Liveaboard Cruise Director
Cruise Director Training Program Outline
During the first trip the candidate will “shadow” the Cruise Director to gain an insight into the work involved in planning and leading a dive safari. This will include but is not limited to:-
- Dive and safety briefings
- Daily schedule and itinerary planning
Diving together with each of the on board dive staff, you will learn the dive sites visited throughout the 10-night trip and gain a general idea of the aquatic life of the region with specific attention to dive techniques (drift diving, use of reef hooks, macro diving, free negative descents, diving with photographers) as required by the local environment.
During the second trip the Cruise Director will delegate some of his responsibilities to the candidate and give guidance for the leadership role on board. Topics covered during this trip will be:-
- Dive briefing
- Guest and boat paperwork
- Boat accounts and inventory
In conjunction with the Cruise Director and Captain you will plan the route and the daily dive activities for a group of up to 16 guests, giving attention to specific guest requirements for their trip and environmental factors. During this 10-night cruise you will be given an introduction to recreational rebreather diving, using the Poseidon MKVI through theory sessions with the on board instructor and, if the time and schedule allows, as a try dive. During this session you will also learn about the use of the oxygen booster pump and the specific accounts relating to the use of Siren Fleet rebreathers.
Acting as the Cruise Director, with the Worldwide Dive and Sail Cruise Director taking a supervisory role, this trip will serve as your final assessment. You will be expected to plan the route and dive program independently of the Cruise Director, submitting your schedules to the Cruise Director for approval. You will conduct the majority of the social and dive briefings for the duration of the trip, along with organising the dive groups and co-ordinating with the other dive staff and deck crew. Non-diving activities (kayaking, dragon walk, beach visit) should also be scheduled at appropriate times or dependent on guest requirements.
After successfully completing the program, the candidate will receive a Worldwide Dive and Sail training completion certificate and an evaluation form. The training completion certificate and evaluation form will provide a superior opportunity for employment with luxury dive liveaboards. Suitable candidates will be offered employment within Worldwide Dive and Sail.
Pre-requisites, Reservation & Prices
Candidates must apply in writing to the Operations Team at Worldwide Dive and Sail’s head office. Only candidates with the following qualifications will be accepted onto the training program:-
- PADI OWSI
- PADI EANx Intructor or equivalent
- PADI EFR Instructor
The 3-trip training program takes place over 3 consecutive trips within the same destination. Only 1 candidate per time will be accepted to each location.