ABOUT THE DM COURSE
1. I have never dived before! Can I still sign for up the DM internship?
Yes, of course!!! You have to start somewhere, we all did. A Divemaster candidate needs to have completed the Open Water Course, Advanced Open Water course, Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response. These can be taken concurrently and no experience is necessary, just a desire to learn and sense of adventure.
2. How long will it take?
PADI training is not a time-based system. Within reason you can take as long as is required to complete any portion of training and at Sea Ventures we understand that every student’s needs and limitations are different. Your internship time is determined by your certification level when you arrive. Some people learn faster than others and this is always a consideration when we conduct our training. You can go as fast, or as slow as you like.
3. Will I be working with “real” students and courses or is this a “role playing” program?
We offer all levels of recreational PADI training. You will be assisting with and participating in real PADI courses as a means to complete your required performance objectives as much as we need you during your training. You will learn how to assist, lead, guide and mentor with 100% bona fide student divers. There simply is no substitute for this approach.
4. Can I stay on after certification to gain experience and perhaps do my IDC?
Yes. We offer continued experience for Go Pro graduates depending on boat space and the understanding that while on our boats or in the shop we all have a job to do, namely great customer service and incredible training. If you are willing to lend a hand when needed we are very happy to have you. You can also join the Internship program and work your way for more PADI PRO education.
5. What’s the diving like in Sea Ventures Pro Dive Center?
Even though Puerto Rico is not known as a popular dive destination, we have world class dive sites around all the islands and cays where we go to. And the best is that they are not crowded by divers. We call it “our private piece of heaven”.
6. How often will I be diving, and are there “dry” days so I can see the Island?
Your exact schedule will be a combination of classroom work, workshops, practical application and self-study. We all need breaks and dry days will be frequent enough to allow you to chill out, drink a cold one and check out the beach, go to the movies, or do whatever you need to relax.
7. Who will be my mentor and teacher?
Angel Luis Rijos, our resident Course Director, will be overseeing all your Divemaster training and internship activities. You will also be diving with other members of the Sea Ventures Crew and assisting on their training courses. Learning from as many different Instructors as possible provides you with a well rounded, broad level of experience and technique.
8. What do Divemaster Interns do for fun?
Other than diving the waters of the Caribbean, hanging out at shop BBQ’s and learning about our operation;the Blue Planet there are so many activities on the Island including kayaking, sailing, Jet Skis, para-sailing, snorkelling, beaches, Golf, Tennis, gyms, amazing food, cool bars…!!
9. How many interns will there be?
Group size depends on the time of year but we limit each class size to five
10. What “work” will I be doing at the Dive Shop?
All your training involves learning how to be a Pro. To become a Pro you need practice so you will be helping out on all shop duties including but not limited to boat prep, equipment room logistics, classroom attendance, guiding dives and assisting on all levels of training.
ABOUT FAJARDO/ P.R.
1. Do I need a visa to stay in Puerto Rico, and how long is it for?
US citizens do not need a visa, since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory. Other countries can ask for a tourist visa online and it lasts for 90 days.
2. Is it easy to get money in Puerto Rico using local banks, CC Cards and ATM’s?
ATM’s are usually the best way to go. You can withdraw at any local ATM’s generally with just the same low transaction fee you pay at home. Please double check with your bank. Additionally you can get cash advances from you credit card at most banks.
3. Is there Internet access?
Internet access is readily available in most restaurants and coffee shops. Both the Sea Ventures diive shop and Casa Coral have free fast broadband Wi-Fi!
4. What should I bring with me- other than clothes?
A big smile will get you far however we recommend you bring with you clothing appropriate for a warm, tropical environment. That means it rains sometimes so wet weather gear and footwear is a must. Bring whatever makes you comfortable.in addition to your clothes and toiletries, laptops are a huge asset during training and for your social life. iPods, Tablets, cameras, phones and all the usual stuff you take with you on your travels. We are all different and besides that there is very little you can’t get while you are here if you do forget something.
5. Will I be able to use my phone and how much does it cost to use?
Check with your carrier. In general it is cheap to use your cell phone plan here; however there are great workarounds, with Wi-Fi readily available, programs like Skype, Viber or Whats-App are very popular.
7. Is it safe in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico is a safe place to visit. Even though we are an island, we are still a US territory with US Federal Laws applying as in any state. Fajardo is one of the most secure places in Puerto Rico, being in the east coast about 45 minutes from San Juan, it is more a boaters and watersports persons.
1. Is accommodation provided for me during the course?
Yes!!! All our Divemasters and IDC candidates have the option of staying in Casa Coral which is a modern, nice and clean little hostel owned by PADI Professionals that understand what you are here for!!
2. What kind room will I be staying in?
You will be sharing a room with one other (same gender person). The rooms have bathroom with modern conveniences, hot water and good water pressure!
3. Is there internet?
Our Interns house has broadband internet with Wi-Fi access throughout the house. So does our dive shop.
4. Are there laundry facilities?
There is a Laundromat right in the marina for you to use at any time.
5. Is the accommodation close to the dive shop?
Our interns house is about a 15 minute drive from the Dive Center. We will provide transportation from airport to Casa Coral, and from it to dive shop and back everyday. After training, on free time you can use Uber services or rent a car.
6. Are the accommodations secure and safe for women?
Yes, our interns house is very safe as is the island as a whole.
1. Are there any hidden costs that I will have to pay when I arrive, or before I leave?
No, no hidden costs, everything is up front. Detailed cost information can be found here.
2. Are PADI application fee’s included in the price?
PADI applications and membership fee’s are payable directly to PADI upon completion of Divemaster and Instructor training but we put them on the detailed part so you know exactly how much you will end paying to become a PADI Pro.
3. Are PADI training materials included in the price and what are they/what do they include?
All training materials are included in the course price.
4. Is equipment rental included in the price?
Yes, all needed rental equipment is included. However it is highly recommended that you have and bring your own Mask, Fins Snorkel and shorty wetsuit. If you don’t, NO WORRIES, we have it all!!
5. What if I have my own equipment, is there a discount?
Sorry, no. But not only will you feel more comfortable in your own gear, you’ll look far cooler too!!!
6. Can I “work” to pay for course and training?
YES!! We have an Internship Program that you may be interested in. For more information about it, just email us to see availability.
ABOUT THE IDC
1. Can I do the PADI Instructor course right after my Divemaster course?
YES!!, provided you meet the IDC course requirements and prerequisites. Many candidates have successfully completed their IDC directly after their Divemaster certification. Some prefer to wait, others are confident and able enough to proceed straight to the IDC.
2. Is it possible to wait, get experience and then do the IDC?
Absolutely. Please see above.
3. Will I be good enough to complete my IDC?
We will never present a candidate to an IDC or IE unless all parties feel confident in your knowledge, skill and attitude.