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I found a job of sorts.

EL SALVADOR | Friday, 29 July 2016 | Views [258]

I know it has been a while since my last post but I have been busy with stuff and injured.

I have been suffering with a strained thigh or hip or something, it hurts to walk first thing. Pain eases once I have been ambulatory for a while but I was laid up for about a week with severe restrictions to my walking. Therefore I stayed close to the hostel and did not go much further that the local bar and restaurants.

Where I am staying for now.

Hostal with World Trade Centre in the background.


Once the dive shop owner returned from his holiday to Miami and a cruise in the Caribbean he found that he was swamped with dive courses so he offered me a job to assist him with diver training. He gets an instructor to share the load and I get some much needed experience. Last week I assisted with 5 Open Water students in the pool, helping them master the skills and observing how Ben manages the class. I followed this with a bit of theory in the classroom, RDP tables, and then took them out for thier first two open water dives.


Student briefing

Students get a pre dive briefing.

I took one of these student divers for her first open water dives, She was very good and will make an excellent diver, despite her novice instructor :-) The next day I took her cousin on his first two dives and followed this on the Sunday by taking her and her two cousins, one pictured above on their third and fourth dives. They are now fully certified PADI Open Water divers, my first in Central America.


My students prepare their gear

Rodrigo, Florence and Fernando prepare their gear before their final 2 open water course dives.


It was good diving where they all performed the necessary skills very well and completed the course successfully.

This week I have another student starting with the classroom sessions and I will be handling this in English as my Spanish is still very poor. I have been doing the Duolingo on line course and I feel it is going well until I speak to the locals and cannot understand a thing they say as my translation skills are too slow for their speech. Only been 3 weeks so it will improve. Need to get out and mix a bit moor rather than sit in the bar watching the football :-)




Tags: course, crater, diving, ilopango, lake, open water, padi, volcano

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