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DM/Dive instructor as a semi-retirement job

Discussion in 'Business of Diving Institute' started by DerrickMcD, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. DerrickMcD

    DerrickMcD Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Alberta, Canada
    Just looking for some opinions/advice on pursuing DM/instructor as a semi-retirement job.

    My particulars, I'm 45 year old and have been "retired" from my job of the last 20+. Financially I don't need to return to work...if I want to quit diving regularly. Which is not really acceptable. There is also the fact that boredom will drive me to an early grave.

    Right now I'm trying to settle on where to go knock out my rescue/DM training. What I've read says pick a program in an area you want to work. I've enjoyed diving in mexico, Belize, Honduras and Asia. Does where you take your program really affect your mobility that much?

    Any recommendations for DM programs. I'm not looking for the cheapest option but one that provides solid training and takes things seriously. I've dove at a few gap year DM mills and don't really enjoy diving the cattle boats or getting drug behind the boat because the captain is in a hurry to refuel for the booze cruze:)
  2. They call me Tater

    They call me Tater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Wisconsin
    I think the advice to pick a program where you want to work is mostly about getting a foot into the area you are trying to work. Knowledge of local conditions is helpful. You can get your cards anywhere you find a good instructor. I would think it is a bigger question of where do you want to live and dive vs where should you get certified. IMHO those are quite possibly 2 completely separate questions. Not unrelated but separate. I would get those certs first since you may change your mind along the way, but I am biased by the fact that I NEED to work to afford my addiction. Since you don't NEED to work that helps a lot as it is a tough way to make a living. Good Luck.

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