Top Ten Finalist – Joe Zeiler

Today marks the first announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012?scuba diving internship?competition.? The finalists will be announced over these first ten days in March- in no particular order.? Truth be told, we’re not yet decided as to who all 10 finalists will be, so there is still time to make a final promotional push on your entry as these announcements are made.

Today’s announcement confirms Joe Zeiler as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Joe your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Congratulations, Joe, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Joe:


What is the most amazing experience of your life?
THE most??? What a difficult question! I’ve had a lot of amazing experiences in my life but I guess I would have to say that my move to Japan when I was 21 was the most life changing. The time I spent there opened by eyes to a world beyond my home in Canada; to people, cultures and experiences I would never have imaged.From that point on I knew I’d never go back. Since then I’ve lived and worked in Brazil and Thailand and I’ve travelled pretty much everywhere in between. The amazing experiences that were born from that initial move are still happening!

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
Last summer I did a night dive under a full moon on the Liberty wreck in Tulumben. The bioluminescents were unbelievable. The entire dive we were surrounded by clouds of fluorescent sparkles igniting, blinking, pulsing and moving all on their own. Me and my guide turned off our torches and just floated in a sea of flashing lights. It was like being in outer space. …oh and there were those 3 free swimming spanish dancers… I heart the USS Liberty.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
Ahhh a question for the ages.. I considered saying “my iPod” but I figured why waste an item on that when I could make my own one woman band out of coconuts and bamboo. I also considered “sunscreen” but that hurts the coral, then I thought “a friend” but being stuck on an island with one person for the rest of my life might mean “friend” turns into “former friend” So…
1) a hat – good for me and good for the coral
2) a BIG notebook and a pen that never runs out so when I’m long gone people will know all about my amazing island adventures
3) a cat – almost as good as a friend but much less complicated…and maybe it could help me catch dinner

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
I don’t think we can say that one issue is more pressing than the next. Instead, I think that the biggest issue threatening our oceans is the lack of education out there about how our actions affect the seas. Every environmental issue our seas are threatened with are the result of human actions. Being a SCUBA instructor would allow me to show people the beauty of the ocean and in turn teach them to think about how their daily activities and purchases are impacting the sea and the creatures that call it home.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
I’m friendly and outgoing and I’m driven. I put 110% into everything I do and I try to always do it with a smile on my face. Joe Zeiler’s glass is always half full :)

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
When I get super excited I get so eager to say stuff that I end up cutting people off when they’re talking or interrupting them….oh wait…were you done asking your question??

I also have a huge typo problem (as you may have noticed from my posts on the blog)…sigh

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one… (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
ahhh the pressure!!!

What has been the most amazing experience you’ve had during your time in Bali and at Blue Season Bali?? Why?



Now that’s a hard question to answer Joe; I think it will be easier for you to come to Bali and see what all the fuss is about.  The experiences are immense.

Ok, so that’s it for today.  Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist.  Stay tuned!!!!

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