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Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Day in the Life of a Sea TREK Guide

Have you ever considered working as a Sea TREK Guide, or wondered what the work involves? Here’s a peek at a Guide’s typical day, and what they experience on the job!

Sea TREK guides testing diving helmet equipment

The first thing Guides do when they arrive on site is to set up the operation, which includes checking the water and trail conditions, and inspecting the equipment for the day to ensure everything is ready for guests.

Guides receive an anticipated guestlist for each day so that they know what equipment will be needed to run the operation. Then, they pack up and head to the watery worksite. Preparation of the site commences, which might include a beach cleanup, ensuring the trail is clear and handrails and ladders are free of debris, and if operating in an aquarium, staff check the health of the fish, so that guests are welcomed into a pristine environment.

sea trek guide safety briefing

When the guests arrive, the lead Guide for the tour gives a 5-minute safety briefing, where basic underwater communication and instructions are reviewed. Guides ensure all guests understand the underwater signals that will be used during the TREK. They also keep guests “pumped up” for the incredible adventure that awaits!

Guides then assist with the necessary equipment, such as wetsuits and footwear. Once the guests are dressed for the underwater journey, Guides place the helmets on guests’ shoulders and accompany them into the water.

Atlantis the Palm Sea TREK Guide

While the adventurers are in the water, Guides are with them every step of the way. Guides walk with guests along a defined path, communicate through hand signals to ensure all are comfortable, take photos and overall, facilitate a fun and controlled underwater experience. They even point out sea life or create bubble rings to entertain guests. Many of our locations also feature artificial reefs or unique enhancements (such as a sunken bus!), which create new homes for sea life and provide vibrant points of interest for guests to observe.

sea trek guide diver using hand signals

The daily life of a Guide is both exciting and fun. Sea TREK Guides are hardworking and well educated. Guides are required to be Rescue Diver certified and must be able to swim 400 yards within 10 minutes, tread water for at least 10 minutes without a wetsuit, and tow a person 50 yards. Other requirements include First Aid certification and CPR certification with AED and oxygen administration. Guides participate in weekly safety training drills and are constantly working to enhance their skillset. Most Guides are also knowledgeable “locals”– with insight on the native marine life, the best places to eat in town, and what else to check out during your vacation.

sea trek guide helping helmet diving guest

Being a Sea TREK Guide is truly a meaningful profession. Guides get to be a part of memorable experiences every single day– such as someone’s first breaths underwater or perhaps even their first time underwater. These encounters are frequently described as life-changing and the best experience of the entire vacation. Guides have the opportunity to share their passion for the underwater world with a broad group of individuals. Not to mention, they get to meet new people from all around the globe!

SeaTREK wheelchair dive

At Sub Sea Systems we truly appreciate our extended family of dedicated Sea TREK Guides, who work diligently to ensure guests experience an unforgettable, underwater journey!

Interested in exploring Sea TREK Guide opportunities? Head over to our website and jump on a live chat. We look forward to talking about all things Sea TREK!

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