Becoming a PADI Divemaster
As a university student, you find yourself with a lot of spare time during the summer break. You get your exams out of the way, and suddenly there are no more deadlines, and you are free to do as you please. With my parents living in Cyprus, I was fortunate to be able to stay with them for the summer. However, I knew I wanted to push myself and try something new. This is where Latchi Watersports Dive Centre comes in.
On various holidays to Cyprus, I had seen the kinds of activities that Latchi Watersports Dive Centre has to offer. Furthermore, the idea of working on the water started to appeal to me.
At one particularly memorable meal, my parents and I witnessed one of the employees being launched into the harbour. I am pretty sure it was his birthday present. Ever since then, I decided I had to work there. After all, as a 20-year-old, I could not imagine a better summer job.
A few months of excitement followed and a fair amount of making my uni friends jealous… and, before I knew it, my work began.
Now, I am sure that chefs in a busy Michelin star restaurant would say that they have one of the most active jobs in the world. But, the changeover time at Latchi Watersports, at the height of the season, has to come close. There really is no greater satisfaction than having a smooth changeover (ask anyone that works at the company).
Throughout the season, I had seen many people complete various PADI scuba diving courses and was itching to have a go myself. Having never dived before, often people start with a Discover Scuba Diving course. However, I went straight into my PADI Open Water Course. I immediately fell in love with diving and the underwater world. After completing my Open Water certification, I began thinking about doing more diving in the future.
I was lucky enough to join the team again this year, despite the restrictions: the lockdowns and the facemasks (a challenge when working in 40-degree heat!). I still had my place in the office, but this time I was also training to become a PADI Divemaster.
You may be thinking it is quite a leap from a newly qualified Open Water diver, to deciding to partake in a professional Divemaster course. Still, it was so worth taking on the challenge!
It was intense going from my initial four dives, all the way up to 60 to complete the course. Still, the skills I gained and the memories I made are enough to wish that I could do it a thousand times over.
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