Honestly, When people decide to do their DMT, first thought is: “Cool, I’ll do a lot of Fun Dives, and for free!”. Well…
Until now, my experience of diving was basically: Having my breakfast, waiting for the staff to call my name, jump on the boat, quick check where is my gear and if it’s well set (220 bars? sweet!..), chilling a bit until the boat reaches the dive site, listen to the briefing, buddy-check, jump into the water, follow my guide, look what she or he is pointing at, safety stop, come back to the boat, gear off, chill again during the surface interval, 2nd dive, commenting the dives with the other divers on the way back to the DC, Log Book… Holidays…
But now: DMT! Let’s start it up! Good luck me.
Through my Rescue Course, I already completely change my behaviour on a boat before, during and after the dives. Caught myself few times checking if the Oxygen is properly accessible, Med kit complete, is this diver feeling O.K. after this big drifting dive, can I take off my wetsuit now or later if something unsafe happens?…
And now: DMT. Wake up early (very early…), go to the Dive Center, check how many tanks needs this boat and the others, prepare the gear for the guests, load the boat, set the gear on the tanks, organise it according to the diving groups and buddies, check if every tank is full on air, spare bag / Oxygen / Med kit / spare weight / food / water on board, check if each diver got her/his full equipment in her/his bag (don’t want to see Big Joe pulling a XS wetsuit out of his gear bag once 30 minutes off shore from the Dive Center), check, check, check…
Surface Interval: swap empty tanks for full one, help divers with eventual problems, answer their questions about marine life, “coffee or tea?”.
Dives finished, get back to Dive Center, unload the boat, ensure that nobody forgot her/his camera on board, wash the equipment.
And then? Well.. Theory, manuals, knowledge review with my instructor, debriefing about the dives of the day, grab a cold one, dinner, back to the room, shower and BOOM… sweet dreams.
First days were hard, but honestly, once you got the rhythm and understand the organisation of the DC, it goes pretty well.
Tomorrow, no dives in the sea, but spending time in the compressor room and see how it works (Air-Nitrox), some theory again (back to school 🙂 but at Two Fish Divers Resort, coconut trees around, tropical weather, swimming-pool and a cup of coffee). Then pool session with my Instructor for a first glance at the “Skill Circuit”.
That’s another part of the DMT: I’m now on the “professional” side of diving “industry” (don’t like this word…), and one of my new “role” will be to assist Instructors during courses (Open Water, Advanced O.W., refresher, DSD… and maybe Rescue course, hehehe…). Be able to properly demonstrate basic skills to the students (alone or as a buddy with the Instructor), help students to feel comfortable underwater, make the task easier to control for the Instructor. Basically, make new divers enjoying their first contact with diving, and transform nervousness into Fun.
A lot more is on my way for the next few weeks: learning about dive conditions (winds, currents, tides…), how to make a dive Briefing, mapping a dive site, equipment services, compressor mechanic, assisting a dive as a guide, project AWARE, and of course… DIVING!
As a DMT, I’ll learn about diving, but more especially about “how to dive” through a much more global and professional experience. From Compressor to Weather conditions, from dive center organisation to how works this or this type of dive computer, from how to dive safely to how to share my love for diving with new or experienced divers.
And of course Molas and Manta 🙂