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Eduardo Medina Torres
Life happens, but then at some point, you can re-create yourself. When I was 50, I decided that life was not yet done. So rather than being 50 years old, I decided that I was merely celebrating 25, again. I learned to dance, to swim a mile, and to bench-press my own weight. I learned to surf. I learned to scuba dive. Now that I am 30 for the second time, I considered going back to school. But, I decided that yet another Master’s would not be self re-invention, merely a repeat. So, when my local dive shop offered a PADI Dive Master Course, I took the giant stride entry. I don’t have to do this. I am happily married, live in Philadelphia. I have a respectable and responsible career as an Investment Manager. I speak a number of languages and travel extensively. Life is fine, if I am 60.
But if I am 30 for the second time, then re-invention is possible.
I remember my first dive, in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua where I learned to dive. As I sat on the side of the bobbing boat, wearing 40lbs of gear, on a beautiful day, looking at the distant coastline, and breaking waves, feeling very queasy, I thought, “what the hell am I doing here?” Then though my mind came the lines, “if you tumble through the raging waters of the sea, you will not drown. Be not afraid. I am with you always.” Yes, it is part of a church hymn. My scuba instructor, Mark McKaye was next to me. Reassured, hand on mask and reg, other hand on weight belt, I back rolled into the Pacific. WOW.
Now 3 years later, I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Thank you Mark, who taught me to dive, Georgia King, Quepos CR, who taught me Rescue Diver and how to help people, Dick Walker in Utila, HN who taught me Wreck Diving and prefect buoyancy, Niels Jorisson, Curacao, who taught me how to breath to extend my dive times and all of the other divers and surfers in Central America who taught me so much more about life, while having fun.
And a special thanks to Derek Freres, in Philadelphia, my IDC Instructor, who is making me a much better diver and a dive master, and who taught me to laugh under water. All people with passion for diving and for life, who give such great joy to the people they train. The sheer joy of the first dive and the hundredth dive, the elation of each new skill learned and improved, the beauty and adventure of each dive site. “Do unto others”. Clearly, Investment Managers earn way more money than Scuba Instructors. But Scuba Instructors both in what they give as well as receive, generate far greater value. Bali would be a complete metamorphosis to offer the skills, grace and beauty of diving to so many fellow travelers.
It’s been 10 days since my video was posted online…
Now it’s maybe time to say a few words about me!
What you need to know is quite simple : I love life!!! And I do everything I can to LIVE. Live in its deepest sense.
My secret is simple : being able to listen to myself and follow my heart…
It might be scary sometimes, because it might lead out of the “normal” life one should have… but my priority is to make choices that are always consistent with my values.
This is what I did when I decided to cross West Africa by land, when I crossed China and Russia by train, or travelled for another year in Asia.
This is what I did when I decided to fight against child sexual abuse in Cambodia, work with refugees, or visit prisonners of war in areas of conflict.
This is also what I recently did when I decided to turn towards a new career after I discovered scuba diving.
I just came home from my last mission and am leaving to Belize in a few days for a volunteering project in marine conservation.
I studied management and speak five languages (French, English, German, Spanish and Dutch).
I’m sensitive to people’s mood and needs.
I’m spontanous and honest but diplomatic.
I love challenges. I love having to adapt to sudden changes, and I’m good at it.
People say I’m fun and funny.
I’m curious and love to discover new things, new cultures, new environments.
And last but not least, I’m a mermaid, I need to go home!!!!
You can even sing the following song to support me (sing to the tune of Hit the road Jack): “I’m a mermaid, I need to go home, pick me pick me pick me pick me!”
See you soon maybe!
If not, may you all be happy and able to pursue your dreams!
“Why I want to change my life and become a PADI scuba Instructor”
Hi! I’m Dave Bizant, I live and breathe scuba diving! Diving has challenged and rewarded me from my Open Water Course in 2006 through to my current Divemaster program in 2011. My dream is to live and work diving so I can open the door for others to see the amazing creatures and diversity of life living under the waves.
Home: Canberra, Australia. University: James Cook University, Townsville Australia. Money: Horse Racing! I work in a betting agency! What I do: Dive for work or work to Dive, It’s one or the other. What I enjoy: Watching a stressed or anxious diver become settled enough to start pointing at fish in amazement.
Looking at the competition it seems unlikely that a soon to finish Uni student who seems to go diving quite regularly would be a good choice for such an awesome opportunity. I guess the reasons I should win would be my commitment to the students I would eventually be teaching. As a PADI instructor I would strive to be the best, safest and most fun instructor out there! Diving is meant to be fun so an instructor with a positive attitude and commitment to the PADI ideals and standards provides a great intro into the
sport and culture of diving. My Blog skills and photography skills are the other bonus, I think I can tell a half decent yarn and I know I can take some all right photos (as you can see hopefully). So they are my winning features hopefully they can get me over the line, if not will see you in the water some time!
Attempting to enter the correct mindset of a PADI professional is my most recent challenge, It is not only dive skills, ability and physical fitness that make a great Dive Instructor, It’s the interpersonal skills, role modeling and ability to inspire the students to want to learn new skills whilst reassuring them and making them feel safe and ultimately competent underwater.
How much of this comes from natural talent or can be learned I’m unsure. I desperately strive and hope I can achieve this.
A Rescue diver gets the itch to teach: Buddied with a novice diver, an older lady who does not seem confident, The skipper prepares her as I enter the water. I yell from the water “Check her BCD has air in it”, no response, is he testing me? Is he testing her? She hits the cold water, instantly her hand goes up waving side to side, something’s not right. I grab her tank valve, inflate her BCD fully and reassure her. Her breathing slows as I tow her to the anchor chain and we easily descend down the line into the big blue for two fantastic clear dives. A great sense of achievement fills me.
Yuhuu! I’m Jeremia Sir Nindyo Mamola Sembiring Brahmana, but you can call me Jeremia, a passionate 23 years old junior architect and technical secretary at my university. Next month I would graduate as a bachelor in architecture!
I love nature, be it sea, mountain, or jungle, etc. I like hiking, mountaineering, camping, climbing, biking, swimming, photography and many others (i always wear short pants in these occasions, rain or shine). I’m an open minded and easy going person. I’m used to working under pressure and tension. I fancy challenges, especially in outdoor activities. I like to learn about something new, included surfing and cultures (from what i saw and learn, Balinese culture are really unique)!
Just like i love nature, i love to nurture. Long ago, i had a dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. Hard to believe eh? I find it interesting just imagining the process of passing my knowledge to others and watch their progress like a child grow. THAT would be fun!
Now, i’m an open water scuba diver. I took the course last year on Pramuka Island and it was amazing. After coming back from the trip, i started planning a lot of dive trips (well, most of which aren’t entirely feasible), watching dive videos (especially the one where a diver swam through his own bubble ring, i’d like to try that too!). Lately, i’ve been spending a lot of time reading books related to marine life especially “Ocean” (foreword by Fabien Cousteau himself). All these videos and books give me the urge to go dive and dive! Lack of moisture and salt on my body is giving an itch in my skin because of its dryness and blandness!
As an Indonesian, I feel sad at the fact that there are so many people (including Indonesian themselves) who aren’t aware of the beauty of Indonesia’s seas (including Bali of course). If I become a PADI instructor, I can introduce the seas and it’s marine life to people, so they could understand, aware, and in turn care about them (most of all, enjoys being part of it!).
If i should win this, the first persons to be trained by me would be my parents. From my first dive I’ve promised myself that I wouldn’t let them be without ever knowing the wonder of underwater life.
If you ask me, why should I win? The answer is clear. This is my calling, vocation, to enjoy the underwater world, teaching others about marine life and encourage them to care about the sea. For I am the person that really (-really) loves the sea.
