10 Jun

Assisting on an Open Water course

Best Dive Job Blog #3 – Open Water Assist

Part of being a Divemaster is assisting certified PADI instructors as they conduct Open Water courses. Although Divemasters don’t actually teach any part of the course, they still play an important role when conducting PADI Open Water courses. Over the past few days I have had the opportunity to learn what that role is and put the skills I have learned into action. The great thing about being an intern at Blue Season Bali is that you are put in real life situations as soon as you begin your Divemaster course.  There really is no better way to learn than through hands on experience and Blue Season makes sure that their interns have plenty of opportunities to get involved. 

Today I was assisting with Open Water dives 1 and 2 at the USAT Liberty wreck in Tulamben with instructors Allison and Yoko. If taking your first breath in the ocean wasn’t exciting enough,  Sarah and Saroosh, our two guests for the day got to take their first dive on one of the most famous wrecks in the diving world. After completing the required skills on each dive we were able to go for a short fun dive around the wreck and the adjacent coral garden. It was great to see the excitement on our two students’ faces as they swam through schools of surgeon, butterfly, angel fish and snappers, kneeled in the sand next to a field of garden eels, gobies and sand perch and hovered next to clown fish, cuttlefish and an endless array of small and large reef fish.  .  I really enjoyed experiencing diving for the first time again through the eyes of our students because it reminded me of just how amazing the diving here in Bali (and anywhere for that matter) is.

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Sarah (Germany), me, Saroosh (Canada) and instructor Allison. Happy Divers!!

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