PADI Ambassadiver Chapter 4: Edgardo Ochoa – The safety guy

Edgardo has been diving from a very young age and has now racked up several thousand dives from all over the world. He started with recreational diving, then moved into scientific diving and finally became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, teaching science diving techniques to his students. 

Currently serving as a diving safety officer for Conservation International, Edgardo wants to encourage others to increase their knowledge of conservation to protect our oceans. Thankfully, he’s published several papers on scientific diving, marine biology, dive safety, and dive training for you to read. 

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Diving Safety Officer, Conservation International


Growing up in Mexico, Edgardo Ochoa’s introduction to diving came at an early age. A family friend took him on a snorkel trip, and the experience changed his life forever, directing his calling toward the ocean. Edgardo underwent training in recreational diving, became a scientific diver and soon after a PADI Instructor; he then began to train divers on science-diving techniques and diving safety.

Edgardo has traveled extensively, completing several thousand dives around the globe – from sea level to altitude, salt water to fresh water, and polar to tropical. Nowadays, he serves as Diving Safety Officer (DSO) for Conservation International. His mission is to encourage people to increase their knowledge so they will protect and preserve the oceans.

 Hometown: Guadalajara, JAL – Mexico

Career Highlights:

  • PADI Professional for more than 20 years
  • Started the first scientific diving program at CICIMAR-IPN in La Paz, Mexico
  • Unit Diving Officer at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in Panama
  • Acting Scientific Diving Officer (SDO) at Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
  • Global Marine and Diving Safety Officer (SDO) at Conservation International in Arlington, Virginia, USA
  • Published several papers on scientific diving, marine biology, dive safety and dive training

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