Dive Instructor in: North Male Atoll, Maldives

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Name:
Franziska
Age:
32
Nationality:
German
Languages:
German, English, Spanish, Italian
Number of Dives:
~1000
Where:
Maldives, North Male Atoll
Contract:
All year
Position:
Instructor
Salary Range / US$:
1500-2000
Board / Accommodation?:
Full board except beverages, water included though
Duty and free time:
8h/day, 1 day off per week, depending on work load. Payed vacation 4 weeks only if contract is renewed; more vacation unpayed as work load allows.

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Type of operation:
Dive Center
Size of operation:
small (7 employees)
Location of operation:
on a resort island
Job characteristics and/or special duties:
Just dive shop specific, no promotions, once a week video presentation
Main courses trained:
courses, guiding, equipment maintenance, snorkeling
Mode of Operation:
Shore and boat dives
Real conservation efforts taken by dive centre:
Mainly PR but not just for image – we try to explain the whys and hows of reef protection to people who REALLY don’t know.
Average # dives per day:
2

Medical care situation:
For regular things there’s a hospital in Male which is ok, but for anything really serious probably better to go to India or Europe.
Visa Runs:
companies organize and renew visas for you.
Government administrative duties:
medical check for work permission
Living expenses:
Depends on how much you spend at the bar. Can be anything from 0-300$
Lifestyle:
Small room in the staff area of the resort, no real window. Boat trips to Male (30 min) are free so some like to go once a week or so, but I prefer the island, since there are no cars, and no hectic people…

Your opinion:

I really enjoy working here. After one year my boyfriend and I just renewed the contract for another year. Conditions are good, both salary wise and work-environment wise. We have an excellent team in the dive center and our Dhoni crew are all very good, friendly and fun. The whole island is very relaxed, we are allowed to eat in the restaurant with the guests, the food is ok (buffet) and the dives can be very nice. Our island gets many German speaking guests so there’s months where I don’t get to do a lot of the cool diving since I’m doing more OWD courses or DSDs, but there’s other months where I hardly do any and just guide, so I get my share of amazing dives.

We’re allowed to dive in our free time as well and we have a good relationship with the water sports center who will allow us to borrow kayaks or SUPs etc.

For people who need action though, this is definately not the place. Aside from reading or doing stuff on the internet the only thing you can do is water sports, and you’ll mostly do that alone as well. For me that’s ok – I go diving, I read books, I read up on things I never knew about… There’s no night life here. My friends will never visit me here, because even an economical resort such as the one I work at is expensive for most standards. But life is relaxed and good.

Physically this work is not very taxing. I’m a small girl and most days I don’t even have to carry my own tank because our compressor boy or someone else will help me out – though mind you, I could if I had to. Two dives a day, all on nitrox is also really easy going.

Diving conditions are pretty diverse throughout the year. We can have amazing visibility of 30-40m or super murky waters. We can have days where there is absolutely no current or days where just fly by the reef and have no chance to fight the flow.

The next decompression chamber for us is only 20 min away, and the hospital in Male is also close. However for accute things it’s good to have a little stash of medicines like antibiotics etc. at hand, since you have to wait for a transfer or pay for it, if it’s an emergency.

Maldives is a muslimic country, but on the resorts you hardly notice. Still it means that sometimes they will listen more to a man than to a woman. If you are a single girl the guys here will also try to hit on you; to avoid it you can invent a husband.

All in all it’s a great place to work for a few years. For a longer period of time I think the life style is not diverse enough, unless you really really like being on this kind of an island.

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