My PADI Divemaster Internship in Bali….
Before I made my decision to begin my PADI Divemaster internship this year with Two Fish, I did almost a week of diving in Two Fish Lembongan, Two Fish Amed and Two Fish Lembeh last year. The idea of being able to do the Divemaster internship in multiple locations was definitely the best part of the deal for me.
I started my Divemaster internship in Amed 10 days ago and was not expecting that on the very first day of my arrival the dive guides said that they saw a Mola Mola in Amed on the morning dive! Too bad that I did not get to go out on that dive, but at least I will be heading to Two Fish Lembongan for the second part of my divemaster internship, so I was not too sad that I missed that seeing the Mola Mola.
In the course of the first week, I learned a lot of skills and how to teach skills from the Two Fish Instructors. This is awesome especially since I have also signed up for the Instructor Development Course (IDC) at the end of the year. All the workshops and skill circuits were taught to me in a way that will help me in getting the Instructor certification down the road. I had sort of expected that the PADI Divemaster Internship would make me a better diver by being more comfortable with doing all the skills, but I did not expect the level of details which needed to be taken into account, especially when these skills will be even more essential for the IDC.
The best learning experience for me was when I was told by Melissa, one of the Diving Instructors, that I will be assisting and taking the lead in conducting a PADI Discover Scuba Diving course the next day. I was very nervous the night before as I had only seen how the DSD was conducted a few days ago to another guest, and I had only listened in instead of conducting the briefing and taking a lead.
On the morning of the DSD, I woke up much earlier than I usually do due to the nerves and was hoping that I would not screw up the briefing or any part of the course for the guest. All of it went quite smoothly; although, when I did miss out on certain points and explanations, Melissa was quick to point it out preventing further confusion for the guest. It was also a reminder for me to pick up on the points for my next DSDs which would happen more in the next few weeks of my PADI Divemaster internship.
Then comes the point where I would lead the guest on her very first open water dive at the USAT Liberty Shipwreck. Normally, we take the boat to the site, but this time we were going by car and would be making a shore entry to the wreck. Throughout the journey to the dive site, which took around 30 minutes, I was just running through all the steps and skills in leading the dive in my head. During the dive, there were no incidents, and it all went pretty smoothly. We even spotted a Napoleon Wrasse swimming by the wreck towards the last 10 minutes of the dive. The best experience was hearing that the guest really enjoyed her first dive, and she might consider going for the PADI Open Water Course in the future! What a highlight for me on my PADI Divemaster Internship!
Although the dive went pretty smoothly, during the debrief it was also emphasized that the guest was almost the perfect example of a DSD, and there will be cases in the future, where not everything will go according to plan, and it is in those situations, which I would need to learn how to prevent the problems from happening and handle the situation as it happens. Nonetheless, it was still a pretty good experience for my very first lead for a DSD course and will look forward to how I handle other types of guests in the coming weeks of my Divemaster Internship.
John Ang, Two Fish DMT
Do you want to become a PADI DIvemaster in Bali with us? When you join Two Fish Divers for a PADI Divemaster Internship you’ll be able to choose from up to 7 awesome destinations in tropical Indonesia! Combine locations to enhance your experience and dive even more incredible sites!
For more information or to make a reservation, fill in the form below and we’ll get right back to you.