From DiveMaster to Open Water Scuba Instructor in a little island of paradise!
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So as I mentioned I began my professional diving career in Cairns, Australia. Although I had not yet worked as a divemaster. I did know that once I had that certification, it was going to open a window of opportunity to a whole new world; and that it did!
After leaving Cairns, I remained in contact with several of the great instructors and wonderful friends I made while working on the GBR. Little did I know when I left, that not only keeping in contact with them would be great, but also that I might get a chance to visit or work with them again! Only after month from my departure of Cairns, Frenchy (the instructor I did my Rescue Diver course with) got in touch with me with an incredible offer. For 7 years Frenchy had been working with a childrens camp on Catalina Island, just southwest of Los Angeles California.
*Just a little side note - When I was in grade 9, my mom took me out of school for one week and we flew down to LA. Our plan was to drive a car from LA to San Diego and see everything in between. A special Mom/Daughter trip. During our week, we visited Catalina Island. Avalon was the main town on the island. There were no vehicals aloud on the road with exceptions to residents who had been there for years and we spent a wonderful day there.
So I arrived in Catalina Island and was quickly introduced to Paradise. The camp was situated in a small bay just outside of Avalon called Toyon Bay. After a days rest and introductions, we began the Instructor Course! I knew I was ready to become an instructor and was so stoked to do this... but dam was the water cold! Previously I done all my diving in warm waters and here I was in California, in MAY in a 7mm wetsuit and hood, freezing my ass off doing mask clears. It was definitily a challenge, an experience of overcoming fears and moments of building confidence! Unlike the PADI Instructor Course, this NAUI IDC was very physcial and involved quite a bit of practical water training.