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Hello everyone, things are building up so I thought I’d write a just a short piece filling in some of the behind the scenes details regarding the preparation for the Best Dive Job in the World competition 2014 /2015.

My name is Chris and I wanted to share the experience of being a part of putting this year’s competition together. As a team we looked at what we did before and this time around decided to split the project into 3 phases to build on the successes we had from previous competitions.

Phase 1 was getting it all off the drawing board and getting it all going. Phase I saw Rob Scales in the role as project manager (hi Rob!) and he worked closely with the directors of Blue Season Bali in defining the competition this year around. The structure of the competition this year is very different to previous competitions. Previously one lucky winner made it to Bali for some awesome training opportunities, all generously donated by the various sponsors. Super cool, but this year things have really moved up a gear (or 8!). The structure has changed, instead of 1 person coming we have all 8 finalists!

All of them will be receiving free training as in previous years but the difference this year is that for one lucky person their training will continue on and then they will be given, wait for it………, a full time job as an instructor at Blue Season Bali. An absolute dream job here in Bali, the Island of the Gods.

So back to the planning of it all…. Phase I was to run the online portion of the competition, reach out to potential sponsors, set up web pages, social media, set up an online competition platform, marketing so the message was out there and interest was generated and a bunch of other fine details that needed to be covered. We had people from the four corners of the globe generating media campaigns of their own and spreading the message, “the competition is on! Vote for me!” Newspaper and magazine articles, people appearing on national TV, charity drives for Project aware raising a huge amount of money, a remarkable effort which went directly towards safeguarding our precious ocean environment and so many other efforts

Moving into phase II has seen me getting more and more involved. We have out finalists and they, and I, are all full speed ahead gearing up for their arrival in late May 2015. In terms of the logistics of the event it comes down to are the busses booked? Do we have boats available? Are all the materials ready for their courses? How about accommodation, transport? All super important of course but for me the main thing has been getting to know all of them a little better as the arrival date gets closer and closer. They have all been making videos talking about their preparation and how things are going as the main event draws nearer. Why not have a look at what they have all recorded on the best dive job page? https://www.facebook.com/divejobcontest?fref=ts

And then of course phase III, arrival! The planning is in place and all, I’m sure, will run like clockwork. 42 days of full on training and competition for all of the amazing prizes on offer, including the number one prize I mentioned before of a dream job at Blue Season Bali. The level of sponsorship this year is simply amazing with so many prizes on offer! Obviously I can’t go into too much detail with the specifics but there are some amazingly cool things lined up. But in a way I know it will be more than just a competition, to me it will be a meeting of friends from across the globe who have had the opportunity to come together in one place and time and share a life changing experience. Everyone involved will be changed forever after such an experience, and when I say everyone I include myself as well. I feel so privileged to be a part of our collective journey we are calling the Best Dive Job in the World 2014 /2015

Chris

Best Dive Job 2014 / 2015 coordinator

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How I WON the Best Dive Job in the world 2010 (Part 3 of 3)  How The Best Dive Job Changed my Life. Guest Post by Kenzo Kiren

Living the Dream

So here we are, almost exactly 3 years since touching down in Bali for the first time and what an exceptional 3 years it has been. After my 7 month experience that shaped the life I live today, I went on to travel South East Asia. Backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines back to Bali, then out to Japan to visit some family. At that point, my passport was out of pages and nearly expired so a quick trip back home was necessary before setting out to Australia. Once touching down in the land down under, I followed up with another unforgettable year first working on the great barrier reef doing day trips and overnight luxury liveaboards. The working experience was nothing like that of Bali but was an incredible opportunity to enhance my knowledge and experience as an instructor.