What i love is:
her breeze, that brings up her soft sweet scent;
her horizon, where true love meets forever;
her wave, that forms her beautiful surface and the grand orchestra of rippling sound;
her brine, that warms my blood at day and sends chill down my spine at night;
her underwater life, that reminds me of my passion and my long lost fantasy.
My name is Nicole Louise Bradon, I’m twenty one years old and I feel like every moment I spend in my home town is spent existing, rather than living. In the summer of 2010, I spent one month in Guidel, France where I fell in love once again with the beach there, watching the surfers and hoping to have a beach life as my “everyday life” eventually. After coming home for a month, I booked an interrail ticket, took off and backpacked around Europe for another month, travelling parts of Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, France and The Netherlands.
I love beautiful places that inspire me, challenge me and satisfy me. There is so much I want to see, Bali is top of my list and this opportunity would blow my mind. I’ve always wanted to learn to scuba dive and thought I would probably learn when I finally get to travel Australia. To learn and become an instructor in Bali is on another level! l’d love to learn to surf too!
I want to change my life because I am a waitress in Grays, Essex and it doesn’t inspire, challenge or satisfy me. Grays is exactly how it sounds, grey. Every day is mundane. As much as it will always be “home”, I don’t want to flitter my life away, wake up in years to come and feel like I didn’t atleast try out for every opportunity possible. I remember an assembly I once had in secondary school, it sounds a bit corny but I think I will remember what this teacher said for the rest of my life, he had a world map and told us “there is a huge world out there and don’t waste your life in just one corner of it”, I see people that are content to live their life in this one corner of it and that’s fine for them but it isn’t enough for me. Since finishing college three years ago, I haven’t been sure at any point of what career I want, or particularly need, all I have
known is that I want to travel, and settle somewhere beautiful and find the right job along the way. The chance to be a PADI Instructor in Bali is the ultimate for me, an amazing job in an amazing place.
About me? I’m a friendly person, a go-with-the-flow type, I laugh all the time, I’m quietly ambitious, I’m passionate and sometimes fiery, I love music and people, I love new experiences, new food, new cultures. Eggs make me sneeze. I love summer and the sun, the way it makes every one seem friendlier and the way every one looks better with a tan! I have a gap in my front teeth, which is supposed to be lucky… I’m still waiting to find out if that’s true. I don’t know if I am the most deserving person in the world for this opportunity, but I know every part of me wants this.
Hello, my name is Steve Fitzpatrick and my one true passion in life has always been the ocean. I’m 20 years old and currently a student of State University at Oneonta in New York. I’m majoring in mass communications because I want to work on and eventually produce nature documentaries. My strong points include being hard-working, friendly, and the ability to grow a gnarly beard at will.
I’ve been captivated by the ocean since I was 3 years old when my father first took me out fishing on his boat in the Long Island Sound. Since then we have managed to make it far offshore to the continental shelf and have encountered populations of large pelagic marine life. Unfortunately New York is too cold to be out on the water for a huge portion of the year, so I’m forced to sit back and endure a cold winter with no ocean to quench my thirst.
Ever since I started diving just a few years ago I’ve had some of the most amazing experiences of my life. My most intense diving moment would have to be a shark dive I did in the Bahamas where Caribbean reef sharks surrounded my dive group to feed and even occasionally bumped into me. No matter how intense, every dive I’ve been on has ended with an indescribable feeling of peace, and as a PADI Instructor I would be able to share this feeling with the world.
I began filming my experiences on the water in hopes of creating videos that will show the beauty of the marine world to people who otherwise never would have been able to see it for themselves. As a PADI dive instructor I would be able to go one step further and be responsible for showing my students the ocean’s allure first hand. I believe if we can show as many people as possible what this world has to offer, we can gain support towards protecting it for future generations to enjoy, just as we do today.
Everyone wants a career that they love going to everyday and I’m no different, but regardless of this contest’s outcome I will keep pushing towards my goal of living my life on the ocean. I plan on continuing my diving as soon as possible and even starting a video blog about my aquatic adventures. What better place to start then Bali? So choose me to win the best dive job in the world and give me the chance to change my life and show people the best way to experience the world that I love. You won’t be disappointed!
Hi, I’m Helen, 19, from England, and this is why you should pick me for the Best Dive Job in the World!
When I was little, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said a mermaid. She told me I couldn’t because it wasn’t a real job. Pah! This is partly why I want to win – to prove the silly cow wrong!
My absolute first passion in life is travelling. This year I set off exploring Australia, New Zealand and Borneo. I climbed mountains, jumped off waterfalls, out of a plane, white water rafted, black water rafted, trekked the jungle, slept under stars, swam with whale sharks, got the obligatory backpacker scooter burn on my leg, worked on a dolphin monitoring program, watched a hell of a lot of sunsets, survived a cyclone and a tsunami and – basically – had the most insanely amazing time of my life. But the best and most significant thing I did, was learn to dive!
I have completely and utterly fallen in love with diving. Everything from the physical sport aspect, to the marine life, to the whole lifestyle and atmosphere – it’s just downright perfect. I have a grand total of 7 dives under my weight belt, but this just means that everything I see and do is more often than not still a first and therefore sooooo effin’ cool!!! And if I’m completely honest, a little bit scary – but doesn’t that just add to the fun?
I’m just not the ‘office job’ type of person; “9-to-5” is something I hope NEVER enters my vocabulary (unless it is a super extended happy hour…). I am an eternal backpacker who will continue to travel for the rest of my life, and what possible better way is there to achieve this than to combine it with diving!
On my Open Water course, it turned out someone in the group couldn’t actually swim. Over the three days I witnessed him learn to swim, and subsequently learn to dive. The sense of achievement was great, and it was pretty cool to be part of such a special moment. That’s the type of feeling I imagine happening again and again as a PADI Instructor, and that’s why I would be honoured to win this.
In terms of social media, I’m just starting up a blog based on my travels, and I also use Facebook and Twitter regularly – so I am highly qualified to spread the word and let everyone know what an amazing time we’re having!
I am a confident, happy-go-lucky beach bum that loves meeting new people and experiencing new things. I work hard, party harder, and put my all into everything I do. I promise I will not let you down. For me, this wouldn’t just be a job; it’d be an absolute dream come true. (Wow, that was cheesy.)
So, pick me for the Best Dive Job in the World, and let the good times roll!
From the moment I received the email about the best dive job in the world, I knew this is it, the job that can change my life, for whole my life I just lived ordinary life, so hey I need something new, something that I don’t need to sit behind desk for 8 hours, I need some challenging, some adventure if I may say, because stay in bali for 7months is a challenge I would love to!
So Let me introduce myself, I’m Lilis, everybody call me LIZ, I’m from Medan, Indonesia, I’ve been working since I’m graduate from University, nothing “wow” if I may say in my job. now I’m 27 years old, my friends always said I’m an active girl, they said I need a job where I could express myself, something fill with adventure plus a challenge, something that make me didn’t feel any bored!
and now Let me tell you why I deserve this best job ever, because I love travelling (who doesn’t eh?) especially to exotic places like Bali, beside that I love water, not just water that we used to drink, I mean about ocean and the stuff. I just wish I could live and work near beaches and dive all the time!!
Maybe you and the team going to hear this a lot in another entry and lack of Diving skill but HEY!! I want to say it out LOUD! I’m keen to learn, full of fun, and off course full of Passion!! And I really want to get this job, coz I really need some changes in my life and I already know what I want do with my hobbies and I want my hobbies be part of my job such as DIVING!
Juan Manuel Lopez
My name is Juan Manuel Lopez (Juanma).
I’m Spanish and live in Canary Islands, Spain,
I’m 41 years old and I have 2 children, Javi, 6, and Eva, 2.
My job: Air Traffic Controller. My passion: Scubadiving. My paradise: Bali.
… and I really want to change my life!
