A typical workday as a PADI Scuba Instructor in Central America and/or the Caribbean
You’ll never find a job that has as much variety as being a dive Instructor on Utila Isalnd. Sometimes, you’ll be introducing a group of international backpackers to the delights of the under water world with the PADI Open Water diver course, guiding beginner students through one of the most unique multi-sensory experiences they can ever engage in (trust us when we say that these are one kind of customers that will never forget you for the work you do).
At other times in your daily duties, you’ll be conducting professional dive courses with the PADI Divemaster program and taking ex-bankers, computer engineers, mechanics, lawyers, doctors, and factory workers under your wing and guiding them into the ranks of dive professionals, sharing your own experiences of tropical dive resort management. In fact, there really is no such thing as a typical work day as a PADI Instructor! Rather than hiding from the rain indoors at lunch time or rushing to find something suitable to eat in the little time you have, you’ll find that in the Caribbean lunch times can be spent for hours in one of the many island cafes, catching up with colleagues on their morning aquatic encounters, whilst afternoons may involve hammock time or teaching dive academics in the classroom to aspiring divers.
In the evening, enjoy a sunset drink as the sun sets slowly into the sea in spectacular Caribbean style. As darkness sets in, many of the island’s night party venues get started. Coco Locos, Rehab Bar and Tranquila have been known to host some of the best parties in this part of the Caribbean, with warm friendly smiles and great cocktails flowing. As far as the quality of life on Utila and as a dive professional goes, a testimony to the great way of living on this island is that most people who visit for just a few days often end up staying for weeks or months, if not years, longer than they had originally intended. There are a lot of European and North American ex-pats living on Utila and as such there is a great flair of international cuisine and bars and restaurants. Of course, if it’s a quiet night (because you feel that you deserve it), then there’s no better place for relaxing in the evenings than Utila. Most apartments and homes have outdoor balconies where you can gaze at the stars or look out to an ocean view, including modern amenities to ensure you have the creature comforts that you may be accustomed to. On days off from work you can hike the island, take a bike to the off road tracks and end at deserted beaches, swim in freshwater caves, kayak through mangrove canals, sail in 3 person ‘Hobie Cats’, or charter a sailboat to the nearby islands of Roatan, Cayos Cochinos or Glovers Reef, Belize. Maybe you just want to relax ‘Crusoe style’ and visit the beautiful uninhabited island of Water Caye and enjoy a BBQ. Or simply dive, you decide!
When you compare the ‘return on investment’ when you become a dive instructor to many other industries, you’ll see that it doesn’t take long before you make back your investment.Obviously this will vary depending on the dive operation you work for – some operations pay 100% commission, others a base salary + commission, others a salary. Living costs vary in the Caribbean and Latin America. With 11 dive centers on Utila and many more on Roatan, it doesn’t take long before a vacancy arises. We will do our best to help you with resume preparation, placements and a reference. Whilst we can’t guarantee employment at Utila Dive Centre, all of our current Instructors on OW to Rescue training have been hired from our recent IDC’s. The fact that we are currently the busiest facility on Utila (through word of mouth recommendation) speaks volumes for our IDC candidates and training programs. As an active dive Instructor in a reputable facility, don’t be surprised if you actually find that you are able to save 2-3 times more a month than you actually spend. That’s why when most scuba diving Instructors do decide that the time has come to move on they have usually saved enough to head off to the next exotic location. The only problem is, where next? The Red Sea, Hawaii, Galapagos, Thailand or Australia: that’s one question we’ll let you answer.
We’ll include your first few nights accommodation in our hotel, the Mango Inn, when you book your package with us, but if you’re staying on Utila for a while it would be better for you to rent an apartment. Most of our Divemasters/Instructors share accommodation in this way and pay on average $150-250 for a room in a 2 bedroom apartment per month (includes kitchen, bathroom, living area, TV and sometimes balcony). It’s very easy to find somewhere to share and this can be arranged in your first week once you are on the island.
After you have accounted for your rent, you’ll find living expenses on Utila are approximately $500 per month. Obviously, this depends on how much you eat and drink. Utila is an extremely social island with many bars and restaurant, with lots of visiting tourists/back packers. Each week you’ll soon make many friends, some for life, as you’ll share a common passion for scuba diving. To give you a rough idea of daily costs on the island, a beer costs $1-1.50, a soft drink $0.75, a breakfast $4, lunch and dinner between $4-8, and internet is about $2 per hour. There are 2 supermarkets on Utila with affordable groceries, 2 banks and an ATM (does not accept MasterCard), and also a clinic. For most citizens you automatically receive 90 days entry into Honduras at the airport/border, then can renew your VISA for one more month for a cost of $20. After 4 months you can take a short break and make a border run to either Belize or Costa Rica – many of our staff also use this as an opportunity for a vacation!
Call us +1-305-4205959, we’ll call right back for a personal discussion about your professional training goals, specific course prices, requirements and other questions. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org