7 continents and 5 oceans; Exploring the world as a PADI Divemaster

Did you know 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored? Unrivalled by both its beauty and mystery, the oceans have become a fascination for divers around the world.  With over 7 continents and 5 oceans on the earth, there is an abundance of different environments not to be missed. For all the adventure junkies out there, being a PADI Divemaster allows you to fulfil your eagerness to explore the world. Every individual has their ‘perfect destination’, and luckily for you, there are over 6500 PADI Dive Shops across the world. The PADI Divemaster certification is your one one-way ticket to work and exploration; both below and above the surface.

Exploring the World

Imagine waking up each day to a job that you love in a location you could only dream of living in before. Being a PADI Divemaster is the perfect mix of business and pleasure. It allows you the opportunity to turn your passion into your profession and lets you take your job across the world. As a PADI Divemaster, you work hard to ensure that PADI Dive Shop customers are having an unforgettable experience, whilst providing them a high quality service and creating unforgettable memories with them. By spending your time with guests from different backgrounds and nationalities, you explore the world further through their stories.  But this rewarding lifestyle also allows you time off to explore the surrounding area, as well as time in between PADI Divemaster jobs to visit corners of the world that are now accessible to you ; From Central America, Europe, to the Pacific Islands. And along with all these beautiful places, comes a range of diverse diving locations. There really is something for every type of divemaster.

Working the World

With over 6500 PADI Dive Shops across the world there are plenty of opportunities. So how do you find a job as a PADI Divemaster?

Using the PADI Dive Shop Locator you are able to find a dive operator close to home or one in a faraway travel destination. Take a look at the PADI Pros Employment board on the PADI Pros site, which has regular job postings from Dive Shops around the world. Not only this, but the site allows you to post a bio of yourself to tell prospective employees about your skills, availability for work, and desired location. To use the employment board and receive all PADI Member benefits you must be a renewed PADI Member. By signing up for PADI Automatic Renewal by 6th November 2018, you’ll save at least 25%* on your annual membership fee. As well as global brand recognition, advancing your career and the PADI employment board, there are many more advantages of being a PADI Member.

So, are you ready to explore and work the world as a PADI Divemaster?

 

 

 

 

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Calling PADI Divemasters. Remember to renew!

As a PADI Divemaster you are a role model to divers around the world, leading and motivating others to become ocean ambassadors. Whether you are working in a faraway location or in a local dive shop, your PADI Divemaster membership creates a world of opportunities for you.

Renew your membership by signing up for PADI Automatic Renewal by 6th November 2018, and you’ll save at least 25%* on your annual membership fee.

Automatic Renewal benefits:

  • Save at least 25%* on your annual membership fees
  • Experience no lapse in your membership, so no need to refresh and retrain
  • Complete control of your membership – you can turn Automatic Renewal on or off at any time on the PADI Pros’ site

So, what does continuing your Professional membership as a PADI Divemaster allow you?

  • Access to PADI’s latest digital educational tools – Further your education with PADI’s Digital Products, accessible in 25 languages across all devices. This globalized learning experience makes studying from anywhere feasible and reliable.
  • Global brand recognition – With over 6500 PADI Dive Shops worldwide you are part of a world-class leader diving brand, as well as a strong PADI community of over 135,000 Professional members.
  •  Advancing your career and changing lives – Divemasters who have completed the Discover Scuba Diving Leader Course are able to introduce students to scuba diving in confined water. Not only this, but Divemasters who complete certain PADI and Project AWARE Speciality Instructor courses (with PADI Speciality Instructor Trainers), may teach these courses.
  • Work the world – Do what you love as a career across the globe, as you further your diving skills and expertise whilst mentoring and leading others.
  •  Employment Board – The Pros job board, found in the Pros’ Site, where you will find worldwide job postings and where you can advertise for work.
  •  Access to PADI Pros’ Member Forums, Webinars and seminars and updates
  •  Worldwide PADI Events ­– Get involved in one of PADI’s global events, such as AWARE Week, Women’s Dive Day and many Dive Against Debris.

 What are you waiting for, sign up to Automatic Renewal now and save on your 2019 PADI Divemaster Membership.

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Find out why the PADI Divemaster journey is a truly unique and life changing experience.

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Celebrating the Divemaster

You learnt to dive, completely fell in love with the sport then decided to fulfil those dreams of retreating to a better life under water. So here you are, either completing your PADI Divemaster Course, or you are already a certified PADI Divemaster. Whichever stage you are at on the journey, cheers to the adventure and the wisdom you have gained from discovering the beautiful underwater world.

