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Natalie Novak Perez

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I was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. I started snorkeling at age four. Then I earned my Open Water Certification at the age 14, and I am still passionately addicted to diving! I been diving for just over 15 years now, and I am proud to say that I learned to dive before I learned to drive.

Before deciding to dive full time, I completed an Honors Degree in Theater and a four-year degree in Psychology. I love introducing people to the underwater world, and this is why I became a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor. On Friday nights I also enjoy singing with my blues band in Playa del Carmen. Ask me where we are playing!

Natalie has provided several stories along with many great Dive Tips that have appeared in our monthly newsletters. You can learn more about Natalie at Dive with Natalie & Ivan.



A Shark's Tale
March 2010
- Dive with Natalie and Ivan
Best Dive Ever - Dive with Natalie and Ivan - Dec 2009
Big Fish August 2009 - Story and Dive Tip by Dive with Natalie and Ivan
Cenotes Natural Wonders
February 2011
- by Natalie Novak
Cozumel - by Natalie Novak
Dancing with Seahorses - Natalie shares why they make her dance.
Dive Instruction - Know Before You Go advice from Natalie Novak
Dive with Natalie and Ivan and a Friend from Canada, March 2009 - Read about Natalie and Ivan's great dives and a dive tip
Experience a New World - Natalie Novak
Friendly Barry
November 2010
- by Natalie Novak
Getting There Can Be More than Half the Fun! - Dolphins make Natalie squeal like a monkey.
Ivan's First Dive (May 2011) - by Natalie Novak
Lionfish Hunting - Seek & destroy mission with Natalie Novak
Little Surprise! July 2009 - By Natalie of Dive with Natalie and Ivan
Magical Seahorse - Natalie Novak, dive instructor, shares a story about diving in the Riviera Maya
Mystery of the Deep - Natalie Novak is back from traveling and sharing new dive stories from Akumal Bay.
Not Every Ray is a Manta Ray - Dive with Natalie and Ivan - Dec 2009
November Dive with Natalie and Jen 2008 -
Slow and Steady
October 2010
- Dive with Natalie and Ivan
Snorkeling or Diving
July 2010
- Dive with Natalie and Ivan
Something New from Dive with Natalie and Ivan - Tips on photographing your dives
Sponges - The real ones ... underwater, by Natalie Novak
Squid (Not Just Calamari) - by Natalie Novak
Suckers - Learn about remoras from Natalie Novak.
They're Not Hugrays (September 2011) - Akumal doesn't feed animals on their dives - by Natalie Novak
Turtle Love - by Natalie Novak, Dive with Natalie and Ivan
Young at Heart Underwater - January 2010




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