One of the most exciting is travel. It’s reassuring to know that – as PADI Instructor you not only have a fabulous career – the world is your oyster. You are one of the most sought-after dive professionals on the planet, you have the opportunity to travel and work in some of the most fascinating places on earth – and with more than 6,000 PADI Dive Centres and Resorts in 183 countries worldwide – the world is also your office and playground!
PADI recently interviewed Luke Saunders – 21years -from Victoria who is currently working as a PADI Open Water Instructor at Quicksilver Group in Port Douglas.
As a student of PADI Course Director, Damian Jones in late 2011 Luke graduated from the William Anglis Institute in Melbourne earning the prestigious Diploma of Resort Management – DIVE. Luke recalls, “As soon as I passed my PADI Instructor Exam I got this rush to start teaching friends and family and show them my office”.
About a month later, Luke relocated to Vanuatu where he certified his first PADI Open Water student, “to begin withI was very nervous but once we got into it, I found it rewarding. My student had no qualms – given it was my first course and we both had an awesome time”.
A major highlight in his relatively new career was when Luke was selected to take the 2012 Melbourne Cup for a dive. He spent a couple of hours underwater holding the iconic Cup which had been protected in a waterproof case as part of a marketing campaign.
And his ‘memorable moment’ so far as an instructor? “That was with an open water student on their first ocean dive. We met with a playful Dugong who stayed with us for about 15 minutes. I can’t repeat his words of excitement when we got out the water, but we were both ecstatic!
Currently, his ideal day is spent taking novice divers out on the GBR and seeing their initial reactions on surfacing from the dive. “The students do have an awesome time which makes me realise I’ve done a good job- sharing what the underwater world has to offer – it’s extremely satisfying”.
Being a young man of the world, Luke imparts his words of advice to future PADI Professionals…
“Becoming a professional diver has many advantages and if you’re given the opportunity – take it! Within a year of becoming an instructor, I’ve worked in places I’d never dreamt of visiting – experiencing unique underwater environments and aquatic life. During my travels, I’ve made great friends – many being students. In the professional diving industry, I’ve never had a dull moment and every day brings a new experience.
And where to from here? “I hope to work with Quicksilver for another few years and then travel as a dive professional to new destinations. As I gather more experience, I’m keen to try Technical Diving and see where that takes me.”
PADI Members in Asia Pacific certified more divers in 2012 than any year in PADI’s history, so what are you waiting for? 2013 is a great time to be a PADI Pro!
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