What ‘Diving Lifestyle’ Internship program did you complete?
I just finished my Divemaster.
What were you doing before you joined Crystal Dive?
I was travelling around the world for about a year with my boyfriend. We visited some friends in North America, explored South East Asia and stayed 3 months in Brazil, before heading back to Koh Tao where we did our open water, advanced open water and rescue courses.
How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?
It took me about 6 weeks.
What was your favourite part of your scuba diving internship and why?
I really liked the atmosphere at Crystal dive center and all people I met from all over the world. Everyone from OW to instructors discussed and spent some time together at the end of each day. I also enjoyed assisting the different courses during the DM. I love the teaching part of it and it gives you the opportunity to see how every instructor teach so you gain experience from all of them.
What was your least favourite and why?
There is not really something I did not like.
Who was your favourite instructor and why?
Seb, he was my mentor and he was really helpful during my whole divemaster, always available to answer any of my questions. He shared with me a lot of his experience and gave me many tips. Also Steph, with who I did my Rescue course is a very good instructor and motivated me to come back for my DM.
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 liked all the eco activities I performed from beach cleaning to dive site clean-up. The one day reef check course was also very interesting, and I learnt so much about corals during this day.
Do you think our additional Marine Conservation ‘ECO’ program was beneficial to your Professional level scuba diving training and if so why?
I really think so. I actually include some interesting facts I learnt in this program during my dive briefings and this is something most of the customers are curious about.
As a qualified PADI Divemaster what are your future plans with regards to scuba?
I just completed my 2 weeks internship at Crystal, and plan to do my Instructor Development Course (IDC) and MSDT in September.
And what about Koh Tao….
I would recommend Zest for their salads, Baan Thai food for their chicken satay, Shalimar for Indian food, Reef / Bros and Sis or Dickies for their burgers, and La Pizzeria for pizzas.
How did you spend your non-diving days?
I did incredible back massages, chilled on the beach and explored the island.
Where are you heading to next?
I planned to stay at least 3 more months; I love it so much that I keep postponing my departure date..!!