By: Adam Hind
Hey, I’m Wembley! Well, at least that’s my name here at Mermaid Diving.
I have been lucky enough to participate in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme with the support of the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC). This fantastic opportunity enables me to work with a diving centre in the Canary Islands, to gain experience and help me plan my own business venture which I hope to launch back in the UK.
So here goes my first week at Mermaid Diving as a PADI Divemaster Intern and it’s been a blast. It’s been a brilliant experience already and I’m just getting started!
We’ve had some excellent dives this week. We dove with John who was an instructor himself and a really cool guy, though his jokes were a little on the, shall we say, flat side! We dove with Koen, a Belgian professor, who was a very good, calm diver and a pleasure to dive with.
Then there was Lewis, or Josh as he was randomly called by Melissa! He was an open-water student who quickly fit into the group, and all the cheeky teasing that goes with it! He was really funny and also had the strangest diet I’ve ever heard of. Already I’m realising that over the coming months I’m going to meet a vast amount of people with many backgrounds yet one shared love – diving!
I’ve already started realising just how much work it is to run a dive centre and look forward to learning the ins and outs of it. Melissa, my diving instructor and owner of the business, has done a fantastic job showing me how things work and why. Under her tutorship I know I can grow to be a fantastic diver and learn how to run a dive centre efficiently and effectively.
I’ve also been hitting the gym and learning to cook with Melissa, and I feel great both physically and mentally. I’m already on my 31st dive out of the minimum of 60 to become a DM, and it feels awesome having such a strong start.
Anyway, I think that about sums up my first week at Mermaid Diving, loving it so far.
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