From the Great Barrier Reef to Playa Del Carmen

australiaAfter work on the Great Barrier Reef, I bought a van and road tripped down the East coast, all the way to Sydney and eventually the world famous Great Ocean Road. The sights along the way were unforgettable, both on the surface and underwater. I dove world famous sites like the Yongala wreck, Julien rock and Southwest rock, seeing a vast variation of marine life including, dolphins, seals, whales and several wicked shark encounters. The memories and experiences in Australia alone are enough to write a book, but for now I’ll keep it short and sweet. Luckily, just hours before my flight to Perth, I, along with my accomplises, were able to sell my van and, from there, I set out to my next dive job location on the Ningaloo Reef in Coral Bay. For the next 6 months I was working whale shark and manta ray tours. It was epic! Coral Bay will forever have a special place in my heart and I will certainly be back one day.

Eventually, my one year working visa came to the end, so I, once again, did a short stint in Japan then back home for another quick friends and family reunion. After some soul searching, spinning my globe wondering where to go next, eventually I found my way out to the mayan riviera in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I went for a 2 week vacation but had the intention and optimism that during that time I could find work. Luckily for me, 2 weeks later and just 2 days before Christmas, I was back doing what I love. I started my first ever resort job, which in many ways was totally different from my previous dive jobs but once again furthered my development and experience as a PADI instructor. Playa del Carmen is a special place where you have a bounty of reef diving, the world famous island of Cozumel and the ancient mayan fresh water cavern/cave systems know as cenotes. Although the location and dive sites are completely different from those I’ve worked in the past, one thing still remains the same… I love my life as a dive instructor.

Meet New People, Go Places and Do Things

bubble-circleSo here I am, three years since it all began. As you can imagine, this journey has taken me to places I never imagined and, in the process, I have made some life long friends from all over the world. In the PADI open water course knowledge review one question asks, “What’s the purpose of the PADI system of continuing education? The answer simply states, You meet people, go places and do things”. But really, that is the extreme shortened version of something you must experience for yourself to truly understand the extent to which it is true. Once you start a life of travel, especially in the dive industry, you become intertwined in this ever growing network and in many ways, this vast world becomes very small and connected. It seems no matter where I go, there is someone welcoming me with open arms to their home and, in many ways, I extend that same invitation to people who happen to end up where I am.

One of the most wonderful things about being an instructor is you get to live in places most people only get to go for one or two week vacations out of the year and you call that place your home. You need no reminders that you are living the dream but if you happen to forget, it won’t take long for one of your guests to say “man I wish I had your life”! I will say it’s not all fun in the sun and relaxing days in hammocks at the beach. Days start at the crack of dawn and usually end as the sun sets. Having said that, you are never lacking with incredible sunrise and sunsets. Working as an instructor, you can face numerous elements of stress and physically demanding work but once you master your ability to cope with those stresses, they will never bring you down. Whatever you may face, the tranquility underwater acts as the perfect stress relief and will always overpower what you may face. You learn to become an expert problem solver, quickly realize organization and efficiency is of the utmost importance and of course you must always take safety as the highest priority. Like any job, there are always challenges, but at the end of the day, in the diving industry, you get the satisfaction of changing peoples’ lives on a daily basis!

The people of our planet have an undeniable attraction to the ocean. The problem is, people fear the unknown and rarely take the plunge and look beneath the surface and see how beautiful it really is. The greatest satisfaction is being the person to help others conquer their fears and introduce them to a world they’ve never seen before. Everyday you have the chance to show people this incredible world, explosive with life, a world which has allowed all life on earth to thrive. I take every opportunity to leave people with the lasting impression that the ocean isn’t a place to be feared. It does require the utmost respect because it is a powerful force, but the serenity and sheer beauty is something that, if every person had the chance to explore, the world would be a much different place. Now, more than ever, the oceans need our help and, ultimately, our survival depends on it.

“if you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life”

sunsetSo, moving forward on this windy road we call life, I don’t know what my exact future entails, but that’s what makes things so exciting. “The world is a book and those who do not travel, only read one page”. Although at this point I have read my fair share of pages, I am definitely not even close to finishing that book. You only get one life in this world and with all the beauty and wonder there is to explore, you really need to make the most of your time and not let the world pass you by. When traveling, no matter where you go, the experience alone, absorbing different cultures, seeing how differently people live from what you are used to is something that gains great perspective on your life, hopefully making you a more understanding, well -rounded person in the process. There is no shortage of places to explore on our ocean planet and the luxury of life as a dive instructor is that you have the freedom to do so. You know what they say: “if you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life”! We all have our passions in life but rarely take the leap to pursue them. Our world is addicted to learning. In my eyes, the best way to learn is through experience. The true way to experience is to travel. So get out there and do it!

