Happy Leap Year! This month, we will have four new divemaster trainees (DMTs). We are very excited to introduce them to you:
I am Jan from England and have taught English in various locations around the world for the past 10 years. I decided I needed a change of career – another one that would also give me the opportunity to travel the world. Having been passionate about the diving since I got my OW [open water] in 2011, I decided to do my DMT. I hope to become an instructor in the future to continue living the dream.
I come from a small island in Denmark and have always loved the ocean as it brings peace to mind. I just quit my job as a social worker to go traveling and am trying something completely different. Ever since I got my OW in 2009, I have wanted to challenge myself and do the divemaster course. I enjoy the quietness of the water, the sound of bubbles, and I also a sucker for turtles!
From County Kildare in Ireland. Started diving (OW) in 2008, in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. I enjoy diving, particularly the big stuff. Diving has allowed me to meet a lot of strange and interesting people and visit many remotes parts of the world. I am doing the DMT course as a way of broadening my dive knowledge and to learn more about the marine conservation work Scuba Junkie undertakes in Mabul and the surrounding areas.
Alright, my name is Man. I am so lucky to have been born in Semporna. It’s such a lovely place with beautiful islands. I have been working with Scuba Junkie as a dive shop assistant for the past year. One day, I started to become interested in diving. So, I talked to Ric [one of the owners], and he said that he would be happy to give me the opportunity to be a divemaster. The first breath underwater is still fresh in my mind. Now, I realize what my passion is! I love diving!
The first week of the course is all about orientation to Scuba Junkie and our way of life, introductions to their diving history and reasons for becoming a professional diver, and increasing their enthusiasm for the underwater world by expanding their knowledge on dive theory and marine life. We just finished the administrative side of the course aka the paperwork, which is not the most glamorous side of diving but necessary.