A scuba diving story from Dubai

Working as a PADI Dive Instructor in Dubai

Nick completed his PADI Dive Instructor trianing in Sri Lanka with Dive-Careers.com then returned to work weekends as a dive instructor in Dubai, maintaining a real job during the weekdays.  Now plans are full in motion to make teaching diving his full time career.  

Sri Lanka IDC
Nick Hawkins looking towards a future as a dive instructor

Okay, I  passed my PADI OWSI in April 2017. Now what? I still have my current job in Dubai and my contract has me tied in for another 10 months. Do I wait? How will that gap look to future employers once I take the plunge (couldn’t resist) into the dive industry?

These are probably questions everyone that completes their IE asks himself or herself. I made a simple choice, get working now. But how? Where?

Sri lanka IDC
Nick the sailor questioning his decision about becoming a dive instructor

It took 10 minutes to google several dive centers in the UAE and obtain their email addresses. A quick look at their webpages and some social media stalking and I got a feel for each one of them and their main customer type. I was after a high volume of students not just recreational divers.

Next step, I emailed the ones I thought suitable, introducing myself and what I could offer in terms of freelancing for them. I also inquired about their policy when it came to me bringing students that I sourced myself to their center; mainly, how much of a cut of the course fee they would take.

Most replied within 24 hours.

The next step, go and visit each manager and simply have a chat. Nothing too specific just an opportunity to meet and greet.

Sri lanka IDC
Nick learning to control Nuwan and his hair

So, here I am, a bit over a month from completing my IE and I have certified 2 Advanced Open Water students, 2 Open Water students, 2 Junior Open Water students,  conducted 5 DSDs and have 3 students currently under training. All this while still working my regular desk job.

My message to new instructors is BE ACTIVE.  In the yacht industry “dock walking” with CVs is common practice. I see no reason why, if you’re in a popular dive location, this approach shouldn’t be your first action.

Happy hunting and remember why you did your IE.

Nick Hawkins

P.S. I will be available from the end of this year for anyone looking to hire a fulltime (phenomenal) OWSI with full commercial skipper license

Sri lanka IDC
Nick helping Justine out of the water on their Sri Lanka IDC

If you are interested in getting into diving in Dubai be sure to contact Nick at hawkinsnick@yahoo.co.uk for a great experience and quality training.  

Nicks review on https://scubatribe.com/profile/dive-careers/review/6817 about his instructor training in Sri Lanka with Dive-Careers.com

Perfect solution

I discovered Dive Careers when the IDC I was preparing to attend elsewhere was cancelled. A quick internet search led me to the IDC in Sri Lanka. The sign up was simple and from the very beginning Mark was very professional and supportive with the theory preparation.
The IDC was very smooth and was conducted in a relax but informative manner and the candidates were able to see each other develop daily with each practice lesson we delivered.
I felt very confident going into the IE and the results for each candidate were very high.
I would definitely recommend the company and Mark personally to anyone looking to complete their IDC.

 

Global PADI IDC Tour with Bas

Beaches, Sceneries and lots of sharks!

Since I started teaching in the different locations we offer at Dive-Careers, there has never been a place better than another, but they all have their little something and all fantastic in their own way.

 

Let me give you an idea how its like…. This is how my adventure looks like. A bit from the past and from the future.

 

As I am mainly teaching in the Philippines and South Africa my year started in Bohol with Sierra Madre Divers. Having this kind of facilities makes it sooo easy to conduct a really nice and relax IDC. A successful IDC and Lucy is already working as an instructor at my next destination.

 

Bohol IDC
Our pool for our Bohol IDC confined water presentations

As I am finishing now the second IDC at Sierra Madre Divers and almost having the IE my guys are really focused during the mock IE Exams. So stay focused and you guys will rock!!!

 

Bohol IDC
The classroom during your Bohol IDC

 

El Nido!!!!!

 

El Nido IDC
the spectacular scenery of El Nido during your PADI IDC

 

The pearl of the Philippines. As you can see on the pictures I don’t need to say much about it. El Nido is a nice, small and relaxed place to start your careers as a dive professional. Even if Marie and the candidates saw a MANTA on the Open Water presentations I still think it was a blue spotted sting ray, but what ever! Maybe I am lucky from the 10th of April when I will be conducting the next program, so still time to join the next IDC and experience the vibe of Palawan.

 

Now That was in a nutshell what I was doing the beginning of the year…and getting ready for a full South Africa run.

 

Pro Dive, Port Elizabeth!!!!

