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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Sea TREK Guide

Sea TREK Guide Anthony St. Lucia

Our Sea TREK Guides are world renowned for their knowledge, humor and patience. They have helped millions of people who do not have any diving experience — and some that do not even have swimming capability — experience the joy of the underwater world.

Each time a Sea TREK Guide takes a novice under the sea they relive the excitement of what it’s like to take a first breath under water. They see the bright eyes and excited smiles every day. Our Guides’ passion for the sea and its creatures is shared with thousands of people everyday around the world. Without our Guides’ patient coaxing some people may have never even experienced what they call “The best moment of my life” or “Unlike anything I have ever done.” Without our Guides’ knowledge of marine life and animal behaviors, millions of people may have missed that moment of swirling sergeant majors, or the feel of the velvety wing of a stingray. Without our Guides’ sense of humor many TREKKERS might have missed the laughter that comes with catching a glimpse of Sea TREK Guides do a choreographed underwater dance or an unbelievable underwater backflip. Sea TREK Guides are one of the most important ingredients in a successful Sea TREK experience. We would like to dedicate this blog to our hundreds of talented and passionate Sea TREK Guides! Below is a brief look into a day in the life of a SeaTREK Guide. What a life!

Sea TREK Guides wake up every day with excitement for their job. Their love of the ocean and everything beneath the surface motivates their routine, as they get ready for their day.

Each workday begins with equipment setup, startup and safety checks. This is a crucial step and one that is performed with attention to detail by each and every Guide. One look at our stellar safety record will confirm that our Guides are good at their jobs!

Sea trek safety air lines

Prior to guests arriving, the Sea TREK helmets, air lines and floating manifold– or PODs or Backpacks– are staged for operations. The air lines are calibrated to the correct air flow rate – aka ‘c.f.m’ (cubic feet per minute); and the emergency air cylinders are double checked to be full.

Guides who use scuba gear setup their BCDs, regs and mask, and stage it at the water entry point– ready to enter the water as soon as the first guest arrives!

When guests arrive at the briefing area they are either presented a video safety briefing, or a verbal safety briefing by one of the Guides. The soon-to-be TREKKERS learn how to properly equalize, communicate with hand signals, and how to walk in the underwater world. Guides answer questions, demonstrate hand signals or equalization techniques, and quell fears and anxieties. They’ve experienced nearly every nervous ‘what if’ question and expertly use humor, eloquence, and knowledge to ease guests into their upcoming adventure.

Once guests are ready to enter the water, Guides (usually in tandem with a Surface Attendant) assist guests down a vertical ladder, where the Sea TREK helmet is placed on the guest’s shoulders. In a feat of perfect timing and strength, the Surface Attendant and Guide work together to get the guest safely beneath the surface without the guest ever feeling the full weight of the 70 lb. helmet.

It is these initial steps down the rungs of the ladder that Guides truly relive their first breaths underwater. Just by looking in the guest’s eyes, the Guide can immediately tell if a guest is thrilled or terrified. If it is the latter, the Guide’s training shines through, as he or she is most likely able to keep 1st timers calm with wit and compassion, and help them descend all the way to the seafloor for the start of the tour.

Sea TREK Guide with 8 year old making hand signal for ok

After repeating the ladder process several more times, the tour is ready to begin! Guides work together to monitor, manage and entertain the guests. They make sure to keep communication open with hand signals and eye contact, and receive the ultimate satisfaction through the smiles on the faces of each TREKKER.

Sea TREK with stingrays

Throughout the tour, Sea TREK Guides facilitate interactions between TREKKERs and sea creatures, all while taking incredible underwater photos.

Happy video of Sea TREK Dancers

Many Guides also perform for our guests, removing their helmets, doing flips, dancing, and creating O-ring bubbles … all for the pleasure of seeing a guest laugh under the sea.

Sea TREK Guides make sure that each guest has a memorable experience and beautiful photographs to commemorate his or her tour.

Sea TREK guide hangs loose with hand signal

After a day of repeating these tours, it’s safe to say Sea TREK Guides spend a lot of time under the sea — smiling. Not a bad job!

Sea TREK Guide Spain

At the end of the day, we’d like to think our Sea TREK Guides smile as they fall asleep, excited for the next day and the new TREKKERS they will introduce to the sea.

Do you love the sea? Want to spend your days beneath the surface, entertaining guests and interacting with sea life? Do you want to be a Sea TREK Guide? Check out our ‘where to’ page to find all of our locations. Click on the www link image for example link and see if any of our operators are hiring.

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