As the ski season was coming to a close, I decided that I wanted to keep pushing my dive skills. I called Luciana at Ocean Explorers to see about getting my dive master certification and she suggested an internship.
I am not a morning person, but for my time in St. Maarten, I pretended to be one. Six days a week I was at the shop by 6:45 am. It was busy season for them and most days we had multiple boats going out twice a day. Similar to running a restaurant, more often than not, the work in a dive shop is not glamorous. Sure, I was in the water most days, but I was also cleaning the toilet and lugging tanks around. For my certification, I had to assist with various PADI classes, such as Discover Scuba Diving, map a dive site, compose an Emergency Action Plan, complete several swimming exercises, demonstrate multiple surface and underwater diving skills, and pass a written exam.
A big thank you to Lu and Jef and the OEX crew. See you soon!