So as a budding or newly qualified Divemaster/Instructor there is so much
competition for jobs when on average around 1600 people in SEA (South East
Asia for those not in backpacking lingo) qualify every month. So how do you set
yourself apart from everyone else coming over for busy season to earn a baht or
two for the throngs of intrepid travellers who will grace the fair shores of Koh
Tao over the next few months?
One way would be to take the Davy Jones Locker “Shop Operations” course,
which takes six days, but is in fact three courses rolled into one. As the owner of
DJL diving pointed out “It is the first thing I look for on a CV”. With busy periods
coming up dive schools need all the equipment working, as the margins on
courses are so small on Koh Tao that renting equipment can mean losing money
on a single student. By doing the PADI equipment specialist you will learn to
identify problems with regulators, BCDS and tanks, take them all apart, fix them
and put them all back together. This will give you an immense sense of
achievement and furthermore make you invaluable to any dive school who want
their equipment in working order!
By completing the compressor maintenance course you will understand how
compressors work, how to maintain them and how to fill tanks (which many
Divemasters on Koh Tao have never done themselves), and also will get to look
round the H2O setup to see how a massive operation works.
By taking the PADI Gas Blender course you can increase your earning potential
by being able to fill Enriched Air Nitrox tanks for divers, and is the stepping
stone to more advanced Gas blending (using Helium for TriMix), which will help
you should you ever decide to take up Tech Diving. By understanding the gases
you are using, you will become a far better diver.
So if you are thinking about working as a Divemaster in Koh Tao or even more
important if you are looking to work elsewhere, then please sign up for the next
DJL Shop Operations Course!