Back in the summer of 2005 I wrote the following about Scapa Flow in Scottish Diver Magazine.
"Scapa Flow is arguably one of Britain’s most historic and famous stretches of water.
Affectionately known as ‘The Great Harbour’ this natural maritime haven, one of the largest in the world, has been used since prehistory with its sheltered waters playing a key role in travel, trade, tourism and conflict over the centuries.
The Flow’s geographical location makes it strategically important, as this refuge allows easy access to both the North Sea and the Atlantic. As a result the Orkneys have had many invaders who have left their mark in more ways than one. For the Vikings who utilised this harbour, also provided its name - ‘Bay of the Long Isthmus’ or Skalpeid-floi in Old Norse.
From a naval point of view there has been a significant amount of international history here. During both world wars Scapa was the UK’s main Royal Navy base. After the Navy left in 1956 the waters were quiet until the late 70s when the Flow enjoyed a renaissance, firstly in the shape of the oil Industry, to be followed about five years later by another new invader or should I say pilgrim?
Today about 2,000 sports divers annually cross the Pentland Firth, keen to discover for themselves the depths, myths, legends, history and wrecks of this legendary British dive site, that is Scapa Flow.
Having dived Scapa twice and worked on a History Channel documentary here, I think it is fair to say that the Flow is undoubtedly one of the best dive sites in the world. It would certainly make for a pretty neat scuba diving 'office'.
Scapa Scuba - a busy seasonal PADI dive centre in Orkney, Scotland - has a vacancy for two PADI instructors.
The start date is Saturday 30th April 2016 and the season runs until Friday 30th September 2016.
Previous extensive dry suit experience is essential.
Cold water teaching experience and the PADI Drysuit Speciality Instructor rating are required, whilst PADI Deep, Wreck, and Nitrox Speciality Instructor ratings are desirable / advantageous.
Ideally candidates will be a minimum of 21 years old having held a full driving licence for a minimum of 2 years.
The role will include all aspects of dive centre work:
* teaching and guiding from both the shore and boat
* equipment upkeep
* equipment care
* shop sales
Candidates should expect a busy season but will be well rewarded with a good wage, guaranteed 5 days of work per week, a friendly work atmosphere and some world class diving!
To apply, please email - Scapa Scuba with a current CV and recent photograph.