- Ibrahim Nazeer, 43, is a dive master at the Four Seasons Resort in the Maldives.
- He runs scuba dives for resort guests, some of whom rent a private catamaran for $19,000 a day.
- This is what her work looks like, as writer Kaila Yu said.
This dit-to-say essay is based on a conversation with Ibrahim Nazeer, a scuba diving master from the Maldives, about his work. It has been edited for length and clarity.
Ever since my first scuba dive, I have loved being underwater. Luckily for me, it’s a requirement of my job.
I didn’t grow up loving the ocean. I was born and raised in Bodu Huraa in the Maldives, where children learn to fear the sea – that’s how parents protect us. My first scuba dive at 22 felt like I was entering a deeply meditative new world. I fell in love with the experience, and wanted to share its magic with everyone.
That first dive was in 2001 when the Four Seasons offered all staff the opportunity to earn their PADI Open Water certification. I had worked for the Kuda Huraa complex since construction began in 1993, when I was 16 years old. The resort opened in 1996 and over the years I have worn many hats working in the landscaping department, construction, laundry and housekeeping, hospitality, and now scuba diving.
When the Four Seasons launched a divemaster apprenticeship program, I was the first to join. The resort had just purchased the Four Seasons Explorer, an onboard luxury dive catamaran, so my first job was to identify bucket list dive sites for guests. It was a great adventure to explore my country underwater. Since then I have done over 10,000 dives.
I have dived with all sorts of guests from celebrities to business leaders to ordinary families
Hollywood stars and English Premier League footballers followed me underwater. It is not uncommon for one of our guests to charter the entire 11-cabin Four Seasons Explorer for family and friends for complete privacy. A three-night minimum booking is required for a private charter, and pricing starts at $19,000 per day.
Some guests have extremely special requests, such as a guest who would only dive in crystal clear water with a visibility of at least 30 meters. To adapt, I had to dive each site beforehand to make sure they met his specific requirements, which was very time consuming as visibility can change quickly underwater, especially during the season. rains.
Customers often tell us they want to swim with the sharks
Here at Kuda Huraa we have reef sharks to swim with safely such as blacktip reef sharks, silvertip reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks. Once a tiger shark approached me – it is considered one of the most dangerous shark species to humans and we rarely see them in the waters here. As an experienced diver, I remained calm and maintained eye contact with the shark, and we stared at each other for a long time. The tiger shark was just curious and meant no harm.
I always tell guests that when they encounter a shark underwater, it’s important to swim slowly and be sure not to get agitated. My favorite dives are with sharks, there is nothing like it, and although I have a healthy respect for them, I no longer fear them.
The best part of my job is sharing these to-do list experiences with my guests.
Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities at our resort, and my favorite part of the job is working with novice divers. They are always nervous at first, but then seeing the happiness spread across their faces always reminds me of my first dive.
Over the years I have also discovered secret dive spots that no one else knows about. Although I’ve been diving for 22 years, I love that it never gets old – there’s always more to discover underwater.