Hello, my name is Steve Fitzpatrick and my one true passion in life has always been the ocean. I’m 20 years old and currently a student of State University at Oneonta in New York. I’m majoring in mass communications because I want to work on and eventually produce nature documentaries. My strong points include being hard-working, friendly, and the ability to grow a gnarly beard at will.
I’ve been captivated by the ocean since I was 3 years old when my father first took me out fishing on his boat in the Long Island Sound. Since then we have managed to make it far offshore to the continental shelf and have encountered populations of large pelagic marine life. Unfortunately New York is too cold to be out on the water for a huge portion of the year, so I’m forced to sit back and endure a cold winter with no ocean to quench my thirst.
Ever since I started diving just a few years ago I’ve had some of the most amazing experiences of my life. My most intense diving moment would have to be a shark dive I did in the Bahamas where Caribbean reef sharks surrounded my dive group to feed and even occasionally bumped into me. No matter how intense, every dive I’ve been on has ended with an indescribable feeling of peace, and as a PADI Instructor I would be able to share this feeling with the world.
I began filming my experiences on the water in hopes of creating videos that will show the beauty of the marine world to people who otherwise never would have been able to see it for themselves. As a PADI dive instructor I would be able to go one step further and be responsible for showing my students the ocean’s allure first hand. I believe if we can show as many people as possible what this world has to offer, we can gain support towards protecting it for future generations to enjoy, just as we do today.
Everyone wants a career that they love going to everyday and I’m no different, but regardless of this contest’s outcome I will keep pushing towards my goal of living my life on the ocean. I plan on continuing my diving as soon as possible and even starting a video blog about my aquatic adventures. What better place to start then Bali? So choose me to win the best dive job in the world and give me the chance to change my life and show people the best way to experience the world that I love. You won’t be disappointed!