I recently arrived in Muscat to complete the practical portion of my Dive Master qualification. Before leaving Scotland I enquired into many dive school located in Oman and found that upon contact with many of them Euro Divers seemed the friendliest to say the least.
Having normally dived with sea lochs of Scotland I am a qualified dry suit diver and explained that I would like a couple of dives to refresh myself on the transition back to warm water diving. I found the Instructor Will extremely helpful in helping me with this and the rest of the team extremely happy to accommodate any questions or queries I had on the day, namely Matt, Karen and Lea. My first two dives most definitely reinstated my passion or the sport and the relaxed but professional attitude held by all of the staff confirmed to me my choice to dive with them.
The next day when I arrived at the marina I was met by many friendly faces donning the euro divers distinct uniform. I had been informed William my instructor for the Dive Master course, was on his day off but not to worry I was put to work with other members of their team. Many of the team are Omani and predominately male which at first I was unsure of, being a young Scottish girl who has little experience traveling or integrating into other cultures. I was shown the basics of kit maintenance and care, along with the processes of filling and checking tanks. All of which were intertwined with being introduced to more of the team and I soon found myself relaxing with the team and exchanging jokes. All and all having a great time.
The next day I was taken under the wing of Karen, the company director, who provided me with an extensive briefing on what would be expected of me as a dive master and then invited me into the pool to help on my first Open Water course, aiding in the Confined water skills. This finished and I was more than happy to join the guys in the kit room to clean up the equipment we had used. Again laughing and joking in a more than relaxed manor. I even got to meet a lot of people who we're completing their instructor exams that day. As you can imagine I was comfortable within my surroundings yet still a little nervous of what would be expected of me. Approaching two of the new instructors for a chat I found Lea and Matt extremely helpful, they embraced the chance to use their new skills and took me under their wing. Explaining in great detail answers to any questions I had and helping me get to grips with the differences I experienced in my diving processes. Having come from cold water shore diving to warm water boat diving you can understand I had a few questions.
My next day at the I've centre William was back at work and wasted no time in getting me into the thick of it, explaining each task and the reason why it was required, I would then jump to it feeling embedded within their close knit team.
Each day since I found I am progressing through the practical requirements without a blink of an eye and embracing the challenge as though it were no challenge at all. Any questions with regards to the running I the boat have been answered or if the English words were unknown shown to me in a way in which I understood, from their ever smiley captain Soul (I have definitely spelt this wrong!).
I have still a little more to complete to achieve my qualification but have no worries as I know this amazing team will get me through smiling the whole way. I am more than proud to say I will be a member I Euro divers and know I have made some friends for life!
They are highly recommended and the most helpful, close knit team I have had the pleasure of meeting!
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