Training Local Divemasters & Instructors on Nusa Lembongan
Here at Blue Corner Dive we pride ourselves in giving back to the local community on our beautiful island. One of the ways in which we help to support the local economy is by employing local staff in our Dive Centers, restaurant and bar.
After being given full training in the job they will be initially employed as, we then encourage pathways of development – most commonly starting in the bar, learning to dive, and eventually becoming a Divemaster or PADI Instructor– we encourage all of our team to be the best that they can be and we offer them full support in whichever field they choose to excel in.
The schools and standards of education on Nusa Lembongan, like many developing areas, can be low, and to become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor takes a huge commitment and dedication from the individuals to build foundations. Luckily, we match that commitment and dedication in our own way. Quite often, prior to even beginning dive training, our staff works tirelessly to develop their English language skills, and overcome the natural shyness which comes with speaking a foreign language to guests.
Many of the locals only attend school up the age of 13 or 14, and are not given the opportunity to develop good studying skills. Together we work hard to build core learning and basic math skills. When our candidates pass the theory tests needed to become a diving professional, it comes as an incredible personal achievement that we take pride in.
How Do Blue Corner Guests Benefit from Our Local Training Programs?
By training and employing local Divemasters and Instructors, we can provide a balanced team overflowing with different skills, cultures and ideas. Our most experienced local instructors, many of which have been with us from the beginning, provide our guests with invaluable insight on conditions, currents and marine life that only decades of experience can lend. There is no substitute for time spent in local waters, and culturally, the ocean is fiercely respected.
Our Blue Corner Dive local Instructors train with us on sponsorship programs and are then employed by Blue Corner Dive. They build excellent reputations for themselves, based on their expertise, diving skills, local knowledge and tenacity for teaching – we consider ourselves extremely privileged that they have chosen to be a part of our team.
Meet the Made’s of Blue Corner
MEET MADE P
Made P joined the Blue Corner Dive Team in 2012 and has been diving around the islands since 1998 working first as a PADI Divemaster, then as an Instructor. Made has a relaxed smile, a professional attitude and over 20 year’s experience and knowledge of the dive sites around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Made was one of the first local instructors to train with us and he is now the first Balinese PADI Course Director on the island. Made loves teaching PADI courses of all levels and there isn’t much he doesn’t know about PADI Standards, dive techniques and local marine life. Prioritising safety,and adapting his teaching techniques according to his students’ abilities, Made is not only an incredible Instructor, but a respected mentor. Made is also a trained equipment technician who speaks fluent English, Indonesian and even some Japanese!
MEET MADE G
Made G’s experience of the ocean began when he took up surfing and later became a local boat captain. With a love for the ocean he started diving in 1999 and quickly became an expert on the local dive sites and a master of the tides and currents. Made G loves drift diving and is the perfect instructor for those who are nervous when starting out. His clear explanations and directed encouragement have helped countless divers overcome their anxieties, build their confidence, and fall in love with diving. Made loves teaching courses of all levels from complete beginners through to those taking professional level courses.
Made G is intimately immersed in the local Balinese culture, and can provide valuable insight into what can come across as the chaos of ceremonies, holidays and celebrations. He encourages guests and other staff to actively take part in these aspects of the island, and in doing so creates a sense of community.
Local Opportunities at Blue Corner Dive
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