravitate towards careers that stay in a marine setting so they can utilize their experience. Â Those with knowledge of the sea and boats can make ideal SCUBA instructors, divemasters and tourist guides as they have first-hand experience of the beautiful coastline and the conditions that divers are likely to come across. Â They also understand the variety of wildlife that could be encountered, including fish, sharks, turtles and even, on some occasions, crocodiles.
Juan CarlosÂ certification marks an important step for the San Pedro community as one of their own becomes a vital part in the islandÂs burgeoning tourism sector.Â Hopefully, he will be teaching people to dive safely for many years to come.
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