Start your 2019 diving season in style by heading to Cyprus to dive on the world famous Zenobia…
The Zenobia wreck is one of the top wreck dives on the planet. Originally a roll on-roll off ferry, she sunk on her maiden voyage from Sweden to Syria in June 1980. She now lies just a few hundred metres from Larnaca harbour.
The sheer size of the Zenobia takes your breath away. She is over 174 meters long from bow to stern. Lying on her port side, the shallowest part of the wreck is at 18 meters, with the seabed at 42 meters providing the perfect place for some of the 104 arctic lorries to lie.
There are many other exciting features to see on the Zenobia, such as the Captain’s car, and a forklift that can be found deep inside the lorry decks.
One of the best things about the Zenobia is that she is accessible to all levels of divers, from Open Water to accomplished Technical Divers. Exploring the outside of the wreck is just as impressive as the inside. As well as being wowed by the amount of features, the wreck is also teeming with marine life with large groupers and shoals of barracuda and amber jacks resident. Diving the Zenobia is guaranteed to be a dive that you remember!
In addition to the Zenobia, there are many other exceptional dives in Cyprus such as the caves and tunnels at Cape Greco.
Dive Stop are offering tailor made dive and accommodation packages in their January sale. So book your trip now from only €390 per person including two Zenobia trips.
Terms, conditions and minimum numbers apply. Bookings need to be confirmed by the end of February 2019. Dive Stop guarantee small group sizes on all Zenobia dives and can cater for all divers including Technical, Sidemount and Rebreather.
For more details on the Dive Stop January sale, or to book your holiday, please contact Dive Stop on 00357 23102359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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