Crystal blue water, white sandy seashores, ocean thriving with life, solar and temperatures of 30 C (86 F) the entire yr spherical. Doesn’t it sound like paradise? Add some mantas, whale sharks and dolphins, and you've got a real image of Maldives.
After the COVID pandemic began, many dive facilities around the globe closed up or targeted on native diving. Loads of divers suspended their goals of turning into dive professionals, PADI Divemasters and PADI Instructors, considering that in these days every little thing is closed or that they gained’t get a job after finishing PADI dive professional coaching. The excellent news is that’s not truly the entire image.
In the event you dream about coral reefs, diving in a brief wetsuit and even simply rush guard, educating scuba diving and introducing turtles, sharks and mantas to your college students, Maldives is an ideal place. Plus, it’s the nation is at present open to vacationers.
Listed here are 7 causes Maldives is a implausible place to grow to be a PADI Teacher.
1. The Diving is Spectacular
There isn't any doubt that Maldives is likely one of the prime diving locations on the planet. Each diver goals about diving amongst lovely, colourful reefs within the Indian Ocean at the very least as soon as of their life.
Throughout any given dive, you gained’t know the place to look as there could be a faculty of 6 eagle rays passing above your head whereas on the similar time eight black and white tip reef sharks are swimming slightly below you (true story from my final dive). You is perhaps passing my manta cleansing station or be fortunate sufficient to identify an oceanic manta on a channel dive. How superb it will be to swim with a whale shark in Ari Atoll and present it to your scholar? That’s to not point out the pelagic massive fish, like tunas. Turtles, sting rays, mantis shrimp, eels, and far more may be noticed at a lot of the dive websites. You'll principally really feel like you're in an aquarium swimming into faculties of fish.
With robust present in channels come massive fish. Think about watching a present of sharks, snappers, jacks, groupers whereas turning into a PADI Teacher within the Maldives!
2. Floor Interval with a Coconut
Don’t white sandy seashores surrounded by palm timber sound good for floor interval or a pleasing setting to review dive principle? As an alternative of simply studying about tides, currents and waves, you may be truly observing and experiencing them whereas diving. And, the closest dive website out of your classroom might be a 5-minute stroll away.
Overlook about heat garments, simply pack your flip-flops, t-shirts and shorts. Yr-round temperatures oscillate between 28-30 C (82-86 F).
three. Practice with the Greatest PADI Course Administrators
The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) just isn't an Open Water Diver course, the place many divers simply stroll right into a random dive store and spend three days doing a course. Whereas deciding on a dive profession, it’s necessary to perform a little research and be educated by one of the best crew. Maldives gives three stationary PADI Course Administrators and some coming in often. A few of them are frequently given Gold and Platinum coaching awards by PADI.
four. Study from the Greatest
Who can train you about Maldives and native dive websites higher than native dive masters? You'll get to know and turn out to be associates with lots of them. A few of them might be your fellow PADI Teacher candidates, who you'll meet throughout your IDC.
5. Selection of Lodging
You possibly can select to both spend 2 weeks in a Maldivian resort or on an area island.
Resorts will give you a excessive normal of lodging, scrumptious meals from the lodge restaurant and a bar with drinks at any time within the night to loosen up after entire day within the water or classroom.
For these with decrease price range, native islands are an ideal selection. You'll have an opportunity to submerge your self in native tradition, delicacies and life within the Maldives.
6. Job Alternatives
One other advantage of turning into a PADI Teacher in Maldives is having a greater understanding of native diving and better probabilities of getting a job in paradise. As Maldives is presently accepting many vacationers from all around the globe, teacher jobs at resorts are in excessive. Most employers present free lodging, meals, a piece allow and a aggressive wage.
I’m at present on my second contract in Maldives, and by no means in my life have I lived in a spot the place I might actually stroll three min from my mattress to the coral reef.
7. Marine Scientists’ Paradise
The Maldives can also be an awesome place for PADI Execs who've a marine science background. Many resorts rent marine biologists to run their marine tasks, which can embrace (however usually are not restricted to): coral restoration, seashore and reef cleanups, marine talks to the resort visitors, knowledge assortment, and academic tasks for teenagers.
Not a PADI Divemaster But?
Maldives is just not just for dive instructors. You'll find many dive facilities in Male or on native islands the place you possibly can practice to become PADI Divemaster and proceed in your profession in the direction of being a dive teacher.
Troublesome occasions don’t imply you'll be able to’t dive or get your dream job. Maldives must be your subsequent vacation spot. It’s protected and open for vacationers these days, and the Ministry of Well being has launched security suggestions for vacationers, locals and resort employees.
You'll be able to learn extra about security and COVID-19 regulations here.
If that didn’t encourage you to return to Maldives to start your dive career right here, then I don’t know what would.
See you in Maldives. Glad bubbles!
Written by Martyna Skura, PADI AmbassaDiver
Born and raised in Poland, Martyna has spent the final ten years touring and dealing abroad in additional than eight nations – with simply 20 kilograms (44 kilos) of bags. She’s now dwelling within the Maldives and is working in the direction of turning into a PADI Grasp Scuba Teacher. She creates content material for her YouTube channel, social media channels, and lately revealed a e-book about her adventures all over the world, above and under the floor.