 

South Africa IDC
A spectator during your Port Elizabeth South Africa IDC

 

The city where you can have 4 seasons in 1 day and yes I experienced it and it is not a rumor. Next to fantastic dives we did last year ( My best dive ever) I always love the launching and the adrenaline that kicks in when you leaving for a dive and almost sure that you will see sharks. I will be starting there on the 5th of May and maybe, I say maybe, we can convince Louis and Michelle ( the owners of Pro Dive) to show you where I did a dive with hundreds of seals and some Great Whites in Plettenburgh Bay, a memory for life I promise.

 

After that I will make my way back to Durban at Calypso Adventures and Diving centre.

 

South Africa IDC
The sunsets during your Durban South Africa IDC

 

Beautiful beaches great diving and only a bit away from the ALIWAL Shoal where all the action is happening with the reggie’s. Even on your day off you can go and clear you mind and do some surfing with one of the pro’s in Ushaka where the dive center is located. Also Arne is always up for a Tec dive if you are interested.

 

Than just before I will return to the Philippines I will be conducting my very first IDC in CAPE TOWN

 

South Africa IDC
The PADI examiner during your South Africa IDC

 

Famous for the shark diving and for me the cold water hahahah.

We will be conducting the program with Ollava Scuba Cape Town and I am excited to maybe be diving with the big boys from the ocean and it would be great to catch up with Laura Andreas who did the IDC with us in Koh Tao, Thailand and now an active PADI Instructor at Ollava Scuba.

 

After all this action its time for me to go back to the Philippines but South Africa don’t worry I will be back before you know.

 

If you have any questions about my upcoming programs please contact me on

bas@dive-careers.com

 

BAS

Scubapro Seminar during our Sicily PADI IDC, Italy.

Sicily SCUBAPRO Seminar as part of Dive-Careers.com Italy IDC

On the 13th of October, 2016, during the IDC from dive-careers-europe.com, we had the honour to welcome SCUBAPRO Technical Director Gilbert de Coriolis at the ATAHOTEL Naxos Beach in Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, Italy. It was going to be a day full of passion for scuba dive equipment and brilliant tips for our PADI IDC-participants. SCUBAPRO Sales Director of EMEA Gianluca Bugli and Area Manager Federico Garaventa also attended, adding a marketing perspective to an incredible dive equipment seminar.

Sicily PADI IDC
Aperitivo Sicily style during the Scubapro seminar on our Sicily IDC, Italy.

From 09.00am in the morning we could fasten our seatbelts, in a few minutes we were blown away by the passion and enthusiasm that Gilbert spread throughout the conference room about the developments of scuba diving regulators in the last 50 years and the technology behind it. Gilbert took us on his journey, taking us from piston and diaphragm first stages, to a precise explanation of the differences between unbalanced, balanced and overbalanced first stages. Holding different parts of first stages in our hands, showing the newest models and listening to explanations about several second stages, we were taken on a journey through regulator development. Terms like ‘inhalation effort’, ‘instant flow’ and ‘hydrostatic pressure’ were explained clearly in a relaxed, passionate manner.  Gilbert also shared with us the new innovations and developments at SCUBAPRO that continue to maintain that initial company goal, to have the safest and the best dive equipment on the market.

Sicily IDC
Gilbert from Scubapro inspiring the IDC candidates on our Sicily IDC

It was a fantastic way to integrate an equipment seminar into the PADI IDC of dive-careers-europe.com, dive-careers.com and Sea Spirit Diving Resort. As a dive instructor, you should have a strong working knowledge of dive equipment.  The SCUBAPRO seminars integrated into www.dive-careers.com PADI Instructor Development programmes, ensure our instructors attain that thorough understanding of dive equipment. With the team from SCUBAPRO, our Sicily instructor candidates gained a unique opportunity to increase their dive equipment knowledge and will definitely explain things better to their students and divers in the future with advice on buying equipment and how to take care of it. For more information about equipment workshops during our PADI IDC, please contact Mark Soworka (mark@dive-careers.com) or Cilla Lentz (info@seaspiritdivingtaormina.it).

Sicily PADI IDC
Scubapro, PADI, Sea Spirit and Dive-Careers.com staff enjoying the beauty of Giardini-Naxos Sicily, Italy

Dream Job as a PADI Dive Instructor on Koh Tao

“See you soon on the way to work (usually it’s a nice walk on the beach) or in the office (yep…that will be underwater!)!”

The dream job…this is what we always hear.

Working in the diving industry is as a matter of a fact the dream job. The office for us, is “The sea”. How does that sound to you?

