The Right People
Train with people who are as passionate as you are about the ocean. Obviously we want to dive with awesome wildlife, but when it comes to your divemaster internship, the people you train with are the most important deciding factor. They are your team, your mentors, and eventually your family in this close-knit community of professional divers. Look for small businesses with a lot of heart: those that are in this business because they love it and want to help preserve the oceans, just like you! Learn from those that practice what they preach: the leaders in true ecotourism and sustainability; companies that are actively trying to minimize their impact on the environment, while working with local communities to find solutions. Are they a 100% Aware dive center? Do they donate a portion of their profits to fund environmental research or conservation? Citizen-science projects, collaborations, and conservation activities within the dive shop are also a good indication of other ways that you can get involved outside of your divemaster, as well. The dive community is small, and it’s often about who you know, so making connections during your divemaster can help a lot when it comes to and end. Ask if the team is connected to brands, shops, researchers, companies, or organizations, etc, that could provide networking potential. As part of the team, a good recommendation will go a long way to their network of close friends and contacts. However, At the end of the day, no matter how many dives, contacts, or experience someone has, if they lack passion , how much fun are they going to be to hang out with while you are filling tanks after a long day on the boat? Look for kindred spirits in a dive center, find your community, and learn from people you admire!