Open Water Scuba Instructor
I was born in Madrid in 1985. From a young age I knew that the sea and diving would be part of my life; at the age of 11 I went diving for the first time in Lanzarote and at the age of 16 I obtained my PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Diver certificate.
Two years later, in 2003, I moved to Cadiz to study for a degree in Marine Science at the University of Cadiz, which I completed in 2009, after also having received funding to spend some time studying in Hawaii. During my degree course I continued training to be a scuba diver and worked as a PADI Divemaster at Nature Explorer (www.naturexplorer.com), a diving centre in Barbate, Cadiz, where I discovered that I was passionate about diving.
After graduating I did a professional diving course with my friend and business partner, Nico. Although this did not lead to a job, I worked as a volunteer in the Aquarium of Madrid and also as a researcher for the Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados (IMEDEA) in Mallorca, for which I received funding. However, I found neither of these roles fulfilling, as I knew that my real vocation was diving. Luckily, I was then given the opportunity to go to El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, to work again as a PADI Divemaster. I spent eight months there at the Arrecifal Diving Centre (www.arrecifal.com) with Carlos and Anita and this confirmed all my suspicions: I had to become a diving instructor and follow my passion. Therefore, in November 2010 I became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, specializing in Deep Sea Diving and Nitrox Scuba Diving. Then, in March 2011 Victor Córdoba introduced me to the world of technical diving through the PADI TecRec 50 and Sidemount diver courses.
This brings me to the present day where I am embarking on this great adventure of being the co-owner of my own diving centre, Diving Menorca, in which I have placed many hopes, both professional and personal.
I hope to see you all here and that you leave with pleasant memories, having spent time enjoying yourselves and diving in the Northern Menorca Marine Reserve!!!
Open Water Scuba Instructor
I am Nicolás Carbonell Rueda and I was born in Madrid on 6th January 1980. One of my childhood memories is waiting on the seashore for my father to come back from underwater fishing. I used to spend hours watching how he submerged himself, and when he would come back towards the shore I remember the uncertainty of not being able to see until the last moment what he had caught. All these experiences stayed with me and I knew that one way or another I would end up doing something related to the sea.
It was my father who taught me to swim, to snorkel, to free dive, to fish underwater and who, many years later, encouraged me to study Marine Science in Cadiz. For many years underwater fishing was my greatest passion and my friend, Roger Esquerda, and I used to spend hours and hours in the water playing like children.
It was in Cadiz that I did my first diving course and since then Alberto and I have trained together to obtain all the qualifications that we now have. After completing my degree course I did course in Professional Surface Diving and worked for a few months for a submarine engineering firm. Later I went to El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, to work at Benthos Diving Centre (www.benthosbuceo.com). There I completed all the necessary diving courses to become a competent Divemaster, including the instructor course run by Victor Córdoba and other courses specializing in particular aspects of diving. After this I decided to set up a diving centre with, of course, Alberto (we´ve trained for so many qualifications together that I think his girlfriend is starting to get suspicious...)
Now, after many years of training, we are ready to start this new adventure in one of the nicest and best conserved places in the Mediterranean: Menorca. I hope that you all visit and that, like us, you enjoy and fall in love with the amazing world of the sea.
I am Verónica Vidal Torregrosa and I was born in Alicante in 1981. I have a degree in Pharmacy from the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, and an MA in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Although I grew up by the sea, I did not start diving until much later on in my life.
In 2004 I had the opportunity to spend a month in Holbox, an island in the Mexican Caribbean that has maintained its traditions. My sister, Anita, was working there as a diving instructor in an area whose main attraction is the shark whale. A year later I spent a month in the Dominican Republic, where I went diving for the first time, and the following year I spent a further month In the Cayman Islands. On both occasions I went to visit my sister and was in close contact with her professional life, to which I was becoming more and more attracted.
In 2009, after finishing my thesis on parasitology, I went on holiday to El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, where my sister and her husband had set up their own diving centre, Arrecifal (www.arrecifal.com) in La Restinga. I then started diving more frequently and in June I obtained the PADI Open Water Diver certificate. Once I had, as my mother would say, "returned to the mainland", my head was already filled with bubbles, and I felt that I should go back to El Hierro for a longer period to spend more time doing what had started out as just a hobby. Consequently, I spent two years working as a pharmacist whilst helping my sister in the diving centre at weekends. In June 2010 I obtained the PADI Divemaster certificate and meanwhile I did various courses related to another of my favourite hobbies: photography.
In short, the only thing left for me to say is that what started as the object of simple curiosity became a hobby, then a passion and finally a life choice. This is why I have decided to put on hold my professional career for a time to help out these two loveable nuts as much as I can. In my opinion, this is a wonderful adventure for them and for me. So I await all of you so that together we can visit the depths of this exceptional reserve in surroundings that cannot be surpassed.