Edgar Martinez

I am a 23 year old divemaster at Paradise Divers here in Utila. I have lived in Utila for my entire life. I live at the dive shop and have a lot of experience in the diving community. I have led over 250 dives here in Utila. I have experience in full time work at the dive shop- working with and repairing equipment, assisting in courses, providing refresher courses, and including everyone who is interested in being apart of our diver community.

How I’m being the difference?

How i´m being different?

I believe I am making a difference in my diving community each day. Having been brought up around the dive community in Utila, I saw what a positive impact this style of living can have on someone. I am an example of that. With all that I have learned from my diving experience as a divemaster, I believe that diving is one of the most impactful opportunities available to someone and I want to have the chance to share that experience with as many people as I can. I grew up here in Utila my whole life and I want to help share with the people that anyone can become a diver in our community. Diving has no obstacles- money, nationality, language, ability, or background. As an instructor, I would work hard to inspire everyone that their diving dream is possible. I want everyone to believe they have a chance to be a part of it. Diving makes me feel like I can do anything and I hope to share that feeling with others. My positive contribution would consist of opening the diving world to people of all types. I know that someone believed in my diving career when I was younger, and I want to have that same impact on others. I have met many people who have told me, “I can’t do that”, “I don’t have the money for that”, or “I don’t have that opportunity”. I thought those things too, until someone inspired me to believe that I could. Since becoming a divemaster, I have tried so hard to go above what is expected of me and to show my thankfulness for the opportunity in front of me. I believe so strongly in the diving community and I want to do everything I can for everyone involved. Having the chance to be an instructor will give me so much more opportunity to bring people from all types into our community. I can help make everyone feel accepted, show them that everything is possible, and welcome them into our beautiful island of Utila. I want to be a local person that people look up to for all of the things that they need. I would feel overwhelmingly grateful for the opportunity to become an instructor because I feel that I could be the difference.

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