Can’t afford to become an instructor but still want to be part of someone’s first experience breathing underwater? Become a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) leader for the princely sum of £30 instead! DSD Leader wasn’t something offered to the Divemaster Trainees at my dive school and it wasn’t a certification that I had heard a lot about until I joined Deep Blue Scuba in Edinburgh. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about DSD Leader and many people don’t see it’s value, preferring to step up straight to Instructor instead. This post is about my personal experience with the DSD Leader programme and it might just help you decide whether it’s something you want to aim for too.
When I think of a dream diving destination Scotland doesn’t immediately jump to the front of my mind. I’m happiest when I can roll off a boat in a bikini and follow up my dive with a nap in the sun. But I merely adopted warmer waters. I was born in cold water, moulded by it. I didn’t see a tropical island until I was already an adult… Continue reading
My father is a diving instructor and lifelong fan of scuba. I never had a choice, I was always going to be forced underwater whether I liked it or not. Luckily for me I absolutely adore it. It’s the closest you will ever get to flying and that feeling of complete weightlessness, for me it’s almost like meditation.
Your own gear is a wonderful luxury and the right kit can completely change your diving experience. Dragging on stiff suits and peering through a foggy mask can add stress and unnecessary angst to what should be an awesome experience. On the flipside, buying everything you need is a big investment and it can be hard to know what to buy, when to buy it and where to get it. This series of posts should answer some of those questions and cover off the basics of investing in your own gear.
Hurghada really is the arse end of bum fuck no-where. We spent two nights there either side of our Red Sea liveaboard with Emperor Divers. It’s a strange place full of construction sites giving off an abandoned ‘post-coup’ vibe and souvenir shops that all display signs declaiming ‘No Russians’ (apparently they’re big fans of holidaying here). The heat in July/August is truly oppressive, being outside for any amount of time is draining and there is very little reason to leave your hotel, I would advise you stay in the pool and the cool for your own sanity. We stayed at the Green Resort Apartments which were completely unknown to every taxi driver we spoke to, so be sure to take a map with your hotel on it if you go.
If you’re the kind of person that goes stir crazy after a few days lying on a deck chair, then Divemaster training in Thailand could be the answer to your holiday woes. You will have plenty of time to spend on the beach but you will also keep you brain occupied, learn a myriad of new skills and make lasting friendships with people from all over the world.
Training as a PADI Divemaster will be one of the most rewarding things you will ever undertake, you will be learning and living in paradise. Before you can start you will need to have certified at all previous levels. It will depend on your agency as to what these are called but generally, you will need to have completed the following (or an equivalent):
Stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean with 20 other sun-burnt salty sea dogs. No it’s not the premise for a terrible movie involving a mutant sea creature, it’s actually my idea of the perfect holiday. A liveaboard is a boat-based, multi-day excursion focussed on scuba diving. The name is pretty self-explanatory in that you LIVE, ABOARD the boat without coming into shore (you get it). You and your group will do several dives per day, usually visiting sites that would never be accessible on a day trip which is a major bonus of this type of diving. Continue reading
Through Big Blue us lowley DMTs and DMs were offered the deal of a lifetime…4 days of living and diving off a swanky boat in the Similan Islands, one of the top dive sites in the world for a considerably cheaper rate than normal. 15 of us got our dollar bills together and headed off for some new and exciting diving out of Khao Lak.
So it was while since my old TravelPod blog had been updated, not because I was being negligent (maybe a little bit)…but because new things weren’t happening anymore. Most of my days involved waking up, getting ready for the boat, diving, showering and then deciding where to go out for dinner, a nice life if you can get it but not particularly interesting for people to read about.