What PADI scuba diving Internship program did you complete?
PADI Staff Instructor / Master Instructor Internship.
What were you doing before you joined Crystal Dive?
Working as a freelance PADI MSDT on Koh Tao
How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?
What was your favourite part of your scuba diving internship and why?
At Crystal Dive while training to be a PADI Staff Instructor, I’ve had the privilege of working with inspiring PADI dive professionals, including divemaster and instructor candidates.
Over the course of five Instructor Development Courses (IDC’s), I’ve assisted Platinum Course Director Matt Bolton and Course Director Andrea Warren in teaching aspiring PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructors.
Staffing IDC’s has been such a great opportunity for me. Not only have I strengthened my own dive theory and teaching skills under an elite, Platinum Course Director but also I’ve had the great joy of mentoring new instructors at the beginning of their careers.
I cannot overstate the value I’ve gained from the Crystal Dive, Staff Instructor experience to my own professional development as a dive professional.
What was your least favourite and why?
Professional development always involves growth under a critical eye. Fortunately, my own developmental growth has taken place over a sufficient amount of time. To get the most out of my internship, I committed myself from the start to maintaining a positive attitude and open mind under criticism.
Ultimately, I appreciate critical feedback because I know it’s in the interest of my own professional development.
Who was your favourite instructor and why?
Andrea Warren has been a mentor since I began my professional journey in 2015. I would not be here today if it hadn’t been for her thoughtful counsel and belief in me.
However, at Crystal Dive, I’ve had tremendous benefit of learning directly from Matt Bolton, whose instruction I reflect upon very seriously.
Other instructors have also left positive impressions: Manu Valdez reminded me of the importance of keeping the joy flowing during PADI courses. And Tina Major thoroughly impressed me with her knowledge of equipment and co-management of the divemaster internship program.
Lastly, team teaching with Dirk Klickermann reinforced my own philosophy of compassionate instruction of new SCUBA divers.
Together, this team of excellent instructors create a positive impression of my overall experience.
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?
So far, I have participated in a couple of beach clean-ups and “cigarette butt challenges” with Eco Koh Tao. The programs are integrated as a required component into the divemaster internship, which establishes an ethic of conservation among Crystal Dive professionals.
Eco Koh Tao, under the guidance of Jennifer Dowling, and Crystal Dive’s status as 100% Aware, provide more reasons to be proud of my affiliation with Crystal Dive.
Do you think our additional Marine Conservation ‘ECO’ program was beneficial to your Professional level scuba diving training and if so why?
Crystal Dive must be very proud to have an excellent marine conservation program such as Eco Koh Tao. Without this attached conservation foundation, I would feel the need to serve conservation efforts elsewhere.
My only regret is not having more time to be part of Eco programs and to benefit directly from the instruction of Jenny Dowling.
As a qualified PADI Instructor what are your future plans with regards to scuba?
At Crystal Dive, opportunity abounds to take new Open Water SCUBA Divers and develop them through continuing education all the way to professional level.
For me personally, I especially look forward to working more with aspiring dive professionals, including divemaster candidates completing their professional internship with Crystal Dive.
And what about Koh Tao? How did you spend your non-diving days?
On non-diving days, I enjoy exploring Koh Tao to discover adventure on this beautiful island. It’s a tropical paradise that serves up everything from snorkelling, stand up paddleboarding, bouldering & rock climbing to jungle hikes that end at incredible panoramic overlooks.
Where are you heading to next?
Nowhere. Koh Tao is paradise.