The first time we came to Thailand we fell in love with it and it’s been an on and off affair ever since. With our backpacking days a bit behind us and both working long hours in the catering industry, we decided we wanted to rekindle and re-live life on a little, tropical, Thai island, even if it was only for 2 weeks – and so the the first time I came to Koh Tao it was for a fortnight’s diving holiday to get away from it all and spend some time with the fish.
Well that was enough time to turn our worlds upside down and we couldn’t get this place out of our heads. A new thought surfaced – why couldn’t we dive for a living? Imagine getting paid to go diving instead of paying for it; the prospect of travellng and working in beautiful places, meeting new people, making new friends and diving every day sounds too good to be true. Decision made, we headed back to Koh Tao and to Davy Jones’ Locker Diving for a Divemaster internship. It was so much fun and the instructors and all the staff are great (not to mention the pool parties and the DJL bar).
We had obligations in the UK and so had to leave Koh Tao after our Divemaster course, but we still had the diving dream in our heads. We worked in Europe last Summer as DMs and started thinking about our next move. Naturally the next step for us was to become PADI Instructors. When you search online, the choices of where to do your IDC are seemingly infinite. For us it was an obvious decision; we love Koh Tao and DJL. We’re so happy to be back and to have just qualified as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.. Yay! It’s such an amazing feeling. The IDC here prepared us really well for the IE and we’re so grateful to Pete, our course director, for all his help, support and guidance. Before we arrived for the IDC we were e-mailed with dive theory prep so we could get a head start which was a big help. The course itself felt very personal and catered to us as individuals; here you are not just another candidate. We’re grateful too to all the DJL instructors who were always willing to help and advise us whenever we asked during the course.
We’re still continuing our education at DJL Diving and can’t wait to teach our first courses and share the underwater world with some new Open Water divers.
Claire and Henry