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.  Diving quickly became an obsession when I discovered it a few years back.  I knew instantly that becoming a Divemaster is something I wanted to do while living abroad.  What better place to do it than Khaolak Scuba Adventures.  It’s here that 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 got in touch with Khao Lak Scuba Adventures early enough.  I 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.

EFR and Rescue Diver First

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

Divemaster Training for Real

After that it was off to the “real” thing. The Divemaster Course. My days were filled with pool sessions, 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, we made great memories 🙂

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

Now my internship has come to an end.  I am 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.  I learned a lot from my experienced colleagues and trainers.  The friendships I formed 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!