Dive Instructor in: Ari Atoll, Maldives

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Name:
Dave
Age:
29
Nationality:
British
Languages:
English, German, French and Spanish
Number of Dives:
Approx 1300
Where: Maldives /Ari Atoll
Contract: All Year
Position: Instructor
Salary Range US$: 1200 -1500
Board / Accommodation?:
Board and accommodation included / have to pay for drinks but at a discounted price
Duty and free time: 6 days / 8.5 hrs min, one month paid and 2 weeks unpaid.

Type of operation:
Dive Centre
Size of operation:
Medium
Location of operation:
Hotel
Job characteristics and /or special duties:
Promoting the use of Nitrox over air and selling Nitrox courses.
Main diving courses trained:
All courses + guiding
Mode of operation:
Boat Dives mainly, but some House Reef diving.
Average # dives per day:
2

Medical care situation:
Poor
Visa Runs:
Official Work Permit
Administrative duties:
Work Permission + Medical Check (Usually done by the employer)
Lifestyle:
Living on a small Island….. Next city Male approx 90 mins by speed boat or 20 mins by sea plane. (Visit Male once a month just to escape the island), but yes you are on the island all year round.

Your opinion:

I have come from places where work is always rush, rush, rush, countries where there has been a lot of night life and other activites available. I am used to long hours and very hard work. I am a very hard worker, and I can work either alone or within a team. I have helped run bars and restaurants in England and in Spain. I am very customer orientated as I like to find out the customer’s needs and wants. However  now I find myself in the Maldives. This has come quite a shock to my system, and having to learn and adopt to isolation and loving personal alone time (this has proved the hardest for me). However I see this as a learn curve as my beliefe is you take each day as it comes and learn from every experience. Yes the wages are very high and you can save up easily in the Maldives, and the diving is second to none and I love the diving in the Maldives. I cannot fault my job here in the Maldives I love it as previously mentioned the diving is fantastic here, it’s just the island, but this is because I am so used to the hustle and bustle of busy towns and cities and countries. Don’t get me wrong, but it’s taken me a long time to adjust to island life and living.

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