After travelling to Bali seven times, the idea of calling Bali home just keeps buzzing in my head. For a while now, I just can’t stop picturing me and my family living there.
I love everything about Bali and I consider it the perfect place for me to work and enjoy life and for my children to grow up in. I’m even learning Bahasa Indonesia!
I love scuba diving, it has become my passion. I just can’t get enough of it. I’m a PADI Divemaster and I have logged around 500 dives in many places throughout the world. I like underwater photography too.
These pictures are just a sample of what you can find in my website: www.scubaplanet.es
Honestly, a scubadiving job in Bali would be my dream come true!
Actually, I had already started seriously to look into finding ‘that’ job and moving to Bali…and then I found you!, I thought: ‘I can’t believe it, just what I’m looking for!’
I consider myself a very energetic person, not afraid of challenges, enthusiastic and friendly. I’m always ready to enjoy the good and simple things in life, playing with my children, a beer with a friend, a nice sunset, a good dive, or an afternoon at the beach, for instance, surfing in Kuta Beach (surfing is my other passion).
… I’m absolutely ready for a change… the change!
Thanks for your time and YES!… I want the ‘Best Dive Job in The World’!
Hope you to see you soon
Best regards and Terima Kasih
The alarm clock is set for 4:30 a.m. so I can arrive at the hospital for my scheduled 12‐hour shift. The shift always becomes 16 or 20‐hours because of severe staffing shortages. I leave for work before it is light outside and arrive home well after dark. Weekend and Holiday are foreign words. Every day I care for babies of all ages. I take care of others’ loved ones while my own are at home without me.
All day I clean up poop, urine, vomit, sputum, blood—any bodily fluid imaginable—and am exposed to all of the latest diseases. I take health histories from people who know more about what Lindsay Lohan is wearing than they do about their own medication and health condition. Many of the people I care for are killing themselves with food, drink, and drugs.
I’m sure the patients I care for are delightful people, but sick and injured folks, who have waited 4+ hours in the waiting room, have little tolerance for humor and joviality. I can’t blame them, but I wish I could remember the last time I worked a shift without being yelled at by someone.
My nickname at work is TAZ (as in Tasmanian Devil), because of my efficiency. (Well, partly because of my humorous pranks, but mostly because of my efficiency.) I can enter a room, complete ten tasks (and set up one prank) before anyone realizes I was in the room. Frequently, I get assigned the most critical patients. I know this is a compliment to my skill level, but it also means I deal with more trauma, more infant deaths, and more complicated social issues than most. It’s also the reason I HAVE TO maintain my sense of humor.
When my head hits the pillow, I should be so exhausted that sleep comes easily, but the replay button goes off, and I think about the CODE we had and how it could have gone better. Did Mrs. Smith make it? Did Mr. Jones get his sandwich?
Why do I do this? Because when the team wins, and that one patient, patient’s family or co‐worker comes up to me and says, “You made a difference,” I feel good. AND, I do it to support my love of diving and adventure. I can only dream of a job where I see sunlight and all the participants want to be there, willingly engaging in healthy activity.
Where the sirens in my head turn off and are replaced by slow breathing and blue bubbles. Where the only bodily fluids I will be exposed to is the dried spit on a shared regulator.
Why do I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor?
Because I have seen:
Broken bones, broken teeth, goo in fat folds, objects in orifices, stabbings and shootings, heroin addicts and heart attacks. But I have never seen Bali. My name is Kathi, and BOY do I want a change.
My name is Antoine I am 28 years old French. I live in Vietnam since November 2008. I decided to leave France to get more freedom in my life. I had been in the wine business for a wine distributor in Vietnam, Lao and Cambodia (wine is a great passion). Currently I am restaurant manager for a French restaurant.
Ireally enjoyed those last two years that allowed to me to meet many different people from worldwide, discovered a new culture, new way of life. Today I want to move forward and enjoy a new life turn.
I don’t want “change” my life because I don’t want change who I am nor erase the past. Through what I already got I really want evaluate and continue the adventure.
Become PADI instructor would be an amazing springboard for a new start. I am ready to be educated and pass on this passion to other. I always looking for a life’ project and this one match one hundred percent to my wish and my will.
That is true that without this opportunity I wouldn’t have thought of becoming PADI instructor and that s because I will be able to use all the energy, all the excitation, all the positive motivation of a radical turn.
What is more exciting than a radical life turn?? Luck doesn’t smile to those who sulk…I am like a sponge waiting in the deep blue water of Bali ready to absorb the chance you will offer.
Become diving instructor sounds very nice and arouse to me a great interest. Since always I feel in peace when I am in water. I am lifeguard since I am 18 and continue to swim as much as I can. I am really attracted to live close to the sea and be in relation with nature especially with the sea. I come from a farmer family (mother side and father side) and was educated through a nature respect way. My first wish was to be winemaker, and I got a master in wine business and regulation. I keep a passion for the wine.
That is excited myself in this challenge, is to have an amazing long-term project through a great job. I dive sometime when I am in holidays and really took great time. I am confident to use this great opportunity in the right way and develop the chance you will give me. I don’t see this opportunity as “nice holidays” or just good time in Bali. The fact to learn a great job and to develop it is a great chance that I would like to take.
Choose me and you will hire a positive, energic, life lover person who enjoy the surprises of an adventure life.
I am ready to give everything in this project and enjoy the new amazing way you are offering. Hope diving soon with you and discover great new universes under warter as on earth.
Wish you the best for this New Year.
While reading the Cyber Dive Network News your article about the “The Best Dive Job in the World” jumped out at me. Here I am looking for an Internship to finish my Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management degree and these guys are offering a free one in Bali, yeah whatever…But I guess ill check it out. Here is a little bit about myself.
I am a 22 year old male who is motivated to succeed but I want to have fun while doing it. Like most people I want a fast car, a nice house, money to be able to travel and enjoy my recreation and leisure’s, and a super hot trophy wife. I am a “go getter”, an entrepreneur, a frat boy, and an opportunist. In college I partnered up with a Fraternity brother to start a sunglasses business. Out of the 10,000 students at Radford University 1200 of them are rocking them on campus. In my management class we had to write a business plan. My creativeness and unique style of marketing helped me to start my SCUBA website Underwater Pleasure LLC. (underwaterpleasure.com). While my conservative teacher bashed me for my slogan “Come GET WET With Us” I proved her wrong by coming up with some pretty creative marketing and advertising that could capture the demographics and market share I was leaning toward. Sex sells right… I recently just started a Real Estate business where I pulled in an investor and just finished flipping my first foreclosed house. I have also submitted two ideas into online invention firms (which I think are a scam anyways) and tried to create my own charity Ipod application called Carespender. But let’s get on to the important $h*t…
The “Best Dive Job in the World” is simply another opportunity that I cannot surpass. I am a PADI OW diver and an outdoor enthusiast. Traveling and the thought of doing business in an emerging market has been a life long dream of mine and this is one way you can make my dream come true. Successful companies often start as small “stories” but later evolve to something bigger by the customers evangelizing and storytelling about it. With social media turning the internet into a “social environment” (facebook, twitter, youtube, ect), words and stories are spreading like cancer. I love diving but I also want to raise awareness through sharing our stories, ideas, and traveling the world to see the beauty and the destruction of our world and oceans first hand. I think it is important for every business to be technically competent and to be knowledgeable about upcoming business ideas and trends. Lucky for us the SCUBA diving trend is just beginning. Green this, green that, “The Ultimate Diver Challenge” T.V. series blah de de blah blah blah. It’s happening now and I want in right at the beginning. Let me come to Bali and “Get Wet”…
To be honest, in my early twenties, I have had everything a modern girl is supposed to want – rich boyfriend, lovely family members, and good-salary job – but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, I often feel consumed by panic and confusion. Instead of keeping busy like before, I made a quick decision in last Oct and took my parents to Bali for a short holiday.