We’ve put together 3 truths of becoming a Divemaster, that in our opinion, make this experience a truly unique and life changing experience.

Knowledge shared is knowledge gained

As a Divemaster you are there to educate and pass on your knowledge. Assisting with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course, you have allowed students to use a regulator; that oh so magnificent invention that allows us to breathe underwater. Sharing this knowledge means you witness those moments of pure awe, when the students breathing slows to a calm pace, they become comfortable in their surroundings, and succumb to the feeling of weightlessness.You educate students in the dive briefings about different marine species, the history of different wrecks, and then with any luck you all encounter these as you assist them on their Open Water Diver course.

But whilst you spend every day sharing your knowledge, you also get to spend your time with individuals from all over the world. As you sit on the boat after a dive, sharing stories and learning about new cultures, you realise just how vast our world is, and how diving lets you explore and navigate your way around it, be it below or above the surface.

Those diving companions are for life

Whilst meeting amazing new people every day from across the world, you will also work within an incredible dive community of likeminded people who support you, teach you and become your family. There is no better feeling than surfacing from a dive and all announcing your excitement about the beautiful marine life you saw. No matter your age, background, or native language, you all share a love for the ocean and an adventurous spirit for exploring the underwater world.

Exploring the Unknown

It really is another world down there, one that is full of mystery and beauty. Being a Divemaster allows you to share your passion for this underwater world, letting people enter a meditative state where they are in the present moment, taking in their surroundings. You gain the opportunity and responsibility to help protect our oceans and the marine life within. By allowing people to explore this vast environment, they become conscious about its ongoing protection. Not only this but you can personally get involved, by participating in Dive Against Debris events and becoming an ocean ambassador, you have the knowledge and ability to become a catalyst for change.

We hope you carry on living your incredible Divemaster journey with PADI. This can be made easier with PADI Automatic Renewal which allows you to save 20% on annual membership. To do this, head to the PADI Pro’s Site where you can sign up by clicking on ‘My Account’ then ‘Sign up for Automatic Renewal and save!’.  Each year, automatic renewal takes place during November and requires no action on your part after you sign up allowing you to save time and money. By renewing your PADI Membership you have continued access to programs and products that allow for recognition, leadership and financial opportunities exclusive to the PADI brand.

Happy diving PADI Divemasters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Be an Effective Assistant in Open Water

A certified assistant plays a key role during open water training, especially when weather conditions, equipment issues and other variables make life difficult for students and the instructor.

PADI® Course Director Patrick Hammer from Scuba Emporium in Illinois, USA says, “When an instructor works with a certified assistant, it’s like a pilot and co-pilot. You can fly a plane with one person, but with two people, the flight is smoother and safer.”

Review the tips below to learn more about effective assisting during open water training.

Pre-Class Communication

Prior to class, meet or message with the instructor to discuss equipment needs, skill sequencing, student issues and review the weather forecast.

PADI Course Director Kevin O’Brien from PADI Five Star IDC VIP Diving in Bonaire says, “Work as a team to determine the most efficient way to complete the necessary skills: shallow vs. deep, surface vs. underwater. This is especially important for multi-level training. Also discuss how the tour portion will be conducted.”

Equipment and Safety Preparation

Ensure your equipment is in working order and consider what equipment is needed for students to meet the performance requirements.

“An effective assistant will make sure any specialized equipment required for the dive is ready when needed,” says O’Brien. “For example, when conducting the navigation dive in Advanced Open Water, you need a reel or line to mark off 30 metres/100 feet, and your student divers will need compasses.”

In addition to diving equipment, be sure to pack a dive roster slate to check divers in and out of the water. Bring the appropriate course slates to ensure you’re aware of skill depth requirements and refer to the list of common student problems in the appendix of PADI’s Guide to Teaching.

Topside

Arrive early and set up your gear before students arrive. “Many of our training dives start early in the morning when the weather is still cool. It’s important for staff to arrive early and get setup so they can help students. That way no one stands around getting cold,” says Hammer.

Try to be one or two steps ahead of the instructor to ensure the class can efficiently transition from one activity to the next. “A good certified assistant should be a thinker, someone who can anticipate class needs without the instructor having to ask,” Hammer says. “For example, while I’m working with students, the certified assistant can be getting equipment set up or setting the float.”

