Today is another story that, as a travel changing lives and how we can open a new world, eg, Underwater. How to move to Thailand and doing things you love, we tell our friend Lena. All the challenges of bringing a beginner to the professional skills of diving depths, please click here. Learn something new, you can start at any time! Specific questions about pricing, the best diving school and instructor certificates for, Lena ask in the comments.
Likely, it all started with, that last year, I quietly overtaken midlife crisis, and I decided to carry out a long-standing idea to leave winter in Thailand and adjacent warm countries. Said – done! 31 December 2012 I flew to Hong Kong and returned only in May. During this time a lot of time to visit where, a lot of things to see and try. But the most important discovery was my diving.
The first test dive Discover Scuba Diving I did on the islands of Phi Phi. It was a delight and thrill: Shark, fish, turtle and just an incredible feeling of weightlessness under water! All experience snorkeling immediately faded, and I had resolved to, that it is necessary to study further.
ForI obtain a certificate Open Water Diver I chose the island of Koh Tao, not far from Koh Samui. First, Prices for training there lowest in Thailand, Second, the island has a dive center and Russian, Third, on the island were very good reviews.
It was in May of 2013, training took three days, I stayed on the island this week and was leaving in tears. But in Russia bought tickets, passport ends, nothing to do… But even then thought crept, as it has come back ....
В итоге, when Peter first frosts hit, I bought tickets, deducted from the dive center, considered finance, collected backpack and flew first to Vietnam with friends, and sweat through Bangkok to Koh Tao, получать сертификат дайвмастера PADI, it is becoming a professional diving.
Help: Divemaster – это первая профессиональная ступень PADI, Unlike instructor, he has no right to teach students, except for some programs. Basically divemaster working as dive guides and instructors are assisted.
January priehala Tao in noyabre, certified dive master received in January. During this time I had to get the level of Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response – курс оказания первой помощи, Rescue Diver-rate diver rescuer and have a minimum 40 dives to enroll in a course divemaster.
And then I stopped DMT - Divemaster Trainee - Pros Talking, Internom ....
As the saying goes, all the fun for your money: than the theory of, Practice, and as such dives, it was necessary to collect equipment, disassemble equipment, desalinate, hang, Bring it, to enter… My floor though spared from pulling cylinders. Some people say, it is only because, that the Russian dive center guys still dark and backward, in such gourmet indulgences anyone do: came to learn – Task!
To obtain a certificate, it was necessary to pass several theoretical tests, physical standards for swimming and practical skills.
At the end of the course, all DMT pass the most difficult exam – Snork test.
To the tube with a mask cut primatyvaetsya polutoralitrovye bottle. The instructor fills in a bottle 1,5 liters of a drink and you drink it through a tube. Applicants buddy help partners, the signal "no air" they lift the mask, allowing you to breathe. When all drunk, need flippers to run or crawl to the sea to worship the spirits of the sea, then return to the instructor, bow down and get a symbolic blow flippers on a soft place.
After receiving the certificate a month passed, I'm still here on Koh Tao, working Divemaster, gain experience.
Anticipating questions, say, that the work of Divemaster - a very modest money, хватит только на скромное жильё и еду. At the same time there is the cost of training, взносы PADI, покупка снаряжения. Также присутствует опасность быть оштрафованным или даже отправиться в тюрьму за нелегальную работу – практически все инструктора и дайвмастера на Тао работают без ворк пермита. Так что, это своего рода дауншифтинг, который дает, truth, возможность жить в прекрасном месте и заниматься любимым делом!
UPD В феврале 2015 я прошла курсы инструкторов PADI Instructor Development Course здесь на Тао, сдала экзамены и стала инструктором!