What ‘Diving Lifestyle’ Internship program did you complete?
Advanced Open Water to MSDT.
What where you doing before you joined Crystal Dive’s team to complete your scuba diving internship (Diving Lifestyle Program) on Koh Tao?
I was a Customer Service Manager in London, U.K.
How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?
From Advanced Open Water to Instructor: 12 weeks altogether with a couple of interruptions due to visa runs and other things.
What was your favourite part of the scuba diving Internship and why?
I really enjoyed the Divemaster Program masterfully run by Manu and Tina but I have to pick my IDC (Instructor Development Course)! You learn so much during those intensive couple of weeks! Sometimes it’s nerve wracking and scary, you second guess yourself, but we had two great course directors, Bob and Dex, to coach us and also provide the comic relief needed sometimes.
What was your least favourite part and why?
I don’t know! I don’t remember!
Who was your favourite Instructor and why?
Everybody is great but if I have to pick one: Carsten Neuhaus. I had the chance to team teach an Open Water course with him during my MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Training). An add-on to the Instructor course which I strongly recommend!
Team teaching is when, as a newly certified instructor, you go on a course with a more experienced instructor and learn from him/her.
Carsten took the time to go through each and every single point of the course with me at the end of every day of the course and on his own time. He had made notes of everything! I had no idea I was being watched so closely!! (and thanks god for that!).
He praised what was good and we discussed what was not so good. He also gave me a few tips on how to run a course efficiently. I am just so grateful for all the time he took to give me all this feedback and I know he’s always available for question or advice.
Also a very special mention to the amazing Course Directors, Dex and Bob who are wells of knowledge but also extremely funny and approachable people.
I’ll do another IDC with them in a heartbeat if I could!
As a qualified PADI Instructor what are you future plans with regards to scuba?
I just want to work, become the best Instructor I can be and share my passion with others! There are also so many other scuba related courses I’d like to take eventually: videography, sidemount, self-reliant…and more!
And what about Koh Tao?
Koh Tao is like a big village, you always bump into someone you know and in the end you know everyone. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere during the day and a bit crazy by night if you head down to Sairee. So there is something for everyone. There are some amazing views and sunsets to see and some great food from all over the world to eat. And all that pretty much on your doorstep!
And your favourite restaurant on Koh Tao?
Can’t choose just one! La Carotte Qui Rit (the laughing carott) which is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant but the food is so delicious that any meat lover would enjoy it (once they get over the idea of one meal without meat – no you’re not going to die!). They have the best Massaman curry and Panang curry of Koh Tao!
Hacienda for their barbecue on Wednesday and Neptune for the best Italian pizzas and pastas.
How did you spend your non diving days on Koh Tao?
Getting bored watching bad TV, getting a foot massage to relieve the stress from all this diving and sunshine! Luckily there wasn’t so many non-diving days!
Where are you heading next?
I’ll be staying on Koh Tao for a while to pack up lots of experience and then who knows. No plan is a good plan.