Underwater
Keep students together as much as possible and make sure the instructor knows where you are at all times. If a student unexpectedly separates from the group, take action to ensure the diver’s safety while simultaneously alerting the instructor using a noisemaker or other signal.

“A good certified assistant can corral the class and make sure everyone stays close, keeping an eye on the students I’m not working with and keep them from drifting away,” said Hammer.

The importance of global awareness cannot be understated. A good assistant keeps one eye on the instructor and one eye on the students at all times. If you find yourself working directly with a student, regularly look around to see what the other divers are doing. While you’re checking one diver’s air, their buddy could be drifting rapidly to the surface.

A good assistant also keeps students focused on training. Wait until skill time is done to point out marine life and show off your bubble ring skills.

We hope you learned something from this list of tips. Feel free to add additional tips and suggestions in the comments.

Have a read of our previous blog about how to be an effective assistant in confined water!

 

How to Be an Effective Assistant in Confined Water

Certified assistants play an important role in confined water sessions. During this transformative time, students try things they’ve never done before, overcome fears, and achieve mastery. A certified assistant aids both the instructor and students acting as a partner and a second set of eyes.

We interviewed PADI Course Directors who have overseen the training of hundreds of divers and dive professionals. Their consensus: communication, preparation, and a thorough knowledge of the course material are the keys to being an effective assistant in confined water.

Good Communication

A good team can’t function well without good communication. It’s important to meet or message with the instructor prior to class to discuss skill sequencing, equipment needs, and any struggles students may be experiencing.

“It’s important to be proactive,” said PADI Course Director Kevin O’Brien from VIP Diving. “Talk to the instructor about where will you be positioned for each skill, and whether you will demonstrate.”

Course Preparation

Anticipate equipment needs such as extra cylinders, weights for buoyancy skills, pocket masks for rescue scenarios, etc. Review performance requirements in the PADI Instructor Manual, and the list of common student problems in PADI’s Guide to Teaching. Jot down notes on the course slates.

“Make sure your gear is in good shape and working properly. A dive professional who has gear that doesn’t fit or work properly sets a bad example for student divers and wastes class time,” advised O’Brien.

Certified assistants are sometimes called upon to work one-on-one with a student. In this instance, a good assistant will refer to their course slates to ensure the student can meet all the performance requirements before sending the student back to the instructor for evaluation.

Skill Demonstration

PADI Course Director Pepe Mastropaolo from Buddy Dive Academy emphasized the importance of using a slow, controlled manner when demonstrating skills. “A good assistant also positions themselves so students can see these actions clearly,” he noted.

Appropriate Level of Supervision

Use a different approach with new versus certified divers. For example:

– In the Open Water Diver course®, the assistant should be close-in and ready to take hold of a student who loses control of their buoyancy.

– During the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, the assistant can give students more space and time to fine tune their buoyancy skills.

Be Approachable and Handle Issues Professionally

“It is no secret that many student divers feel more comfortable approaching the certified assistant than the Instructor. Having a friendly conduit between the student and the instructor makes student learning easier and enhances teamwork,” said Mastropaolo.

Open a dialogue by speaking to each student after class. Ask what they learned today, or just, “how was it?” If a student expresses a concern, be sure to communicate it to the instructor at the appropriate time. Work as a team and avoid making executive decisions.

“Never contradict the instructor or disparage your dive shop in front of student divers,” said O’Brien. “If you have an issue or disagreement, take it offline with the instructor in private for clarification.”

 

For additional tips on working as a PADI Divemaster, or how to find that dream job, visit the Divemaster section of the PADI Pros Europe blog and follow PADI Pros Europe on Facebook.

How you as a Divemaster can encourage more women into the world of diving

 

 

July 21, 2018 marks the fourth annual PADI Women’s Dive Day. With hundreds of events hosted by PADI Dive Centres and Resorts around the world, divers will join together to celebrate female divers, aiming to encourage more women to take up the sport. 

 As a PADI Divemaster you can help encourage more women to take the plunge and sign up for a scuba diving course. Here are 5 top tips how to inspire and empower others to enjoy diving as much as you do!

  •  Promote PADI eLearning

PADI eLearning provides a flexible learning option that enables women and men alike to easily fit dive theory around work and family commitments. Learning to dive has never been more convenient!

  • Promote ReActivate

As a PADI Divemaster you can conduct the ReActivate™ program for certified divers. With that in mind get in touch with women who have dropped out of diving and invite them back to ReActivate.

