Internship Chronicles: The Beginning

Everyone wants to work in a place in which they love what they do. Who wants to spend their entire life putting effort into a job that is unfulfilling? Most people live their lives thinking about their dreams, but never take the steps to make them happen. I have always dreamt of living near the sea and working at a place where I can scuba dive all the time, and I recently made that dream come true.


It has been a month and a half since I Costa-Rica-turismo-ambiente-paisajearrived in Playas del Coco, Costa Rica, but I remember the beginning of my journey as if it was yesterday.

About two months ago, I was enjoying a few drinks and chatting with a friend on a cozy terrace in Barcelona.  We were discussing our options for completing the international internship requirement for our degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. Between sips of my cold, frothy draft beer, I came up with the idea of integrating both my passion for diving and the sea with my university internship requirement. 

At that point I knew what I wanted, and all I had to do was make it happen.


The first order of business in putting my newly-hatched plan into action was to decide in which country I would conduct my diving internship. After some research, I came to a decision: Costa Rica would be my home for the coming months. I was looking for a beautiful, exciting, environmentally friendly country and this one fit the bill. Costa Rica has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the entire world, and the marine life includes whale sharks, bull sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, sea horses (the list goes on) and is absolutely breathtaking. It is for these reasons that my decision was made so easily.

Next on the agenda was to decide where in Costa Rica I would conduct my internship. After thorough research, I decided on Rich Coast Diving, the only 5-Star CDC center in all of Costa Rica. The shop owners, Martin and Brenda, are both experienced instructors and course directors, and they put customer satisfaction first at all times. After emailing with Brenda, we agreed upon a social media internship. This was the ideal situation because I would have the opportunity of becoming a PADI professional while at the same time completing my international internship requirement for university.

Keep an eye out for my next post, in which I will describe my experiences since being here!


An inside look at Coco

Playas-del-Coco-Guanacaste-Costa-RicaBefore I came to Coco I had no idea what I was expecting to find. I wanted to read some reviews before i came which weren’t the typical Trip advisor ones. This is why I decided to write this post, to give all of you an inside look at what Coco is like.

I arrived in Coco in September after almost two days of travelling The weather was beautiful. As usual, the sun was shining and the sky had this amazing clear blue. I can’t think of a better welcome, can you? I was driven to my apartment, a quiet two floor house a two minute walk to the beach and 5 minutes from downtown. A perfect location for my interests.

The first couple of days before I started working, I focused on exploring the town and its surroundings.

Coco is a small town with a big main street where most of the businesses are located, especially the tourist ones. As you walk the street from the beach, there’s a lot of bars and restaurants, both local and international. The local restaurants serve you a great variety of Casados (mix of rice, beans, meat and plantain) and Seafood, while the international ones offer a range from lebanese to american food. My lookoutpersonal favourites: the delicious burgers at Soda Oasis and the tasty shawarma at LeCoq.  Furthermore, If you want to have a lovely evening, one of the best places to go is The Lookout, a short taxi or a nice walk will take you there. Best to arrive for sunset as you get an amazing view over the whole of Coco. Make sure you try the tuna poke Nachos with one of their craft beers or tasty cocktails.

While the main street has all the touristic businesses, the bars along the beach are mostly local. All of them, with great views to Coco’s harbour. But, if (as I do) you love to eat good and abundant food for breakfast, your choice should be gallo pinto. (rice, beans, fried eggs and meat.) Just delicious! The surroundings of Coco are composed of different neighborhoods where all the locals live. It is safe to walk around in daylight, but once night hits stay with a buddy just as you would in any small street back home.

In case you rented an apartment, and you are looking to save money, there are some things you should understand. Costa Rica is not as cheap as people usually think.

Coco is part of a growing area of tourism, but still with the charm of a small fishing village. So if you want to cook your own food it is important to buy local brands and products. This will help you to save some money while vacationing here. There are 4 supermarkets in town and AutoMercado has anything you need.  They import from all over the world so if you are hooked on your Campbell Mushroom soup, Heinz BBQ sauce or anything else, you can find it here!

Asides from being a peaceful fishing town, Coco is also the perfect place to get your adrenaline fix. The tour shops around the main street offer a huge range of trekkings and adventure days. However, if your first love is diving, Coco is an ideal place to enjoy the underwater environment. Once at the dive sites Coco has to offer, divers can be lucky enough to encounter such incredible creatures as: manta rays, whales, green turtles, white tip reef sharks, dolphins and a wide range of micro life. If fun and professionalism is what you are looking for, Rich Coast Diving is placed in the main street. Easy to recognize thanks to the big bull shark hanging above the doors!

Follow Rich Coast Diving Facebook page ( if you want to be informed about the day to day, the IDC course starting this November, next posts and the great experiences we provide to our customers.  Hope to see you soon!


Tips for Making a Good Dive Great

Have you ever had this feeling during a dive of something going really good and suddenly it took a turn for the worse? We all hope for that perfect dive when we hop in the water, but as most of us know, there is a wide array of problems that can arise during diving. These can range from a broken fin strap, to low visibility, or maybe ear problems. Knowing this, it is important to be equipped to handle these problems, so you can still have fun and most importantly be safe. Continue reading

Thank you, Scuba Diving!

The truth is that nowadays there are few sports that manage the human-nature relation as scuba diving does. One of the most important things is that scuba diving can change the live of that one who is involved with it, so maybe is because of this that in this recent years there are more and more people who wants to be part of the diving family.


Years ago, diving was so difficult because the high price of the gear and the arduous work to find a good dive centre where be teached. But fortunately, nowadays thaks to the growing this sector has experienced, a lot of people have found an alternative to those typical sports that people used to play. In this edge, scuba diving is a sport that also children and adults can play without any fear and it has begun one of the most relevant adventure sports all over the world.

Scuba divers are the most important information providers of what is hiding in the deeps of the oceans, lakes or seas. They have shown us that the world is so far to be just what we can see in land, they provide us the most incredible and beautiful pictures of underseas, they also share their experiences and recommendations and they are those who have discovered almost the 70% of the earth. 12027682_531840046981526_8225808416895226889_n

For all of this we thank you divers your effort and responsibility with the seas. Because you were brave enough to start an adventure that is far to finish, because you experience the emotion of helping the subacuatic world!

Congrats to you DIVER, and if you are not a diver yet, be fearless to start you own adventure!!!

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Vacationing with a non-diver.

Are you on a family holiday and you want to spend some time blowing bubbles? We can give you some advice about how to plan your family holiday and your next adventure.  Some families are made up of divers and non-divers and sometimes this causes some issues  for the people who have to wait longer than anticipated because a dive can last longer than expected.  Here are some tips to avoid holiday frustrations.

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Team Work

Marine life has been a big part of social media.  We see post of organizations focusing on marine protection, saving sharks or trying to educate the world not to go to parks like Sea World.  To us divers this is a natural given, but you will be surprised how many non-divers have the slightest idea what is going on with our oceans and its inhabitants. like so Mr Ronnie King Continue reading


Laughs and laughs with the pussy divers

Diving is a vacation for most people. I am mean, working in the dive industry is basically a vacation as well, am I right instructors?  Here in Costa Rica we are located in one of the favorite travel destinations which, lucky for us is growing into a dive destination as well.  Costa Rica has so much to offer tourists, with its beautiful nature and inland activities, that diving sometimes becomes a second option.  However, slowly divers are coming to our beautiful country just to dive! Continue reading