Dive Instructor in: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (1)

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Name:
Andrea
Age:
41
Nationality:
Italian
Languages:
Italian, English, French, German
Number of dives:
750+
Where:
Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh
Contract:
Freelancer
Position:
Instructor, rarely DM
Salary range:
as freelance: high season up to 1000€; low season: begging!!!!^^
Accomodation:
none
Duty time:
when they call, better jump in

Medical care:
HB chamber 5 mins from jetty; great Dr Adehl TamerHB specialist
Visa runs:
work permit 500 euros with some kind of sponsorship from DC, + CDWS card, local permit to work in diving industry (requires an exam similar to DM final exam)
Admin. duties:
work permit + CDWS card (but if you teach, stay at the DC, dive mainly by the shore yu can go on without any, at least unless you become permanent freelancer)

Type of operation:
Dive Center
Size of operation:
medium (1 CD, 2-3 empl., 15 permanent freelancers, + fullfreelancers)
Location of operation:
Independent, but connected with a resort for full packages
Job characteristics and /or special duties:
guide, teach, paperwork
Main diving courses trained:
DSDs, courses from OW to DM, some guiding (check dives by shore)
Mode of operation:
mostly shore dives (for me), but DC owns 5 boats for full day trips
Average # dives per day:
high season: 2; low season: 0,5?

 

Lifesyle:
In Sharm you can live/work in two ways: if working in a DC inside a resort, probably you’ll live there, getting out very rarely. If you work in an indipendent DC, you have a flat, you move in and back using DC’s transfers (7:30 – 18:00). Naama Bay and Sharm El Sheikh (let’s say new city and old city) are quite close one to the other. You have starbucks, Macdonald’s, any type of shop, supermarket, whatever. Mainly for tourists, staffs rarely go out at night. But having flats, most of the time people catch up at somebody’s home to have dinner, beers, chatting. Walking the streets of Naama/Sharm means being harassed by local vendors supposing you’re another tourists to feed on.

arabische berge
kamele

Opinion:

You do this work because your only concern is about diving? WELCOME! Reefs are stunning beauty, in summer you can see whale sharks, manta rays, sharks. Turtles are everywhere. You don’t have the biodiversity you get in Sipadan, you don’t have the big animals you have in Maldives, but you have a taste of everything. In the end life can be cheap (200 euros a flat, 100 euros for water/electricity and food – per month), so in high season you really can save up to 6-700 euros per month.

You do this work because diving is a passion and a tool as well to meet new lifestyles, cultures, people? Don’t get stuck in here, because you won’t get any of those. You’ll get in touch with people trying to selling you scarves, clothes, cigarettes, whatsoever. And that’s all.

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