Technically you can make your divemaster in 2 weeks! If you only do the prerequisites of PADI or SSI. But for me it is not that "to make a divemaster" or "to become a real divemaster". Any good diver you are, you will need time and some convenient for become a good divemaster. I therefore strongly advise you to do your divemaster as internship (internship in English), i.e. you will work for the diving center. The good news is that this practice is widespread and you will have no trouble finding a place to do it.
1. Dive for free 2. Become a confirmed diver 3. The daily life of a DMT 4. Enhance your diving culture 5. Improve knowledge of equipment 6. The atmosphere 7. Be part of the "world" of diving 8. To become an instructor
1. DIVE FREE EVERY DAY!
- If you do your divemaster internship, you dive surely every day ! What happiness !!
- Come on, we're not going to hide it, this is at the beginning one of the big reasons why some divers seek to make their divemaster in training.
- At 30 or 40$ the dive, it is sure that if you make an average of 2 dives per day for 2 to 3 months, it's super profitable!
- In my case, I did more than 120 dives in 3 months during my divemaster.
2. BECOMING A CONFIRMED DIVER
But beyond the enthusiasm of diving “for free” every day, the Divemaster in training is much more than that!
Diving becomes second nature
- If you dive every day, you will acquire a such diving experience that she will not forget herself !
- Like driving a car, even if you stop driving for 2 years, we give you back a car and off you go!
- Well it's the same for diving after his divemaster !
- Take my example, I did 60 dives before my divemaster, I dived basically 2 times a year for about twenty of dives, I had improved but every new dive trip I had to find my feelings, always a little apprehension at first ...
- After my divemaster, you could take me anywhere, anytime, it was gone!
Improve your buoyancy and your air consumption
- At the start of my divemaster, even after 60 dives, I was still consuming too much for my taste…
- By diving every day, buoyancy improves so much we really control his movements under water.
- Air consumption suffers so : better control = less movement = less energy expended = less air consumed!
Learn to orient yourself underwater
- Once the dive has become second nature, we can finally focus on other parameters.
- Orientation is a good example ! At the beginning when you dive, you follow your divemaster and most of the time you don't even know where you are, or how you got back to the boat!
- During your divemaster you will learn how to navigate underwater, use all available benchmarks underwater (physical landmarks, currents, depths, diving time, etc.), to “really” know how to use a compass and to guide dives.
Discover different types of dives
- We discover and test a lot of new types of diving (depending on where we are).
- Depending on your experience, this can be: dives with current, walls, wrecks, deep dives, with nitrox, with sharks, in cellars, "muck" (macro) ... The more we discover, the more we want to test new things!
- You become an all terrain diver !
3. THE DAILY OF A DMT (DiveMaster in Training)
What is a DMT? A DiveMaster in Training)
- If you do your divemaster internship, so you will be a "DMT" (a DiveMaster in Training).
- Your daily life will consist of assist the center in the organization of dives and courses, which will vary depending on where you are.
Role of a DMT
- To assist the instructors during their diving lessons: baptism, open water…
- To dive with divemasters and help them manage their dive (ex: a person arrives at the reserve before the rest of the group, the divemaster will assign you to go up with him so that he can continue the dive with the rest of the group)
- Of prepare and assemble the equipment, welcome customers, load the bottles on the boat, do the briefings on the boat, help divers to equip themselves on the boat ...
- To use a compressor, repair equipment ...
- Towards the end, you will really practice your job as a divemaster and you will guide certified divers with and without instructors with you.
4. ENRICH YOUR FAUNA AND FLORA CULTURE
- By being in touch daily with instructors, divemasters, divers, other DMTs (DiveMaster in Training), greatly enriches his diving culture and above all we learn a lot of new things about fauna and flora.
- We learn "finally" the name of the species that we see, we start with the category of the species (angel fish, trevally, parrot fish ...) and then we learn the exact type of fish (king angel fish, bigeye trevallies, midnight parrotfish ...).
- We also learn their characteristics: their behavior (eg clown fish are very territorial, some shrimp "clean" other fish, mandarin fish only come out at nightfall ...) or their particularity (ex: lion and scorpion fish are very poisoned, the octopus with blue rings is deadly, octopuses have 3 hearts and nine brains…).
- We search and we recognize the rare species of the area (eg seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, manta rays, humpback parrotfish, napoleons ...).
5. IMPROVE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF DIVING EQUIPMENT
- Each person having their own equipment, we see new equipment, new brands and new models every day!
- The different stabs (BCD) with their ballast system, types of regulators, dive computers and their algorithm…
- We also learn to manage the "small" problems (which are not elsewhere). A little noise at the level of the holder? No worries, I will change the O-ring! A regulator that goes into continuous flow? Don't worry it's normal, it's a safety, just put the tip down. Little things like that ...
- This is one of the keys to gaining the confidence of certain divers and being sure to have a good dive!
6. FOR THE ATMOSPHERE!
- There is a good chance that you will make your divemaster in a tropical place!
- Beach, sun, bar, cocktail, people in a good mood, good atmosphere ... will certainly punctuate your daily life!
- Then it will be up to you to choose the type of atmosphere you want, very festive (Koh Tao, Utila, Gil T, Playa del carmen, Boracay ...), the relaxed (Koh Lanta, Roatan, Cozumel, Malapascua ...), see at the very quiet.
7. BE PART OF THE “WORLD” OF DIVING
- You share a lot with the people you meet every day.
- You spend 2 days, 3 days, a week with divers and 1 to 3 months with instructors and other DMTs, you share something common, you see yourself after diving in a very pleasant and warm atmosphere.
- We create a real network of friends divers, we stay in touch and we exchange information!
- You will quickly realize it, diving is a small world! The number of people I met again 1, 2 or even 3 years later on the other side of the world!
8. TO CONTINUE AND BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR
This could be the one and only reason!
- If you want to work in the diving environment and become an instructor (all the differences between divemaster and instructor here), there will be no better training than your divemaster in internship form!
- Instructor training do not make you see or review all the exercises (skills) of each of the courses that you can give as an instructor.
- No no, it just teaches you a training method (and also a lot of commercial and legal blah ...)!
- They assume that you master all the exercises of open water (that you had to demonstrate qualitatively during your divemaster, the details of the complete divemaster program here) and that, thanks to their method you will know how to use their training supports.
- Your internship divemaster is the key to succeeding your IDC (Instructor Development Course) and find work faster afterwards thanks to your experience gained through your internship.
MY OPINION ON MAKING ITS DIVEMASTER IN STAGE
Make your divemaster as an internship is THE FIRST advice that I will give! Become a confirmed diver and all terrain, increase its culture culture diving, be part of the diving world and have diving friends from all over the world, spend a few months in a good atmosphere and in a tropical place…Divemaster info is one of my best experiences that I had the opportunity to do. It should be offered as therapy !!
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