Do you fancy the lifestyle of a dive instructor, but don’t want to teach ? Do you enjoy photography ? Or maybe you are already a Divemaster or Instructor and would like to try something different ? Then maybe the life of a photo pro on a dive boat could be for you…
When it comes to working in the dive industry, most people don’t look past the roles of being a Divemaster or an Instructor for an opening to the dive lifestyle. However, there are many other opportunities available, one of which is working as a photographer on the dive boats…
At Lanta Diver, we operate three dive boats – two larger boats and a speedboat for Hin Daeng/Hin Muang – and we have photographers on the larger boats to take photos of the guests enjoying their day snorkelling or diving with the Lanta marine life.
The photographers’ days begin by getting to the boat in the morning, and starting to prepare their equipment for the day – both their dive equipment, and their camera kit. Once the divers are settled on the boat, and have finished their breakfasts, the photographers will usually have a walk around the boat and introduce themselves to the divers/snorkelers, and let them know what their role is on the boat, and gauge their interest in purchasing photos at the end of the day. The next step is to chat with the Divemasters and Instructors about their plans for their groups – routes on the dive sites, and when would be a good time to take some photos of their group. After this, the photographers can start to plan their dives to maximise their chances of getting photographs of all the interested divers and snorkelers, and maybe also take a few photos of the groups setting up their equipment.
In between dives, the photographers will start editing their photos a little, and then chat with the dive staff again about their plans for the second dive, trying to make sure they have all the groups covered over the two or three dives that day. Once the day’s diving/snorkelling is finished, it’s time for a little more editing, and arranging the processed photos, with a few photos of the marine life encountered during the day, to start showing the groups. Once ready to show their day’s work, they will politely ask the groups if they would like to view the slideshow of the photos, and inform them of the prices and how they will get the photos to them.
The Lanta Diver photographers are very experienced in their field, and love their work. They are also happy to share their secrets with you, and have designed a special course for anyone interested in working as a photo pro on dive boats – including classroom, pool, and boat sessions. It is preferred that you are already a dive pro before taking this course, but not compulsory, but you must be an experienced and competent diver with excellent buoyancy skills – the Self-Reliant Diver certification is also recommended. You can also add this course onto your PADI Divemaster course at Lanta Diver, if you are interested..
If you would like to know more about the training, send Nick a quick email, and he will be happy to answer your questions…
Also have a look at Nick’s website to see some of his stunning images !
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