Dive Instructor in: Baa Atoll, Maldives

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Name:
Lena
Age:
30 years
Nationality:
German
Languages:
German & English
Number of Dives:
1.500
Where:
Maldives / Baa Atoll / Island
Contract:
all year
Position:
Instructor
Salary / US$:
1.500-2.000$
Board / Accommodation?:
board & accommodation incl. / beverage in parts
Duty and free time?:
6 days / 7.5h, 4 weeks paid vacation + 2 weeks unpaid

Type of operation:
Dive Centre
Size of operation:
medium
Location of operation:
on a resort island
Job characteristics and/or special duties:
40min info in the evening 1-2 times per week
Main diving courses taught:
all sorts of courses + guiding
Mode of operation:
mainly boat dives, some housereef dives
average # dives per day:
1.5

Medical care:
poor
Visa Runs:
official work permit
Administrative duties:
work permission + medical check (usually organized by employer)
Lifestyle:
living in a resort – on a small island, next city Malé 30min by seaplane, usually not visited more than one or two times per year!!! (that means you are literally all year round on your resort island!!!)

Lena-Manta
Lena-Muraene

Your opinion:

I absolutely enjoy my job here in Maldives. First of all you have really nice dives, and that´s the main reason to do this job, right? 
If I compare it to my last job in the Mediterranean, the work is less physically demanding, because we don’t have to carry any tanks or boxes. Our dives are mainly by boat, where we have a great support from the boat crew. This is a big advantage, especially for women. (I always hated to drive the Zodiac by myself, pull the anchor and do all this other funny stuff…)
We must not forget the high salary, which is common in Maldives and possibly the highest in the entire industry. While working here it´s possible to safe money for your retirement….or spend it on luxury vacations for yourself …
We don´t have to do any sales promotion, because the dive centre is the only one on the island and the guest come to us on their own motivation.
We conduct all levels of courses and guide certified divers as well, so it never gets boring.
The disadvantages are the isolated situation on the small island and the poor medical care. If you come to work in the Maldives as a couple, you can enjoy each other. But alone this is quite difficult. 
For many people there is also a high risk to get the island blues. But that you have to find out by yourself. Some people can stay here for many years, others try to escape already after three months. Try it! What helps, is a hobby that keeps you entertained and accept the calm life. Personally, I really enjoy the Maldives, it settled my character and I focus more on things that I thought I had already forgotten.

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