March 9, 2011. The ninth finalist announcement of The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 contest will come as no surprise to many of you who have been following the contest since it began. We are pleased to announce Sam Perry as today’s finalist. With one more finalist to be announced tomorrow, we are only six days away from helping someone take the plunge and become a PADI diving instructor here on the “Island of the Gods,” Bali.
Welcome to the finals, Sam Perry! The support you have garnered from your friends and colleagues has been impressive. They may continue to support your bid in the contest by clicking here and commenting on your entry. Remember, guys we are putting out the finalist list in no particular order so Sam has the same chance of winning as anyone else. Also remember, we still have one finalist yet to announce tomorrow and then I will likely announce our second place prize on the 12th…
Sam had a few things to say during her email interview:
BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
SP: You already know about my first time (diving) – so I would say getting a cake from Ace of Cakes for my 30th birthday (it’s a show on food network – see “my amazing cake” on fbook for photos). I’ve never had anyone do something so special and thoughtful for me before and getting to eat THAT much cake was amazing.
BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
SP: My experiences in diving aren’t as much about location as they are about how I’ve felt. There was one evening that I was in our quarry – there was a moment where I looked up and I had perfect peace – the bubbles, the light and sioulette of three fish above me. It may not be the BEST location, but the feeling is untouchable.
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?
SP: My best friend Kris so I wouldn’t be bored. My iPhone so I can check facebook and call my parents and a bottomless bag of gummy bears because they are just so good. Plus I figure any island I would land on I could just go to a store and get what I need.
BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
SP: My ability to overcome obstacles and to tackle challenges head on. I never back down from a challenge and if you tell me I can’t do something, not only will I do it, but I will kick ass at it, have fun and make others enjoy the experience also.
BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
SP: I may come across as confident but I tend to be very hard on myself. I want to succeed in all I do and sometimes I need to be a bit easier on myself. I also need to stop dating douchebags (that is advice from friends)
BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
SP: Hummmmmm…. what to ask… what to ask… how is this the hardest question for me to answer… no wait, that isn’t your question. Um…. Got it.
Why, beyond just diving, do you love/enjoy your job?
TW: Sharing. Sharing the knowledge, sharing the skills, sharing the experiences. Sharing the love!
Congratulations, Sam, as we move into the final phase of the contest. You and all of your supporters can follow the updates over the following week right here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/
Once again, thanks for the support and we wish the best to you all!
Blue Season Bali
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