Unexpectedly, I found out a different lifestyle in Bali, the way I never imaged before, falling in love with Bali naturally.
Luckily, I had the first diving experience there. From my childhood, I’ve been a good swimmer, but never have any information or contact about diving.
During my stay in Bali, I experienced a fun dive in Nusa Dua and found out everything I have seen under the sea was so amazing and the feeling of diving shocked me and surprised me a lot. I think falling in love with diving is also easy and natural.
I’m from Beijing, China, being an office lady now who is always sitting in the chair and the thing I contact most is my computer every day. Is it a boring life huh? Yep, I know it’s time for me to make a change and I am ready for it.
Ok, I really want to go back to Bali and stay for longer period, not for holiday, but for experience, to experience all kinds of Bali. Please forgive me my poor expression here, but I do want all of you to consider about me. An enthusiast, kind Chinese girl, with the passion of diving, hopes to help people and seize this great opportunity to change my life. Thanks.
Faith Shengfei Wen
Once a part of time…..it was alittle girl growing up in a small village close to the forrest in the middle of Sweden. Didn´t know about the world out there.
When she was 14 years young, after highschool she went on a school trip. They went to Riccione in Italy and saw Venezia & San Marino. A new world opened up for this little girl from the countryside. She desided allready then to conquer the world.
And she did, her whole life she has been travelling and working all over the world.
On her first around the world trip, she stopped in Cairns, Australia to do a dive course,
but something went wrong on the course, so she went sailing on a nice “swan” to the white sundays island, a dream she had, to see it.
Many years after she sees the competion about the “The best dive job in the world”
To live in Bali for 7 months, her favorit island in the world.
And she desided to conquer the world under the sea 😉
Why I should win the prize and change my life.
It`s a compleatly new world to me.
To discover the seaworld. I love opportunities & challenges in life.
Life is short and death is long, live today, tomorrow could be to late…..
Bali B – Part II
I’ve been working on my Assistant Instructor through Humboldt State University. Being a part of students transition from the classroom to the pool to their 1st time in the ocean has been absolutely thrilling. There is a great sense of awe when you watch them find hidden treasures or when they realize a curious fish has been following them.I’ve only been diving off the California coast (Burrrr!). I need to find out what warm water has to offer – the fish, coral, sponges, invertebrates, and know what it is like to dive in anything less than a 7mm wetsuit.
I live on the far north coast of California in Arcata, it’s a great little college/hippy town where the Redwood trees meet the ocean. I moved here to get away from the hustle, bustle and smog of southern California and to go to school. A bit about what I do and have done: I was on a swim team, started my pilot license, lifeguarded, studied Shotokan, got my self through college (Yea Oceanography!), currently work in an office & at Juvenile Hall supervising the kids, have dirtied my feet on the grounds of a few beautiful countries, like to climb trees & investigate most anywhere, got my AAUS certification and volunteer my time doing underwater surveys for Reef Check California, and have a deep need to expand my underwater memory book with memories of places all over the ocean – warm and cold water alike!I want to become a dive instructor so I can pass on the beauty of the ocean. I want to help people see a glimpse of the Big Blue, Earths’ vast unknown. Show them the magnificence of underwater creatures and plants. This will be my way of helping people understand the urgency of not over-exploiting our oceans resources, to educate and see the awe in their eyes. I believe if someone experiences the exquisiteness of the ocean up close and personally, it may just keep them from throwing that beer can off the boat. I have wanted to own a dive shop for some time and am finally in a place to start taking steps toward that.
Help me – with fins on my feet and compressed air in my lungs, I’m ready to begin the next chapter of my life!
With hopes of seeing you soon,
Hi, this is Patrick. I am 30 years old, single, and I am writing to you from the snowy, windy prairies of Canada.
“What the heck is that massive fish? Is that a whale shark from a very strange angle?”, is what I asked myself when I first saw the pictures of the Mola Mola on the Blue Season Bali Diving website.
So how did I get from sitting behind a desk doing the 9-5 thing a few months ago, to applying for the coolest prize on the planet? Rewind… I am what many would call a geek. I was a computer geek in my younger days, became a software engineer, and have worked in the industry for many years now. Not all of my time was spent behind a desk. I have always played one sport or another, and have always enjoyed martial arts in my spare time.
I recently decided that working hard most of the time, and having a little bit of fun outdoors with whatever time was left over, just did not cut it for me! So I left my office job, and started my adventure in the mountains; mountaineering, rock climbing… which I enjoyed no doubt. Then I made my way down to the rivers, lakes, and oceans in canoes, white water kayaks, and sea kayaks. I have also been snorkeling in various areas in the Caribbean and off the coast of Australia. Now we’re talkin’! Water rules! That is all there is to it.I don’t know how many times I was sitting in my kayak enjoying the calm view of the forests and mountains, then I look over in the water, see some new critter I have never seen before and ask: “Cool, what the heck is that?!? Hmmm… Too bad I’m not wearing scuba gear right now…”. You certainly don’t need me to tell you what an awesome explosion of life and colour can be found in the oceans.
Unfortunately, I have not been scuba diving before. I have been no deeper than I can hold my breath with my snorkel. Maybe Blue Season Bali Diving can help change that! I cannot think of a better way to take the plunge and explore the amazing world under the ocean, than to spend 7 months with Blue Season Bali. I honestly have no idea where I would end up after those 7 months, but I can guarantee that I will have a heck of a lot of fun doing it! The life in the oceans fascinates me, I want to learn more about it.
If I were given the opportunity to become a PADI instructor, I would absolutely love to change my life and help show the world what an amazing abundance of life there is in the ocean.
Lets go diving!
Return me to the Ocean
Ever since I was a little boy I’ve been a fish in the water. On family vacations to Hawaii I was the 8 year old kid that stayed in the water until I had 75 year old wrinkles. Now at almost 23 years old I’m still drawn to it. I’m born and raised in Vancouver BC, now living as a struggling student halfway done his degree in kinesiology/fine arts but currently postponing my educational future, while contemplating my career choices, seeking one with a little more spice and exhilaration.
I’m a long time cook who’s devotedly been sweating in a kitchen for 4 years and quite eager to be refreshed from the hot kitchen by some soothing waters. My first diving experience was in South Africa and immediately I was hooked. Since then I’ve managed to get my open water certification, doing so in fashion as the only person in my class gutsy enough to wear a wetsuit in the chilly coastal BC waters. In retrospect, I shoulda paid the extra $80 for a dry suit, but being financially strapped I “chose” to be cold.
With 6 day work weeks and the lack of the almighty $ I don’t get to dive much at all, but after a much needed vacation to the Caribbean, I’ve decided that diving is what I NEED to do for the rest of my life. I am still fairly new to diving yet greatly intrigued by the many possibilities worldwide, so upon returning from my trip all I have done is researched scuba jobs. One regular old Friday afternoon I was sitting back having my coffee watching Wild Recon on Animal Planet (sharks of course), while surfing the net and fate occurred as I came across this contest.
At that moment my heart raced as if I were drifting through some Indonesian waters and suddenly was faced with a great white shark. This is the opportunity I need to change MY LIFE and become a PADI instructor. It is my dream job!! When diving, I feel a sort of tranquility by the silent yet explosive energy that life gives off under water. I have such great passion for not only the preservation and balance of our waters but also an overwhelming fascination to the vast variations of life within them.
I’m an open minded, fast learning, extremely motivated individual full of energy. You bring me to Bali, and I will brighten your lives. I’ve loved the ocean since as long as I can remember and due to the lack of money and time, this is the only way I can spend the rest of my life living among it. When stressed I often tell people I’m sick of life on land, I belong in the ocean. Please help me break free from my tedious life as a cook and the confines of life in the city.
Help me live the life I was meant to live. This is my calling.
