If you’re looking at this blog, you’re probably thinking about becoming a dive professional. You like the idea of living on an island and/or travelling around the world showing people fish and making money doing it. It might, however, be difficult to take the plunge [pun very much intended] and make the commitment. Here’s some hurdles you may have:
It’s not a “real” job.
That’s just not true. I used to write financial software that a billionaire used to manage his money. I feel that I work harder now than I ever have in my previous life, but it’s work that I love. So, in many ways it doesn’t feel like work. It’s a rare day that I wake up and lament that I have to teach diving.
It’s too difficult to become a dive pro.
Our Divemaster Internship takes, on average 2 months. You’ll learn to master skills and lead around certified divers, but it’s all done at your own pace. We have people coming to us with vastly varying levels of experience. Some people have actually worked in dive centers before, while some can’t even swim. We’ve turned them all into confident dive professionals. And, you’ll have the time of your life while learning and living on a tropical paradise.
I won’t be able to make real money as a diver
You won’t become a millionaire diving. However, you can make a living wage here and even save some money. Especially after you build up a bit of experience. And Koh Tao is the perfect place to do it. We have year-round diving and tens of thousands of people come here every year to do some diving. So you can definitely make money diving. And the cost of living on the island is super cheap.
What I always say is: When you’re 80, do you think you’ll say to yourself “I really wish I hadn’t spent that 2 months in paradise diving”. No, you won’t.