Dive Instructor in: Aqaba, Jordan

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Name:
David
Age:
35
Nationality:
Australian / Jordanian Dual
Languages:
Arabic, English and Spanish
Number of Dives:
1000+
Where:
Aqaba, Jordan
Contract:
all year
Position:
MSDT Instructor
Salary Range /US$:
1000-1500
Board / Accommodation?:
no, I own an apartment in Aqaba
Duty and free time:
5 days, 2 off but standard is 6 days, 1 off day

Type of operation:
Dive Centre
Size of operation:
small dive centre
Location of operation:
Tala Bay, Jordan
Job characteristics and/or special duties:
No
Main courses trained:
All courses
Mode of Operation: shore, bus, boat
Average # dives per day:
2

Medical care situation:
There is a brand new chamber, so if you have DAN, then you are good. I would say the availability of  quality doctors is mediocre depending on the ailment. It is best to get a referral.
Visa Runs:
no, because I had Jordanian passport
Administrative duties:
customer receipts
Lifestyle:
worked at the resort, lived in own flat

jordanische bude
jordanisches kamel

Your opinion:

most clients were 50+ in age. Difficult to work with local staff. Very boring. Non challenging dives. Not many activities outside of diving. Aqaba is quite expensive beyond eating falafel and humous. Not recommended if you do not come as a couple. Difficult as a single person to find or be in a long term relationship due to the lack of expats in Aqaba.

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