Divemaster Final Blog for Armande… Paradise Divers – Tenerife

It can be mind blowing how much you can learn in two months when you set your mind to it!! When I compare my knowledge when I started to now, I am proud of what I´ve learned, although I also had my moments of information overload aka saturation (no not the nitrogen kind). Dan and Carly are wonderful people who, as I mentioned in my earlier blog, value quality and precision. I have much respect for them and in the future will always look out for diving with or working for a high standard dive center because of that. I am grateful for their patience to explain theory and skills and teaching me so much about running a business in diving.

What I appreciate most about the internship program, is that this 5 star PADI dive center combines theory with practice. Skills are shown in front of you with customers and when they feel you are ready it is expected of you that you can perform them under their guidance in front of the next customer. If you don´t get it right the first time, you´ll get another opportunity to try. The internship is educational, versatile, a lot of fun and it makes you fit! I don´t need the gym with all that cylinder lifting!

In the words of Jacques Cousteau: ¨The sea, once it casts is spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever¨. Which in my case refers to me continuing on my mission. I have decided to stay in Tenerife for a while and want to be certified to become a full on Dive Instructor. I started the Assistant Instructor (AI) program with Dan and am planning to learn as much as I can about diving before I present myself at the IDC&IE. Making the decision of doing this internship is the best decision I´ve made this decade. Thank you Dan and Carly, and instead of sad goodbyes, see you tomorrow!

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