As is tradition in the scuba diving world, after a DMT (Divemaster trainee) completes his/her Divemaster course, there is one final step before officially joining the professional ranks as a Divemaster. This rite of passage is known far and wide as the “Snorkel Test.”
Alexis, from France, arrived in November 2013 with a Rescue Diver certification and just under 40 logged dives. He was eager to learn and we had a lot to teach him. Four months later, after a challenging and demanding Divemaster internship here with us, we were happy to sign him off and have him join the team as a Divemaster.
During his internship, he gained loads of experience assisting on a variety of courses, learned various teaching methods and techniques from over 15 different instructors, experienced firsthand what it takes to work in a very busy dive center, learned how to work in a big, professional, international team, learned how to deal with real customers both in and out of the water, and oh yes, did a LOT of diving.
All his hard work culminated in a night to remember (or not) last week – his snorkel test at The Gallery Bar. Ko Lipe has never before seen a snorkel test like the one we designed for Alexis. Thanks to Walter and Mang for hosting the event for us! And now, the photos…