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Diving Jobs- Female Dive Instructor Position in Kenya

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For those dive professionals out there seeking diving jobs, Ocean Tribe in Diani Beach, Kenya are seeking a female diving instructor to join our growing team in East Africa.

Ocean Tribe is a growing PADI 5 Star IDC Center based in Diani Beach, which is 30km to the south of Mombasa in Kenya. The company presently operates 2 dive bases in the area. However, we are looking to grow our business in the time following the lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A majority of our diving is done on the local dive sites in Diani Beach and Kisite Marine Park off Shimoni.

The successful PADI Instructor is responsible for: Teaching to agency and Ocean Tribe standards, dive guiding daily dives and deck handing for a great underwater experience, safety, and customer service.

Dive Instructor Job Applicant Requirements
  • Be certified and renewed as a PADI OWSI and willing to teach more specialities.
  • Currently certified in First Aid & CPR, AED and Oxygen Provider.
  • Certified as an EFR Instructor
  • Be fluent in English and ideally one or more other languages
  • Must be in good standing (no recorded ethics violations or quality assurance issues) with any certifying dive agency
  • Hold current professional liability insurance
  • Own their own equipment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Must be willing and able to work in a collaborative setting with a diverse group of coworkers and guests.
  • Be able to provide references from previous diving jobs and PADI Course Directors
Desirable Skills
  • Underwater Photography
  • Equipment servicing and maintenance
  • Freediving or Sidemount Instructor
We Provide
  • Basic Salary
  • Self-catering accommodation
  • Commissions on sales.
  • Trade rate on diving equipment purchases
  • Instructor continuing education
  • Ocean Tribe uniform
Diving Instructor Job Position Duties

Instructors are Expected to Work 5 ½ Days a Week based on a rolling roster.

The diving season in Kenya normally lasts between October and April. We are looking to make this a long-term position. However, that being said, we have no objections for instructors who would like to work in seasonal positions during our low season between May and July

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the start date of the position is not yet confirmed until Kenya’s international borders reopen (due August 1st), We are hoping that this should be around October/November. Only shortlisted applications will receive a reply.

Please forward to our PADI CD Mark Slingo Email hr@oceantribe.co .

  • Cover letter email,
  • CV 
  • Recent Photo

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email to arrange initial interviews. Interviews will be held over Zoom. Other communication methods will include WhatsApp.

Ocean Tribe is a fun company to work for and a family-like atmosphere. Unfortunately, the pandemic has stretched us financially so at first a basic living salary and accommodation is the package for instructors. Commissions are also offered on every sale made for the company.

 

  • Disclaimer: This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described, and may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of the Employer.

What Should I Bring For My Diving Course / Internship?

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What should I bring for my diving course? Coming to learn to dive with us in Diani can be done as a standalone experience or as part of a larger safari adventure. While we encourage you to carry all the standard travel garb with regard to clothing, swimwear, sunglasses, hats etc, there are a couple of things we recommend you also have, depending on the dive course/ experience you are doing.

Electronics 

While your smartphone and charger are everyday items that you carry everywhere,  you might also want a larger device for doing your PADI eLearning for your diver course on. The materials look much better on iPads (where they can be viewed offline) or laptops. This is especially important for those doing dive professional training where a majority of the teaching materials are now digital.

We have free WiFi in the Ocean Tribe dive centre and free WiFi is available in almost all bars/restaurants and cafes in Diani. We can also take you to get a local SIM for your Smartphone/portable WiFi.

Documents

Passport

Visa

Certifications

Log Book

Flight Tickets

Travel & Dive Insurance

Credit Card/Debit Cards

Those are the most important things, you really shouldn’t forget! Also talk to your bank if your credit card is working here! For the visa, we will provide assistance to pick the correct one and also with the extension process (which you might need, depending on the program you are on).

