Alvaros Final Blog as his DM Internship comes to an end

And now yes, just finished my experience as divemaster intern

I would like to offer an overview of these three months in Tenerife.

It has beDSCF2446en a stage in my life with a high level of learning in many aspects in which I wasn’t ready or trained in. Not even 1 day went by without learning anything, not only talking about diving.

When I decided to start this project I guess I didn’t know all the good that it would bring me.

Starting with the importance of working with the public, customers. You always must keep a good face, a smile, words of encouragement, confidencemand support to all to show people that you are always available for them on their diving experience.DSCF3403

I must admit that sometimes it was harder than others, although I’ve cheerful nature, but when you’re more tired, less lively, strange without your friends, family, mainly living abroad, other languages, etc, can be a little heavy. But having to always offer your best face helps you be more positive and certainly life can be seen with much more perspective being optimistic and cheerful.

I discovered how a diving center works from within, with its good things and difficult tmes. I have a better understanding of how ┬áservicing of regulators, hoses, first stages, bcd’s, cylinder is done, how the compressor works, a thousand tricks on the material and a lot of work.

I have had the opportunity to see many marine life that I had never seen before, know how to behave myself underwater, lead dives, assist instructors, solving real problems that exist in everything around diving, received and give instructions and orders, be responsible of a group of divers, students or kids and even in my last week to help Paula, the new intern divemaster at the beginning of her stay as comfortable and easy as possible (I’m sure she’ll do really well in her months in paradise divers). In all this time I’ve done over 120 dives in 3 months and I could say that each has given me different and new things and knowledge. I never had the feeling of having nothing more to learn.

I hope that I didn’t ┬ábore you much and those who are hesitant to make the jump to perform the divemaster … if you have the time and desire, do not hesitate, and of course Paradise Divers will make you feel your best during your stay.

Now its turn to see what the future holds for me and surely I’ll make a good use of all this phenomenal experience.

Thanks to all who have taken part in these 3 months: Tara, Dan, Gabor and Adrian, it has been a pleasure.

Finally wanted to make a quick note about turtles because of an incident that happened this week while we took a group. Some instructors of another dive center joined us while the turtles were playing with us, thats fine bDSCF3401ut then they started to feed the turtles with the intention of bringing them closer to their customers (Something that Paradise Divers is totally against), the turtles are not circus monkeys, they are animals and if you feed them, they will loose the hunting ability for getting used to be fed and may not be feeding themselves. Because of this I could see for the first time as one of the turtles he got slightly aggressive with a customer thinking it was going to be fed. For those who still want to even go against the rules of the island and endanger those animals, I would ask you to think twice before doing it again

Thank you very much for following my blog.

Greetings to all

Alvaro

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