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PADI Divemaster Internship - Koh Tao, ThailandJonny - Divemaster Internship


Name: Jonny McNellis

Hometown: Scotland

Age: 31


Internship: PADI Divemaster



What PADI scuba diving Internship program did you complete?


PADI Divemaster Lifestyle package.


PADI Divemaster Internship - Koh Tao, Thailand


What were you doing before you joined Crystal Dive?


I was an Operations Manager for a customer experience management and business process outsourcing company.


How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?


5 weeks


What was your favourite part of your scuba diving internship and why?


I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, it has just been awesome to be on this beautiful island and meet everyone. I find people in the dive community to be extremely welcoming and friendly and there is always something fun going on.


What was your least favourite and why?


Setting my alarm clock for 6am every morning took a bit of getting used to.


Who was your favourite instructor and why?


It is too difficult to pick a favourite, they are all great. During the Divemaster program I have been lucky enough to work with many of the instructors here. It has been fantastic to see all of the different approaches and it allows me to pick my favourite tips from each instructor in order to develop my own style.


PADI Divemaster Internship - Koh Tao, Thailand


During your scuba diving internship which of the additional Marine Conservation 'ECO' program activities did you take part in and which did you enjoy the most?


I really loved the Eco Koh Tao activities and was involved in beach cleanups, island cleanups, dive site cleanups, coral nursery care and Drupella snail collection. Collecting the Drupella snails was definitely my favourite, it's not often that you get to spend a full hour just floating upside down underwater.


Do you think our additional Marine Conservation 'ECO' program was beneficial to your Professional level scuba diving training and if so why?


Absolutely! I think the more people who can be educated on Marine Conservation the better.


As a qualified PADI Divemaster what are your future plans with regards to scuba?


I am heading to Central America in May to do some more travelling and then I will be doing my Instructor course in Honduras later this year.


And what about Koh Tao?


I can definitely see myself coming back one day.


Favourite Restaurant?


For everyday Yang's as it is cheap, big portions and good food. If you want to treat yourself though then Cafe Del Sol for a steak and a chocolate mousse.


How did you spend your non-diving days?


Usually hungover but there are loads of nice beaches and snorkelling spots which help to make you feel human again.


Where are you heading to next?


I fly to Honduras in May then want to see as much of Central and South America as I can.





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