Why I would like to become a scuba instructor.
My name is Elicus Marais; I’m a South African and have been teaching English in South Korea for 2years now. Before I came to South Korea I was a marketing manager for one of the biggest banks in South Africa. I realized that life has more to offer and I decided to take up an English job in South Korea and travel Asia during the holidays. The life here in South Korea is not bad, but I knew that something was missing. In February of this year I felt that I needed a new challenge and started scuba diving here in Korea. The weather was absolutely horrible with air temperature of -5degrees Celsius and water temperature of 4degrees Celsius. Despite the weather and the fact that I only had a 5mm wetsuit to dive in, I was hooked right away and couldn’t get enough of the underwater world.
My journey has been an interesting one since I started diving and received my Open Water certification in February. I completed my Advanced Open Water course in May, my Rescue diver course in September and I’m currently busy with my Divemasters. If I could have had it my way I would have been an Instructor already as I’m very goal orientated and focused, but due to financial constraints I have to take it one step at a time. I now know that there is nothing else I would rather do than to introduce as many people as I can to the beauty that lies beneath the ocean. I love teaching and have a passion for it, but I have a greater passion for diving and marine life. By combining these two passions, I know I will make an excellent instructor.
My dream is to someday own a dive centre and help individuals like myself to spread their wings and experience the wonderful world that diving opens up for you, not just regarding the marine life, but also the different people you meet along the way and the friendships that you build up.
My teaching contract expires at the end of February, and then I would like to start with the IDC. So for the next few months I’m saving every penny earned in order to achieve my dream, and hopefully I could accomplish this through aid of this competition.
Thank you for your time.