TOP TEN Finalist – Hailey Herdlinger

March 8, 2011. Today’s announcement is the 8th of 10 finalists in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition. It is my pleasure to congratulate Hailey Herdlinger for becoming today’s finalist. We are now only a week away from announcing who will join us for a seven month scuba diving internship here in beautiful Bali!

Well done, Hailey Herdlinger for all the support you have generated both on the Blog and on Facebook. Your fans can support you by clicking here and commenting on your entry. We still have two finalists to announce in the first annual Best Dive Job in the World competition, where one lucky winner will join us for seven months of PADI divemaster internship and PADI instructor training here in beautiful Bali. Also remember, we have not yet announced our second place prize!

We asked Hailey a few questions when she made the shortlist:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
HH: When I was 22 years old I started my own business and successfully owned and operated it for 2 years. I put a lot of hard work into getting the business started up and I was very proud of my accomplishments. In 2007, I decided that since I was young and single and full of energy, I should experience more of the world so I sold my business and moved across the world to Australia. I lived in Australia for 2 years and adored every second of it! I worked hard and played hard and saw some of the most exotic, incredible places and animals (both on land and under water) that I’d ever experienced. I submerged myself into the culture and met some friends that will remain close to my heart for a lifetime. While the sights were fascinating, the most amazing part was that I expanded my horizons exponentially; I learned a lot about Australia (as well as New Zealand and Fiji) but I learned more about myself.

I want so badly to be able to have an equally (or more) amazing experience with Blue Season Bali. I hope that my application will be seriously considered and that I can have a chance to experience both Bali and the fascinating culture of scuba divers.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
HH: am not a certified diver, but I did dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia two years ago and it was an incredible experience and I feel so lucky to have had that opportunity. It was GORGEOUS!

BSB: 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?
HH: Gummy Bears, lip gloss and fingernail clippers! Just kidding. I would take a BOAT (of course), a knife and water!

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
HH: Definitely my attitude. I am always positive and upbeat and I am very easy going. I adapt well to change and pride myself on being able to “go with the flow” and not complain about things that aren’t perfect but rather find the silver lining on every dark cloud.

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
HH: I am generally happy with myself but I do I regret that I didn’t have the time or resources to pursue diving while I was in Australia. Getting PADI certified is on my “bucket list” and I plan to (eventually) pursue that dream whether I win The Best Dive Job or not. So, I would love the opportunity to improve myself in Bali and to be able to call myself a diver.

Also, I wouldn’t mind being blond for a day or two. It might be an improvement…

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
HH: How amazing is your quality of life as a diver in Bali and how can I make sure that I get to experience that world too?
BSB: Being a professional scuba diving instructor is a pretty portable career. As diving instructors, we can work almost anywhere in the world. I have chosen to live in Bali because it offers world-class diving and a fantastic cultural experience all set against stunning tropical backdrop. There are dive centers offering professional scuba diving training everywhere, but the Blue Season Bali professional development experience is truly unique.

Thanks again, Hailey, for your entry and support of the program. We are already looking forward to announcing our winners in just one week’s time. With only two finalists yet to be announced, be sure to stay tuned right here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/

Once again, thanks for the support and we wish the best to you all!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

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