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AVG CERTS PER YEAR

35

Juan Felipe Hurtado
Forster

Dive Instructor

YEARS HELD AT THIS POSITION

4

Felipe learnt to dive when he was 12, and has done over 10,000 dives since then. He is originally from Colombia, where he owned a dive centre in Santa Marta with his sister (also a diving instructor). Felipe has dived all over the world, some notable destinations include the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, South and Central America as well as the Great Barrier Reef. Felipe now calls the magical area of Forster home, renowned for it’s year ’round population of Grey Nurse Sharks, diverse underwater topography and prolific fish life.

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What drew you into the sport of Scuba Diving?

Felipe was drawn to diving by his love of the ocean, adventure and all creatures great and small.

What is your favourite dive site and why?

The Pinnacle, Forster, NSW. Every dive at this site is different – any kind of sea life that you can imagine has been seen here at one point or another. The sharks are huge, the snapper are monstrous, and because its a marine sanctuary the fish life is increasing every day!

What is the most memorable dive you have done, and why?

The Halliburton Wreck in Utila, Honduras. Hard to explain why it was so memorable, but the water was crystal clear and the wreck is perfectly preserved!

What do you love about being a Dive Instructor?

I love to see how people learn and start to really enjoy diving towards the end of an Open Water Course!

Where can you see the sport of Scuba Diving heading in the future?

Hopefully diving will return to being a sport that is for life, rather than a tick on the bucket list.

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