Health and Hygiene 

While standard health and hygiene products are available from local pharmacies and supermarkets you should try and make sure in addition you have reef-friendly sunscreen and consult your physician about anti-malarial medicine. Any prescription medication you require, you should bring along with you in case of availability here. It is also a good idea to get the diver medical completed before you come in case of any contradictions that your doctor needs to verify are ok for diving.

How to Get to Diani Beach

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How to Get to Diani From Nairobi

By Air

Flights run daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Ukunda (Diani Airport). There are also flights from Nairobi Wilson to Ukunda Airport.

The airlines which fly the route are:

By Rail

Take the SGR Mandaraka Express from Nairobi to Mombasa. You can then get a taxi or shuttle from the SGR terminus at Mombasa to Diani. Ocean Tribe can arrange taxis and transfers too.

By Road

You can catch an overnight bus from Nairobi to Ukunda. This is a long trip taking around 12 hours but normally the most cost effective way to get to Diani.

If self driving then follow the Mombasa road from Nairobi to Mombasa then cross the ferry at Likoni from Mombasa Island and drive to Ukunda before taking the road to Diani Beach.

From Mombasa

To get to Diani from Mombasa if you have arrived by the SGR railway from Nairobi

By Air

Despite it only being 30km away the Likoni ferry can add substantial time to a journey so if you are connecting from Mombasa Airport there are a couple of carriers who fly from Mombasa to Ukunda. But given waiting times this is often not worth it.

By Road-Self Driving/ Riding Matatus

If self driving cross the ferry at Likoni from Mombasa Island and drive to Ukunda on the main highway to Tanzania before taking the road to Diani Beach. For the more adventurous of you riding matatus, you will need to change vehicles at the ferry and cross the ferry on foot, then change again at Ukunda and get a Tuk Tuk to Diani.

By Road- Taxi

Private cars can be arranged from Mombasa Airport or Mombasa SGR railway terminus to Diani. Ocean Tribe can arrange these cars or you can book online here. Contact us for more information.

It is also possible to get Ubers in Mombasa although the Uber map calculation might not take the ferry into account and calculate a longer route.

The taxi on demand at Mombasa airport and the SGR terminus are also a possibility, but make sure you know the rate before travelling to Diani. This should be between 5,000-7,000 Ksh.

Can I Work to Pay Off My Dive Training

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A commonly asked question, especially on the PADI Divemaster and IDC courses, is “can I work to pay off my dive training?” As I’m sure you can understand to provide the optimal experience for you on your training, there are a lot of costs involved in running it.

Such costs include PADI materials, instructor wages, dive equipment maintenance, tank fills, boat fuel, dive guides, transport costs, boat crew, premises rent. For these reasons, we do not offer the option of work to pay off dive training.

Once you qualify as an instructor or Divemaster we assist you in finding a job to be able to begin to pay off the costs of your training. In some cases, we offer paid work at Ocean Tribe depending on individual cases and demand.

In all honesty, most places that do offer dive courses in return for work have you doing menial tasks, which do not enhance your dive career and the attention of the instructors is not always top-notch as they are taking care of paying clients.

Quality training costs money and if you want to be a quality dive pro that is employable you need to get your training from a reputable, professional dive centre.

What Paperwork do I have to Complete for My PADI Dive Course?

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Dive paperwork

What Paperwork do I have to Complete for My PADI Dive Course? Obviously, before any diving activity at Ocean Tribe, you will be required to complete some paperwork. This can include statements of understanding, liability releases and medical declarations, as well as course registrations, applications and training records. In order to make this as easy as possible for you, reduce our environmental footprint and reduce contact as an anti-coronavirus measure, we have made a number of these waivers digital, so you can fill them out prior to arrival for your dive course/dive trip. If further information is needed then you will be required to submit a paper version (you can also request the paper version if you are not comfortable with digital releases). Below is a breakdown of the paperwork required to be completed for each course/dive trip.

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How Old Do I Have to Be to Become a PADI Pro?

