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Benefits Of Being a Dive Pro When Travelling the World



“Workin 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin’
Barely getting’ by
Its all takin’
And no givin’
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it”

 

As legendary country singer and massive mammaried matron Dolly Parton sang, the real world can easily get you down if you let it.  For a few lucky souls out there who took the plunge and became dive instructors that 9 till 5 grind is a thing only of nightmares, and the world of scuba diving offers the chance to spread your wings and really experience all the wonders this god-forsaken planet has to offer.

Need more convincing? Check out this, my top benefits of travelling as a dive professional:

Pay Your Way

Travelling is, as we all know, not the cheapest way to spend your free time. However as a fully trained dive instructor with a bit of know-how it’s quite easy to plan your world travels around the diving seasons, and then hit up the local dive centres for work when you do arrive! Here on Koh Tao the best time to do exactly that is our peak months of January, February, July and August, and to come just after a Koh Phangan Full Moon Party will increase your chances even more due to the influx of bucket-drinking idiots that head our way once they’ve sobered up enough navigate to the local travel agent.

 

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Make Friends Easily

Dive professionals may seem like an odd bunch, but put a few of us in the same room and it won’t take too long for the conversation to reach a deafening crescendo as we share the numerous diving stories we’ve collected in our scuba careers – after all, who enjoys scuba stories more than like-minded individuals who have equally as crazy stories to tell themselves!

 

Dive for Free!

Diving can be bloody expensive, and when on a budget or when you’re used to diving for free at your place of work to suddenly have to part with hundreds of dollars to get underwater can often feel like a kick in the teeth – so how can we work our way around this then?

It’s simple really - work your way into it! You’ll be surprised how many dive centres will let you dive for free with them in return for a little work,  and if you impress this will often lead to offers of more work to help fund your further travels; a win-win situation for us poverty-stricken dive pros!

 

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Build an Impressive CV

With so many wise individuals entering the dive industry it’s never been more difficult to find instructor work, especially if your CV is a little lacking. By offering your services to different dive centres when travelling you’re building up some vital experience around the world which can only stand you in good stead for your future endeavours, or even get your foot in the door at a dive centre you feel like settling down in for a while!

 

Kissing the Girls and Boys

It’s a fact that dive instructors have a reputation for being rather easy to ‘kiss and cuddle’ with; it’s something I’ve witnessed many times myself on Koh Tao, even for the pug-ugly and those practically devoid of personality. I’m assuming that’s due to dive professionals simply being much cooler than everyone else (as none of us would ever take advantage of our positions of authority) so by using our supreme diving skills whilst on our travels, there’s no doubt in my mind that the chances of hooking up will rise accordingly.

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International Contacts

Now maybe this is just me, but in my years of travelling one thing I always wanted was to get was an address book brimming with new travel buddies that I could go and visit in the future, and take advantage of their hospitality by staying with them rent-free till the end of eternity. Now, what better way to make firm friends with someone on your travels then to spend a few days introducing them to the greatest hobby the world has ever seen. One of the things you never forget was your first ever dive instructor, so why not take advantage of this by turning up on their doorstep one day with a smile and a big bag of dirty laundry.

 

Local Knowledge

Dive instructors and Divemasters, despite having the best job in the whole world, often feel a little hard done by for some reason. Because of this we tend to have an affinity towards each other, and when I meet other dive-pros working in my holiday destination they’re always very happy to share their local knowledge to ensure that I get the most out of my stay in their neighbourhood – so much so that nowadays one of the first things I do when arriving somewhere new is to locate a dive centre and hit them up for their top tips on where to eat well cheaply, which places will keep me on the toilet all day, which are the best prostitutes and where to pay off the police.

 

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