31
May

Graduation - Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction (August 2015 Group)

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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! 

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28
Jan
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11
Dec

Graduate Interview: Annie and Sam

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Where have you been working?

We are currently working at Pro Dive Cairns.

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28
Nov

Project Aware Dive Against Debris - 2015 Survey and Beach Clean Up!

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 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.

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25
Nov

Graduation - Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction (Feb 2015 Group)

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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! 

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22
Nov

Tides and How They Affect The Dive Site

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Tides and How They Affect The Dive Site

Tides affect our dive sites in many different aspects. They are caused by the Earth's rotation and the gravitational interaction between the earth, moon and sun, causing large masses of water to shift around the globe. Tides are generally arranged into two types, low tide where the water level is lower and high tide where the water level sits higher.

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18
Nov

Graduate Interview: Olivia Marshall

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Where have you been working?

I have been working at Mamanuca Region of Fiji, at Subsurface Fiji which is the main dive shop that operates from Musket Cove and i lived at Plantation Island which was just a 20 minute walk away!

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11
Nov

Mouthpieces - What is the difference?

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As technology advances we have seen the evolution of better, more sophisticated equipment. However, in all this time, the mouthpiece's basic design has remained relatively unscathed by the evolving development of scuba diving. The mouthpiece can be seen as just an accessory to your regulator, however, it is so much more! The mouthpiece is the critical piece which bridges the gap between the second stage of your regulator and your mouth. Without it, not only would you struggle to create an efficient seal to breathe air, it would be terribly uncomfortable trying to keep it in your mouth with the pressures of current, wind and surge surrounding you.

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28
Sep

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course

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Imagine trying to take an epic photo of that Mantis Shrimp carefully poking its head out of its hole at Weller’s Rock... you frame it up perfectly but as you’re concentrating on taking the picture you start dropping towards your subject, eventually coming to rest on the sediment kicking up a cloud of silt and frightening your favourite Stomatopod subject back into its lair.

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01
Sep

Career Tips - Ten steps to getting your Dream Dive Job

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1. Write a list of your goals

  • What do you see yourself doing on a day-to-day basis?
  • What dive environment would you most want to work in? Tropical? Wrecks? Ice Diving?
  • What cultures interest you?
  • Are there further dive certification levels you would like to achieve? MSDT? Staff Instructor? 

 

2. Make a list of any extra qualifications you think you might like to achieve?

  • Boating qualifications?
  • Extra specialty ratings?
  • Nitrox training?
  • Technical or TecRec trainingCommercial training?

 

3. What equipment will I need?

  • Think about light travel friendly gear if you going overseas.
  • Do you have the right thermal protection?Do you need an underwater Camera?
  • Do you need an underwater Camera?
  • Is your gear setting a good example to your students?
  • Can your equipment be serviced in the locations you want to go to?

 

4. Get a map and decide where you want to go

  • What accommodation is available in the places you want to go?
  • What is the pay rate in those locations?
  • What types of dive sites and species will you see?
  • Do you need insurance, medicals or any other additional certificates in those countries?
  • What sort of health facilities and safety protocols can you expect (e.g. emergency protocols, New Zealand Embassy presence and decompression chambers)?
  • Do you need Diver Alert Network cover?
  • What is the economy like? Is tourism increasing?
  • When is their peak season and when are operators likely to be looking for new staff?

 

5. Find dive centres that you want to work for

  • Does the operator have a good reputation?
  • Do they offer the ability to progress your training (e.g. TecRec, PADI 5 STAR Instructor Development Centre or PADI Career Development Centre)
  • Do they offer a good range of courses?
  • How well do they maintain their equipment and do they stock reputable brands?

 

6. Look of Jobs

  • Check the PADI Pro’s site regularly to see current vacancies
  • Identify what operators are looking for and make a list
  • Check out the Dive Otago Graduate facebook page for Jobs

 

7. Make a great CV

  • We recommend a skills-focused CV if you don’t already have experience in the dive industry
  • Highlight all of areas you have been taught in. If you have done a career course with us we can provide you with a detailed list of the all of areas you have got credit for.
  • Include skills and experiences from your non-working life to demonstrate your suitability for a role. Any sports, volunteering or other relevant experience can demonstrate skills you have acquired. If you have volunteered here at Dive Otago this shows great initiative and experience with real life customers
  • If graphic design is not your strong point, use a template. There are many free resources online that will lay everything out for you so your CV looks super professional!
  • Include a headshot. In the dive industry you are often applying to businesses that have never meet you. A head shot puts a face to a name and will make you more memorable.

 

8. Write your covering letter, eMail or video

  • Think outside the square to catch the attention of potential employers
  • Introduce yourself and your personality
  • Make a reference to what you already know about their company (this shows you have done your research)
  • Make a quick video to introduce yourself
  • Videos do a much better job of conveying your personality. When applying for a job overseas this could give you the edge over other candidates
  • Make it short! 30 seconds to 1 min is heaps.
  • Use easy editing software to make the process

 

9. Deliver in Person, in the post or via email

  • When sending your CV make sure it is targeted to the business you are sending it too.
  • Be sure to mention the business you are apply to in your opening email, covering letter or  video.
  • If you are visiting in person and you are not applying for an advertised position, give them a call first and try to make a time with a manager.

