Business Owner and Natural Leader
Even as a kid, Aitor knew he was meant to be outside in nature. His early obsession with rock climbing and white water kayaking took him around the world, guiding trips and experiencing different cultures from Nepal to Central America. He opened his first business, Guadalkayak, in his 20’s and grew it into a thriving water adventure company in Southern Spain. Each year, Aitor took time off to travel, and he found diving while exploring Thailand. While training to become a PADI Divemaster, he saw how sustainable diving as a sport was, especially in regards to physical health and longevity.
One moment in particular stuck out when he saw an older man teaching an Open Water Course, and Aitor could see a real future in the industry. “It felt like a sign that if I switch careers, I could do this forever,” Aitor always tells IDC students. “Kayaking was fun, but it’s hard on the body… and it’s dangerous. Diving has always felt adaptable and sustainable. I can do technical diving or keep it simple with recreational courses. It has always felt like an industry where I can grow and be really happy sharing my passion.” Upon the sale of his business in Spain, he pursued professional development as an instructor and hasn’t looked back.
Aitor is not only a mentor but a dedicated student who constantly challenges himself to learn new skills, improve his teaching techniques, and be present for his students. “Becoming a scuba instructor pushes you into a world that could never bore you. There are always new places to explore, people to meet, and skills to learn. And the best part is the instant community you have with other dive professionals. We all have found something that fires us up, and an instant bond is made no matter where in the world you meet.”