When you start your IDC you’ll soon find that you’re not the only one looking for the perfect scuba instructor job. The competition is generally very high, even more so because of the pandemic. Nevertheless, there are a number of things you can do to increase your chances, and I’m going to share them with you here!
So you want to become a dive instructor. Been there, done that. And I haven’t regretted it one single moment! This article is written for those who consider traveling abroad to become a scuba instructor. I will talk about all the things you need to consider when determining your budget, and I give you a cost indication as a reference whenever possible. Spoiler alert: becoming a dive instructor doesn’t come cheap!
Do you ever dream about quitting your 9-5 job and turn your passion for scuba diving into a career? Deciding to become a dive instructor is a BIG step. It’s the type of career that will change your life completely. Getting a clear overview of everything you need to know to make a well-informed decision can be overwhelming. To make your life a bit easier, I put together everything you need to know to become a dive instructor.
Have you been out of the water for a while? Are you worried you don’t remember everything from your dive course? Or are you just curious about diving and what you will learn in a dive course? Take this scuba diving quiz to test your knowledge and learn a little (or a lot) along the way! It’s completely free, and an easy way to review your knowledge while you’re waiting to go diving again.
I’m sure you know all the reasons why the buddy system is so important (you do, right?). But how well do you actually follow it? As your experience grows, it’s likely that you get a bit more (re)lax(ed) when it comes to being a good buddy. That’s completely normal, it happens to the best of us. But that also means that we need to re-evaluate our habits every now and then, and face the truth about what type of dive buddy you really are.
Many divers look at their dive instructor and think that (s)he’s living the dream. Living in paradise, diving every day and getting paid for it. There are certainly many attractive things about working as a dive pro. But if these are the only reasons why you consider a career in diving you may have to think twice, because there’s a lot more to it.
Muck diving. It doesn’t sound very appealing, but it’s more exciting than you may think. The creatures you’ll find on a muck dive are the closest thing to aliens on this planet. But they don’t give themselves away easily! Besides that, muck diving comes with a few challenges. Read all about this underwater treasure hunt, and why I love it so much.
We’re all stuck at home. The reason why sucks, but let’s be honest: there are far worse things than just sitting on your sofa for a while. There are already many lists circulating on the internet with amazing ideas on how to keep yourself busy during quarantine. Here’s my little contribution, specifically for scuba divers or anyone who misses the ocean.
As a dive instructor I’m often asked what I love most about diving. It can be hard to explain why it fascinates me so much, especially to non-divers. And while I don’t believe that diving (like any activity) is for everyone, I do think that everyone should at least give it a try.
Believe it or not, I was never a big fan of the ocean. As much as I enjoyed relaxing on the beach, I would only go into the water if the heat became unbearable. And there was NO way I’d go any further than where my feet could still touch the ground.