My Journey To Divemaster Begins
Have you ever wondered what’s actually involved in becoming a Divemaster? Me too. Join with me on my journey to becoming one. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be writing about the process from a participant’s perspective so you can see exactly what it is like for me and perhaps this will help you decide whether or not you would like to do it too.
If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll try to answer those too.
First things first though, I should introduce myself since we are going to be on this journey together. My name is Charlene and I obtained my first diving certification in 2011. My only regret in my entire life is that I didn’t do this sooner.
I enjoy diving. A lot.
There’s something about being underwater, feeling weightless and seeing all the fish and corals that appeals to me. Nothing to focus on except breathing and watching what is going on around. It is bliss. It is the closest I think I will get to being in outer space. Actually, diving at night is a better reflection of this when you can only see where your torch light hits and different creatures come out and about while the day time ones sleep. I like the parrotfish sleeping in their bubbles and the Spanish Dancer is awesome to see.
Until fairly recently, I hadn’t been regularly diving. Just here and there while on holidays.
Last year, this all changed. I participated in a 6 week volunteer program in Madagascar with Blue Ventures. It involved diving twice per day, six days per week (weather permitting) to identify and count various species of fish.
It was fantastic.
Some of the other volunteers did the Divemaster training while they were there, having completed the Emergency First Responder and Rescue Diver courses earlier on in the program. I chose not to as it was a big enough challenge for me to remember all 191 fish! I wanted to be able to focus on this as that’s what I had gone there to do. However, listening to their stories, my interest was piqued.
It had been something I considered previously but it was never the right time or the right place.
I am going to Mauritius again in March / April and will complete the practical aspects there.
In the meantime, I will do the theory online with PADI. This will mean I can spend more time focused while I’m in Mauritius doing the practical aspects.
I am nervous and excited.