Choose Your Own Adventure: TEFL to Scuba Dive

Choose Your Own Adventure: TEFL to Scuba Dive

By 28th January 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Teaching English could be the answer to a scuba divers dream! While your weekdays will be full of teaching English games to children, or having meaningful conversations with adults in class – your weekends are free for your own. Beaches are usually just hours away, or may even be on your doorstep. Most of the TEFL Heaven training and job locations are in diving hot spots around the world – just take your pick! Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Guatemala, Brazil, Chile and Argentina all have beautiful coastal regions that are teeming with amazing marine life, fascinating coral reefs, underwater caves, and even shipwrecks to discover.

1.Thailand: TEFL on Koh Samui/several other island locations ~

If you aren’t already qualified to dive, this country is the cheapest in the world to get certified! Don’t think that because its cheap though, that it isn’t worth it – all schools must be certified by PADI and show proof, plus they have some great reviews. Normally, you will stay at an island resort somewhere for a few days to a week, and the price of the diving course is included along with your accommodation. Diving is great all year round in Thailand, and offers fringing reefs, deep drop-offs, wrecks, walls, caverns, tunnels, and pinnacles or open ocean seamounts. However, there are specific months that are better than others, depending on whether you are diving in the Anadaman sea, or the Gulf of Thailand. More info: https://www.padi.com/scuba-diving/scuba-diving-travel/vacation-spotlights/thailand/

2. Vietnam: TEFL in Ho Chi Minh City ~

Vietnam is slowly becoming more of a popular spot for diving, as it wasn’t quite as much before. Top locations are in Nha Trang, where you can see shipwrecks and down south off of the island of Phu Quoc where there’s amazing marine life. The best time of year to go is from February to June, to avoid the monsoon and more humid seasons. It’s a great place for first timers as the waters are usually quite calm, and there are plenty of coral reefs and small marine life to be found. More info on diving in Vietnam: https://diviac.travel/d/vietnam/

Shipwreck in Nha Trang, Vietnam

3. Mexico: TEFL Heaven in Puerto Vallarta ~

The best diving is said to be found along the Riviera Maya and in Cancun in Mexico, however both the Carribean sea and Pacific Ocean offer great diving year round. It’s best to check the time of year for best visibility under water, as it differs for every location, depending on the fluctuation of water temperature,  and rainy or humid seasons. Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific side of Mexico, happens to have a 5-star PADI Dive Center that is perfect for beginners, or well seasoned divers alike. Mexico offers some amazing diving experiences, from underwater museums in Cancun to several opportunities for cave diving. More info: http://www.vallarta-adventures.com/tours/scuba

Underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico

4. Costa Rica: TEFL in Manuel Antonio ~

There are great diving schools dotted all along the Costa Rican coastline, but lucky enough right where you will be trained there is one of the best diving schools yet in Manuel Antonio. Due to the volcanic history of the area, there are some amazing underwater volcanic formations. Furthermore, this area of Costa Rica is known for it’s teeming wildlife and diverse biodiversity, and it doesn’t let you down underwater either. There are vast amounts of differing tropical fish, other marine life, and beautiful coral reefs to explore. Here is some more information on the Manuel Antonio Diving School: http://www.scubadivingcostarica.com

 

5. Brazil: TEFL Course in Rio de Janeiro ~

Brazil boasts more than 8000 km of coastline, so it’s no surprise that scuba diving has become quite popular here. The best time of year to spot a variety of wildlife is between July and December, and spotted here are Spinner Dolphins, nurse sharks, green sea turtles, and even whales. The most popular site nearest to Rio for diving is Angra Dos Resi, a location 150 km away and surrounded by more than 300 tiny islands along the coastline. There are also caves, passages, and wreckages that are hundreds of years old to discover in this area. For more information on diving in Brazil: https://diviac.travel/d/brazil/

 

Scuba diving in Brazil

 

6. Guatemala – TEFL Course in Antigua ~

The most popular spot for diving in Guatemala may surprise you, as it’s not in the ocean. It’s actually in a lake, called Lake Atitlan -which was formed by a volcanic explosion 84,000 years ago. The 3 volcanos are still there, and are still active, however haven’t had any sort of eruption for hundreds of years. A legend says that where the lake is was formerly home to an ancient Mayan village, which has been proven, and divers still find ancient artifacts to this day. The marine life in the life is also pretty spectacular, here’s a video of some recent diving in Lake Atitlan:

7. Chile – TEFL Course in Santiago ~

Chile isn’t known for it’s tropical diving, however there are some amazing unknown locations to see. Northern Chile has been said to have the best diving in the country, as the water temperature gets cooler as you go more south. Due to Chile’s ‘secret status’ as a diving holiday destination there is a wonderful abundance of healthy marine life and beautiful underwater corals, and plants. Easter Island is actually Chile’s most popular diving site as it rests on an underwater volcanic ridge and is home to more than 100 species of tropical fish. More info on diving in Chile: http://chile.travel/en/what-to-do/sports-and-adventure/diving-in-chile/

Diving off of Easter Island, Chile

8. Argentina – TEFL Course in Buenos Aires ~

At the moment, there aren’t any great diving spots near Buenos Aires, however Argentina is such a vast country, so expansive that it has differing ecosystems up and down the massive coastline. The best spots for diving are in southern Argentina, most notably Puerto Madryn – which is about 1,500km south of Buenos Aires. Here there are several shipwrecks to visit, and you can go diving with sea lions in beautiful clear waters. More info on diving in Argentina: http://www.welcomeargentina.com/turismo-aventura/buceo_i.html

 

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About Mike Maitland

Mike is one of the directors of TEFL Heaven and has a passion for all things to do with teaching abroad, TEFL and Thailand. Mike lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife and four young children.

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