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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. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm going to suggest to my brother-in-law that he follow this thread. He's never seen a train wreck and this is a chance to watch one in slow motion.
     
  2. @Therealmattpinkarts

    @Therealmattpinkarts Angel Fish

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    Thank you. Your advice on this matter is welcome.
     
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  3. @Therealmattpinkarts

    @Therealmattpinkarts Angel Fish

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    Thanks for being an encouragement to a newcomer to your sport. Every sport has those people who view themselves as elitist within that sport, and belittle someone's efforts to get into the sport instead of encouraging them. So again, thanks for being that guy. If you have something useful as to HOW to make this happen, instead of WHY it won't work, please write that here.
     
  4. @Therealmattpinkarts

    @Therealmattpinkarts Angel Fish

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    Hi, I'm from LA, CA. I'm selling my business and will probably have 35-40k USD to exist on until I can start working as a scuba diver in some capacity.

    I'm exploring everything right now. From best budget destinations, (tropical or sub tropical preferably), to costs not only for the courses, but cost of living as well in that country. I need to know minmum length of time from literally beginner, to a stage where I can seek employment as a diver. Possibility of working extra in exchange for housing or discount on courses?

    Will 35k USD even be enough to exist on anywhere until I get to an employment ready stage?

    Basically, I'm leaving my life in LA to seek employment, (and travel) as a diver, with about 35k and zero experience. This isn't a diving vacation, this is a career move. I need recommendations, suggestions, advice, reality checks, tips, and referrals. Come at me.

    Thanks, Matt
     
  5. randpchi

    randpchi Regular of the Pub

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    There have been helpful posts on this thread. Find work in a location you would enjoy and pursue diving there with the goal of becoming a ful time dive pro. I agree with those who have said to first get certified before dedicating your life to something you have never done.
     
  6. Fogest

    Fogest Regular of the Pub

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    How do you know this is what you want to make your career if you are not OW certified yet? That is a huge change to make suddenly.
     
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  7. @Therealmattpinkarts

    @Therealmattpinkarts Angel Fish

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    i liked snorkeling..
     
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  8. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Figure out how long it will take to get an instructor card and a boat captain's license. Those are the thing I've repeatedly read that you need in order to make money in scuba. You might be able to get along with just one of those, but from what I've heard your chances are much better if you've got both.

    Then figure out if you can pay for the necessary training with $35k. If you've got money left, then that's what you live on until you're done!
     
  9. @Therealmattpinkarts

    @Therealmattpinkarts Angel Fish

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    You mean like this type of boat training?

    International Yacht Training | IYT | GoPro Utila
     
  10. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    as a first step you should scout out local dive shop prices for getting certified. then get certified and do a dozen dives to ensure that you can dive and actually enjoy it. many people are not able, more people do not like it. you will likely still have 34k of your 35k left at that point.

    this will also give you a cooling off period in which you can obtain a realistic understanding of what life is like working in the dive industry.
     

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