Somewhere in 2016 I noticed that the job I once loved so much became just that – a job.

A way to make (good) money yet it felt more and more like I had to drag myself into the office each day. I realised that I desperately needed to take a break to recharge my batteries. Having picked up diving – which quickly became an obsession – a few years back I knew instantly that becoming a Divemaster is something I wanted to do while living abroad. And what better place to do it than Khaolak Scuba Adventures where I got most of my certifications, where I’d be able to dive the beautiful Similan Islands and where all the people I met during those years were awesome.

Luckily, I was getting in touch with KSA early enough and was able to secure a 2-month Divemaster Trainee (DMT) spot. A few months after discovering Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam I finally started my Internship. I was warmly welcomed by the people at KSA- some of them I knew from my liveaboards trips as a previous guest- and I immediately clicked with the ones I didn’t know.

I first had to do my EFR and Rescue Diver certifications. People always told me, that the Rescue Diver is the most challenging, yet fun certification PADI offers. And I was not disappointed! Having a great staff trainer in Ann who coached me during my DMT and my awesome DM buddy JT – a Singaporean girl who started her Divemaster Course with me – made the experience a bliss and a lot of fun

After that it was off to the “real” thing, the DM course. My days were filled with pool sessions, hours of self-study and shadowing more experienced colleagues on liveaboards as well as on land. And truth be told, there was also plenty of time to discover the local nightlife with my new found KSA friends and JT while making great memories 🙂

After my DM course (and of course a snorkel test of which I have barely any recollection ?) I was able to join several liveaboards and guide our guests. I learned a lot during these dives and became an overall better diver while having tons of fun and exploring the beautiful dive sites the Similans have to offer

Now that my internship has come to an end, I am still not sure if I will keep on working in diving or continue to travel for a few more weeks. Whatever it will be I am very grateful for the opportunity that I was given here at KSA. Not only did I learn a lot from my experienced colleagues and trainers, I also formed friendships that will last a lifetime with many great people. Oh, and my dive buddy JT? Well it turns out that we were a match made in heaven and quickly became more than just buddies ? I better start looking for jobs in Singapore I guess…

You probably know by now: If you were to ask me if you should start your diving career at KSA – it’s a definitive yes!