One thing I think we all do as the year nears an end or perhaps the morning after a BIG night of celebration, is to reflect upon the year that just passed. When I think back to what I was doing at the beginning of 2011 and where I am now, I can’t help but feel so incredibly thankful that I had the love and support of friends and family. It seems like a life ago that I was sweating in the kitchen day and night looking forward to a rare vacation I may get some months down the road. With my nose to the grind, not a day went by when I wasn’t looking for some sort of escape or a path to a new, more refreshing lifestyle. That’s when I came across the webpage that little did I know, in a few (long) months time, would change my life. From the day I entered the Best Dive Job in the World contest I had a a full team of supporters which I extend a thousand thanks to. Thankfully like them, I never let my foot off the gas and when the it was all said and done, emerged victorious as the Best Dive Job winner. For that I am forever grateful to all who were on Team Kenzo and of course the people of Blue Season Bali for giving me this life changing grand prize!
After selling off most of my possessions and making the BIG move to Bali, things just kept getting better and better! Not only was I surrounded by an array of some of the most flavourful foods I had ever tasted, but I was now living the island life in tropical paradise! Palm trees as far as the eye can see and the ocean on all sides, that is where I belong. People always told me Indonesia and Bali had some world class diving but I could never truly imagine it until I experienced it for myself. At this present time I have just under 200 dives logged, many of which are here in Bali and even then, I’m still seeing new things on almost every dive. As for the people, where do I begin… From the moment I touched down I was greeted with open arms by people so friendly and willing to help it would make any newcomer feel right at home. Within weeks as other new interns arrived, I was now the person to show these unfamiliar newcomers the ropes, which was a cool role reversal. Throughout my stay I have met some incredible people from all over the globe and have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. Although I’ve had to see many great people go and unfortunately couldn’t see my entire training through with second place prize winner Priscilla Ong, I was lucky to at least spend 3 months diving with her as Best Dive Job buddies!
I can’t say enough good things about the staff at BSB. It really is a family atmosphere although it seems to function at lot more smoothly than your average family. We have quite the large staff with numerous positions along with several interns doing training programs and I just find it amazing how it all pieces together to work as one unit. I have tried to learn the Indonesian language through the many locals working with us but because that can be quite tricky, instead I have focused on learning their incredible ways of spotting things underwater. Finally, the training and dive industry knowledge I have learnt through the decades of experience the BSB course director and instructor staff has to offer is incredible. When it comes to diving and working as an instructor, many things you learn through your own experiences but having the advice of people that were once in your shoes does wonders for you as you grow.
So as 2011 has officially ended and I look back to what has transpired in my life since the end of 2010, I can only imagine what may lie ahead for the year 2012. My adivce to you is live every day to the fullest, if possible try to see as much of the world’s beauty and nature as possible and if you haven’t yet entered the Best Dive Job in the World contest 2012, do so immediately. I’m living proof, it’s the ticket to the good life and will change your life! You can’t win if you don’t enter… So, what are you waiting for?