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Meet Jorge and Jennifer: Galapagos PADI Dive Instructors

I’m pleased to introduce two more Red Mangrove employees: Jorge and Jennifer. Jorge does more PADI certifications than any other instructor in the Galapagos Islands. Jennifer has the highest level possible of  dive certification – she trains dive instructors. She is Course Director and will be the principal instructor at our new dive center.

Meet Jorge Carpio: PADI Dive Instructor


Jorge Carpio is one of Red Mangrove’s dive instructors. Jorge is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and teaches more courses than any instructor in the Galapagos Islands. He is also a PADI Tec Instructor. He has been working with Red Mangrove since 2010 and has taught courses to several well known Ecuadorians including one of the former Miss Ecuador finalists who now works as a television personality.

Jorge was born in San Cristobal, Galapagos so is a true native of Galapagos. He studied Marine Biology at the University of Guayaquil. He has been diving for 12 years and instructing for 3 years. Jorge has been fortunate enough to dive many of the Galapagos Islands and islets including Pinzon, Bartoleme, Cousins Rock, Daphne, Isabela, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and the Northern Islands of Darwin and Wolf.

Jorge has also been diving in Roatan, Utila, South Florida and the Florida Keys. He has nearly 1000 logged dives.

Jorge loves teaching courses, particularly to new divers. He loves to travel and to experience new cultures and of course new places to dive. He also loves night dives, something that is not allowed in the Galapagos Islands.

Jorge lives in Puerto Ayora with his partner Jennifer and their 5 dogs.

His favorite marine animal is the scalloped hammerhead shark though he loves marine creatures and animals in general. His favorite dive sites are Daphne Minor, Darwin and Wolf. Daphne Minor is a favorite for the diverse topography and marine life that can be seen there. It features walls, underwater pinnacles and is one of the few sites with coral in the area.

Meet Jennifer Cummings: PADI Dive Instructor


Jennifer Cumming is one of Red Mangrove’s instructional Team. Jennifer is a PADI Course Director and will be running all the PADI Instructor Development Courses and post instructor training in the brand new Red Mangrove Dive Center. She has been working with Red Mangrove since 2009.

jennifer-cumming-padi-dive-instructor-underwaterJennifer was born in Toronto, Canada and has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. Jennifer learned to dive in 1995 in a mountain lake outside Calgary, Canada. In 1997 she became a dive instructor. Since then she has worked in the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Netherlands Antilles and now in the Galapagos Islands. She has worked land based as well aboard live-aboard dive boats, managing a number of boats in the Caribbean and Galapagos. She has been diving in many places around the world including Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, the US, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Cuba. She has over 6,000 dives.

Though Jennifer’s background is in sales and management she has worked many diverse jobs in her life – as a boat captain, bus driver, blackjack dealer, disc jockey and an aerobics instructor. She loves working with people and traveling to see new places.

Jennifer loves the diversity in dive sites in the Galapagos Islands. Her favorite part of diving is watching the fish behavior and interactions between the underwater creatures. She loves teaching and mentoring. Her favorite marine animal of Galapagos is the scalloped hammerhead shark.

Jennifer is now a resident of the Galapagos Islands. She lives in Puerto Ayora with her partner Jorge and their 5 dogs. She loves the tranquility and natural beauty of the islands and, of course, the diving.

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  • Joy@honoluludiveclub October 9, 2012, 3:03 AM

    Someday, I’ll be one of them. Soon my name will also be published in articles featuring great divers. Reading articles like these gives inspiration to newbies like me.


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