Dive Instructor in: Pondicherry, India

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Name:
Jonah
Age:
34
Nationality:
Dutch(Holland) but live in india since 30 years
Languages:
English/ Dutch/ Hebrew/ French/ Tamil
Number of Dives:
1000-2000
Where:
India Pondicherry
Contract:
All Year
Position:
Instructor
Salary Range /US$:
500-1000 But in RS
Board / Accommodation?:
No, but some of my colleagues do have 
Duty and free time:
dive day starts at 6 am normally done  by 3-8 pm day off when slow

Type of operation:
Dive center
Size of opeartion:
we have a staff of 20, and run IDC’s and Tec programs.
Location of operation:
Independent
Job Characteristics and / or special duties:
n / a
Main courses trained:
n / a
Mode of Operation:
Dive boat, One team we all help get it all done, each according to his/her capacity 
average # dives per day:
(3-4 days diving per week) 2-4 dives on those days

Medical care situation:
Yes, but no chamber close by
Visa Runs:
no. Official work permits only
Government administrative duties:
? not sure ?
Lifestyle:
very comfortable, great food all cuisines, lots of people from all over the world. Life beside the DC also possible

Your opinion:

Working in india is a challenge every day. You always have something new to deal with and learn from but in the end of the day its very rewarding the people are great, friendly and welcoming. The diving is good and the sea always offers something else to see. The Dive industry is in its growing very nicely here and more and more people are interested in Diving so you meet people from all walks of life whom are passionate about discovering this new sport.

The dive center I work with is also the one of the only and biggest Retailer(of dive gear in india) so we have the pleasure of helping students find the gear they have been wanting to get but could not find in country.

We also build our own reef’s for DSD’s and that’s a lot of fun!!!

We run IDC’s and Tec programs and get lots of very experienced guys passing by whom are fun to get tips and info off!

jonah

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