 

10. Don’t give up!

  • If first you don’t succeed...
  • The dive industry has a high turnover rate so jobs come up regularly
  • If you are searching in a narrow area think about broadening your search
  • If you are looking at an area where there are many dive centres think about buying a plane ticket and trying your luck in person (make sure you know when they are likely to be hiring).
  • Be persistent!

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27
Aug

Diving at Altitude

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We get a lot of customers from out of town that come to us to do their Open Water course and become certified divers. They live in areas such as Queenstown and Wanaka that have beautiful dive locations right on their doorsteps such as Lake Wakatipu (310m Above Sea Level - ASL) or Lake Wanaka (300m ASL).

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21
Jul

Trip Report: Preservation Inlet and Beyond

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Chasing rainbows on the drive over towards our Southernmost Fiord was almost as distracting as the thought of eating delicious succulent crayfish for the next week. I awoke early and threw my gear into my wagon and set off with an energy drink in hand to a hidden little place called Tuatapere where a whirlybird was going to collect me and fly me over some hills to land on a boat. Sounds awesome huh?

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01
Jul

Product Review: Aqualung Fusion Essence Drysuit - Diving's little black dress!

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For years now I have been diving in a crushed neoprene drysuit and have really enjoyed the benefits of being warm and dry particularly in the winter months. After hundreds and hundreds of dives this drysuit finally gave up on me and I’ve recently switched to the Aqua Lung Fusion Essence Drysuit and I couldn’t be happier.  

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25
Jun

Success Stories - Jen Clent

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2003 DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION

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24
Jun
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16
Jun

Aramoana Wrecks - A Changing Environment

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A few Dive Otago Club members have recently dived the legendary Mokoia and I believe it would be prudent to pass on their observations of the sunken hulk itself. To catch our readers up to speed, the Aramoana Mole is the final resting place of several 100 metre long Iron and Wooden beamed steamships, each with a history that is steeped in the World Wars as troop ships, and were also used as passenger transport ships through the Pacific. The wrecks, when no longer required, were scuttled on the harbour side of Mole and now serve a great and necessary ‘Duality’. The first is way they hinder the effects of most erosion from the Mole structure itself by acting as giant wave energy absorbers, and they also serve as a fantastic training site for our up and coming SCUBA enthusiasts based in our local area.

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13
Jun

Free Diving or Spearfishing after Scuba Diving

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All the time just as we’re about to head over to Milford Sound we get students asking “Can I go for a quick spearo on our surface intervals?”

Free diving after SCUBA is a big no no! But why?

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03
Jun

Graduation - Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction (August 2014 Group)

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A HUGE Congratulations to our August Diploma of Professional Scuba Instruction students for achieving their qualification at the end of an awesome year here at Dive Otago. A few nights ago we hosted their graduation ceremony where some of their tutors shared with the students’ friends and families a hilarious handful of stories and a few crazy photos all illustrating and highlighting the epic journey these guys (and gal) have had in the last year with us. We are sure that those who choose to head down the Scuba Instruction path are very well prepared to deal with one of the most exciting and fulfilling jobs one could hope for in their lifetime and Dive Otago wishes them the best of luck on their next adventure.

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05
May

PADI Member Forum at Dive Otago

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On Thursday 30th April Dive Otago hosted a PADI Member Forum conducted by NZ Regional Manager Jen Clent. 

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21
Mar

Day #2 - PADI Course Director Training Course Malaysia ByTracey Channon

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So day 2 started off way better than day one.  Everyone at breakfast was chirpy and enthusiastic - nerves all but vanished.  We started off with Suzanne from PADI Bristol Office take us through the Project AWARE IDC Presentation that we can deliver to Instructor Candidates.  Was so informative and interesting - did you know the biggest player in the shark finning industry isn't an Asian country - its Spain!!!  They provide over 25% of the shark fin to the Asian market.  I was shocked.  We talked a lot about the importance of our role as Course Directors in protecting our underwater offices.
 
The morning carried on with mock Knowledge Development presentations from the PADI staff which we all marked to practice our evaluation techniques.  This was so valuable all the unanswered questions I have had over the years to do with marking candidates have been answered.  I think I learnt a lot but was also nice to know everyone else in the world seemed to have the same questions.  
 
The afternoon started with how to counsel students in ways to make them feel OK about their progress then it was off to the pool.
The pool didn't start the way you would probably think - it started with absolutely taking over the kids water park and having a individual photo shoot coming down the slide then team photos under the big bucket of water that drops on you - creating a conducive learning environment they called it.
We then went through Rescue Exercise number seven where they demo'd for us techniques and tips for this exercise.  Again really valuable but good to know we are doing everything correctly here.
 
Lastly we did some mock marking of confined water presentations.  Was great to see how some of the skills are conducted by the best of the best from PADI - I might be in a bit of trouble though - I handed out a Star 1 to the Instructor for breach of standards!  Hope that doesn't come back to bite me - PS he totally deserved it.
Well that's it for today, tomorrow we start marketing and my first presentation! Confined water skill - LPI removal underwater.
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