  • Promote scuba diving lessons for kids

Having more female divers generally increases the number of families diving, which helps create a stronger and more active dive community. As a PADI Divemaster you can further attract mothers and families into diving by promoting kids scuba programs, such as PADI Bubblemaker, PADI SealTeam and PADI Junior Open Water Diver. Learning to dive will help the soon to be female divers relax from the stresses of daily life and keep the kids active at the same time!

  • Organise non-diving events

Non-diving events (for example, beach clean ups, hosting fundraising events for Project AWARE) can help divers and non-divers alike connect with the dive community. As a PADI Divemaster you can encourage your customers to invite female friends who are curious about diving, so they can network with scuba enthusiasts and get a flavour of what extraordinary experiences lie ahead of them on their scuba journey.

  • Stock women’s dive gear

Encourage your dive centre to stock up on female and children’s dive equipment. When walking into a dive centre for possibly the first time, people need to be able to identify themselves in imagery, so including bright and vibrant photos of women diving in your marketing materials should help inspire more female divers.

 

Don’t forget to register your event on the PADI Women’s Dive Day event locator so divers can easily find information and make plans to take part. It’s easy! All PADI Members (dive shops and individual pros) can simply enter the details here and your event will show when a diver looks for Women’s Dive Day events near them.

PADI Divemasters, we are reaching out to you to help us spread the word! By implementing one of our top tips you can help to encourage more women into the world of diving!

 

 

 

 

 

PADI Divemasters, Lend your Voice to Marine Conservation!

Dive against Debris

Dive against Debris

PADI Divemasters have the power to be the world’s most passionate advocates for marine conservation. With your unique underwater access and dive skills, you are a powerful movement – one that can seek out action and mobilise change for the better! So, with that in mind, here are 5 tips how you can lend your voice to promote marine conservation efforts.

 

  1. As a mentor to divers the focus of your dives should be on the education and understanding of local marine life you are hoping to see. PADI Divemasters supervise both training and non-training related activities by planning, organising and directing dives. You can use these attributes to empower divers to become ocean stewards in several ways, such as:

 

  1. You can partake in the development of environmental education and awareness programs! As a PADI Divemaster you can teach the Coral Reef Conservation and Project AWARE Specialist course on completion of the following: 1) the “Learning, Instruction and the PADI System” presentation from the Assistant Instructor Course. 2) a PADI Speciality Instructor Course taught by a qualified PADI Speciality Instructor Trainer. Make sure you ask your students to choose a Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card to support a clean and healthy ocean!

 

  1. Strengthen your ongoing commitment to global marine conservation activities by working for, or continuing your dive education with, a 100% AWARE partner. Across the world, PADI dive centres have committed to ocean protection through the 100% AWARE partnership. 100% AWARE partners support a healthy ocean by making a donation to Project AWARE on behalf of each student that they certify. Visit the 100% AWARE Dive Partner Map to locate a 100% AWARE dive centre or instructor.

 

  1. Inspire year-round action to remove, report and prevent underwater debris by organising Dive against Debris clean up actions. Check out the Dive Against Debris Event Organizer Kit to download helpful tools to recruit and organise your volunteers. The data collected helps influence policies and drive change needed to stop trash from reaching the ocean in the first place. Don’t forget to encourage your volunteers to upload their findings on the Dive Against Debris™ Interactive Map to further highlight the quantity and type of marine debris littering our seas.

 

  1. Spread the word about the importance of ocean conservation! One person can make a difference, but think how much greater an impact you’ll have if you recruit fellow divers to the cause!

So, what are you waiting for? Lend your support and your voice by becoming an active advocate for ocean conservation!

How to Get the Divemaster Job of Your Dreams (Part 2)

Putting yourself in the Winning Seat

Your PADI Divemaster certification can open the door to a fun and rewarding career anywhere in the world, but landing a great job takes work. Last month, in Part 1, we highlighted different skills you can add to your CV to help you stand out from the crowd and put you in the winning seat.  Below are some more strategies to help you outmaneuver the competition and snatch up your dream job.

How Will You Bring in New Customers?
New customers are the key to the success for any business, and dive operations are no exception. If you have personal connections or new ideas to help the dive shop owner bring more people through their doors, you’ll have a leg up on other job applicants. Here are a few ideas to consider:

– Build relationships with the concierge at local hotels
– Suggest ways to bring lapsed divers back into the shop with PADI ReActivate™
(a program DMs can conduct)
– Pitch a kids scuba summer camp program

– Do outreach to local businesses who might want EFR training
(you can even become an EFR Instructor)

Take Advantage of Online Tools

Visit the employment board on the PADI Pros Site to learn what skills employers are looking for and how you stack up to other PADI Divemasters looking for work.

