Mid-season on Koh Tao means we have a bit more time to concentrate on some Pro level courses and our Divemaster Trainee (DMT) programme keeps moving from strength to strength. Recent additions to the team have seen the DMT pool rise to 14 trainees. Under the watchful eyes of our in-house Instructor Trainer (IT) Stephen Read, the DMTs are taught everything they need to know to be effective and useful employees of a dive operation.

Steve and the DMTs on HTMS Roctopussi before a training dive

Steve and the DMTs on HTMS Roctopussi before a training dive

Steve has over 14 years of instructor experience and is particularly knowledgeable with regards to First Aid and Dive Medic training. Steve was previously employed by SSS as manager of the Gulf of Thailands’ remote medical clinic. He also spent 3 years running his own clinic in Koh Tao and has extensive experience in dive evacuations, dive related injuries and re-compression chamber treatment. Steve also holds the prestigious certification, Advanced Life Support Technician. With experience like this, Steve is invaluable as both mentor and instructor to our future dive professionals.

IT, Steve Read demonstrating surface rescue skills to the DMTs

IT, Steve Read demonstrating surface rescue skills to the DMTs

Our DMTs come from all walks of life. Several of the team are completing Gap Year’s abroad in between school and university.  Others have already held positions within industry and after years of reflecting on the poor work life balance of the city, have made a clear decision to embrace a better way of living. Others have no intention of working within the industry but have an immense passion for diving and wish to learn all  about the tropical waters within which we dive. Due to this we have a wealth of diversity within the programme and there is a huge amount of support  from fellow DMTs at varying stages of the course.

Instructors and DMTs de-briefing at the bar

Instructors and DMTs de-briefing at the bar

This week, a handful of DMTs were busy completing the dive skill circuits. Trainees get two training sessions where they are re-taught the 20 core dive skills, individually with complete explanations as to how and why we do this skill. The DMTs are then asked to repeat each skill to demonstration standard. Later in professional life, a Divemasters (DM) will again use these skills to re-fresh already certified divers as part of the Scuba Refresher course.

Steve and the DMTs share a moment on the beach at Japanese Gardens

Steve and the DMTs share a moment on the beach at Japanese Gardens

With the weather hitting 36c, perfectly blue skies and calm waters. The Roctopus Dive team used one of the local bays, Japanese Gardens, to complete the circuits. Steve was very happy with the progression of the team and the next circuit will be judged as part of the final Divemaster certification. Steve had this to say about the current DMT programme “We have a great team of DMTs at the shop. Everyone is passionate about diving and you can sense a great morale within the programme. Im looking forward to signing off the next group of DMs, watching them take their first steps within the industry and then getting to grips with the new in-take”

Our DMTs stop the skill circuit for an essential Team photo

Our DMTs stop the skill circuit for an essential Team photo

Roctopus Dive is committed to the DMT programme and many of our present staff have come through this. Operations Manager, Mark Westwood (Westy) said “We love to employ organically as those who train with us get first hand experience on the Roctopus Dive ethos. We run a school with passion for diving and a high level of customer service. Only those who train with us really understand what sets us apart!” Our management team have all previously worked within the Australian industry where the DM plays a critical role in a dive operation. Our commitment is to get our DMTs to such a standard that they would fit seamlessly into any diving operation worldwide.

DMTs often continue along the professional hierarchy and end up as instructors

DMTs often continue along the professional hierarchy and end up as instructors

We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to the DMT programme. Roctopus Dive is a vibrant mix of young instructors from throughout the world. We have a family like feel to the shop and we love each others company. We have energy, character and an intense passion for the underwater realm. Whether you wish to work in the industry or simply immerse yourself in a world of diving. If you feel like taking several months out of your regular regime to come live on an island, train with the best dive team and enjoy the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Thailand we would love to speak with you.

Roctopus DMTs hate photo opportunities

Roctopus DMTs hate photo opportunities