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Congratulations to our August Diploma of Professional Scuba Instruction students for not just completing their Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction and National Certificate in Medic First Aid Instruction certificates but also for developing into awesome Scuba Instructors. We are all so proud of the way you have conducted yourselves and we wish you the very best in your new careers! [widgetkit id=154]
Congratulations to our August Diploma of Professional Scuba Instruction students for not just completing their Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction and National Certificate in Medic First Aid Instruction certificates but also for developing into awesome Scuba Instructors. We are all so proud of the way you have conducted yourselves and we wish you the very best in your new careers!
I am currently working on O&O Hayman Island, located within the Whitsundays. (Queensland Australia)
Dive Instructor / Dive Guide
Typical day starts at 8 and goes till 4:30. My team and I depart around 9am and spend the day on the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling and diving. After work I walk home and have a coconut or two while watching the sun go down.
It was very easy for me to get into my current role. Previous experience and being there when the position opened made me an ideal candidate. It helped that my training was recognised internationally.
My training enabled me to be well prepared for the role and gave me greater insight for the role. Having studied at Dive Otago my training was better and my skills sharper than other candidates when they started.
Where I live and work is located within the Great Barrier Reef.
Leading dive and snorkel tours that have involved swimming with whales, reef sharks, turtles and fish as large as I am.
I'm living in a tropical paradise but the skills that I learn't from my time at Dive Otago gave me a solid foundation to be able to work around the world. It's a certification and level of knowledge that is transferable into many different areas and types of work. Some 'Hot Tips', dont skimp on gear. Especially if you are wanting to work with it after. Likewise look after it and it will look after you. A boat ticket or second or third language will open a lot of desirable work opportunities. Think about what you want to achieve and where you'd like to go in your instructing career.
Josh from Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction in 2014
We are currently working at Pro Dive Cairns.
We are both employed as course instructors taking a new open water (learn to dive) group every week as well as teaching adventure, advanced, divemasters and discover scuba dives along side.
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)
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.
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!
It's the great barrier reef. Enough said.
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.
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
Graduated from Diploma in Professional Instruction 2014
This year Dive Otago staff and volunteers conducted an underwater clean up at Wellers Rock. Check out media of the event as covered by the STAR newspaper.
Congratulations to our February Diploma of Professional Scuba Instruction students for achieving their Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction and National Certificate in Medic First Aid Instruction. We are so proud of you all and wish you the very best in your careers! Now go see amazing things, meet amazing people and do amazing things - we can't wait to here all about it!