Dive Instructor in: Manama, Bahrain

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Name:
Penney 
Age:
31 
Nationality:
Kenyan 
Languages:
English,Swahili 
Number of Dives:
800+ 
Where:
Manama,Bahrain 
Contract:
2 year contract,May-Nov 
Position:
Instructor,Office Manager 
Salary Range / US$:
1500-2000 
Board / Accommodation:
fully furnished apartment paid by company
Duty and free time:
6 days a week,8 working hours,4 weeks paid vacation,

Type of operation:
Dive centre 
Size of operation:
Medium 
Location of operation:
Club
Job characteristics and/or special duties:
none
More courses or more guiding?:
Mostly courses 
Mode of Operation:
shore dives and boat dives 
average # dives per day:
4

Medical care situation:
Medical covered by company plus insurance.Hospitals short drive by with realible doctors.
Visa Runs:
Official work permit
Government administrative duties:
Work permission and medical check all covered by employer
Lifestyle:
Live in a shared flat with staff members of the club.Transport is provided and only 10 mins away to the club. Facilities like hospitals,supermarkets..within walking distance.

project awarwe
drink beer

Your opinion:

Bahrain is definately the place to save money as the company fully covers all expenses for you.While I worked here, my accommodation, medical, flights, lunch, insurance and transport was covered. It’s also the place for those who love abit of party life. I left in 2010 and went back again in 2012. In the diving world here you make great friends and most of whom you get to see every other day.
The only downside is the diving isn’t faboulous like most places.We did shore dives with as low as 2m vis and quite shallow.Boat dives always depended on the weather and beginners had the added advantage of doing their first dives on a wreck. Some days visibilty was great other days it wasn’t.The best dives however are 2hrs away by boat.Again weather dependant but you are guaranteed great vis and lots of sea life from the occasinal whale shark to turtles and if lucky dugons.Dives from 6m to 18m
One thing you will get out of diving here is the number of courses you teach which is a lot. Majority of logged dives are from all levels of diving courses which you may have to tackle everyday.
This job however is physical.You do have help but have to carry and load tanks. Students were always willing to help though.
I enjoyed working here alot.The club was always busy especialy on weekends. Its not touristy, so a lot of the divers are repeat customers who reside on island or deployed military. Sales and marketing is done by the club but you will get to mingle with people and hence find new customers in all places.
You want to make money, party, make a bunch of friends and certify alot of new people? This is the place!!!

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