Every diver who takes their first big step into the PADI world of professional diving will complete the divemaster programme. Depending on your work rate this will take anywhere between one and three months.
During this time you will meet a lot of fellow divemaster trainees. You also work closely with the instructors and divemasters from your school, get to know several dive shop owners and are all around involved in the dive industry.
Maybe the dive school that you are involved with offers you a job. Maybe you find some work elsewhere, or maybe you jump straight into your instructor course.
No matter what you do, after months of being in the diving industry your list of connections will grow bigger and bigger. The best thing about a job as a PADI professional is that you can practice it everywhere around the world. Many people that you’ve met will start making their way to other tropical paradises or amazing diving spots to pursue their diving career elsewhere.
This comes in very handy when you are ready to move on to the next step, or even when you go on a well deserved diving holiday! (Yes, we divers actually go on a diving holiday when we have free time. Do the job you love and you never have to work a day of your life!) Or you can send customers to your friends who work in places that your customers are going to visit. They for sure will appreciate that and try to do the same for you.
Almost anywhere you go there will be people you know. This almost certainly guarantees you “mates rates” for you and your students dives. For example I have lots of friends working in Bali and Gili Trawangan. If my students go there, I will make sure I get them in touch with my friends. This means they get a good price and my friends get extra customers. Thats a win win situation right? Another benefit is that if you’re looking for a job, they for sure will get you in contact with dive centres, or keep an eye out for any open positions. As a result you have easier access to the best jobs everywhere in the world. That’s not too bad!