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Alvaro Roldan Montes ~ Diver ~ Explorer ~ Underwater Videographer & Photographer

Alvaro is a native of Chinchon, Madrid, currently residing in Lanzarote, The Canary Islands (Spain)

With over eight years of diving experience, Alvaro started diving at 22 years old, in the Canary Islands, training & gaining professional qualifications.

Qualifications include:

  • Technical cave instructor
  • Normoxic Trimix instructor
  • Commercial diver
  • Certified advanced trimix diver regularly practicing advanced level trimix dives
  • DPV cave diver with more than 100 DPV and multi DPV dives in both open water and overhead environments.
  • Advanced gas blender
  • Vessel Skipper

Last Contrac with  Protec Technical Dive Facility in Tulum, as a technical/cave diving instructor.
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In the last years, Alvaro has been member of the Quiet Diver Exploration Team (QDT). The QDT is a group of many of the leading international cave explorers in the area. As a team of five, they have now discovered over 50km of cave in the last two years.

Underwater Photography,  Videography & Editing

Alvaro has been involved with a 360 degree photography project with Patrik Gustafsson, who has been photographing the caves here in the Yucatan. Using an SLR camera and then using software to create the final product. Alvaro had been diving with Patrik as his assistant.

Alvaro recently edited and released his first video, visually documenting the underwater worlds of the cenotes. calaveras

Discovered Archealogical Site

In addition to the above, Alvaro is responsible for the discovery of an archaeological site containing Mayan remains including settlement and religious artefacts and human and animal remains. This site is now under study by Instituto Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia (INAH).

Discovered New Underwater Species

In 2011 and 2013, Alvaro was involved in a biological project with Professor Tom Boesgaard of the Denmark University and Tom Iliffe of Texas A&M University.  In the Cenote, The Pit, in Quintana Roo Alvaro discovered a new species of worm tube which is now under study in the Denmark University.

Skippers License

velaIn 2007, Alvaro obtained his skippers license allowing him to sail internationally a vessel up to a maximum length of 60ft to a distance of 60 miles from shore. He then spent three years in the Canary Islands moving vessels between the islands and occasionally the mainland of Spain. In 2010 he  was a member of a team who sailed across the Atlantic in a 50ft catamaran.velita

Corporate Training

Directly after leaving school at the age of 18 he was employed by JJ Informatica Financiera where he learned the system that they developed within the financial industry connecting the stock markets with the clients. Alvaro´s knowledge of this system together with communication and English language skills resulted in my being seconded to Norway in order to install and to teach the systems within AKJ Norway

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