As many kids are, a long time ago I was asked what I wanted to do when I grow up?… work to protect sharks was my answer… as time moved on that’s not really changed, just how to go about it has. October 2011 sitting on a dhow in the Musandam my cousin asks me ‘what’s your dream job, both achievable and non-achievable?’ My answer came straight away…
To own a water sports school.
Stop talking about it and just go for it she says… you see I have always worked extremely hard to travel and go on dive trips but due to expense….alas I have spent every penny saved on the dives where I can see my underwater buddies not qualifications…
One freezing night,(late December back in ’63…oh what a night’ no no just joking), I get on my Facebook to see what’s going on in the world…….OH MY GOD! Santa you got to help me win!! This is my opportunity of a life time! This is how I get to show how passionate I am about marine life of all kinds.
If I get the best dive job in the world I can help transfer my passion and knowledge to others. In the forefront of my mind is showing those who have the fear to ‘Face Fear’ (T-shirt) and dive into the great blue. I want to show others how inconceivably amazing the ocean is and the wonders It holds are not to be feared but embraced….sharks are not the demons Pete Benchley portrayed in Jaws but creatures we need to protect along with many many more.
The delicate eco systems should be experienced by people from all walks of life all around the world. I want to be one of the lucky few who get the help to make this reality for those seeking adventure, excitement and wonder.
I was a young girl when I first got to breath in the sea, just for a minute or so off my dad’s reg after a dive…I had to wait another seven years before I found myself rigging up my own kit for real, I can still hear my instructor now ‘lefty lucy, righty tighty’ Thanks Varian! Since then I have taken every opportunity from the UK to Australia, working kitting up for free dives to the most special dive holidays.
All I can say now is, this is truly my dream and I will make it, I just hope beyond hope I can make it come true with Blue season Bali.
Thanks for listening I’m off to see my good friends out there in the big blue sea.