My name is Janelle Levine. I am 23 years old. I currently teach swimming and science, and positively adore both subjects. I also facilitate research groups for a breast cancer awareness program, and help design custom donuts (while dressed as a 40’s style nurse) for a living. I’d try anything twice, I’ve shaved my head, jumped out of a plane, and there is a reality show in pre¬production about my work life. I am obsessed with sharks, Moby Dick and giant squid, and every scuba mask that I have ever worn leaks because I giggle too much. Do I stand out yet? Didn’t think so…
So let me convince you that I have the perfect mentality to take full advantage of this opportunity.
When I was thirteen, I dropped out of school due to mitigating circumstances. For most of my adolescence I was regarded as a failed delinquent from a broken home. Ten years later, I am writing to you as a college graduate, an advanced open water diver, and as a testament to my killer ambition. And the next challenge I’ve decided to take on? Yup…scuba diving!
Last year, I became so fixated with learning to scuba dive that I took up a part-time job at a local dive shop for access to classes and I am ever grateful to the owner and staff, who have given me such a remarkable opportunity. I wish I could more actively pursue it, but three jobs plus dealing with life’s unexpected twists has left me, quite literally, no time.
In the past few years, I have been through the mill, experiencing everything from homelessness to bizarre injuries to endless hours at dead-end jobs (and trust me, the list doesn’t end there), simply to finish college and keep my family afloat. I’ve spent a lot of my life being kicked when I’m down, but I’ve come out of it with some great stories, a few battle scars, and ready to kick-start adventure time.
I chose scuba for one sole reason. Scuba diving is one of the happiest, most adventurous things I have ever experienced. It is nothing short of a tragic that the circumstances of my life have left me unable to pursue it.
Ladies and gentlemen of the panel – I love life. I’m a tad unconventional, determined as hell, and have so many dreams and passions just welling up inside of me that simply have no outlet. I’m ready to kick some ass and break some barriers, but I need a leg up. With the help of friends and family I have hurdled some major obstacles in my life, and guess what? I’m back on my feet and ready for the next one! If your goal with this competition is to really, profoundly change a life, and to give one incredibly lucky person an otherwise unimaginable opportunity, then by all means, give me a call.
Correct, right, just, spot on, dead on, bang on, bob on, yes my son! Just a few ways to describe your decision if you pick me for the Best Dive Job in the World!
So why do I want to wave goodbye to good ol’ Blighty’s shores for 7 months to live and dive in Bali? This is the perfect cue for strings and a sob story, but my life isn’t the X Factor so I will tell you straight and honestly (if you don’t get the X Factor where you live, it’s a popular televised singing contest and regularly features emotional music when candidates cry through their reasons for wanting to win… They’re generally something along the lines of doing it for their cat who lost a leg in a lawnmower accident).
I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor with Blue Season Bali because I have an adventurous spirit that is just bursting to soak up the world. I need to be out there, discovering, exploring, making a difference. And what better way is there to do that than bring the unrivalled joy and exhilaration of diving to others?
My dive love story began in Bali… actually. Being unqualified at that point, we couldn’t go deeper than 12m, but who cared? I saw so much life at 5m and kept looking at my boyfriend with huge happy eyes. I knew then that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. On surfacing the instructor said: “You’re a fish. You belong in the water.” I know!
My dedication to diving and adventure shines through because of my determination and dogged-mindedness. Diving is an expensive sport/hobby/passion/reason for getting out of bed, no doubt about it. But where there’s a will there’s a way: I provided video content for a dive school’s website in exchange for my AOW qualification. They are such a top bunch for giving me the opportunity to do what I love – and I could do the same for Blue Season Bali. I’ll bring the pzazz and the punch – you bring the ocean and the diving know-how!
I already blog and write about diving on my site The Adventure Girl’s Guide. I dedicate a lot of column inches to diving – both the exciting experiences and the more challenging ones, like when I found getting used to a dry suit really tough! I share my articles through social media like Facebook, Twitter and diving forums. Divers love a good debate and putting in their two pennies’ worth I’ve found, so it’s been a real joy to be part of it. In the few months since I started it, I’ve interviewed big names in diving like marine scientist Dr Andrea Marshall and diving TV personality Paul Rose. This shows my passion and respect for both diving and our waters – and just how much I want to make my life all about adventure.
Send Karli to Bali!
Hi, I am Mritunjai Sisaudia, 28 years old and I stay in Hyderabad, India. As my father was an engineer in the Army, I spent my childhood roaming across the country changing schools every two-three years. It was this upbringing which gave me an appreciation for variety; in people, in their languages, mindsets and cultures. Over the years I have grown into a wide range of activities and interests and yearn to expand more every day.
I graduated in computer science and started working by twenty one and have spent the last seven years working for some of the best organizations in the industry as a programmer. I love programming as a medium to create, and have always been a true artist at heart. I love sketching, write poetry, dabble in photography and have an eye for color and aesthetics.
Though my career choices early in life led me to the corporate cubicles, my heart always belonged to the outdoors. The artist in me has always drawn inspiration from the the greatest artist of all, nature. I have run a few long distance races, backpacked, and climbed to push myself physically, catch a few unspoiled sunsets, starry nights and breathtaking sunrises. As a kid I loved climbing trees, but that’s not odd I guess, for if Darwin is to be believed, we were monkeys once. I spent the first nine months of my life in a bag of water and I myself am a water bag (70%!), so it’s no wonder that I love water too!
When I first came across diving, as is typical of me, read up a lot of material on it. Even got hold of a PDF version of the US Navy dive manual and I knew that this was for me. But I wanted to be sure, so I travelled over 400 miles to Goa and enrolled myself for the PADI open water diver program (http://waterdiving.blogspot.com). I watched the DVDs, read the manual cover to cover, obsorbed like a sponge in the pool sessions, but nothing could have
prepared me for my first open water dive on the third day. I am in love!
It’s not just the scuba equipment or the underwater skills, not just the connection with the ocean or the innocence of the marine life, not just the pure child like joy that I got to witness on even the most experienced divers; it was everything together. A community that wants to live in harmony with nature, wants to protect it; spread awareness, teach and learn everyday. I know now that I belong here.
There are so many dive sites in Bali that I want to explore, like see the walls at the Menjangan island, reef sharks, sunfishes and turtles at Cystal bay at Nusa Penida, USAT Liberty wreck at Tulamben, or a night dive to coral gardens to see the spanish dancers!
PS: Tom, I am also looking forward to learn reverse finning and helicopter turns from you.
Hi, I am Dennis Harrold from Fort Smith, Arkansas. I began diving two years ago at Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma, an hour drive from Fort Smith. The diving in Lake Tenkiller is seasonal; we can only dive for about six months. Visibility is poor which ranges from one foot to twenty feet; if you can dive here you can dive anywhere. I dove in the Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. I have made over 265 dives.
In my first year of diving, I became a Divemaster and started helping Instructors with class. Watching new divers has pushed me to want to become an Instructor so I can pass on my passion for diving.
I did not know how much it would change my life. It has enriched my life so much that all I have wanted to do is become an Instructor. I want to show and teach others about the vast, beautiful world that still remains unknown. Getting away from the everyday job that has not brought enjoyment and excitement of working with people that diving has. Working and teaching people from all walks of life how much fun diving is. Being able to seeing the awe on the face of new divers when they start diving in this beautiful and awesome world that they have only seen on T.V.
Being excited by listening to the excitement in their voice and seeing it on their face after a dive. This only drives the passion in me to become an Instructor. I want to teach diving to those who want to learn and show them the world that I have deeply fell in love with. I want to spread my knowledge about diving the sea and the creatures that live there. It’s important to the underwater ecosystem to teach those of what it means to life on earth. I want to spread my love for diving and the world that we dive in, while learning about the life of people from around the world and becoming friend with them.