 Missed the Previous Posts in this Series?

Part 1 – How I WON the Best Dive Job by Kenzo Kiren

Part 2 – Winning the Best Dive Job 2010

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

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Eight Candidates will Soon Take on the Adventure of a Lifetime in Beautiful Bali.

The Best Dive Job in the World is Back! Are you ready to take on the PADI GoPRO Challenge?

Blue Season Bali is hosting the third edition of  “The Best Dive Job in the World“, an international professional training contest offering amazing opportunities for eight dive enthusiasts.

To enter, participants must submit a 90 seconds or less video answering the question: “Why do I want to become a PADI professional scuba instructor and win the Best Dive Job in the World?” and post it on the contest website.

The competition is open until October 31st, 2014 @ 11:50 PM (SGT).

Eight (8) candidates will be selected by November 30th, 2014. They will be invited to travel to Bali in May 2015 to compete for the Grand Prize while taking on a challenging six-week-training program to become certified PADI Divemasters. During the last week, they will face the final elimination round. One by one they will be eliminated until the final winner is revealed. Ultimately, ONE Winner will take the Grand Prize, which includes all the necessary training to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, standard accommodation while in training, a complete set of Aqua Lung gear, a Suunto D6 dive computer, a waterproof Intova HD camera, all the learning material needed to succeed, examination and registration fees, and a full-time work contract with Blue Season Bali.

“If you’re dreaming of becoming a scuba instructor! This is an amazing opportunity to take on the PADI GoPRO challenge and WIN The Best Dive Job!” said Robert Scales, PADI Master Instructor.

PADI, Aqua Lung, and Suunto are just a few of the partners and sponsors. This year the ‘Best Dive Job’ in the world is giving away prize packages worth more than $100,000USD including eight (8) all inclusive PADI Divemaster Internships, one (1) PADI IDC + MSDT Internship, a full-time work contract at Blue Season Bali, two (2) internships: Work experience program with Waow Cruises and Abyssworld, a complete set of Aqua Lung dive gear, several Suunto dive computers, helicopter tours, various land activities, hotel stays, and a trip for 4 to the Komodo National Park with Wunderpus Diving.

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About Blue Season Bali

Blue Season Bali is the premier dive center in Bali. They offer services ranging from Discover Scuba Diving experience to PADI Instructor Development Course and GoPRO internships. If your looking for top quality scuba diving services, you have found your solution with Bali’s top-rated five-star PADI Career Development Centre.

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open from August 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates by November 30th, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

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Now that your video is submitted, you have to promote yourself and gather support for your entry!

How to promote yourself?

From August 1st 2014 and until October 31st 2014, people can support their favourite candidates and vote for them!

Once you have submitted you video, you’re expected to promote your entry to gain supporters and votes. Although public votes is just one factor in our final decision, winning the confidence of the judges will certainly help you secure an invitation to compete for the Best Dive Job! Remember that we expect to see your abilities with blogging, social media and marketing.

There are a number of things you can do to promote yourself  and WIN the Best Dive Job in the World 2014 competition.

Build Your Social Media Campaign

To start you can do the following:

– Cross-Post your entry on our Facebook Page.
– Invite all your friends to like your contest entry.
– Send tweets about your entry and the competition on Twitter..
– Invite all your friends to look at our contest website.
– Invite your friends to like our video on youtube.

You may also choose to create your own Facebook pages or web pages; we are happy to see any efforts that you can take in order to promote your entry in the competition.