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The question of “how old do I have to be to become a PADI Pro Scuba Diver” is one we get asked a lot. There are very few age restrictions within the PADI system. The only ones that really matter are the PADI regulation that you must be at least 18 years old to start the PADI Divemaster course. However, it is quite possible to begin all of the non-professional programs before you are 18 and if you sign up for a Divemaster internship or Instructor internship then you can complete all of the non-professional segments before your 18th birthday which should provide some reassurance for those of you who are taking a GAP year but are not yet 18.

There are no other age restrictions on the internships, such as a maximum age. Indeed you do not have to be a young whippersnapper to enjoy scuba diving. I know of a number of instructors who are still working into their 60s and a few weeks ago taught a lady in her mid-70s to scuba dive. As long as you are certified by a doctor as medically fit to dive then there is no reason why you cannot dive and take part in our internships and become a PADI pro.

We have had a wide range of age demographics of dive customers and interns from young guys on their gap years to older people enjoying career breaks or making a career change for the tropical diving job in the sun. You will make loads of friends here from around the world and have the opportunity to work in awesome locations after you qualify. Ready to sign up? Check out our fantastic range of scuba diving professional packages.

When Is the Best Time to Dive Kenya?

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Whale shark season- The best time to dive kenya

The best time to dive Kenya for optimal conditions is obviously when the visibility and marine life are best. This is coupled with conditions on the surface with the weather and sea conditions playing a vital part in your enjoyment of your dive experience in Kenya.

From our perspective in Diani Beach, the best time to dive Kenya is between the months of October and March. During this time the winds mean the waves are lower, with better visibility than can be expected at other times of the year. November has short rains which can affect this but not seriously. During this period there is the best chance of spotting the giants of the ocean the whale shark and manta rays.

In late August/ early September you have the chance of spotting humpback whales in the surface, although they are very rarely seen near the dive reefs. Dolphins are a common spot all year round in certain areas.

The only time of year we would counsel you not to come to Kenya for specific diving vacations, is May and June when surface conditions due to wind and rain make it very difficult for us to get the dive boat out in safety and comfort for our divers. During this period we focus on our PADI Instructor Development programs and staff development to keep your dive experience exceptional and up to date.

From a financial point of view, the most expensive time of the year to come to Diani is the last week of December / first week of January as many of the hotels sell out quickly and therefore charge premium rates. This is less of a problem if you book in advance and Ocean Tribe does not change their pricing between low-season and high season for dive trips and courses.

What are the Visa Requirements for Kenya?

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The visa requirements to enter Kenya at this time are that a number of countries are exempt from needing a visa to enter Kenya. Most nationalities are required to apply for an eVisa via the Kenya Electronic Visa System.

For a small number of countries, a full visa application is required. For a list by country see below. This list is liable to change so it is always a good idea to check.

While in some cases it has been possible to get a visa on arrival, Kenya is phasing out this system and this is not recommended, especially as it is so easy to sort an eVisa.

How to Apply for a Kenya eVisa Online -Visa Requirements for Kenya

You will need. A passport with 6 months validity. A copy of the passport bio page to upload. A debit or credit card to pay the $51 eVisa fee. Details of your itinerary including flight tickets, hotel bookings, invitation letters etc. (If needed Ocean Tribe can write an invitation letter for you- Contact Us for Details)

  1. Go to the Kenya eVisa Website (Note– Beware of imitations or agents who are charging more for this service)
  2. Click on the “Create an Account” button.
  3. Follow the directions to create an account and apply for the eVisa.
  4. The eVisa is normally approved within 24-72 hours however there have been occurrences of it taking longer so it can be a good idea to apply s far in advance as possible.

