Last october, I managed to reach the dizzy heights of "sad" (according to some) PADI instructor. I then came back home after working abroad and went back to BSAC and did some teaching, which was fun.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been helping out at Old Harbour Dive Centre here in sunny Weymouth. I've had the HSE medical, got myself insured and tonight..... drrrrum...tish.... certified my first 2 open water students!!! Hopefully, it will be the first 2 of many.
I'm not sure who was most nervous, me or them, but it feels great. They were two big burly men who grinned like Cheshire cats when I told them they were now qualified!
So hopefully this will encourage all those beginning their DM internships who might be getting a bit peed off with some of the current system poo poo-ing. If you love diving, keep at it and pass your love of diving on to others. Your enthusiasm will rub off and, if you maintain high standards and, if you don't become cynical, you will help produce good enthusiastic divers who will hopefully remember the guidance and help you gave them.
The viz down here is clearing up, we saw some lovely critters and had a great afternoon and evening.
And I'm working in the shop tomorrow making tea, sweeping the floor and washing suits. It beats working for the NHS!