My New Diving Career ! From Nurse to Diving Instructor

DJL instructor Karina joined us from Denmark to take her Divemaster and Instructor internship. After learning the ropes and becoming a popular member of the team we have to say goodbye as Karina continues on her travels. Luckily for us she wrote an article before she left describing the experience she had at DJL. We wish you all the best for the future Karina and every success in your new diving career!

My New Diving Career ! From Nurse to Diving Instructor

From Nurse to Diving Instructor

“When I was 18 years old I did my sabbatical year of travelling – and loved it! Ever since then, I knew I had to travel again, but time flies by very quickly! So here – 10 years later – I finally plucked up the courage.

6 months ago, I decided to ask my boss for one year off. She was not particularly happy about my decision, but understood it (and made me promise to come back!) For the past 6 years I have been working as a nurse, for a university hospital in Denmark. I love my job as a nurse, you have to be up to date, on the beat and you interact with a lot of different people.

But I was still missing something!

One night I was out with some friends, some of them diving instructors. We got to talk about what life is like as an instructor and I suddenly saw the connection – travelling and becoming a dive instructor, the best idea ever!

I have been diving in Denmark for the last 4 years, (I did my open water 10 years ago, but didn’t really use it for 6 years!) I loved it so much, so did different kinds of diving, all the way from the Advanced, Rescue to Technical Cave diver. At that point I never thought I would become a instructor, but as my friends said – why not!

I decided I wanted to travel South East Asia. I did some research and got in contact with Davy Jones Locker on Koh Tao. They said I was more then welcome to come and join them for my dive master training and then my Instructor training. So there was the perfect plan, – do what you love, for a living!

I packed up my life in Copenhagen, said “see you later” to many wonderful people and there my journey started! Off I went and on Koh Tao I arrived!

For the last 6 months I have been on this crazy, wonderful island, meeting so many amazing people. I finished not only my dive master, but also my Master scuba dive trainer (MSDT instructor). Its been an amazing journey and every day I’m reminded that is was the right decision!

As a instructor, you meet different kind of people from all over the world. Not only do I teach them what I love and show them the magical underwater world, but I learn new things every day from the variety of people that cross my path and not at least my DJL family.

My time on Koh Tao has come to an end. Now I am moving on to the Phillippines to see what they have to offer. It’s a bitter sweet feeling, but Im sure I will be back again one day!”

If you would like more information about starting a new diving career, visit our diving internship website. Alternatively you can email us at Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.