So today I spent a little time in excel creating a file to track my divemaster candidate progress. I wanted a way to lay out a schedule per PADI instructions while also adding some details to the Dive.IS divemaster program. They require a 3 month internship program which I have categorized as Dive.Is. I think I will modify it a little more onceI get details on the practical assessments and pool sessions. If there is anyone out there that is trying to track the same information – at least they won’t have to re-invent the wheel.
Internship Details: So Dive.Is has a competitively priced Divemaster program for 99,000Kr ($850). This cost includes a room and training. It does not cover the PADI Divemaster package (41,000Kr). Why is this a good option? For one, the cost of a room for rent in Iceland is about 85,000Kr in the city center. So really you can come here for the summer and only pay a fraction of the cost of the rent. The trade-off is that you have to work a certain amount of hours to pay off the program. Dive.Is benefits because you are working for them for “Free.” I benefit because I get to work at a Top notch dive center. This place is HIGH volume. Every day there are 10+ tours of snorkel and dive groups. Over 30 divemaster/instructors available for mentorship. Here you will learn about all aspects of a dive center, not just diving. When I pinged some of these divers, they remarked that Dive.Is is one of the only dive centers that gives you 2 days off instead of 1. Isn’t that nuts?! I guess in the dive world, people only get 1 day off. I guess it’s not really “work” if you have fun everyday. I’m not sure if I could do this 6 days a week!
Questions to think about:
- What type of Divemaster program would work for you?
- Internship with low-cost, or something faster?
- Large dive shop or smaller?
- Cold water? Or warm water?
- How many days off a week do I need?
- How do I want the divemaster program organized?
- When should I do the pool sessions?
- When should I do the demonstrations?
If I was feeling super nerdy, I would create a program roadmap showing completion progress. I’m not sure how deep I want to get into planning at this point.