Choose where to spend your divemaster is not easy at all, there are so many possible places! Determine the area, then the center, what to do next ... I try to give you here the best tips for choosing or making your divemaster according to different criteria.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING OR MAKING A DIVEMASTER
1 / MAKE IT AS A COURSE
- If there is any advice to follow, this is it. If you want your divemaster to be a success, choose an internship form.
- Which means you will work for the center, you will help him on a daily basis, attend the divemasters and the instructors and normally you dive every day !
- There are no better to go from a "recreational" diver to an experienced diver!
- Internships range from 6 weeks to 3 months.
2 / “FREE” DIVEMASTER TRAINING
- The price of training may vary depending on the destination, but on average gross training with PADI or SSI fees is around 1000-1200 $.
- But some centers offer “free” divemaster training in exchange for your work for the center.
- Watch out for these proposals! Ask well before what it really means.
- Most of these centers will really exploit you:
- Make you work every day for 3 months, without days off.
- The word "work" can mean a lot : help divemasters and instructors in the best of cases, but it can also be done with customer reception and only dive once a month, drive a car to bring divers on site…
- Furthermore, training will not be completely free, because you will still pay the PADI or SSI fees: around 300 €.
- Finally, your instructor will not pay for your training, therefore necessarily it will not give you the same attention that a course for which he is paid is human…
3 / OTHER BENEFITS THAT THE CENTERS CAN OFFER
- Free dive before you start : if you are missing dives to start your divemaster (you need 40), some centers offer you to dive for free or at a reduced rate.
- Free housing Some may offer accommodation in dormitories (Koh Tao and Utila for example) or small rooms (Roatan for example).
- Meals included If you attend a center and do a lot of day trips, you will have breakfast included on the boat.
- Dive for life with the center : so it's very commercial! Some will tell you that you can dive for life with them. In practice, one, this is not always the case when you return there (they always find an excuse). Two, once you have dived for 2/3 months in the same place, you do not necessarily want to come back but rather to discover other destinations!
4 / THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE PLACE
- Well, it will be a matter of choice but be sure to inquire about the type of atmosphere of the place of your destination to be sure that it suits your expectations.
- Between a divemaster in Egypt, the Gili Islands, Thailand, the Maldives or Roatan it is not the same atmosphere!
5 / QUALITY OF DIVES
- Well, that I think it seems obvious!
- Find out what you can see there.
- Of course, if you are going to a tropical region, there is little chance that you will be disappointed!
- Do not hesitate to read the other articles fromersion-baroudeur.com where I describe quite a few destinations.
6 / SIZE OF THE CENTER
- I advise you to do it in a center medium sized.
- I really don't recommend doing it in a center that is going to be a "divemaster factory" where you can be 20-30 DMT (DiveMaster in Training), mainly on Koh Tao in Thailand and Utila in Honduras .
- Do not necessarily take a small center either, you risk getting bored and not diving every day!
- A center that does at least 3 trips per day with 2 to 6 DMT is the average good. After you see who ...
7 / POSSIBILITIES AFTER THE DIVEMASTER
- So, everything depends on what you want to do next, but try to find out what are the possibilities after your divemaster.
- I will stop you right away, working only as a divemaster will be very very hard and will not bring you much money.
- When I talk about possibilities it's more in the sense that you want become an instructor, so you need an IDC center on the island (IDC = Instructor Development Course, training to become an instructor) and work as an instructor.
- You have much more likely to find a job as an instructor where you did your divemaster.
8 / IN ADDITION TO TRAINING
- Even if you take training in the form of an internship, some centers offer additional elements.
- Eg repair of equipment, knowledge of local marine life, learning to moor a boat, preparation of boat safety equipment, filling the bottles with a compressor…
9 / PADI OR SSI?
- I did a full article on the differences between PADI and SSI, but basically it's the same thing !
- Being an SSI divemaster will not prevent you from becoming a PADI instructor (that's what I did) and vice versa.
- The theory and the practice are almost equivalent.
- The PADI divemaster still has some advantages (it allows baptisms and " refresh»(Upgrades), while SSI requires a little additional training. But again, it will be very hard for you to work as a divemaster, especially in Asia.
10 / WHICH COUNTRY AND DESTINATION TO CHOOSE?
- If you want to combine everything I put above, I will say that you have the choice between 2 main areas: Asia or the Caribbean. It's up to you to compare all the points above and find the right place!
- You can of course also do it in the Red Sea, Australia, Africa ...
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