UK-based tour operator Regaldive, who have just been acquired by Dive Worldwide’s parent company The Natural Travel Collection, have partnered up with Emperor Diving to offer a fantastic free prize draw. Visit DIVE 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend for a chance to win an exciting Red Sea liveaboard holiday.
Enjoy a 7 night stay on the Emperor Superior Liveaboard in one of the worlds top diving destinations, the Red Sea, for some truly unforgettable diving, a welcoming climate and stunning topside scenery. The winner will dive Regaldive’s popular ‘Reef and Wrecks’ itinerary, where they will visit famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea and will enjoy some stunning reef diving along the way.
Included in the prize are return flights to Hurghada from the UK, all meals, diving and nitrox.
To enter, visit stand 612 at DIVE 2018. The winner will be picked at random on Sunday at 4pm.
(Terms & Conditions: This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 or over at the time of entry. Only one entry per person. The prize is one place onboard the Emperor Liveaboard departing 19/04/2019. The prize includes return flights to Hurghada from the UK, 7 nights Emperor Superior liveaboard, full board, diving and free nitrox. The prize is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for a cash alternative. The prize draw winner will be picked at random at 4pm on 28 October 2018 on the Regaldive stand. The prize must be booked by 31 October 2018. This draw is not open to any employee of the sponsors. The prize draw candidate will be contacted by email. Regaldive will publish the winner’s name in their blog and through their social media profiles. Regaldive’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. This prize draw is run by The Natural Travel Collection Ltd.)
For more information about the various destinations and itineraries Regaldive offers visit www.regal-diving.co.uk.
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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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