At Blue Safari, we are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of our beautiful, yet delicate environments. Along with eco-friendly practices and teaching our guests about the difference they can make, we also offer internships to a select few to experience and learn more about the rich biodiversity of the Seychelles.
Here is the story of one of our interns, Rose Martin:
‘I never dreamt that after visiting Alphonse on a family holiday 2 years ago I’d be working here as a divemaster today, but here I am. The crystal clear waters and diverse marine life had me hooked from my first dive, and I knew that I’d be back one day.
The team welcomed me with open arms and the internship began with my Emergency First Responder training.
After my theory exams and several ‘code red’ scenarios, which involved various staff members rolling around with wounds bleeding ketchup,
I started my PADI Rescue Diver course. This was a lot of fun, but it was physically demanding and even scary at times (like when fending off attacks from Gavin playing a very convincing panicked diver!).
Next came my divemaster training with Byron, another dive instructor on Alphonse. This started with a scuba skill circuit. I hadn’t done any skills in a while and thought I might have forgotten them, but thanks to Byron’s clear instructions, we finished the circuit after a few sessions in the lagoon.
Afterwards, we taught several PADI Open Water courses. Some of the students were quite young, but they were outgoing and I was really impressed by how well they took to the water. I also found, to my surprise, that I really enjoyed the teaching side of scuba diving.
Next came my ‘stress test’ which involved switching all my gear with someone else’s underwater while sharing a single regulator. This was especially tricky as we were completely different sizes (my fins barely covered his toes!).
I also took out several qualified divers who behaved badly and made guiding a dive a nightmare (‘Bruce 2000’, ‘Tracey’, ‘San Miguel’, ‘Chris’ and ‘Heidi’ – you know who you are!). Even though this made for some hectic dives, I got lots of problem-solving practice, most of which has already come in useful in real-life dive scenarios.
Byron can vouch for the fact that I had a few shockers along the way (like face planting instead of giant striding and getting stuck on a ferry with my scuba gear), but finally, I passed my theory exam and became a qualified divemaster.
Overall, applying for the divemaster internship was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Byron managed to make the course fun and professional at the same time, and I will always have the utmost respect for him as a dive instructor.
Life on the island itself has been amazing and I’ve had some incredible experiences, including snorkeling with manta rays, seeing some beautiful sunsets and diving with my awesome roommate Tahlia, to name a few. Overall, I am lucky to be part of such a great team and to have best friends that are also my family.’