Bubbles, I all hear are bubbles. The rhythmic sound of my breathing puts me into a trance as I glide through the ocean blue. There is no other place in the world I would rather be than exploring beneath the sea. I was introduced to scuba diving around the age of 10 years old. Ever since then I have been fascinated by all things scuba. It doesn’t stop there. I love to share my passion for diving with anyone who will listen or take the time to look at some of my photographs.
My passion for diving has given me the opportunity to explore another world beneath the waves. A world where people are visitors, a world where new discoveries are common, a world where gravity can be challenged and you can fly. I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor because I want to be able to share the other 70% of the world where most people only get a glimpse of the surface. I want to expose them to the beauty of a coral reef, to the beauty of a kelp forest, to the agility of pinniped, or to the grace and strength of a shark.
My life has been changed as a result of being exposed to the world beneath the sea. I want to be able to do the same for others and at the same time develop other stewards of the sea. The more passionate divers the world has the better success we as humans will have at protecting our oceans. As a PADI dive master I have already had first had experience in teaching and assisting new divers, but I want to expand on my experience and become a PADI instructor and have a greater impact on the lives of those considering diving.
I consider myself to be the adventurous type, but not the solo type. I can’t think of a better way to expose other people the adventurous underwater world than to be a PADI instructor, go all the way and live the dream. I have already left the life of 9-5 behind me after 9 plus years of living the corporate way of life. I want to be able to wake up, be excited to go to work, and jump into Mother Nature’s pool.
I want to live the life of a PADI instructor. I want to make an impact on people’s lives. I want to be able to teach new divers not only the skills required to be a PADI diver, but to teach them to be good stewards of the sea and share that information and their experiences to bring new divers into the fold. I want to be a PADI instructor because I want to make a difference. I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor to live my dream. Here’s to lots of bubbles with Blue Season Bali!
As I approach the 10-year mark on my working life so far, I have been looking back at what I have really achieved. Sure, I have enjoyed my work, and I’ve even had the fortune to be part of a business that has revolutionised an industry. I’ve even helped that business through a key point in its evolution, its IPO. I have benefited financially from my career, have made some good friends and other relationships that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I have also had the opportunity to travel with work and through work gain the funds to travel widely in my personal time too. But asking myself the crucial question, “Have I made a contribution to the world, or measurably improved anyone’s life?” I don’t think I can honestly answer that I have.
Interestingly, diving is becoming a theme in my life when I am considering what to do with my future. In a month off between jobs in 2005 I visited Egypt with the express intention of learning to dive. I had always been at my happiest in the water, and exploring what lay beneath the surface had always been an alluring challenge for me. I’m glad I took the opportunity to take a PADI Open Water qualification at that point, because it opened up a new world to me.
My favourite dive experience to date was filling in for a couple doing their Rescue Diver qualification, where one of the couple was unfortunately taken ill. I was asked to play the part of the ‘victim’ and to hide somewhere on the reef. Remaining still on the sea floor, waiting to be “rescued”, watching the underwater world go by, being mesmerised by the tiniest motions of the corals and being myself watched by the inquisitive fish, was a magical experience that I will always have with me.
Diving is so many things to so many people. For some it’s just an adventure, an exciting activity to get under one’s belt on holiday. For others it’s a way to help the planet, to study underwater life and act to conserve it for future generations. For still others, it’s a healthy addiction to the beauty and biodiversity of underwater life.
For me it’s about relaxation and exploration. No two dives are ever the same and I enjoy discovering new facets of sites I’ve dived before. I also enjoy the tranquility and solitude of turning dive lights off during a night dive and imaging myself to be floating in space!
No matter what people get out of their diving experiences, it all starts with an introduction and training. What more valuable endeavour can I turn my life to than helping give newcomers an introduction to the world under water, and to help them begin a journey of exploration, both of themselves but also life below the surface, than to share my passion for diving?
This is the moment that I been waiting for…
My name is Bergenius Shalah I’m 29 yrs. of age, a simple an a quiet guy Of course i’d like to explore and learn new things, I do have an expensive dream in my life and that is to become a well trained professional diver, I live in an Island situated between the Philippines and Malaysia, I did’nt manage to get a job after college, I have been helping my brother to be one of his crew in the small wooden boat that he run, In the previous years we been hired by some researchers to do research studies in one of the best dive site in the Philippines Tubbataha Reef for a week, so as a boat crew part of my job is to prepare the scuba gear before and after the dive, I may don’t have the brains like those researcher but I’m definitely have a quite an little advantage in diving skills than them, due to unemployment my sister decided to help me to get a passport to enter Malaysia and have a temporary employment as a fishermen or they call it as visit pass.
I decided to save some money, so last march I have my first PADI open water licensed and just recently I have just received my PADI advance open water licensed that I enrolled in one of the dive center in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor?
It’s time for me to experience the real adventure in life and to become a PADI Instructor is great opportunity if chosen it would help gain more knowledge in my scuba diving skills and to be able to teach and share it what I learn would be my life changing moment, I may have only few dive log for me I considered myself as an experience diver,
Dear Best Dive Job in The World,
My name is Alan and I’m 29 year old PADI Divemaster. I recently completed my divemaster Internship this summer on the beautiful island of Ibiza. I went from total beginner to divemaster in two months. It’s fair to say this was the best experience of my life and I never want to go back to the 9-5 rat race that most jobs have to offer. The reason I took this step in my life was because I’d become disheartened with life in the UK. My friend suggested scuba diving to me, so I began researching the industry and before I knew it I had signed myself up for a Divemaster Internship. I have now become totally obsessed with diving and want to go all the way to course director, even platinum course director one day.
Since my return to the UK I have been on the PADI pro’s site everyday looking for work in the industry. The more I look the more I realise I need to be an instructor or higher to gain employment. The only thing stopping me achieving this is money. I figure to get myself the best chance of work is to become a staff instructor. I will get there eventually after years of saving but I don’t want to wait 5 years or so down the line, I want it now! I’ve tasted the lifestyle and I want more. Yes it’s hard work, yes the hours can be long but teaching others to dive or even guiding certified divers is a wonderful experience. Never in my wildest dreams did I want to be a teacher when I was younger. Diving has changed everything for me though and teaching is all I want to do now. It gives job satisfaction a whole new meaning to me. I want to spread my love of diving to the rest of the world through the art of teaching, teaching the PADI way. Enjoyable and fun but in a very safe way.
I’m not going to say I deserve this more than the next person because I don’t. This is an amazing package you guys are offering and if I was lucky enough to win I can guarantee it would not be wasted on me. You would be helping someone who is 100% dedicated to succeeding and bring happiness to other divers and non-divers alike.
So without going on to much about why I deserve to come to Bali I am now going to beg. Please, please, please with sugar on top let me come to Bali and help me to become the best instructor PADI has ever known, you probably won’t let me leave once I’m there.
I will get started on my ‘production’ straight away! This is an AMAZING competition and I can’t wait TO WIN!
I don’t even have anything to say at the moment, I am just sooooooo hyped for this competition. WOW. I keep reading it on your website over and over again just to make sure it definitely is real!!
Well my feedback is that diving and being an instructor is the most wonderful experience in my life, with this contest I´m looking forward to win the best and unique opportunity I could ever have, ´cause as I say “I work in God´s pool”.
Yes this is an awesome opportunity! In fact as I am writing this to you, my butt is already hurting on the chair facing the computer and
I am pretty sick of my lifestyle.
I am ready for the battle, may the best competitive spirit win!
This is great, I am very excited as well and I am hoping to be the winner!
cause “We are the champions, my friends…”
Grinev Mikhail & Marina Kudryavtseva
The Best Dive Job In the World
My name is Adam Dovichak and I am a nineteen year old from Alberta, Canada. I have always been interested in exploring our world: particularly the world that exists underwater. Growing up in the landlocked prairie I haven’t had many opportunities to experience the vastness of our oceans firsthand. I did get a taste for what I had been missing when I got the opportunity to dive in Mexico. I felt such peace and freedom as I glided through the waters. It was an amazing experience. I knew instantly that this was something I had to do again.
