Sierra Madre Divers
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort
Bohol, The Philippines
Describe a typical day in your working life
Before I became a PADI Divemaster, I lived in China. I would drive every day for an hour to get to the office, check emails, arrange schedules, have meetings and get back home in the evening – a typical 9-5 life.
Here in Bohol at Sierra Madre Divers, I begin work in the morning and prepare for two beautiful dives with our guests and the jackfish storm at Balicasag Island. If we have students, I help the PADI Instructor with equipment logistics and assist the class in the pool or in the sea. In the evening we all sit together on the deck at the dive centre to relax and watch the sunset.
When did you start diving?
I’ve been diving since 2011.
When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
I became a PADI Divemaster at Sierra Madre Divers in June 2013.
How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?
I felt so excited and proud! A “PADI Divemaster” is such a cool title and it shows that I am a PADI Professional with more responsibility towards setting a good example in protecting the ocean.
What highlights do you recall from your Divemaster course?
During my PADI Divemaster course I learnt many things and made new friends from China and other countries all over the world – including Germany, Switzerland, America and Australia. It was also great to learn from the other PADI Instructors here at Sierra Madre Divers. Also diving, and diving every day!
Where have you worked as a PADI Pro?
So far, at Sierra Madre Divers.
Tell us one of your favorite memories in your diving career?
I still remember the first time I saw a whale shark in Coron. It’s one of the most unforgettable images and experiences of my life.
Any words of advice for new dive professionals?
If you really love the diving lifestyle, make sure you seriously consider joining us in this life of being like a fish!
At the time of our interview, Jinkai Chen was taking the PADI Instructor Development Course at Sierra Madre Divers. His goal was to become a PADI Instructor.
Jinkai has since completed the PADI Instructor Exam – and we are happy to advise that he is now a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Congratulations, Jinkai Chen!