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#212169 - 11/01/05 02:56 PM work as a divemaster  
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smilefaas Offline
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How do you go about applying for a position as a divemaster in belize. I used to live there (noncitizen)and am hoping to go back. Visas, lisences, job postings for the dive dommunity?

#212170 - 11/01/05 03:33 PM Re: work as a divemaster  
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Here's just one of the many threads that talk about moving to and/or working in Belize:


#212171 - 11/01/05 04:23 PM Re: work as a divemaster  
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This is an old thread that doesn't make much sense today.

#212172 - 11/01/05 05:09 PM Re: work as a divemaster  
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LOL...Justine and I have to get a separate login or people will start to think we are even crazier that we really are....

Anyways, while possibly a bit dated, I do think there is some valid data in that thread about moving to Belize and wanting to work as divemaster, captain, guide, waiter/waitress, bartender, room cleaner, ect. Granted it's not the most to-the-point, but it does list some information (as well as showing a newcomer an interesing view into the interactions between "ex-pat locals" lol)

Jesse - you are usually quick with the information or link that 'will' help, but I'm sure you are probably busy.

Smilefaas - before one of our less cordial members flames you, basically most of the non-skilled labor jobs or guiding/tourism work (as I hate to put divemaster in non-skilled labor!) is reserved for natives and/or residents. It is VERY difficult, if not impossible to move here and get one of these positions. You would be better off looking for work in a field that is more specialized or opening your own business (still very difficult, but boardering on the possible range given a good idea, hard work, and enough green stuff to begin with).

Hope that helps you at least a little bit.

~ Whitewater (a.k.a. MJ)

#212173 - 11/01/05 05:21 PM Re: work as a divemaster  
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Basically what it comes down to is that you need a tour guide license to become a Divemaster. As a non-belizean the likelihood of getting one is slim to none. Your best bet is to become a citizen, which will take at least 6 years (1 year for residency, 5 more for citizenship.) Sorry but you can't sugar coat it.

#212174 - 11/01/05 05:36 PM Re: work as a divemaster  
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WhiteWater Offline
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I'm surprised to hear this thread doesn't make sense now. I thought, even with the age of the thread, that the general assertions held true.

smilefaas, sorry to steer you incorrectly.


#212175 - 11/02/05 09:46 AM Re: work as a divemaster  
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Obviously WhiteWater has never taken a divemaster course. To even intimate that it is "unskilled labour" is outrageous. My DM course was one of the most arduous things I ever did in life.

Maybe you need to take a quick tour guide course. Such courses include first aid, cpr, basic physics as well as a working knowledge of the history of Belize, the geography of Belize and more than basic knowledge of flora and fauna.

#212176 - 11/02/05 11:16 AM Re: work as a divemaster  
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LOL...whoa there Amanda. What I wrote is that it is NOT unskilled labor:

"basically most of the non-skilled labor jobs or guiding/tourism work (as I hate to put divemaster in non-skilled labor!) "

Reading the above, you will see that I placed guiding/tourism, and specifically divemaster outside of the 'unskilled labor' catagory.

Whitewater (as in the 'MJ' half now posting under my new handle as Justine won't let me use hers anymore :grin smile HAS taken a divemaster course. I've been a professional working divemaster on instructor for a number of years on diveboats and other places.

I totally agree with you that divemaster is a skilled position that takes a very capable, knowledgable person to do it correctly.

All that aside, Simon is as usual correct and to the point, in that you need a guide lisence in Belize.

~ MJ

~ MJ
"Where am I going, and why am I in this handbasket??"
#212177 - 11/02/05 03:40 PM Re: work as a divemaster  
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I love your new handle - Wittsend. laugh laugh laugh

Of course I read your post wrong - normally I am so good at multi-tasking. Don't know what came over me today.

Anyhoo, I'm glad that you know what I was saying, divemaster/instructor/tour guiding is tough work when you can get it.

Big Apologies!!!

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