Graduate Interview: Annie and Sam
Where have you been working?
We are currently working at Pro Dive Cairns.
What is your role?
What does a typical day look like?
A typical day is more like a typical week, we work 5 days on, the 1st 2 days are teaching our Open water group theory and confined water and then we take that group on our liveaboard boat on the Great Barrier Reef for 3 days and 2 nights. Boat days are very long. In total over the 3 days we fit in 11 dives. The boat takes 32 passengers so alongside our open waters we have certified divers who may also be continuing education. (Advanced Rescue etc)
How hard was it to find a job after you graduated?
Finding a job wasn't too difficult, because of the high demand for diving on the great barrier reef there are alot of diving boats and high turnover of staff as most work on travel visas.
How well prepared were you for your current role with the training you had?
In terms of being prepared for the boat we had no experience working on boats so that took a lot but in terms of instructing i think we were as prepared as we could be for newly certified instructors. But since we've been here (9 months) we've picked up over 200 certs each so our experience levels have certainly grown.pretty quickly!
What's special about our location?
It's the great barrier reef. Enough said.
What are some of your favourite memories so far?
There's a lot of memories already. We meet a new group of people every week who we spend 5 days with so we have met some pretty amazing people which has opened up the world to us up terms of traveling. We've seen incredible things under the water on every scale, from nudibranchs right up to humpback whales and everything in between. Hanging out with turtles and being circled by sharks during night dives has become a regular part of our day.
What would you say to a potential student thinking about becoming a dive instructor?
It does sound like a dream job but it comes with a lot of responsibility and bloody long hours of constantly being switched on but it's something we're both loving. Advice for people thinking about the job - know your standards, don't come into the job thinking it's a walk in the park. If you're up for a challenge that's incredibly rewarding - do it!
Annie and Sam from Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction in 2014
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Graduated from Diploma in Professional Instruction 2014