Countries Whose Citizens Do Not Need a Visa to Enter Kenya- Visa Requirements for Kenya

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Botswana

Brunei

Burundi

Cyprus

Dominica

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Fiji

Gambia

Ghana

Grenada

Jamaica

Kiribati

Lesotho

Malawi

Malaysia (30 days)

Maldives

Mauritius

Namibia

Nauru

Papua New Guinea

Rwanda ID

Samoa

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

San Marino

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Solomon Islands

South Africa (30 days)

Tanzania

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

Uganda ID

Vanuatu

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Countries Whose Citizens Must Make a Formal Application- Visa Requirements for Kenya

Afghanistan

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Eritrea

Iraq

North Korea

Kosovo

Lebanon

Libya

Palestine

Somalia

Syria

Tajikistan

Yemen

What is the Price of Scuba Diving in Diani?

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price of diving

The price of scuba diving in Diani can vary depending on your level of diver education and the dive sites that you wish to dive. Other things to factor in the price of scuba diving in Diani are the inclusions in your dive safari or diver course and are there hidden costs.

The price of scuba diving in Diani for a beginner, for example, starts at $160 for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience or $299 for the entry-level PADI Scuba Diver or $499 for the PADI Open Water Diver course. This differs to our daily double-tank dive rate of $110 for certified divers, as the certified divers already have the licence and need guiding rather than teaching.

The first comment we can make at Ocean Tribe is that there are no hidden costs in our programs. Our pricing includes all PADI student diver materials, marine park fees, instruction, transport, and equipment rental in the advertised price.

It has been remarked to us by some customers that they have seen prices advertised elsewhere which seem low but then have all of “the extras” on top such as they have to buy the manual and the certification, and pay the marine park fees and equipment rental on top of that. This can bulk the price up quite a bit from the advertised price.

In addition to the dives, equipment rental and the above-mentioned inclusions in our price of scuba diving in Diani, Ocean Tribe also gives every single customer a welcome pack. Inside the welcome pack is included a t-shirt, rubber Ocean Tribe bracelet and an Ocean Tribe aluminium reusable water bottle.

As a discerning customer, you should always ask if everything is included in the final price to avoid being stuck with extra costs. We do have some items in the cost of scuba diving in Diani, that are included as extra bolt-ons because they are not part of the course and up to the customer if they want to get them. These can include photographs of your dive experience, Ocean Tribe merchandise and dive equipment.

Other inclusions it is worth asking about are things like are dive computers included on courses or dive packages or are they available to rent. If a dive company is running strictly to the rules then divers should all have their own computer during a dive or diving according to the dive table limits, which can affect your dive time.

At Ocean Tribe we also have special rates and discount for couples booking together, families diving as a group and groups to make it more cost-effective when booking with friends or family.

Download the Ocean Tribe Price List 2020-21 to see the price of scuba diving in Diani with Ocean Tribe.

Click Here to Book your scuba diving trip or PADI dive course in Diani with Ocean Tribe Today

Kenya Dive Sites- Where Will I Dive in Diani?

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Diani Beach dive site turtle

We often get asked by our divers which of the Kenya dive sites you will visit on your dive safaris with Ocean Tribe in Diani Beach, Kenya. Ocean Tribe run daily diving trips to both the local Diani reef and wreck dives sites as well as the Kisite National Marine Park. All of these sites rank amongst Kenya’s best dive sites and have remarkably unspoilt coral and a wide range of marine life.

Diani’s dive sites offer opportunities for awesome underwater encounters from the giant whale shark and manta rays (from October to March) with a vast array of macro marine life and a very large turtle community. There is also a shipwreck which was purpose sunk as an artificial reef.

Daily dive sites are selected based on conditions and the experience levels of the divers but the dive sites can cater for a large range of diver from beginner, to intermediate and advanced levels.

All of the dive sites are within a half an hour boat ride and visited on two tank dive trips. The exception to this are the Kisite National Marine park dives which are done on a full day out on a dhow.

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Diani Dive Site Map
kinondo dive site diani kenya

Kinondo

Suitable for intermediate and advanced divers, Kinondo boasts the largest fish population of the South Coast’s reefs. Divers are likely to encounter schools of barracuda, red-lipped triggerfish, yellow and blue-lined tuna. There are also opportunities to glimpse moray eels, lobster and pelagic fish.

