Scuba Diving Zero to Hero PADI Divemaster Course
Have you heard of a zero to hero scuba diving course? Do you know what it is? Let’s start there! Zero to Hero is when someone decides to become a PADI Divemaster and they are not yet a certified Rescue Diver – they may be advanced, open water or not yet certified. Marcus came to Two Fish as a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, with the intention of completing his PADI Divemaster training in Indonesia. So far, Marcus has completed his time at Two Fish Amed on mainland Bali and he is now well into his program at Two Fish Gili Air. Check out Marcus Blog below of how his course(s) are going so far…
Marcus’s PADI Divemaster Course in Bali and Gili Combined….
“Terima Kasih (thank you) was the first word I learned when I arrived in Indonesia, and after almost a month with Two Fish Divers, I would like to say “Terima Kasih Two Fish Divers!”
I didn’t exactly have the perfect start when I first arrived at Two Fish Divers Amed Resort for my EFR and rescue course before my Divemaster Course. Usually, starting a PADI Divemaster Course in Bali would be a very smooth and easy process but unfortunately, I had some setbacks along the way – which Two Fish managed to help me with – otherwise, I’m not sure what I would have done! My problems started when I found out that my Advanced Open Water Course which I took four years earlier in Colombia had never been updated to PADI’s database. So without proof of me completing the Advanced Open Water Course, I couldn’t start my Rescue Diver Course. While Rosa, one of the Instructors at Amed, worked hard to contact the dive center in Colombia to find out what happened to my certificate, I went for some fun dives.
And there my next problem started… after a couple of fun dives I started to feel a stiffness/fullness in my neck. I thought the instructors and the rest of the Two Fish crew were over-exaggerating when they gave me oxygen and put me in a car and drove me to the hospital. At the hospital, the doctor confirmed that it was nothing serious, probably just a too-tight wetsuit seal around my neck area. Now, after reading my Rescue Course and my Divemaster Manual, l I know that I was showing one of the symptoms of DCI and that the Two Fish crew were not over exaggerating at all with their response to my conditions; they acted perfectly and quickly to a suspected case of DCI – I am very thankful! After a day’s rest from diving, Rosa had finally managed to contact the dive center in Colombia through emails and skype, and manage to dig up their old student records of me completing the Advanced Open Water Course (thanks again, Rosa!), things could start moving!! Not the best start to a Divemaster Course in Bali but Two Fish Divers – THANK YOU!!
The rest of my time in Amed went by without any problems, I finished my EFR and Rescue course and I had a few fun dives with Nolan and Ryan – also soon to take their PADI Divemaster Course in Bali. A big thanks to my instructors Eze and Rosa and the rest of the crew at Two Fish Divers Amed for a really good time (except maybe not the two first days)!
After Amed, I moved on to Two Fish Gili Air to start my Divemaster Course – this is the great thing about Two Fish Divers – you can mix up locations to travel around even more of Indonesia, meet new people and dive even more dive sites! My new instructors, Jenny and Komang, can be a real pain in the ass (in the nicest way possible) when you’re practicing guiding a group of divers; they constantly invent and pretend to be having problems that I need to solve – their acting skills are very impressive!! But it’s good to practice and prepare you for what your future customers might do during a dive you’re guiding! Aside from them challenging me with new problems to solve all of the time, they are two amazing human beings and good teachers. I have really enjoyed my time here in Gili air so far and I’m looking forward to the next two weeks!
That’s all from me for this week! – Marcus, Divemaster Trainee at Two Fish Divers Gili Air!
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