What's it like to be a PADI Divemaster? We asked Ding Jiayan, a PADI Divemaster at Five Star IDC Big Blue in Shanghai, China.
PADI: What is your current job?
Ding Jiayan: I’m a cashier in a bank.
PADI: Describe a typical day in your working life
Ding Jiayan: I get up about 7:30 in the morning, then drive for 20km to cross the city. I am sitting in front of my desk and start work at 9:00, have lunch at 12:00. Then again, sitting at my desk and work till 17:30. Drive another 20km to get back home. Go to bed about 23:30.
PADI: When did you start diving?
Ding Jiayan: About two years ago.
PADI: When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
Ding Jiayan: January 2012 in Shanghai.
PADI: How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?
Ding Jiayan: I was so excited because it means I have the chance to leave my boring work and start a new life.
PADI: What highlights do you recall from your DM course?
Ding Jiayan: After two months study, I have more knowledge of the equipment and dive environment. And I am able to take groups for fun dives. It makes me really excited because I have the chance to show people the wonderful underwater world and share my experience with them. Of course, I also have met so many divers and professionals during my course and now many of them are my good friends.
PADI: Where have you worked as PADI Pro?
Ding Jiayan: At Big Blue in Shanghai, China.
PADI: What is one of your favorite memories in your diving career?
Ding Jiayan: To have 60 logged dives. I got to travel to many different destinations for diving to gain more experience. Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Maldives — they are all fantastic and I’ll never forget the wonderful time that I spent there.
PADI: What words of advice would you give to new dive professionals?
IDing Jiayan: f you have started, don’t stop — keep diving and learning. It changes your lifestyle.