The main dive site consists of a plateaued underwater pinnacle with average depths of around 15m but swimming off the side to the East you can achieve depths of 30-40m.

A great dive and rated as one of Kenya’s best dive sites.

Dzinani Dive Site Kenya

Dzinani

Dzinani dive site is a necklace of three coral reefs nearby Kinondo which can be a splendid drift dive or back to the boat, depending on currents. It is suitable for intermediate and advanced divers although beginners can quite possibly dive it in better conditions on the shallower side of the reef.

There is a variety of underwater topography on Dzinani and the possibility to encounter large schools of both big and small reef fish at the south end of the reefs. The average depth of the site is around 15m although it can get deeper as you swim east.

Possible encounters include green turtles, blue spotted sting rays, moray eels, ribbon eels, leaf fish and more on this site.

Mwanyaza Dive Site Diani Kenya

Mwanyaza

Boasting turtles, lobster, octopus and sting rays, Mwanyaza is a long dive site suitable for all levels of diver. The topography is a sloping reef with typical dives done on the site being a back to the boat mooring line or if a current is present then the site makes an attractive drift dive. Depths range from around 8m to 20m with average depths being around 14-15m.

Galu dive site diani kenya

Galu

Being located directly off a land-based nesting site, Galu is home to a number of turtles, which are often encountered on dives.

The dive site is a pinnacle suitable for all levels of diver and the beautiful coral reef plays home to a wide range of species including turtles, ghost pipe fish, frog fish, crocodile fish, moray eels, Napoleon wrasse, guitar rays, lionfish, ribbon eels, Spanish dancers and more.

Depths at Galu range from 9m down to around 24m with average dive depths being around 14m.

Igloo Dive Site Diani Kenya

Igloo

The reef at Igloo gets its name from an abandoned underwater habitat wreck which remains here and resembles an igloo or the Death Star from the Star Wars movies. The dive site goes as deep as 20m but there is an average dive depth of 12-13m.

Marine life that can be encountered on this reef include sweetlips, ghost pipefish, spotted snake eels, squid, octopus, ribbon and moral eels and puffer fish, to name a few. Suitable for all levels of diver.

Alpha Funguo Wreck Dive Site Kenya

Alpha Funguo Wreck

Suitable for advanced divers due to its sand depth of 26-30m depending on the tides, the Alpha Funguo wreck is a purpose sunk artificial reef offering a fabulous array of macro life. It has few penetration points although a swim through can be done from the broken mid-section though a hold opening. There is also the opportunity to explore a deeper coral reef by swimming off the anchor chain on the bow of the ship.

Common marine life encountered on the wreck includes grouper, schools of barracuda, snappers and Kingfish, sting rays, scorpion fish, batfish and jackfish.

Kisima Mungu Dive Site Diani Kenya

Kisima Mungu

One of the more popular sites for starting beginner divers, the sloping reef of Kisima Mungu sits nearby to the Alpha Funguo wreck and is home to turtles, moray eels, squid, nudibranch, blue spotted stingrays, octopus, sweetlips and mantis shrimp.

Occasionally you can encounter white tip reef sharks in the blue on the sand off the reef. The reef is 1.5km long making it a good dive site for a drift dive.


Mwanamoji

A long reef most typically used as a drift dive, Mwanamoji boasts a gentle sloping reef from 10m down to around 20m with an average depth of 15m.

You have a good chance of encountering turtles on this site and other marine life includes lobster, stingrays, ribbon and moray eels, octopus, squid and helmet flying gunard.

Tiwi wall dive site kenya

Tiwi

Located at the end of the Congo River, meaning it can only be dived at certain times of the year, Tiwi offers a wall dive with both hard and soft coral, overhangs and a natural tunnel. Marine life includes barracuda, triggerfish, moray eels, sweetlips and nudibranch. Depths range from 3m down to 28m and with the average depth of the wall dive being around 14m.

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