World renowned Photo Pro Cathy Church celebrates her 50th year of teaching underwater photography this year. Why not join her at the Cathy Church’s Photo Center in Grand Cayman or on one of her workshops!
Join Cathy Church on an adventure of a lifetime in the Solomons Islands. Diving from the wonderful MV Bilikiki liveaboard in the Solomons is Cathy’s favorite place to dive and take underwater photographs. This is Cathy’s 20th trip to these beautiful islands. The trip will take place Oct 3 – 13, 2020.
Prices from US$6250 pp twin share (flights not included).
For more info email email@example.com or visit: www.cathychurch.com/index.php/solomon-islands-2020
Immerse yourself in a whole week of underwater photography during Cathy Church’s famous Photofest from May 2-9, 2020. This year Cathy will be celebrating the 10th consecutive year of Photofest; famous for her long, 3-hour shallow dives that let you take your time, trying new ideas and getting the best photos ever!
For all levels from beginners to experienced, Photofest is a perfect way to have fun and get great photos. Morning dives, afternoon private critiques, seminars, cocktail party, final evening BBQ party with fantastic prizes for everyone, in the beautiful clear, warm, calm waters surrounding Grand Cayman. Don’t be left out!
Prices from US$2431.00 pp twin share (flights not included).
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.cathychurch.com/index.php/uwstore-4/uw-photo-fest.
The gem-like islands of the Maldives make a stunning back drop for Cathy Church’s exciting underwater photography tour around the best dive sites the Maldives have to offer, aboard the beautiful MV Maldives Aggressor from October 21-31, 2021. This ‘Best of the Maldives’ itinerary offers a 10 night voyage around some of the most stunning atolls in the Indian Ocean.
Prices from US$4450.00pp twin share (flights not included).
For more information please email email@example.com or visit: www.cathychurch.com/index.php/maldives-aggressor-2021.
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Jump into… A career in diving
A career in doing something that you love… I have heard so many times that diving is just a hobby and not a career. A career by definition is ‘an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.’
I started diving at the age of 17. I became a PADI Divemaster and from this point progressed to an Open Water instructor, to Staff Instructor, to Master Instructor, to Course Director. Surely by definition this is a career path? The only difference (in some cases) that would dispute this matter… the controversial subject of pay!
I am 100% not going to say that no dive centres in the world pay. I myself do, and I know others that do, too. It does however seem to have become very much the norm, that the ‘because I enjoy it’ philosophy has eradicated the UK diving career path for years. Divers volunteering their help for little or no reward (again… not everyone before you stop reading). To eventually realising, that they are doing hard work, for not much to gain… even paying to carry on doing courses, and to become an instructor to work for that centre. What is all that about?!
If you are the type of person to be happy with that, that is completely fine, so long as you are happy. I was at one point… and then realised that I had invested a lot of my time and money, and when this realisation hit, started to feel undervalued. The instructor I was ‘working for’, for a free hot chocolate at the end of the day, would sit in the cafe whilst I taught in the 3 degree waters in the middle of winter. Obviously the paying customer had booked his course through this person and not me… I was happy with a hot chocolate and having fun… but aren’t all of the best careers the ones that we do not see as work. They aren’t all volunteer roles.
Those of you looking for a career in diving, don’t be put off. There are places that you can work, and a career in diving can literally take you all across the world. Those saying that there is no money in diving… ignore those guys too. There is. Obviously working for free is never going to get you there, but if you want to do it, then do it. There are plenty of places not only looking to employ scuba instructors, there are other jobs at aquariums, conservation roles, the Navy and many others for you to take a look at.
There are also grants to look at for education, the open water instructor course, or anything else after that is not exactly cheap… but still nonetheless worthwhile.
So, please do not take away the fact of diving being a career. It is. The only thing that I will leave you with (dropping a bombshell), is that if we accept the fact of ‘working for free’ then it will never change and still be hard to make a career in diving… I mean, of course there is limited need when there is still the alternate option for a business to have free labour.
Clare began Duttons Divers at just 19 years old and a short while later became one of the world’s youngest PADI Course Directors. Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com
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