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7 Things YOU should know before becoming a PADI Instructor

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One of favourite bloggers is back!!! Beth is now General Manager at Anthias Divers in Sharm el Sheikh and here she gives the run down on some things you need to know before becoming a Dive Instructor…

Becoming a dive instructor is all about fabulous diving and sunbathing during your surface interval, not to mention all the dates that you get asked out on, or is it?

Let’s take a look at 7 things you should know before taking that first step on to a life changing course, the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).

1.You need to be prepared to have friends all over the world and from every culture and career background imaginable.

Personally I think, one of the most amazing fortunes that being a PADI Instructor has provided me with, is all the fabulous people that you get to meet. People from such diverse backgrounds, all in one place with one shared passion that unites us all – scuba diving.

2. You will never be bored.

When you think about it, even if you are on a liveaboard where you guide perhaps four dives a day, you will only usually spend a maximum of four hours underwater. So, what do you do with the other six hours of your working day? Usually it will not be used relaxing on sun loungers, contrary to what my family may believe. The time spent not diving can be used up in many ways, some of which include: giving dive briefings to excite your guests about the dive, which in turn excites you and assisting divers to set up their gear whilst helping them find new ways of adjusting their configuration so that it is suitable for them and the type of diving they are doing, amongst millions of other tasks; including counting rubbish that you have collected but that I think, will need to be a separate blog all on its own.

3. You hold a precious, crystal ball in your hands.

Not the kind that helps you see the future, the precious crystal ball you hold is people’s dreams. Many students have dreamt of becoming a scuba diver for much of their lives and it may have taken them a while to find the time or money to do so. This is something that you need to keep in the back of your mind from the minute you meet the guest for the first time, to the very end of the course where you certify that student as a diver. You get to make dreams a reality.

4. You will get tired.

None of us are superhuman, although some of us believed so in our youth. Working as a dive instructor usually involves long hours and few days off during high season. You lose track of days and forget about birthdays (sorry to everyone who I forgot last year). Despite the above, even if you are tired you still need to get up and teach the world to dive but it is easy; to coin a phrase “smile and the world smiles with you” is the best philosophy. If you meet your students with a big smile, they in return smile back and you will find all the energy that you need to teach your students.

5. You need to have a good quality IDC with a patient, thorough PADI Course Director.

Your IDC will be the grounding for your teaching style for years to come, it is also fairly expensive. For these reasons, it is important to receive the best foundation you can.

Shop around for a Course Director that you feel comfortable with and a dive center that you feel can be supportive. For example, PADI IDC 5* center Anthias Divers, Sharm el Sheikh has a great relaxed atmosphere driven by owner and PADI Course Director, James Wilkinson. The whole staff at Anthias is there to provide cups of tea and hugs where required, in addition to a high quality of education to get you on your way to achieving your goal. It is a true team effort.

6. You will receive a new passport.

Not a new nationality, but a certification that will allow you to work anywhere in the world that your heart desires. If you join any one of the many social media sites or the PADI pro’s site, you will find many jobs advertised all over the world – from Iceland to Indonesia, the choice is yours.

7. You will get to live your dream.

There are very few people in this life who are lucky enough to say that they are honestly living their dream but if you become a dive instructor, you can be one of the lucky few. There is no feeling better than waking up in the morning and looking forward to go to work and then spending your free time with brilliant people and maybe, even a fun dive or two.


Inspired? Take a look at www.anthiasdivers.com to find out more!

If you’re serious about taking the plunge, Anthias Divers have a PADI IDC running this February! Email info@anthiasdivers.net to book your spot!

Beth "my lovelies" Sanders achieved her PADI Open Water in her native Wales and became completely addicted to the underwater world. Her fixation has cost her jobs, boyfriends and a whole load of other 'respectable' things so finally she had to make the diving pay! Becoming a Scuba Instructor was the only option... Beth was very lucky to combine this with her love of warm weather and has lived in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt since 2007. Currently operating as a freelance dive instructor and environmental tourism consultant, Beth can usually be found chatting with guests and even occasionally underwater!

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Quick Scuba Tips #12: Pimp Your GoPro for Amazing Underwater Video Colors (Watch Video)

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We’re back with the quick tips series and my secret weapon for getting the best colort out of your GoPro underwater!

Introducing the Flip 8 from www.backscatter.com A color correction system that mounts straight onto the dive housing of your GoPro. Check them out below!

As always, thanks for watching!

D.S.D.O James


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What you need to know about SMBs!

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Ok, so not the most exciting of topics… but an important one nonetheless. Especially as many of us will be starting to enjoy the UK dive season and heading out to explore our beautiful coastline. Some of you may even be heading into the UK waters for the first time due to the travel restrictions… welcome, you will wish that you had done it sooner! 

Surface marker buoys. SMB’s are an invaluable piece of equipment. To demonstrate your position in the water, to fend off boats, to show off your buoyancy to your dive buddy when you can inflate it without moving an inch in the water… or to un-intentionally make your buddy laugh when you forget to attach your reel and send it up like a lost rocket… A must have skill and piece of equipment for all divers. But, how do you choose which one is right for you, and how do you use it correctly? 

Choosing a colour, we all know to look cool as a diver, its all about co-ordinating, but not so much with SMB’s I’m afraid. The standard colour is orange and is what you will typically see being used, and yellow due to it’s higher ability to be seen at night time is just for an emergency…. Not because it is your favourite colour…sorry yellow lovers! If you are wanting to personalise it though you could put your name down the SMB, that way the surface cover knows who it is underneath. 

Next, inflation. Here we have the option of open bottom or direct inflation. An open bottom means that you will need to use your alternate to inflate the SMB, direct inflation you would use your inflator hose. Either of these are sufficient and is generally down to preference. If you are not sure which you prefer, or how to use them, there is a course that you can take to learn all of the skills and offer some helpful tips of how to inflate it and control your buoyancy too. I happen to know an instructor that teaches it… so just drop me a message and I can help…!

So, we have the SMB, next we need a line or spool. So many decisions with a basic piece of kit! Most SMB’s will come with a line, which is great as you can use the equipment straight away. The only down side is, with gloves it can become annoying, especially if you are changing depths quite often as typical on a shore dive here. You may wish to look at a spool instead… They also come in more colours, and this time you can choose which ever you want… even yellow, result! 

Having got to the point of choosing you SMB and line/spool, where are we now going to keep it? Clipping it onto your BCD, keeping it in your pocket. Anywhere is sufficient as long as its easily accessible… like not in your car once you have entered the water…. So be sure to add you SMB to your buddy check! Happy diving! 


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com.

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