Dive Instructor in: Mooloolaba, Qld Australia

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Name:
Bart den Ouden
Age:
44
Nationality:
Dutch
Languages:
Dutch, English
Number of Dives:
+ 1,500
Where:
Mooloolaba, Qld Australia
Contract:
casual
Position:
DI/Course Director
Salary Range /US$:
120 per day
Board / Accommodation?:
no
Duty and free time:
either work all day (06:00/07:00 – ±18:00) or don’t work at all

Type of operation:
Dive Centre
Size of operation:
6 Instructors, 2 owners of DC
Location of operation:
independent
Job characteristics and or special duties:
instruction and guiding only, plus prep and cleaning of course
Main courses trained:
all
Mode of operation:
boat dives
average # dives per day:
4

Medical care situation:
good
Visa Runs: N/A:
need a work permit to be allowed to work in Qld/Australia
Government administrative duties:
n/a
Lifestyle:
own flat

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Your opinion:

I loved being able to work in Queensland (coming from The Netherlands), but after 2 years got a bit bored with always doing the same type of dives (either teaching/guiding on a reef or on the only wreck).

me on ladder Scapa Flow

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