HOW IT ALL STARTED
Born and raised in the Bahamas, Mario had no choice but to become aquatic. Surrounded by Swimmers, Free-divers and Scuba Divers he learned about the ocean first hand. His lessons started to pay off fast. At age 10 he started winning swimming competitions and free-diving down to 6m/20ft on a single breath of air. As he grew older his passion for the water strengthened. Becoming a Scuba Diving Instructor he travelled the world for the next 10 years exploring every major ocean. During his travels he was fortunate enough to learn and train with the best record holding free-divers in the world. During this time he became an accomplished free-diver and setting records amongst his mentors with a max depth of 90m/295ft and a 8′ 30″ breath hold along with dropping his heart rate down to 20 beats a minute at depth, something only found in marine mammals and other top free-divers.
During his career Mario has logged over 2,500 dives as a dive instructor, and for the past 8 years he has been privileged enough to train and train with various levels of people from amateur to professional athletes including A-list celebrities.
His area of expertise are; respiratory system, breathing techniques, Pranayama breathing and sport Specific training.
Mario certifications include a Full Instructor Certification from Gym Jones. This highly-selective camp, provided him the opportunity to learn from elite trainers and athletes. Gym Jones & Mark Twight are best known for training the cast of movies such as 300 and Man of Steel. Their newest projects include Batman Vs Superman and Wonder Woman. Gym Jones is also known for training all levels of endurance athletes along with top US special forces.
For the past 12 years, Mario has held certifications as a PADI Dive Instructor. Other PADI certifications include gas blending, deep diving, wreck diving, cave diving, equipment maintenance, medical assistance and first aid.
He holds a free diving instructor certification and safety free diver for record attempts. Locations of diving and training include; Greece, Italy, Thailand, Burma, Maldives, Bahamas and the U.K.
Mario Also holds LVL 1 & 2 Golf Coach Certifications from The Titleist Performance Institute/ “TPI” one of, if not the top golf training facilities in the World located in California. He has had the opportunity to train and assist with Rory Mallory, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.
Most recently he had the privilege to train the Swedish Olympic teams on Mental Preparation & Training Past Comfort Zones. These individuals will be competing in the 2016 Olympics.
Mario hopes to teach people that the body waits for the mind to catch up. It is essential to train for an objective and have a positive goal – just because someone looks fit, doesn’t necessarily mean they are fit.
Mario has been featured in: National Geographic, Diver Magazine for the U.S. & U.K, ZNS Broadcast Network, Gym Jones. Outside Magazine, Vineyard Vines, Athena Fit, Orca Triathlon Wetsuits. All major newspapers and magazines throughout the Caribbean.