In southern Alberta, however, it was not likely to happen anytime soon. The main industry in our province is oil and gas. I had always been expected to find a job with a successful oil company and earn a comfortable living. I tried working in the field for a while but it isn’t the career for me. There has to be more in this life than going to a job everyday just to make money. With this idea in my mind I have been struggling with life’s big questions recently; why am I here? What is my purpose? I can’t answer those questions for everyone but I do intend to figure them out for myself.
I think that this opportunity would be perfect for me. I know that every moment of life should be enjoyed and lived fully and this opportunity could allow me to grow and discover a lot of things about myself and about our planet. I long for a career that would allow me to explore the world we live in and diving is just the job that would allow that. I want more than anything to recreate those feelings that I experienced my first time diving. I can just imagine what it would be like to wake up every day knowing that I truly have the best job in the world.
My name is Linda Örnquist and I’m 20 years old. I live in Sweden.
I saw your ad in the paper and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to see another part of the world. I love being in other countries and I really enjoy every single moment of It because I’m curious about seeing other people, other cultures and other landscapes. You can say that’s a passion of mine.
So, who am I?
Other use to describe me as an open, social and a little bit crazy person. I love to try new things in life and when it comes to the social part, I don’t have problems with it. I love to meet new people in life. It’s easy for me to connect with other people and I also think people have easy to connect with me. I think that is a good quality that a diving instructor should have.
Besides that, I’m a kind person with a good sense of humor.
I really hope my description raised your interest of me. I hope for an answer and of course, for a further service with you.
Thank you for your time, I love to hear from you.
Please let me go to Bali!!!
…and here are the reasons why;
So, you want to get to know me and want to know why I deserve to go to Bali more than all the other thousands that write you hilarious letters or have sent you smart and creative videos. Well, I don´t- and isn´t that a better reason than all the others? I believe people can identify with my humble personality. I don´t consider myself to be better or funnier than any other bloke out there and that´s why you should send me the ticket straight away (logic is overrated).
You also want to know why I need a break from my everyday-life. Well….let me tell you a little bit about that life and explanations will no longer be necessary.
Rising star? No not really. My career-moves have not been the smartest ever. I got myself a bachelor in Social Work because I thought I wanted to work in that field. I don´t. Right now I work in Norway (yeah by the way, I´m a 30-year-old Swedish brunette) with youths. I really like my colleagues and I´m oh so tired of them. I need a break. Or just anything fun.
Off duty. When I´m not at work I live a quite boring life. The one thing I love the most is travelling so I´m always short of money (right now I´m saving for Africa summer 2011). I´ve already been to Bali once. I was there for a month and loved it. I drank avocado-juice and hung out with the locals. Life can be sweet. This means I´m already vaccinated and ready to go go (I just have to get my body together for the bikini-season, please let me know a week in advance so I can stop eating).
Heartbeats. I´m not going to bore you with details about my love life. I can just give you a brief summary; it´s totally fucked up, and I don´t mean that in the funny way. My life has more in common with “Dumb and dumber” than “Sex and the City”. Jealous? Still wondering why I need a change and some adventure in my life?
Conclusion: Even though this letter may sound a bit pessimistic I really want you to know that I genuinely love life. I would never take up your time if I didn´t know that I would do a great job as a blogger for you and I´ll take good care of this chance if you hand it to me. Besides being lovely, glad and social (and humble as I mentioned in the beginning) I´m also a bit afraid of being under water. Hey, you have to choose me. OK you don´t have to, but I´d be a jolly peace of sunshine if you do. You´d do both of us a favour.
Hugs and kisses!! Stina Larsson
Dear Jonathan and Tom,
It was such an amazing surprise, an amazing miracle to see a scuba dive career being offered and all that one would need to do would be to write or send a video story. Is it really that simple? Sometimes it is just that easy.
So I made the inevitable happen, I chose to write a story about me, I say inevitable, because I do not have a video camera. I must say it was quite challenging to write a story, as one needs to choose which direction you want the story to go. Does one go with a theme of humour, drama, factual based, Sci-fi etc. I chose to go with heart and truth. Even these themes are challenging to write from. But attempt it I must. And in my attempt, hopefully you will consider me as a candidate for this dream job and convince you that this is a dream of mine. A dream that I am willing to work towards and to work for.
So What is my circumstance? I am single, no attachments, Just enjoying the single life, One day hope to find someone that will share my happiness in the same field.
I am an IT Manager/Yoga Teacher/Masseuse working for a Private Game Reserve called Londolozi. I have been based here for 2 years going on 3. I work on a 6 week work and 2 week off cycle. I recently did my open water refresher, Advanced and Rescue Diving on my last leave. Will be working on my specialities in the near future and then Dive master in the next two to 3 months and then IDC, dependent on increasing my dive numbers. In the specialities I do have a certain calling to do Videographer.
I really want to capture moments of nature and moments of other divers’ experiences. Perhaps in my later dive career work for National Geographic and uncover new unseen images/videos of nature. I did these on my last leave because I wanted to start on my dream. And I have. And I am happier for it. Even though part of my normal career is based in an office, I would love to change my office to the sea. And what you offer could definitely help me achieve my dream career quicker.
What I have seen at my dive centre is that it is hard work but rewarding. I understand that this is not just a hand out career. It definitely does take hard work, discipline, and ability to follow instructions, to be safe and secure, and most importantly have fun. I have been down the road of the corporate job. I do believe that one does not need to conform to this type of lifestyle.
One does not need to make their lifestyle their job; one could make their lifestyle their job. Open sea, fresh air, and underwater coral with deep hypnotic colors. Amazing underwater life. I wish to experience all of this, and share it. As well as help other people achieve this same dream. 90% of this world is water, their is so much to explore and uncover. New experiences to experience. A way to embrace life.
I can offer my current IT skills, time, professionalism and me. We can discuss offering or creating Yoga classes/Massages. A synergy can be created from what you are offering and what I can offer. A great partnership can be co-created.
If you do consider me, I would like to further discuss the logistics of this dream career.
Thank you for your time for reading this Email.
Here’s is to Hope and Faith,
To whom it may concern:
As a PADI Divemaster with no money and no opportunity to establish a dive career in my town due to water conditions, I just wish to congratulate you on your excellent idea in hosting this competition. It is really encouraging to see that there are divers out there willing to give others an opportunity of a lifetime.
I am yet to enter myself, but rest assured that I will. Thank you so much for what you are all doing. Best regards and all the luck for future endeavors.
I am Csaba gere from Hungary. I have sent my video to you but not sure if you received it.
So I send you my application here too.
I love the Nature and I love diving.
I have done NAUI and UIF courses so far and I qualified as a Rescue diver and Master scuba diver and Deep diver. Besides I have a good command of English and German. I can say I am in excellent physical and mental condition. I have already worked months with commercial divers. My jobs involved cleaning waterwells in Budapest and the underwater insulation of the pillars of a bridge that is being built over the Danube.
I have used Kirby-18 and Kirby-27 equipment. We finished 2006 a corrosion protection work in Lybia by an oil company with the REDS ltd. and the Besix ltd.. We used the DENSO technology. In 2008 I worked in Scotland at Divex company. I was a technician. We made military Clearance Divers’ Life Support Equipments for different country’s governments (Lybia, Vietnam, GB, Germany, …).
I am absolutely devoted to doing this fun. I am an ambitious type and I always do my utmost to achieve my goals. I would be grateful to be invited into your Country.
Please help me if it is possible!
I hope, we will meet soon!