Promote your skills and passion for diving on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media channels. Take time to learn how using social media can boost your scuba career.

Every Day is a Job Interview
The dive industry is small, and developing a bad reputation can quickly bring your scuba career to a halt. The diver next to you could be friends with a shop owner, and the server at a restaurant might work part-time on a dive boat. Always present yourself as a professional, trustworthy person online and in real life.

Your appearance can be an important factor in getting hired. Imagine two job applicants with equal qualifications: one who looks like they just washed up on shore and another who has clearly put time and effort into maintaining their hair and clothes – who do you think gets the job?

It’s also important to maintain physical fitness. A dive operation entrusts Divemasters with the safety of their customers. Do you have the strength to help someone back onto a boat? Could you egress someone during a shore dive?

Once you land that Divemaster dream job, act professionally and follow through on what you agreed to during your interview. If the job doesn’t work out, give as much notice as possible.

We hope the tips above help you take advantage of new opportunities in the New Year! For a list of dive operators looking to hire PADI Divemasters, visit the PADI Pros’ Site and choose Employment/Classifieds from the Online Services dropdown menu.

The 13 Different Types of Divemasters

A PADI Divemaster wears many hats: gear-wrangler, underwater guide, photographer, and sometimes even counselor. Over time, each divemaster develops a personal style, specializing in their own interests be it fish identification, or perhaps local history. Below are a few types of divemasters you may encounter:

The Comedian

The Comedian – The comedian divemaster delivers a dive briefing full of one-liners with the timing of a standup comic. The jokes aren’t always funny, but what they lack in quality, they make up for in quantity.

The Navigator – Even when visibility is so bad you can’t see your own fins, The Navigator somehow manages to bring the group back within a few meters of the exit point. At dive sites with a near-featureless bottom, The Navigator always finds the rocky outcropping full of life in a literal sea of nothingness.

The Prankster – If you’ve ever found yourself mobbed by fish only to discover someone put a cheese sandwich in your BC pocket – you’ve met the prankster DM. Other signature moves include Kool-Aid powder in the dive bootie and talc powder handprints in inappropriate places.

The scout

The Scout – The Scout was a shark in previous life. This divemaster can spot the faintest flicker of a big animal in the blue, and ably steers your dive group away from herds of others.

The Documentarian – The Documentarian divemaster has one eye on the group and the other behind the camera. This type of divemaster ensures every guest has a photo or video to post on social media after the dive, and challenges the Fish Whisperer as the most popular type of DM.

The Fish Whisperer – When The Fish Whisperer divemaster is around, all the bucket list animals come out to say hello. This type of DM can coax an eel out of its hole, speak fluent whale, and get their teeth cleaned by shrimp.

The Storyteller

The Storyteller – A Storyteller DM knows the backstory of every shipwreck, and the origins of every dive site name. Their stories are so entertaining, you won’t want to know whether they’re true or not.

The Most Fascinating  Divemaster in the Ocean –  The Most Fascinating DM has “been there, dove that.” This DM learned to dive before boats were invented, and Conservation International insisted they start a digital logbook to preserve the world’s forests. This DM was there when Bikini Atoll was a one-piece and once met a Cousteau.

The Cat Herder – You’re always in good hands when diving with The Cat Herder. These DMs have developed an eerie prescience: able to predict when a diver is going to or chase a fish into the depths, or linger too long photographing a coral head. The Cat Herder is always ready to wake a diver from their trance and bring them safely back to the group.

The Medic

The Medic – Whether you have an earache, a scrape or a stingy spot, The Medic divemaster is always prepared with a kind word and something to soothe the pain.

The Critter Nerd – A Critter Nerd knows the difference between a nudibranch and a flat worm and can identify their favorite marine gastropod mollusk – in Latin. They’re typically good friends with The Fish Whisperer who helps unite the nerd with the nembrotha lineolata.

The Mechanic – The Q of kit, the MacGyver of maritime activities, The Mechanic once made a rebreather from an old microwave and some surgical tubing. Whenever The Mechanic is around, no one misses a dive due to a gear problem.

