2017 Dive Interns Blog (First Week)
Our three Divemaster Interns arrived for the summer season and have successfully completed their first full week working at Latchi Watersports Centre.
The Divemaster Internship not only involves diving but also working in every area of our watersports company. The interns will be helping with all types of activities; including: diving, boat hire, equipment maintenance, and helping at our beach venue and in the office. It’s a fabulous opportunity to understand how a busy watersports centre operates. If they’re not diving; there are plenty of other things that need attention.
In addition to their daily routine, they have all begun their coursework and training to qualify as divemasters. Scott has already successfully completed his advanced course. And, all three have completed the EFR First Aid training course. This week they will be concentrating on their rescue course, which is the final step before they can start the practical divemaster course. So far, they have completed the divemaster theory attaining amazing pass rates. So the future looks bright for our new team!
Scott Williams aka ‘Denzel Boat’ Washington
In April of 2016, I was on holiday with all my family when my father and I decided to participate in Latchi Watersports Centre’s Discover Scuba Diving course. Whilst on the dive my instructor, Stevie Harte, took us to the Blue Lagoon. The views and the variety of fish were spectacular. From that point on, I knew that I wanted to do more diving. I want to see more animals and dive sites (my favorite fish is the rainbow fish).
When my family and I came back to Latchi in October 2016, I decided to take the Open Water Course so that I could go to deeper depths and the possibility to see more incredible sites. During the course, I had such fun with my instructor Tomek I thought diving could be a potential career path for me. Or at least, a way to meet some new and interesting people. When I finished the course, I was told about the Divemaster Internship which would train me, but also show me how a watersports centre operates. So, I applied, got the internship and I am enjoying every minute.
I have now completed my first week as a Divemaster Intern. I can honestly say, although it is a lot of work between theory for the courses (and helping out here and there), I am really looking forward to the rest of the season. I’m looking forward to meeting a wide range of people from all around the world. But mostly, I look forward to getting to know my co-workers and having a great time together.
Scott Woods aka ‘coming soon…’
Once I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in Scuba Diving; working at Latchi Watersports Centre was a natural choice.
I began diving about 7 years ago. From my very first dive, I knew that it was the best thing I had ever done. And, I still feel the same today. Over the years I have completed a variety of PADI courses and had the pleasure of diving in some lovely places such as; Mexico, Tenerife, Cyprus and many more.
I decided I wanted a career in diving around 3 years ago and was looking all over the internet for jobs when I came across an advert for a Royal Navy ‘Mine Clearance Diver’. After some consideration, I decided to apply for it and after many tests, I finally had a date to start training. I completed my training and moved onto specialty training. However, over a period of time I began to realise that I wasn’t enjoying that particular type of diving; and along with various other reasons I decided to leave the Royal Navy.
A short time after I left I started to look again at a diving career. Almost immediately I found that Latchi Watersports were offering a Divemaster Internship. This was the opportunity I was waiting for. And, it was perfect timing. I have dived with Latchi Watersports for the last two years and in that time completed two specialty courses with them. I already knew a few members of staff and little bits about how they run. I applied for the Divemaster Internship this summer and I got a position. It will definitely help me progress a diving career. I hope to become an instructor once I have completed my internship.
Hannah Gordon aka ‘Francis McCloud’:
I knew I wanted a career in the marine field after swimming with sea lions on my 16th birthday. When I returned home I researched many options and decided to become a PADI diver was a useful skill. I gained my Advanced Open Water Diver in 2012 and over the years gained other qualifications where my skills as a diver helped me greatly, such as in whale and dolphin rescue and as an aquarist.
When I left my job as a skipper last year and started looking for new and exciting marine opportunities, I came across Latchi Watersports offering the Divemaster Internship. I thought it would be a great opportunity to take my skills even further in a place I had not yet been lucky enough to go to.
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