Koh Tao IDC
Out in the water after your Koh Tao IDC

Every month, along with Dive-Careers.com, our PADI Dive Masters take the step up to Instructor. Once their have completed their IDC (Instructor Development Course), they are ready to work, to share their passion to others and start their new careers.

Dive-Careers.com is not only offering a great training, but we are also offering a lifetime of support once our candidates have completed their training. Helping them finding a job is part of what we do, what we want and like to do.

Job opportunities are not only for Koh Tao, Thailand. The fact that we teach IDC’s in 8 different locations around the world, that we’ve been in the industry for two decades, that everywhere we go we like to meet and spend time with our former graduates, gives us the advantage of having a great network throughout the industry and the strong plus of being able to really help our dive instructor candidates network and find great careers.

The PADI Dive Instructor level is a ticket to travel the world. Certification is valid globally. The PADI Instructor is the one that can grab his bag, go where the sea looks great and settle down for the time of their life.

Last month on Koh Tao, we had 9 IDC candidates. I am writing these words 1 month later and I am proud to state that all 9 of them are now working as dive instructors.

Koh Tao IDC
Successful group of new instructors after their Koh Tao IDC

This time, most of them chose Koh Tao  for now, but who knows what destination they might end up in as PADI Dive Instructors.  That’s the beauty of our job anyway, being able to simply choose.

Shadeh, England, decided to complete her MSDT along with the new trendy specialties of Sidemount and Self Reliant. Not even having the time to complete her internship, poufffff, she is now working and applying to her daily life what’s she likes.

Koh Tao IDC
Shadeh teaching her first Advanced student after completing her IDC on Koh Tao.

Lisa, New-Zealand, started off with some assisting courses as part of her MSDT and, as well, didn’t get the time to complete it yet as she has been asked and contacted for work in dive centres around the Island.

Koh Tao IDC
Group of happy students taught by successful Koh Tao IDC Instructor Lisa.

Carlos, Portugal, started off right away with Open Water and Advanced courses. And in Portuguese as well! What are the chances to teach his first course in Portuguese,  his native language?! It all happens for a reason!

Since he started teaching and freelancing around the Island, we tried to get him to teach a course for us…but he is always busy!!

Koh Tao IDC
Carlos with newly certified divers at Siam Diving center after his Koh Tao IDC.

Szandra, Hungary, got a call for 2 Open Water students. She thought she would be more assisting to get use to the dive center’s operation, but no! Surprise, they are yours!! Ready for it?! Of course she was! Nothing can stop Szandra!!

Koh Tao IDC
Szandra on her first open water course at Coral grand Divers after her Koh Tao IDC.

Stephen, England, used to work as a Photographer/Videographer. He decided to leave the camera on the side and start teaching instead. First phone call: Rescue Course. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! The one that a lot of Instructors fear (which they really shouldn’t!). Did he get it done, yes he did! Was the student happy, Yep! Since then, the phone is ringing non stop! When was your last day off Stephen?!!!!

Koh Tao IDC
Anna with a group of Open Water students after completing her Koh Tao IDC

Anna, France, is jumping around! She is literally walking around with her arms up, dancing and singing on the “I love my life” beat! Her first course was a PADI Scuba Diver in English. It has been followed by some DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) in French and it is continuing with Open Water Diver student in Spanish! Speaking a few languages can be pretty useful sometime!!

Ming, Wen and Shun, team China, didn’t waste time and were in fact assisting courses the morning after their IE (Instructor Examination), meaning the morning after the IE Party (I still don’t know how you managed that!!). Waiting for their numbers, they were assisting on Chinese Courses, but as soon as they received the email from PADI with their Instructor number, paf, straight into work with their own courses. Ming is now on a holiday in Bali (not a bad life isn’t!!) and Wen and Shun are on the boat…diving everyday! Though life!!!

Koh Tao IDC
Chinese team out teaching open water courses with whale sharks after their Koh Tao IDC

And this is just the last IDC we had! Every month it is the same. Here and every where we go to teach our Instructor candidates.

These guys are in, doing what they like, sharing their passion and promoting themselves via social medias which is now a very important of their and our job.

Australia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sicily, South Africa, Sri Lanka, it’s the same every where we go. The words “Dive-Careers” stand for something important and we make sure we are there to support it with our huge network around the globe.

If you fancy the sea as your office, don’t hesitate! It’s possible as you can see!!

Cheers and see you soon on the way to work (usually it’s a nice walk on the beach) or in the office (yep…that will be underwater!)!!

Cheers!

Marie

Platinum PADI Course Director

marie@dive-careers.com

www.dive-careers.com

www.divingonkohtao.com