Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire Receives The Highest PADI Classification


Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean (January 12, 2015) Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is proud to announce that they received the highest PADI Classification given out to dive shops: the PADI Career Development Center Classification. This is the highest classification a dive shop can receive from PADI and is the end result of many years of hard work and devotion from the entire dive crew. Currently there are 101 Career Development Center’s worldwide with 9 in the Caribbean and Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire being the only one in the area.

The award was handed out by Erica Wedepohl (Director of Field Services at PADI) and Nick Buskirk (Regional Sales Manager at PADI) and received by Pepe Mastropaolo (Course Director at Buddy Dive), Augusto Montbrun (Dive Operations Manager at Buddy Dive) and Paul Coolen (General Manager at Buddy Dive).

buddy-staff-300“Buddy Dive Resort has worked hard to achieve PADI’s CDC level of excellence. The dedication to continuing education and professional level courses shows through in the wonderful instructors that have trained through their program. Training in the resort allows candidates to gain valuable resort operations experiences that make them ready to start their careers in diving anywhere that Buddy Dive helps place them” commented Erica Wedepohl, Director of Field Services at PADI.”

Pepe Mastropaolo (Course Director at Buddy Dive) commented “This is a huge achievement taking into consideration that just 100 CDCs worldwide exist (with only 9 in the entire Caribbean region) and is the result of many years of hard and consistent work. We are more than proud!”

About the PADI Career Development Classification

padicdc-150The PADI Career Development Center (CDC) Classification is awarded to PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers and Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resorts that dedicate their businesses to professional development for dive instructors. Buddy Dive Resort meets the highest requirements for training PADI Professionals and offers career-oriented programs to prepare scuba diving professionals for employment in the dive industry, as well as job placement assistance for program graduates.

About Buddy Dive Resort

Buddy Dive Resort, Bonaire’s leading dive hotel is known for its personable staff, spacious accommodations and a dive operation that has something for every diver. Today, the Resort is complete with eleven modern buildings housing spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, a full service dive center, activity desk, two swimming pools, restaurants, pool bar, vehicle rentals and the famous drive-thru air and Nitrox fill station. Built with active people in mind, Buddy Dive Resort knows exactly what is needed to make guests comfortable both during their busy day of diving and exploring.

Buddy Dive Resort was recognized as one of the World’s Best Dive Resorts in Scuba Diving magazine’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. For more information visit http://www.buddydive.com.

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About Gene Muchanski

Executive Director at Dive Industry Association. Board Member at Dive Industry Foundation. Marketing Consultant to the Diving Industry. I have been a certified Scuba Diver since I was 15 years old and have been a passionate waterman for as long as I can remember.
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