The latest A Day in the Life of a Divemaster features Feby N. Rotty who gives interesting insights from a Divemaster’s perspective.
An interview with Feby N. Rotty
Joe’s Gone Diving
PADI 5 Star Dive Centre
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
What is your current job at Joe’s Gone Diving?
I’ve worked there as a Divemaster since February 2012.
Describe a typical day in your working life.
A typical day begins at the dive centre at 7 o’clock in the morning to prepare the trip for the day, pack equipment and greet the guests. Some guests arrive in the morning at the dive centre, others I pick up on the way to the dive site. The dive area is usually different every day. I organise all the guests with their equipment on the dive site, give dive briefings and decide which dive site is best depending on the conditions. During the dive I try to show as much interesting marine life as possible and make sure they have a great time and dive safely. When we return to the shop we fill in logbooks and chat about all the things we saw.
When did you start diving?
I started diving in 2007 with Poli Teknik College in Manado, North Sulawesi. They offer a special programme called Underwater Eco Tourism. I got my Open Water certificate in 2008. My instructor there was Frans Rattu.
When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
I studied for divemaster at the Poli Teknik College and did my divemaster internship at Kawanua Dive Centre in Manado, North Sulawesi in September 2011.
How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?
After finishing my internship I felt very fortunate to have made the first step of my dive career, something I never thought was possible before.
What highlights do you recall from your DM course?
Once I had to demonstrate clearing a fully flooded mask in open water. Because I was nervous I needed two attempts to get all the water out. The student did not notice but my instructor briefly held his hand in front of his face to let me know what he saw. We had a good laugh afterwards and it was a nice learning experience.
Where have you worked as a PADI Pro?
I started working as a Divemaster at Bastianos Dive Resort in Bunaken, North Sulawesi. After 9 months I moved to Bali where I have been working for Joe’s Gone Diving since my arrival.
What is one of your favourite memories in your diving career?
Around Bali there are some dive sites with widely varying conditions. One famous dive site is Gili Mimpang just off the coast of Candidasa. My first few dives there were in calm conditions but one day changing currents made it difficult to keep the group together. In the end I managed and with the currents attracting lots of beautiful marine life such as white-tip reef sharks, trevallies and tuna – it was one of my best dives ever.
What words of advice would you give to new dive professionals?
Apart from technical skills I believe social interaction with customers is key to being a successful dive professional. Whenever friends and others talk about becoming a Divemaster I tell them about these basics so they know what to expect.