The Concierge – More valuable above water than below, The Concierge knows the best place to fuel up before a morning dive, or unwind after a long day at the beach.

 

If you’re a PADI Divemaster looking to develop your personal style or discover your savant skill, enroll in a continuing education course such as:

PADI Fish Identification or Underwater Naturalist
Digital Underwater Photographer
Equipment Specialist (or a manufacturer’s equipment repair course)
DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

How to Get the Divemaster Job of Your Dreams (Part 1)

Your PADI Divemaster certification can open the door to a fun and rewarding career anywhere in the world, but landing a great job takes work. You can’t be like a sea anemone and wait for the perfect job to drift by. Use the strategies below to outmaneuver the competition and snatch up your dream job.

Do You Have the Skills Employers Expect?
For the most part, business owners would rather hire someone with experience rather than train a newbie. Review the list below to ensure when a potential employer asks if you have experience filling tanks, working on a boat, etc. – you can answer yes!

  • DSD Leader credential – By completing the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader internship, a Divemaster can conduct PADI Discover Scuba® (DSD) programs in a pool or confined water. This skill makes you a valuable asset to any dive operation and, because it is an optional part of the Divemaster course, gives you an advantage over other job applicants.
  • Boat Basics – PADI Divemasters, especially those hoping to work in resort areas, need to know their way around a boat. Familiarize yourself with boat terminology, local laws, and make sure you remember those knot tying skills. If you don’t have a lot of boat diving knowledge, consider taking the PADI Boat Diver Speciality course.
  • Minor Equipment Repairs – Divemasters spend a lot of time helping divers with their gear. If you don’t know how to handle minor gear issues, enroll in the PADI Equipment Specialist course and/or purchase the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch
  • Emergency Oxygen Administration – Every dive leader should be familiar with how to administer oxygen in the event of a diving emergency. Most dive operations will expect you to have this skill – in addition to current first aid and CPR training.  Learn more about the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty. If you already have this certification, talk to a PADI Course Director about getting trained to teach this course.
  • Ability to Fill Tanks – The ability to fill scuba tanks is an essential skill for Divemasters. To distinguish yourself from other candidates, you may want to get a visual cylinder inspection certification.

What Makes You Better Than the Rest?
Why are you the best candidate for a Divemaster job? What can you do better than anyone else? If you don’t have an answer to these questions, consider picking up one of the specialised skills below:

  1. Boat Skills – Resort and liveaboard operators need staff members who can do more than just lead dives. If you can drive a skiff, have a boat handling certification, know basic boat engine or compressor maintenance, or have a captain’s license, you will be twice as valuable as a Divemaster who does not have these skills.
  2. Equipment Service Technician –  Enroll in manufacturer-sponsored courses such as regulator repair, BCD maintenance and repair, etc. Though you may find yourself at a workbench more often than a dive boat, this can be your foot in the door.
  3. Know Your Local Marine Life – Most Divemasters have a good (but not great) knowledge of local marine life. By learning about the behaviors and habitats of your local critters, you’ll be able to help divers get more from their dive experience (and hopefully show their gratitude in tips). PADI’s Fish ID and Underwater Naturalist Specialty courses are a good place to start.
  4. Photo/Video Expertise – Capturing great images of marine life and divers having fun is a huge asset to any dive business. Photos and video are an essential part of any businesses’ marketing strategy, yet many dive operators don’t have time to get them. Divemasters can also teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Course (under the direction of a PADI Instructor) after receiving training from a PADI Course Director.
  5. Adaptive Techniques – PADI Divemasters can become a certified PADI Adaptive Techniques Support Diver (English only) and learn techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers.

Retail Recommendations – A Divemaster looking for work in a non-resort location should learn everything they can about the major manufacturer’s product lines. Knowing the features and benefits of popular BCDs, regulators and computers makes you a valuable employee to retailers.

Resorts – Divemasters looking for work in resort areas should be familiar with local places to eat, drink and have fun – easy right? Another thing DM’s should know is how to drive a large passenger van. Many dive operators in resort areas have a 15+ passenger van to pick up guests at their hotel(s) and to shuttle divers to/from the dive boat. Check local licensing requirements, some areas require a special driver’s license endorsement.

Knowing more than one language is also advantageous for Divemasters working in resort areas. The “best” second language to learn will depend on the area. Visit the Employment Board area of the PADI Pros Site to learn which languages are in demand.

Check in next month for Part 2 and find out about those extras that can put you in the winning seat.