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Roman is a young Argentinian who dived for the first time at the tender age of 10 years. He did his IDC with Dressel Divers in the Dominican Republic in 2015 and after passing through several dive centers, he now works as a Dive Boss at Dressel Divers Paraiso, being a fundamental part of the company.
We visited him in Playa del Carmen to have a chat and get to know him a little more. Román has told us about his origins in diving, his other hobbies and his best experiences as a Dive Instructor, which have touched our hearts.
1. At what age did you start diving?
My very first dive was when I was 10 years old, but I did my Open Water course when I was 22.
2. What is the most incredible dive you ever did?
The most incredible dive I have ever done was Manta alley in Komodo, Indonesia. I had 27 manta rays around me, also grey reef and white tip sharks, it was amazing!
3. At what point did you realize you wanted to be a Dive Instructor?
As soon as I did my first Open Water dive. It was 10 years ago, but I still remember the sensation I had during that first dive, and the idea of being able to take people and make them experience something similar was an idea that felt right at the moment and still does.
4. Where did you do your Dive Instructor Course?
I did it in Dressel Divers Bavaro in the Dominican Republic, in 2015
5. What qualities do you think a Dive Instructor needs to be successful?
Passion for the job, empathy to be able to connect with the student, and environmental responsibility.
6. What is the best advice you ever gave to your students?
Don’t let fear stop you, be patient with yourself and you can do whatever you want.
7. What was your most memorable moment with students?
I have several memorable moments, fortunately, one of them is a dive with a Brazilian lawyer I met while working there. He had and accident when he was 3 and almost drown so he was terrified of the water and wanted to overcome that fear. It was challenging for both of us but he was able to do it and when I saw the joy in his eyes under the water and when he thanked me after are moments that are going to stay with me for the rest of my days.
8. Why would you recommend Dressel Divers to new students?
Because Dressel Divers has the highest standards when it comes to training both recreational and professional divers. Also, it has a multilingual and multicultural team that makes it easier for people that prefer to learn in their mother language.
9. How long have you been in Dressel Divers?
I worked for a year in the Dominican Republic and now I have been working for the company, here in Mexico, for 6 months.
10. What features and opportunities made you choose to work with this company in particular?
Dressel Divers is a dive center that allows you to grow as a professional in every way. You can start as Open Water and work your way up until you become a manager or stay on the academic path and become a Course Director. These are things that are not common in other dive centers. Also here you teach all of the PADI and SDI levels, from DSD to Divemasters, and this is also something that is not common in all dive centers.
11. Which Dressel Divers dive center would you like to go next if the opportunity arises?
I would like to go to the dive center in Playacar.
12. What is the best advice you would give to someone who wants to make a living with scuba diving?
Never stop learning, stay humble and work hard.
13. What are your other hobbies? What do you do on your day off here in Playa del Carmen?
Here, in Playa del Carmen, there are a lot of things to do. On my days off I play football, actually, I am participating in a local tournament. I also enjoy going out for dinner, there are a lot of restaurants to choose from, with food from all over the world.