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Old 05-29-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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Rescue diver certification

Got one hell of a sun burn this weekend. Started my next scuba cert. to be an underwater rescue diver. This is my last cert. Before I start the Divemaster program, which I'm excited about since I'm still a teenager.
Here's where we were diving this weekend.

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I thought this relevant because this place is an abandoned mineral mine, so all around it are some sexy gorges, hills, rocks, and ledges that would be so much fun to wheel. Alas I wasn't able to hit them up.

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Old 05-29-2011, 03:30 PM   #3
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Sounds cool. I remember my Rescue cert. What dive agency are you using? (PADI, NAUI, SSI, etc...)
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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I am certified through naui. Sadly though padi is about all I can find around here these days.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:17 PM   #5
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They're all about the same. I can teach them all. There's only so many ways you can teach in-water rescue breathing or CPR and all the rest.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:33 PM   #6
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Congratulations on your cert. I had intentions of going to dive master but stopped at advanced open water due to kids. Wouldn't trade them for the world but wish now I would've continued.
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I want to open a diveshop and charter trips. Or maybe live abroad and work as dive master for a resort. It's my life dream, travel the world on other people's money
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It's a tough industry to make money in. Plan on living paycheck to paycheck unless you own the shop. I worked in the dive industry professionally for just over 12 years, and have a TON of great memories from that time, but no bank account. I traveled the world on other people's money and had a blast, so I don't regret it. Good luck in your endeavors. But don't stop at Divemaster. Divemaster is nothing more than an instructor's errand boy. You'll get stuck with all the crappy jobs. Plan on going all the way up to instructor. Also, instructor's are a dime a dozen in tourist places, so you'll need to expand your skills. Become a Coast Guard Licensed Boat Captain at least. It'll also help immensely if you can speak Spanish fluently. And I mean fluently. An English-speaking only Divemaster won't be able to find a decent job anywhere.

You'll also need to pick up as many specialties as you possibly can, so you can teach them. Otherwise, you won't get many students other than Open Water students. (Trust me, that'll get old real fast.)

Keep in mind, the average career span of an average instructor is just 2 years working as an instructor full time in the industry. There are certainly exceptions, but as a professional instructor, I saw hundreds of instructors and divemasters come and go when I was living in the islands. Something to think about. Becoming an instructor certainly isn't cheap. Figure roughly $15k or so for all your certs. Make sure you're going to have a job when all is said and done. Just my advice. Stay excited though, because if you can find the right job, it's awesome!
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I've been diving all over the Caribbean and even done a live aboard in Honduras. All before kids came along. Maybe I'll get back into it when the kids are grown and I have more me time. I use to have my own portable compressor that I took on my boat to refill tanks. Man I miss it so much.
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It's a tough industry to make money in. Plan on living paycheck to paycheck unless you own the shop. I worked in the dive industry professionally for just over 12 years, and have a TON of great memories from that time, but no bank account. I traveled the world on other people's money and had a blast, so I don't regret it. Good luck in your endeavors. But don't stop at Divemaster. Divemaster is nothing more than an instructor's errand boy. You'll get stuck with all the crappy jobs. Plan on going all the way up to instructor. Also, instructor's are a dime a dozen in tourist places, so you'll need to expand your skills. Become a Coast Guard Licensed Boat Captain at least. It'll also help immensely if you can speak Spanish fluently. And I mean fluently. An English-speaking only Divemaster won't be able to find a decent job anywhere.

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Keep in mind, the average career span of an average instructor is just 2 years working as an instructor full time in the industry. There are certainly exceptions, but as a professional instructor, I saw hundreds of instructors and divemasters come and go when I was living in the islands. Something to think about. Becoming an instructor certainly isn't cheap. Figure roughly $15k or so for all your certs. Make sure you're going to have a job when all is said and done. Just my advice. Stay excited though, because if you can find the right job, it's awesome!
That's great info. Don't be surprised if you hear from me again in the coming months right now I don't know Spanish. But I also don't want to start in the carribbean. I've done plenty of dives there. After I get instructor or course director the first place I want to try to go will be either Thailand or southern Japan. And I'm learning jap in school right now. I'm getting a bachelors in biology, masters in marine specializing in reef ecology. And I have a 50 ton (I think) captains license underway. I hope I'm off to a good start.
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That's great info. Don't be surprised if you hear from me again in the coming months right now I don't know Spanish. But I also don't want to start in the carribbean. I've done plenty of dives there. After I get instructor or course director the first place I want to try to go will be either Thailand or southern Japan. And I'm learning jap in school right now. I'm getting a bachelors in biology, masters in marine specializing in reef ecology. And I have a 50 ton (I think) captains license underway. I hope I'm off to a good start.
I also had a 50 ton Master's captain's license (it's expired). It's pretty much the license you'll need if you want to run any sizeable vessel other than a 6-pack. It's good that you've got the ball rolling in that aspect. Feel free to contact me anytime. I still have a ton of contacts in the industry and would be happy to help get you pointed in the right direction.
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Rescue diver pshhh try heavy construction underwater lol
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I'll get licensed for underwater welding once I get licensed to weld. Lolz
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Theres only 2 places on the east coast to get that cert right now... Soon to be 3 but you have to have your commercial diver cert to get it. 6 months of school 36 hours a week and about 20 grand... There's a lot more to commercial diving then just welding... Welding is actually an exceptionally small part of it
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And I'm just kidding around anyway rescue is a tough cert! Good job I hated getting that one!!!
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:09 PM   #16
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Thanks! Hey I could swim before I could run and I was breathing out of a reg at 6. I was born with 7% more lung capacity than the average human. I LOVE the water. Diving fishing surfing wakeboarding if it involves H2O I want it. If I have a time to get commercial cert I'd do it.

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