“Campaigning for the Best Dive Job was a lot of work but it was also fun.  I got to think of creative ways to get myself noticed, to show Blue Season Bali my personality, and to get Blue Season Bali’s name out in the world.  I think that the most important factor in this competition is to find your own niche.  To promote both yourself and Blue Season Bali in a way that allows your personality to shine through.” – Marlies Tumolo, winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Here’s a few blogging tips:

Build a successful content strategy

  • Choose the right platforms
  • Define your goals (define your goals from the start, set up short, medium and long term goals, design and market your blog with these goals in mind)
  • Schedule ahead (plan your posts ahead, create a writing schedule, promote your posts at different time)

Content is king

  • Blogs are a great way to express yourself, connect with others who share your passions and share information. An original content is the key to the success of your project.
  • A picture is worth 1000 words : add pictures, videos, podcasts, create multimedia content or visual elements to your post
  • Understanding the importance of Post titles, headers and sub-headers is crucial for getting your content indexed (use headers, SEO, categories, keywords…)

Be consistent
Your blog is your personal brand and should be consistent with who you are. Be authentic and blog like if you have a conversation with your readers. Your consistency will be rewarded with readers loyalty.

Be persistent
Update frequently and keep users interested by posting new content that is meaningful to your readers.

Be inviting
Blogging is about creating social impact and engagement.

Be visible
There is more than creating compelling content to attract readers to your blog, you need to work outside of your blog to promote and develop the community. Use other networks to link back to your blog posts (cross post them to your facebook page for instance).

Comment and engage
It is really important to engage with your readers. You can also comment on other candidates blogs and social media. You should lead by example.

Grow your audience
Build your network and share with other like minded individuals and groups.

Blogging 101 – How to build and manage a successful content website

A Word of Wisdom from Past Winning Candidates

Use all the tools at your disposition to help you gain momentum, promote your entry, grow your fan-base and your audience. Remember that the competition is open for 3 months. Submitting your entry early will give you an advantage ONLY if you work hard, maintain your campaign and engage with your supporters. – Kenzo Kiren – Winner of the Best Dive Job in the world 2010.

We also encourage you to make follow up videos, write blog posts, share your experiences and adventures on social networks and to keep in touch with our team.

Well, that’s it! We’ve given you all of our best advices to help you WIN The Best Dive Job in the world Contest 2014 edition…. Now it’s up to you to show us what you’ve got!

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

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How to ENTER the Best Dive Job Contest

Now that you have made an amazing video, you need to submit it to enter the contest!
Don’t worry, it’s a simple process! In just a few steps you will become an official Best Dive Job contestant.

So, here’s the steps you’ll need to follow to submit your video:

Step 1: Go on the contest website http://contest.bestdivejob.com/

OR click on « submit » from our main website

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Step 2: Then you will be required to submit your video 
There are two ways of submitting your video :

a) You can upload your video directly to our contest platform.
OR
b) Upload your video to Youtube and link your account and your video to our contest platform.

Remember that your video must be 90 seconds or less! Also the contest platform only accept video file up to a maximum of 500MB, that said  you should optimize your video size to facilitate access for people with low speed internet connectivity.

From August 1st 2014 to October 31st 2014, we encourage you to rally all the support you can get to promote your candidacy by encouraging your friends and family to vote for their favourite video – YOURS!

Public vote is one of the factors we will use to judge your entry and make our final selections. Don’t miss the next post on “how to promote yourself”.

Step 3: Below the video uploader is the Contest Entry form with Questions for you to answer.
Questions include: Name, date of birth, gender, email, address, telephone, certification level, certification agency, number of dives, and some information about yourself to help the judge get a better sense of who you are.

Step 4: You are now just one click away from ENTERING the Best Dive Job in the world 2014 contest!

PRESS <Submit>

Once submitted, your video entry will be sent to moderation to ensure it meets our rules –http://contest.bestdivejob.com/rules. If your submission is refused, you will receive an email explaining why (it may be because it contains violence, scenes, nudity or illicit language… Or because you used copyrighted material!)

Remember that this contest is intended for recreational divers wanting to become professional divers!

Don’t miss the next article in this series

How to win the Best Dive Job in the World (Part 4)
We will talk about the contest submission process.

Friendly Reminders

  • The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
  • We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
  • Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
  • For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

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