Our latest blog is a guest blog from our last Divemaster trainee, Sarah Wood. Here, she tells about her experiences becoming a PADI professional.
My Dive master training started with a lovely warm welcome from Rich and Ali at Krabi airport. From there we drove and ferried our way to what would be my home for the next three months on Koh Lanta. The first night was spent at the restaurant May’s Kitchen, meeting the people who would become my work colleagues, mentors and friends during my stay and all of them were lovely!
During my first few days of training I started to learn the theory behind scuba diving and also learning to navigate my way around the local dive sites with Rich who was to guide me through my DM training. Nicole and Steve were also doing their course at the same time and it was lovely to have people in the same situation who I could ask questions of and who knew exactly what I was going through.
I started to shadow Rich when he was working with customers on Open water and Advanced courses and also some very funny DSD’s. I had five practical tests to complete which saw me navigate myself out to sea on the snorkel test and also realize you should never wear a 5mm wetsuit when performing a tired diver tow as it gets very hot! As well as working with Rich I also shadowed Cynthia, our French Canadian instructor, George, an English instructor and Gary who owns the business with Rich. It was great to see how other instructors taught courses and to pick up some new ideas.
Over the course of seven weeks I learned how to inflate an surface marker buoy without going to the surface with it, how not to panic when you sometimes feel a bit lost underwater, how fast to fin when guiding customers underwater and a whole host of other practical skills. My training also included how to deal with customers and how to sell a dive trip.
Eventually it all had to come to an end and I finally finished the course in the middle of March. The final part was my snorkel test which I did on the beach at Koala bar with a DMT from another dive centre, Blue Planet Divers. Our mini beach Olympics was good fun and I had a great night.
My training at Hidden Depths was fantastic from start to finish. Everyone who works at the company is lovely and I have made some great friends during my training. The other staff are always willing to help and to answer questions when things don’t make sense or you just don’t know the answer. Koh Lanta is a perfect island to live on with all of the locals being very friendly and the other dive shop staff always ready to join in a night out. I would recommend to anyone wanting to do their PADI Divemaster training to get in touch with the staff at Hidden Depths Diving and find out when they can start!