Dive Instructor in: Thaa Atoll, Maldives

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Name:
Nils
Age:
40
Nationality:
Swedish
Languages:
3 european languages
Number of Dives:
+1700
Where:
Maldives, Thaa Atoll
Contract:
2 years
Position:
DI
Salary Range /US$:
800 USD for three months probation period, then 980 USD + service charge 350 USD to vary regarding occupancy
Board / Accommodation?:
twin share, 3 meals in staff canteen (indian, maldivian, continental food
Duty and free time:
8/9 hours per day, 1 day off per week depeding on operations, 30 days paid holidays after one year completion, flight ticket aid after one year

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Type of operation:
DC
Size of operation:
1 BL, 1 Assistant BL, 4 DI + marine sports staff and boat crew 
Location of operation:
5 star resort
Job characteristics and or special duties:
n/a
Main courses trained:
DSDs, OWDs, AOWDs, EANX, UW photography
Mode of Operation:
shore dive and boat dive
average # dives per day:
2

Medical care situation:
NO
Visa Runs:
1 year work permit only fort he company employing you
Government administrative duties:
medical and work permit paid by employer 
Lifestyle:
Twin share room, decent accomodation with AC and fan, we have to clean our rooms, laundry available or washing machine at disposable, not much place to dry clothes. Common area with TV (sharing with 3 others rooms). Nice gym staff. Quality of canteen staff average, not healthy food and really indian oriented). Small discount for guest restaurant  and spa however really difficult to get authorization to eat there. A staff bar with soft drinks and beers only. TV/game room. Staff shop for basic items.
Day off on the island as going to the capital Malé is complicated cause we need to collect our day off and need manager approval.
Wifi in the satff area, really slow, skype/videos arent working.

Your opinion:

This is my second time in Maldives and living, work conditions can vary a lot regarding which islands one is. I am in a new resort, the only one in the atoll, and the weather conditions are not helpfull for diving, one the windiest atoll in Maldives. Not much dive sites and average quality make our duties difficult, as divers have high expectations for  the diving in maldives. Low service charge for a 5 star resort. If you like to party and drink Maldives isnt a place for you. Be aware oft he fact that ist a muslim country and that you must respect the religion and local culture that can be really strong even in the resort. Still a place to save money as distractions are close to none ;). My previous experience in Maldives was totally different so, my advice: look for a well establish island/resort/dive center and ask for as much details as possible before coming in Maldives!

Happy diving !

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