Furthermore, you will learn from this experience how to handle different types of dive customers – those with lots of prior diving experience expect different provision from those who are new to the sport and/or have had a long break from diving. As a qualified Divemaster, guiding dives will be your bread and butter so gaining this experience now will serve you very well in the future.
Between dives we return to the beach to change our cylinders for the next dive and enjoy a leisurely surface interval at the cafe there, before heading out for our second dive at a different location.
After the second dive it is common that we have activities planned for novice divers or for snorkellers. Again, there will always be an instructor in charge of the activities and your role will be to assist them until you have demonstrated that you are ready to take more control for yourself.
At Aqua-Marina we teach more recreational dive courses than most other dive centres in the Canary Islands. During your internship there will be a variety of different courses running, and you will have the opportunity to assist our instructors as they teach these. This will give you the opportunity to brush up on your own skills (and maybe learn some new ones) whilst observing how the instructor handles their students and copes with any problems which they are presented with.
Your formal training will be delivered on an ad hoc basis, scheduled around our other activities. Usually the afternoons are less busy than the mornings, for example, so many afternoons will be spent with your instructor running through the dive theory or brushing up on your skills in the swimming pool.
After the third activity of the day is completed and the final guests have left it only remains for us to finish filling the cylinders before bringing our mobile drying racks inside so that the equipment can dry overnight inside the dive centre. Typically we are finished each day by 17:00.