It’s safe to say that becoming a PADI Dive Master – and working as one – is the proudest moments for many of the students who have taken the jump to become a PADI professional SCUBA diver. The life of a dive master is exciting, fun, and endlessly fascinating – but it’s not always easy. As a job that demands physical fitness, mental strength, and emotional resilience, it can also be very tiring. The responsibility of keeping people safe underwater is a big one, and a dive master needs to be ready for anything, from changeable conditions and bad weather, to equipment malfunctions. The skills you learn as a dive master aren’t just for the water – you can put them to good use back on land, too. We took time to ask, what are the most important things that you can get out of becoming a PADI dive master. Here is what we came up with.
It’ll boost your confidence
After becoming a PADI diving master every day will bring a new challenge – something you’ve never seen, heard of, or done before. And it’s up to you to face those challenges with your best battle-smile on! Because you’re working with a lot of new people in potentially stressful situations, people skills are a must. You will become much more confident when meeting new people now than ever before, as well as impress with your ability to stay calm under pressure.
You’ll meet amazing people
Diving will take you to some incredible places to see some amazing things, both above and below the water. It will also mean that you meet all sorts of different people from all sorts of places. You can dive with nuclear submarine pilots and Iron Man finalists. You will feel very lucky that you’ve had the opportunity for so many different experiences, that you will never forget them.
You’ll travel to the worlds most exotic places
Diving is bound intrinsically to travel, and for SCUBA diving professionals, travel is one of the biggest perks. Professional SCUBa divers routinely experience the most exotic, wonderful, and hidden places on the planet as a standard part of the career. Having a professional PADI qualification, means that your skills are recognized around the world and you will be employable by a vast majority or the worlds dive centre.
You’ll learn to take pride in your achievements
There’s nothing more rewarding than someone telling you ‘wow – I never thought I’d be able to do that. Thank you!’ Having someone enter the water nervous and unsure of themselves, and coming out a confident diver with a new-found love for the ocean and respect for themselves, is an amazing feeling. And they couldn’t have done it without you, so make sure take some time for yourself and realise how much you’ve helped someone to achieve their own goals. People make huge emotional investments when it comes to diving, so if you can build someone’s confidence, or teach them something new, then you should be proud of yourself, too.
The journey to becoming a (great) PADI dive master is challenging, rewarding, and never-ending. There’s always something new to learn, see, or do, so as long as you stay open-minded and confident in yourself and your abilities, it’s a journey you’ll enjoy more than any other.