Dive Instructor in: Marsa Alam, Egypt

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Name:
Marco
Age:
23
 Nationality:
German
Languages:
German , English
Number of Dives:
1400
Where:
Egypt / Marsa Alam
Contract:
All Year
Position:
Instructor
Salary Range /US$:
1500-2000 $ per Month
Board / Accommodation?:
included in the staff houses – 3 per Flat
Duty and free time:
6days work -1 day off – 1 month paid holiday after 12 months flights get paid

Medical care situation:
hospital and decompression chamber is 8km away / doctors qualification not an european standard
Visa Runs:
workpermit by the employer
Government administrative duties:
none
Lifestyle:
pretty remote in an small city which is more like an marina for the safari boats

Type of operation:
Divecenter (ITC Center)
Size of operation:
The biggest SSI Divecenter in Egypt
Location of operation:
Located in a Bay with 5 hotels around
Job characteristics and/or special duties:
None
Main courses trained:
Range from DSD / TryScuba to Divemaster – PADI and SSI. In low season also guidings.
Mode of Operation:
You can dive here in 5 different ways : house reef , zodiac , speedboat , bus and boat.
average # dives per day:
2-3

2.5-2

Your opinion:

I really like the work here in Egypt. It is some kind of strange that I worked in naturally more beautyful places in the world like Maledives and Thailand.

Well I started diving in 2003 here in Egypt but in Hurghada. And I didn’t made it through my first course because of the clearing the mask skills. I returned exactly one year later and I finally did it …

Around 8 years later I started to do the professional range of diving also there in Hurghada and did afterwards I signed in as an IDC.

So I worked here one year more…

After my journey ended I made a small journey through Maledives (which was too remote for me) and thailand where the lifestyle was awesome but the visa permits are kind of shit.

Then I saw an offer online where I applied and came, after a short stop in good old Germany , to Marsa Alam here in Egypt.

It is a very remote area . Where I’m living there is just a coffee , two supermarkets and that’s it. Well and the marina for the safari boats.

The diving here is awesome and the currents are moderate except the offshore reefs – their it can be like in the maledives.

In our diving center everything gets provided from the trainingplatform on 4,5 and 9m over a obstacle course even a diver puppet is provided for the peak performance buoyancy course.

I never saw something like this in my career before …

So for work you don’t have to care about so much… Except you give your students a 100% standard confirm training from SSI.

For the lifestyle it is a bit different. I’m traveling alone since I started diving. So I don’t have anyone which is very familiar with me just my colleagues. To have a drink here is not like I’m going to the bar and get some beers. We have to order it from a wholesaler for like 2$ a can.

The food is nice and got also provided by the divecenter three times a day and it’s Arabic food. So you have to get used to it. I like it so I don’t have any problems.

All in all the south area is beautiful for diving and the people are friendly . You have to make a compromise for the living standard but this is worth it.

I’m happy and I will stay here minimum 10month more !

Stay safe, take care !

Marco

2.4-3
2.7-2

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