Dive Instructor in: Fiji

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Name:
Kristofer
Age:
26
Nationality:
Welsh
Languages:
English
Number of Dives:
3500
Where:
Fiji
Contract:
All year
Position:
Base Leader
Salary Range / US $:
500-1000
Board / Accommodation?:
Accommodation yes
Duty and free time:
6 days a week sundays off

Type of operation:
Dive centre
Size of operation:
Small
Location of operation:
Club
Job characteristics and / or special duties:
no
Main courses trained:
all courses, guiding and managing staff
Mode of operation:
boat dives
average # dives per day:
2

Medical care situation:
not the best in the world, but I have seen worse
Visa runs: 
Visa is sorted out 5 month prior to arrival
Administrative duties:
Medical and police check to be sent to employers
Lifestyle:
living in a resort

Kris
Shark-1

Your opinion:

During my time as a Dive Instructor in Fiji it was a privilege to be able to dive some of the most amazing locations. Drift diving through the corral passes to be thrown out into the dark open sea while sharks, rays and dolphins cruise around it totally mind blowing.

While some islands and areas are tidal, allowing the dive boats a narrow window to reach the reefs, other areas and beaches offer all day routes to the reef wall. Once there the reef wall opens up to reveal millions and millions of life forms, all cohabiting, all sharing this unique part of the world.

One of my greatest loves is the many sharks that roam the area stopping to hang gracefully at the tranquil cleaning stations, or racing around, bumping and snapping at the organized feeding stations.

There are many turtles in the area as well as beautiful macro life. Each day of diving is exciting, each day offers a chance to see new things.

Shark-2
Fiji

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