That is my dream.
I am waiting for your answer.
Thank you forward and I wish you all the best!
I’m natalie im 19 years old and I’m from London.
My passion in life to was go to university and make mother happy.
I studied at the london school of the arts in film and photography, but it wasnt for me.
Why didnt i fit in?
I”m mental, one of a kind.
Then one day I sat there infront of my mac in my immaculate flat and said; “natalie victoria button where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world right now?”
Thailand. So I did. In 4 days 6 injections one backpack and absaloutely no idea how to spell bangkok, this little girl travelled half way round the world to experience the unheard of.
3 months later I returned with a sence of adventure. I’d used my film and photography skills from university to learn to dive in koh tao for 5 weeks. And for the first time in my life everything fit. I enjoyed sleeping on floors, living out of suitcases, bartering with locals and swimming with turtles. I worked at orphanages, a womans prison and an elephant reservation. Somehow I made it all the way by myself. I still have no idea how I did it.
My trip wasnt planned, there were no tour groups. Just me and an open mind.
I returned home, back to fish and chip Wednesdays, film Fridays and bingo Sundays and i called my mother and i said to her. ” mum im misrable again.” And she said to me “well thats life nat.” So I put the phone down, picked it back up again and brought a one way ticket to Sydney, and here I am in cairns 3 months later. On a one way ticket through my life, I’m never going home.
Diving is the only theme I’ve carried with me. I dive everywhere I go. When I finish travelling i’ll end up back where I started;
on a little island in Thailand. I will set up camp and work for a dive company. For no money and good times.
I want to travel for about 5 years before I see asia again. So I’m in it for the long haul. My occupation is backpacker and I love it.
I came to the great barrier reef looking for work on boats asking to earn my way through my dive master. Unfortunately unless you have money to spend people wont give you the time of day. Maybe someone someday will look at me and see only potential, and that day will change my life.
Natalie Button x
Why I want to change my Dad’s life and have him become a PADI Instructor
My name is Dwain. When I turned 10, my grandfather signed me up for a PADI Seal Team course. I loved it so much I talked my mom and dad into letting me get my Junior Open Water certificate. Over the past 2 years my dad and I have earned our Advanced Open Water certifications and are working our way to obtaining our Master Diver certifications. I’m 12 now and all we need to do is to complete our 50 dives and we will finally achieve our goal. My dad has been great in working with me to do what I love, taking me all around Texas and to Florida and Mexico to dive. We have our Scientific Divers certifications and I have my Boy Scout scuba diving merit badge too. All this was possible because my dad is the best dad in the world.
My dad was a stay at home dad for 10 years – like in the movie Mr. Mom. He has always been there for me and my brothers. He’s a CPA and an attorney and really good at what he does – whatever that is. But I think he would be an even better Dive Instructor. He was my brothers and my Cub Scout Den Leader and Cub Master so he’s really good at working with kids and others that have trouble learning new stuff. He has done so many great things for me that I wanted to do something great for him.
So I think you should offer my dad, the Best Dad in the World, the Best Dive Job in the World. My mom said I could go too if you would let me. I’d have to do my school work somehow and I know I’m not old enough to get my Instructors certification but when I do get old enough that is my goal. My favorite food is Thai, but I’m sure I would learn to love Indonesian food just as much.
My dad and I are a great team and together we would be the best Ambassadors for scuba diving you could ever have and would bring a lot of positive attention to the sport. My dad still won’t let me have a spear gun but he did get me a great camera so I could “shoot pictures instead of shooting fish”. I could take pictures of him and help you document his training and have my own blog to tell other kids how great diving and Indonesia really are. My mom reads my email so you can write me or my dad. I am sending you a photo of my dad and my brothers and me in Florida. I’m the one in the orange shirt! Please give my dad this opportunity. Even if I don’t get to go I want him to have the chance. Thank you.
Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor.
Growing up, I’ve always loved being in the water. I’ve always loved to go to our National Aquarium in Baltimore to see all the exotic creatures that inhabit our waters.
When I got married, I took a trip to Aruba for my honeymoon. I got my first real chance to snorkel in water that was clear enough to see some distance in all directions. As soon as I put my face in the water, I was amazed! I saw things in person I never thought I’d see. Then it hit me. Holding my breath and swimming down to get closer was a futile effort. I needed more time underwater. I needed to be able to go down there where the fish were and swim around like they did. Snorkeling started my interest in diving…I just didn’t know it yet.
When I came back home I told my father-in-law about what I saw while snorkeling in Aruba. He told me he was a certified diver and I should go get myself certified. I made the decision to become a PADI Open Water diver soon after. I will never forget the moment I put a regulator in my mouth and went underwater. I realized right then and there that this is going to become a life long hobby and that my options of how far I could take this were limitless. I was venturing into something that can only be experienced to understand how exciting diving really is.
I soon raised my certification level to Advanced Open Water. I wanted to do more and more and learn what else diving had to offer. That same year I achieved my Advanced Open Water certification, and dive my first wreck in Key West, Florida. I dove the Camen Salvager off Key West in approximately 100 feet of water in my bathing suit with visibility of what seemed like miles. I simply loved it! I go down to Key West every year and always take my scuba gear. I never want to pass up an opportunity to go down and see what’s new. Every single time I go diving I see something in person that I’ve never seen before. I’ve been up close and personal to all sorts of sea life.
I believe that becoming a PADI instructor holds the ultimate keys to a complete satisfaction in this sport. By becoming an instructor, I feel I can do anything there is Scuba has to offer. Becoming a PADI instructor will allow me to get away from a desk job I’ve been doing for far too long. Since I’ve always loved to share my experiences with others, this too will allow me to not only introduce other people to this fantastic sport, but be able to teach people something that to most think is unattainable. Becoming a PADI instructor would enable me to offer something to people that will last for a lifetime.
I’m a guy full of life, caught in what feels like a vice. I’m a single 29 year old guy with the ambitions for something great, or at least a life of adventure, but the life I have boxed myself into is something much different.
When I was a kid, I used to dream of diving the Great Barrier Reef, and swimming in the coral. My occupation was going to be a marine biologist because of my love for the sea, but I ended up pursuing music instead.
I come from a small town, but I live in a big city now. I spent some time by the ocean before when I lived in Florida, but I now live in Chicago and the closest I have is Lake Michigan. I have learned how to sail, and how to captain boats and yachts. I’ve learned how to repair guitars, and how to build enterprise class IT systems… but nothing has really made me feel as at home as the sea. I have never been a guy for 9 to 5 but the life I have chosen has a mandate for that schedule. I am an around-the-clock- kind of guy. I always have been, well before I worked in the I.T. field.
I’m an intelligent guy, I know how to crack a joke, I know how to banter, and I’m very high energy around the outdoors, and most specifically around the sea. I’m not an indoors kind of guy if I can help it. I have a very spiritual side to me, and the sea and earth speak directly to that side of me.
I guess, to make a long story short, I have been a mechanic, an athlete, a teacher, an actor, a musician, a singer, a Luthier, a carpenter, a car washer, a waiter, a writer, a skier, a kayaker, a wanna-be rock star, a starving artist, a guitar player, a drummer, a bassist, a singer, an audio engineer, a farmer’s helper, a sailor, a captain, a beach bum, a good person, a bad person and lots of things in between. I am an adventurer with the spirit to prove it, and the sense of humor to help everybody laugh along the way.
This opportunity, would allow me a chance that I have wanted to be closer with the sea, as well as gain a skill that I have always wanted, and be able to teach as well. I have been known throughout my life to have the ability to decide something, and commit with everything I am in order to achieve the goal I have in my mind. In this case, the goal I seek is personal freedom, and I have decided to cross all boundaries necessary between my goal and my reality in order to achieve it.
I hope we have the chance to speak more, and I look forward to an opportunity to prove my resolve.