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Virgin diver needs to go from no experience - employed ASAP

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by @Therealmattpinkarts, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm not sure that you actually are a newcomer to the sport. Assuming that you aren't trolling us (will give you the benefit of the doubt) you are someone who is interested in becoming a newcomer to the sport.

    And sometimes experts in the field can help you by pointing out question that you asked isn't the question that you should be asking. This isn't a legal deposition where we are obligated to keep our comments strictly as replies to your specific questions.

    It is VERY hard to make a living in the dive industry, even for people with lots of experience, even for people with lots of capital to support a new business. Not impossible, but difficult. So my advice to you, before even considering all of these issues, would be to get certified as a basic open water diver and see if you actually love scuba diving enough to make it your life.
     
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  2. @Therealmattpinkarts

    @Therealmattpinkarts Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Thousand Oaks Ca
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    I am a newcomer. Assume I'll love it. I'm looking at this more from a perspective of vocational training.
     
  3. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    poor assumption. wait until you have passed the physical (may you can not dive?), and had a couple night dives under your belt (maybe you get claustrophobic or suffer vertigo?) or discover you have extreme allergic reactions to things like neoprene or underwater micro organisms....or you just get sea sick easily...
     
  4. Cap335

    Cap335 Dive Shop

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    Jobs in the dive industry don't have to be instruction related, Boat maintenance and repair, compressor maintenance and repair, regulator repair, inside sales, advertising, accounting, pool maintenance all come to mind as jobs in the dive industry so now it goes back to what skills do you have that would benifit the dive shop because they really don't need just an instructor.
     
  5. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    you may also want to be realistic about required experience. zero to hero courses are available. very few divers want a zero to hero instructor or DM. i am happy to pay for crew with 4-5 years of experience and a couple thousand dives under their belts.

    others may be more or less picky.
     
  6. BreeAbyss

    BreeAbyss Nassau Grouper

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    I think the best advice here from people is that you should become certified first before jumping into this. When I got certified it was my friend who REALLY wanted to do it and go diving on her trip to Mexico. I always wanted to but it was her who got my butt into gear and signed both of us up. We both got certified but she didn't even pick up her cert card from the shop, she hated it that much. She went snorkelling in Mexico instead. So just because you love snorkelling doesn't mean you will even mildly like diving. I have a couple other friends who tried to get certified because they wanted to dive badly but they had really bad panic and claustrophobia under water that they couldn't have predicted. I have lots of other examples - basically all my friends who got certified never dove again.
    It just seems like a major thing to jump into if you don't even know you'll like it. It could go either way, could be unable to dive for physical or mental reasons, could hate it, or you could be like me and become obsessed :)
     
  7. @Therealmattpinkarts

    @Therealmattpinkarts Angel Fish

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    I was thinking of getting a boating cert to go with that.
     
  8. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

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    Would that be the boating qualification you mentioned in this duplicate thread in the new divers section(link) that you started 3 hours after the first thread? Would the duplicate thread be something to do with not getting the answers you were hoping for in this section?
     
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  9. @Therealmattpinkarts

    @Therealmattpinkarts Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Thousand Oaks Ca
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    Yes and yes. Wanted to hit the go pro and the beginners threads
     
  10. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    OP, you don't want advice, you want concurrence. You've offered up an extremely naive dream, and are blowing off anyone who dares suggest reality. Get over yourself, stand back, take a deep breath, and read what's been offered to you. There is some excellent advice here, whether or or not you want to accept it.
     
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