Pro Dive International, has opened a new diving centre at the all- Inclusive Cozumeleño Beach Resort.
The resort is located on the island of Cozumel, on a white sandy beach facing the Caribbean Sea, to the north of the quaint city of San Miguel and just 5 minutes from downtown and the International Airport.
With spacious rooms, all with balconies and beautiful ocean views, El Cozumeleño Beach Resort is perfect for families seeking comfort, fun, relaxation, and of course scuba diving.
The resort boasts its own private beach with calm waters, perfect for snorkeling, its own pier for dive boats, 4 outdoor and 1 indoor pool, 2 Jacuzzis, mini-golf and tennis courts, a kids club, a convention center for up to 500 visitors, and much more. Also, the Cozumel Country Club is just around the corner for guests interested in playing golf.
The hotel is perfectly suited for diving groups and has a reputation for being very family friendly with its excellent staff and service level.
“We are thrilled about the recent opening of our new facility at the Cozumeleño, and very proud that we have been chosen as the official dive and watersports provider at this magnificent hotel! Obviously, we are already working with the hotel, to be able to offer formidable and great deals on dive & stay packages, so very soon we will be able to offer these to our valued clients and guests,” said Markus Fleischmann, President and Founder of Pro Dive International.
“The Cozumeleño stands for quality and excellence, and guest satisfaction is their priority concern, which fits perfectly to our own company motto – Excellence through Quality – so I think Pro Dive and the Cozumeleño Beach Resort are a perfect match. We look forward to a successful future as their partners… and without any doubt, the benefit of this new partnership, will be enjoyed by our future mutual guests, divers and snorkelers.”
Cozumel is one of the Caribbean’s premier dive destinations with ultra-clear waters assuring maximum underwater visibility throughout the year. Its impressive reef formations boast a rich marine life protected by a National Marine Park. Cozumel was made famous for divers by Mr. Jacques Cousteau, who declared Cozumel as one of the world’s most spectacular diving locations.
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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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