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Galapagos Tip Top Dive
and Training Facility
Proud New DEMA Member!
Resort, Pool, Showroom and Classroom:
Tip Top Dive & Training Facility S-22641
Charles Binford & Duncan S/N
Vía a Tortuga Bay
Ph. +593 53014745
About You and Galapagos Tip Top Dive and Training Facility...
Jorge Antonio Mahauad Wittmer
My job function in the company:
Owner / Operator
Years in business:
About Galapagos Tip Top Dive and Training Facility:
Galapagos Tip Top Dive and Training facility is the first 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort in the Galapagos Islands and has one of the best dive training facilities in the region. We offer a wide range of PADI courses from PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences, PADI Open Water Diver all the way to PADI Go Pro courses and PADI TecRec courses, and you not only get top level training, but you also get to do it in one of the world's top diving destinations. At our Dive and Training Facility in Puerto Ayora, in the heart of the Galapagos, we operate a top of the line location for Scuba courses, with everything you need to make your diving course special. We are located on a very peaceful yet central area of the town, and our classroom easily accommodates all types of courses, and we have several options available for independent learning. Our private training pool right outside the classroom consists of a multilevel confined water environment, that gives us great flexibility and comfort while learning basic scuba skills. Our second location, offers dedicated access to a private dock and all our boat operations for when we explore the diving sites in the Galapagos. Since being established we pride ourselves on offering top class PADI dive tuition, the latest diver education and the in the very best personal service from our PADI Dive Center right in the Galapagos Islands. Our scuba dive instructors are trained on the latest recreational and technical diving courses including PADI & PADI TecRec. We are proud partners of Project AWARE and a 100% AWARE Dive Center. We donate USD 10 for every issued PADI certification to this worthy cause. All of our staff are PADI Instructors and First Aid trained. So, whether you're a solo traveler, backpacker, adventure traveler or family, we can offer you fantastic scuba diving day trips, snorkeling adventures, liveaboards to the Galapagos Islands or complete holiday packages. The Galapagos Islands have a lot to offer everyone – great food, great scenery and of course, amazing scuba diving with pelagic creatures including whale sharks, galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, turtles, rays and sea lions. Getting your Padi Open Water Diver, or just chilling out snorkeling on the ocean reef for a day could not be in a more beautiful and relaxing location. Also, if you require a private scuba dive or snorkel guide, you are new to diving or you just been out of the sea for some time, please contact us, we specialize in getting people back in the water.
Goal(s) for 2013:
In April 2013 we will see the first Instructor Development Course in our company history with Jorge A. Mahauad as Course Director - In the fall of 2013, we will be launching the management of Galapagos Nortada, a specialty oriented dive liveaboard - Continue to grow and advance the technical and rebreather diving field of the Galapagos Islands with first rate diving support - Teach the first Sidemount course in the history of Ecuador - Teach the first Evolution Rebreather course in the history of Ecuador - Support PADI Aware and continue to provide support to various conservation efforts of supporting Marine Protected Areas (MPA's).
Greatest achievement in 2012:
Course Director status achieved by Operating Director Jorge A. Mahauad.
About You, "The Professional"...
What I find most rewarding about my job:
What I am most proud of (professionally):
Greatest piece of business advice I ever received:
"Mind your business, not your neighbors." - Chris Massaad
Where I see myself and/or business in 5 years:
About You, "The Person"...
Favorite place to dive:
Wolf Island and a close second, Mexican caves.
Most memorable dive experience:
My first manta ray.
"Science always wins over bullshit" - Dick Rutkowski
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
My grandfather, and personal role model, was the first human birth historically documented on Floreana, a remote island here in the Galapagos.