Born in the early ‘80s, Rocio Gajon grew up in the small town of La Paz, Mexico. Surrounded by fishing boats, nets and hooks, Gajon knew early in life that she wanted to protect the fish. “I wanted my town to become a sanctuary where marine life could live and thrive,” she recalls. She worked at the Cortez Club Scuba Center, where she learned and experienced the ocean every day.
Gajon’s heart belonged to the oceans the moment she submerged beneath it for the first time; since then, every step of her life has been dedicated to the oceans. Gajon became a PADI Instructor in 2009 because she wanted to help the diving community, introduce people to scuba, train divers to gain confidence underwater, and develop skills and knowledge to respect and protect our seas.
“My PADI™ scuba life has taken me around the underwater world: Mexico, Caribbean, South Pacific, Micronesia, Hawaii, Europe and many other places,” she says. “It has given me the opportunity to explore and expand my love for the ocean. My home is now the kelp beds of California [where she now lives] and it’s all because of scuba.”
- In 1999, became PADI Open Water certified and started working at The Cortez Club
- In 2001, started The Kids Club, a summer camp dedicated to beach cleanups, ocean conservation and preservation among the local community
- Became PADI Divemaster in 2005, a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2009 and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and IDC Staff Instructor in 2011
- In 2013, collaborated with PADI on the development of Open Water Diver training materials
- Became a US citizen in 2014
- In 2015, became a PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Instructor