Carlos was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1988. His parents were originally from Falcon, a coastal
state in the west of Venezuela, and because of this he spent a lot of time travelling to this and
other locations of the Caribbean. He always felt an attraction to nature, biology, adventure and
the rural lifestyle. In 2012 Carlos achieved his bachelors degree in Biology (Universidad Simon
Bolivar) specialising in Marine Ecology (with a focus on the invasive Lionfish for his research
project). In 2014, he moved to Spain and in 2015 finished his masters degree in Biodiversity
Management (Universidad de Murcia). Carlos has 10 years of experience as a biologist, with
experience in both, academic and commercial fields. He has held multiple positions including:
researcher, faculty staff for teaching, laboratory and field work assistant, and technician for the
elaboration and management of projects. He is currently settled in the UK, where he keeps himself
active as a Volunteer Researcher for the Institute of Marine Sciences (University of Portsmouth), in
addition to pushing other personal projects derived from his MSc studies.
Carlos is a follower of the principles of survival, adaptation and self-preservation. For this reason,
combat arts and subaquatic sports are between his favourite activities. Despite having several
experiences as a kid, it is in 2009 when he made a very important move: joining the Subaquatic
club of his University (CESUSIBO). There he became an advanced Scuba Diver with multiple
specialities, and a Freediver under the eye of Antonio Del Duca. In CESUSIBO Carlos was
equipment room manager, president of the directive board, and member of the disciplinary
committee. Here Carlos gathered experience coordinating SCUBA and freediving courses,
organizing events, excursions, and other tasks related the different activities that were part of
CESUSIBO’s agenda. It was during this phase where he established a good relationship with
Antonio Del Duca, whilst in charge of coordinating multiple courses and activities with FGC, as well
as sharing ocean training sessions and recreational activities.
In 2018 Carlos finished his training to become an Apnea Instructor for the FGC School. Their main
objective is to bring the FGC School to new international borders, especially the European ones,
and start teaching courses in English to spread the FGC word.
-2012 – BSc in Biology (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela)
-2015 – MSc in Biodiversity Management (Universidad de Murcia, España)
Certifications in Subaquatic activities
-2009. SSI Open Water Diver. Instructor: Pedro Clavier
-2010: Freedive Gravedad Cero Apnea Stage. Instructor: Antonio Del Duca
-2011: SSI Advanced Diver (4 Specialties). Instructor: Rommel Cubas
Night and low visibility diver.
Search and Recovery
-2012: SSI Stress and Rescue Diver. Instructors: Pedro Clavier and Nestor Aparcedo
+ First Aids “PAB” Certification.
-2018: Freedive Gravedad Cero review, update and reinforcement to become a FGC
instructor. Instructor: Antonio Del Duca.
Basic Course FGC Level 1
Advanced Course FGC Level2
Advanced Course: Security and Rescue FGC Level 3
Advanced course: Apnea Trainer Course FGC Level 4
Instructor Course: International FGC Instructor
Additional certifications and activities.
-Philippine Martial Arts, Self-defence and Combatives
Arnis Combat Group –2006 to 2014 – Caracas, Venezuela.
Urban Combatives – Occasional student since 2017 – United Kingdom
– Rock Climbing (Beginner)
-Divulgation of science using modern formats.
-Environmental education and design of subaquatic itineraries.