Underwater guide, standup comic, gear MacGyver, photographer, even counselor at times. A divemaster wears many hats. We’ve committed ourselves to being “tank monkeys” and sporting a permanent series of questionable looking bruises on our legs. While becoming a divemaster is a choice, it isn’t really something you choose – it chooses you. This is one of the best things that could happen to you, because nothing will ever compare to it.
Beyond the person who guides you through the underwater realm, here are the top 7 reasons why being a divemaster is awesome:
1. We’re basically an underwater GPS
Turn right at the next big shelf coral. Make a
2. We check you out without checking you out
Part of our job involves kitting up clients, over and over and over. After a while, it becomes second nature to
3. We’re experts on seasickness
Sure, this might not necessarily be something you boast about, but it is a pretty unique skill to have. Sooner or later in any divemaster’s career, there comes a time where they become the unintended victim of a seasick client. As a result, we know all the best fixes. (Not to mention we’re pretty chilled about these clients getting a little too close for comfort.) Boat’s motion causing a commotion? Have a dry saltine cracker or get right back in the water
4. We don’t need CrossFit
The average day for us involves hauling heavy cylinders around. We also push boats out to sea, swim against currents, pull divers onto boats, lug heavy dive gear around and load trucks for pool sessions. Essentially, we do both cardio and weight training every day. This means we get to eat pretty much whatever we want, so it’s a win-win.
5. We’re the ultimate problem solvers
6. We’re in a committed relationship… with scuba gear!
Forget romantic hand-holding with your significant other, we’ve ruined our hands opening and closing cylinders as we fill them. We have also gotten to know all the elements of a dive kit intimately! From opening up regulators and performing visual inspections on cylinders to setting those old school Aeris or Suunto dive computers, we know
7. We know interesting people!
One of the best parts about diving with new people for a living is exactly that – you meet new people all the time! Not only do they share your enthusiasm for diving, but they come from all over the world. We know people with the coolest jobs, like being a poker commentator, and we also get to hear all their awesome stories from diving in different destinations!
As divemasters, we’ve pretty much turned ourselves into someone people will always want to have on a dive. With extensive knowledge as well as a very specific (and diverse) skill set, it’s only onwards and downwards for us! If you want to join the diving professional world as a divemaster, contact us to get more information.