Dayboats draw a large numbers of tourists everyday, from local Australians to international visitors who want to do more than just dive. From scuba divers to snorkelers you might not end up teaching as much diving, but you can enjoy many other perks.
We’ve made a pros and cons list of the major factors to help you make this decision.
Your working for one day! In comparison to a liveaboard you will get back to shore at the end of the day. Depending on your lifestyle for example if you have someone to come home, to this can be the deciding factor.
Dayboats can be varied. Dayboats can take from 10 to 300 people so you can get a variety of different types of work depending on where you are. From intro scuba dives, taking snorkelers out on the reef or just managing the boat you’ll learn a great deal.
If you’ve just finished your IDC and want a little more experience before you start certifying divers on Open Water courses. A dayboat is a great opportunity to take people out on a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Dives to get some experience.
Dayboats make there money by getting as many people packed on the boat as possible. With certified divers, intro divers and snorkelers you will have a crowded dive.
Food can be quite average. Not the worst thing in the world but if you want a great spread working on a liveaboard might be for you. Although this is dependent on the type of dayboat.
You’ll be visiting the same dive sites day in day out. While this will make your job nice and easy after a week or two, the lack of variety can get to some people.
What about sociability?
On a dayboat you’ll a new set of customers everyday. Your day will consist of morning introductions getting them prepped and trying to remember their names, in the water guiding them, chatting after and finally getting them back to shore. With the in between parts where you’ll get to chat to the odd one or two of them and maybe even get a number or two if your really good! If your happy with the pace and being a social butterfly this should suit you fine. However, if you want to get to know them a liveaboards a better choice.