Anywhere in the world you can follow a Divemaster course at one of the many dive organisations out there but did you ever ask yourself ‘why am I actually doing it?’ Is it because I would like to have a job in the diving industry or just because I want to have an extra card to show all my buddies and friends, or do I do it for…?
So you see there are enough possibilities, but there is not much information about what you as a Divemaster can do in the dive business. And most of all there is no information to be found anywhere about the pros and cons of being a Divemaster.
After working for more than 20 years as a dive professional all over the world, but also as a dive business owner, I have seen many differences in Divemasters, instructors and shop owners. So it is time for a Divemaster manual to prepare new ways and perhaps change some old bad habits.
There are Divemaster course books in abundance, but for those who take the leap and start a Divemaster course or job, there is a lot of missing information.
This book will give you all the opportunities available, as well as the new Divemaster and the ones who need just a little convincing to do the course. Also, I hope it will show the ones who do not realise all the responsibilities that come with being a Divemaster to think twice before starting the course or a job at a dive centre somewhere in the world.
Also in this book you will learn about good and bad experiences (because these are also important for you to form a correct opinion) of Divemasters and instructors, as well as centre owners. And it will give you a small glimpse into the professional diving industry regarding planning, organisation and staffing.
It is important to know that I am not giving you rules on how to behave or where to go or not to go. All the information here can be used for your own convenience and has been gained in the field (as Divemaster as well as instructor) in dive shops and schools and during the last 12 years as a dive centre owner.
I hope this book will make you enthusiastic or will give you answers to your still unanswered questions.