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Joe Zeiler in the house!

Hi BDJ fans,

If you have been following Joe Zeiler – Best Dive Job 2012 runner-up’s story you will also be rooting and cheering for this Canadian lass…She’s had a really rough last few months but her wait is finally over!

Intern managers Henley & Mike have been busy getting Joe  “geared-up” so to speak, She now sports the brand new Legend LX Twilight series AquaLung Regulator, and with a wetsuit to match :)

Make sure you check out Joe’s BDJ winners blog about her adventures at Blue Season, and all the great stories that are part of life as a Divemaster in Bali!





Want to win a FREE dive computer? Yes, really…

Yep, your friends here at Blue Season Bali are GIVING AWAY a brand new Suunto Zoop dive computer as our second mini-contest in the 2012 Best Dive Job in the World competition.  Simply tell us why your PADI Open Water Course instructor was so good and this great piece of dive gear can be yours, completely free.  We already gave away one PADI course last month, and the contest is just getting started!

Head on over to www.best-dive-job.com for the complete rules on this month’s mini-contest to win a free dive computer.

For those of you who don’t know, the 2012 contest is in full swing over at www.bestdivejob.com/2012.  Just like last year, you gotta be in it to win it!

Calling all Divemasters!

We all know that the Best Dive Job in the World 2012 is in full swing.  Well, as 2011 draws to a close, it’s time for contest winner Kenzo Kiren to take the PADI IDC with our award-winning team here at Blue Season Bali.  We are calling out to certified divemasters the world over to join Kenzo on this one-of-a-kind IDC with our exclusive 28-day IDC Special Offer.

Kenzo will be on the last IDC of the year, commencing November 12 here in beautiful Bali.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to take your diving career to the next level.  Suggested arrival date is November 11 and we will start at 8am the next morning.  Pre-booking IS required, so please contact us today to find out more about how we can help you continue your diving adventure.

We look forward to diving with you all here on The Island of the Gods, Bali.

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Thomas Barrett
The PADI IDC Bali Team

We’ve gone interactive…

Hi Guys!

We are calling all BDJ fans and hopeful entrants to head over to our 2012 blog to have a look how things are shaping up.  As of today, we want you to help contribute to the Best Dive Job community by telling us what you want to win.  Yes, really.

Go on, have a look: 2012 blog

TW, out.

Did you follow The Best Dive Job in the World?

Hello BDJ Faithful!

Tom West here from sunny Bali, the Island of the Gods.  We have some huge news coming up later in the month.  That’s right, the launch of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 is nearly upon us.  Jonathan and I are working around the clock to secure some interesting new partnerships and additions to make our 2012 program even bigger and better than before.

One big part of my job in the initial program last year was to explain the outstanding prize to be offered and showcase Bali as the perfect destination for professional scuba diver training.  Well, if you’re seeing this, I don’t have to tell you because you already know.  It’s now even easier that Kenzo is posting about his progress on the BDJ winner’s blog here:  http://www.bestdivejob.com/

Last year’s prize offering stood at a value of around USD 16,000.  At the moment, we are planning to launch a prize which is worth over USD 25,000 and we’re still looking to add value.  The post that you’re reading now will only be seen by people like you who followed the 2011 program.  Now is the chance for you to get a head start on the 2012 competition!

In the upcoming weeks before our launch date of September 30, we will have some fun games and activities which will help you move forward with either following or entering The Best Dive Job in the World 2012.  As you may notice, we are launching a month early to give you all some extra time to prepare and promote your entry in to this year’s contest.

Tip of the day:  Attend the online LAUNCH PARTY 2012 to get the first glimpse of the launch video and special tips to start ahead of the competition.

After the amazing support and response we received last year, we are really looking forward to giving someone else the opportunity of a lifetime.  Stay tuned for all the excitement right here at www.bestdivejob.com!

TW, out.

Priscilla’s first week…

Sunday 17th July – Welcome To Blue Season Bali

The flight to paradise was a smooth and quick one that it seemed almost too surreal to finally set foot on Bali. There were so many pick-ups at the arrival hall but it was not difficult to spot the placard that spells my name along with the Blue Season Bali logo. On my way to the dive centre, I went through all the materials in the orientation package that includes a Bali survival guide, a map, a dive logbook, all the useful information I will need, and a thoughtful welcome letter drafted by Tom West. Now tell me, who wouldn’t be thrilled upon reading this.

So I arrived at Blue Season Bali and finally get to meet the two important persons behind the show (Jonathan Cross and Tom West) as well as the rest of the crew. There had been so much communication going on in the virtual world that finally meeting them in person didn’t feel like a first time.  Spent about an hour going through my induction and learning about the most amazing role I’ve ever faced.

Lovely Widhya then took some time off her work to escort me to my home for the next 3 months, Hotel Puri Yuma; which is approximately 15 mins walk from the dive centre. It is equipped with hot shower facilities, air-condition, free WIFI and a huge queen-size bed for trampoline or wrestling activities. Double thumbs up!

New home for the next 3 months.

The barbeque dinner back at Blue Season Bali blew me away with the warm welcome received. It’s like a big family and I feel so privileged to become a part of this team. Not to mention the food, beers, games, beers, happy people and more beers. Alright, cheers.

Welcome BBQ at BSB.

Monday 18th July – First dive, first Mola Mola.

That’s right! No prize for guessing the first task on my list – scuba diving! Had a really fantastic fun dive at Nusa Penida with instructor Justin, and 3 other interns Emma, Kenny and Elle at Crystal Bay, where we spotted the ever famous Mola Mola. It was a first for most of us, so we got overly excited that we lost our buoyancy control and started bouncing up and down underwater and crashing into one another. A very amusing sight to other divers I would presume.

The corals were amazingly spectacular and vibrant in colours it was so unbelievable. I wish I could show you exactly how beautiful the blooming underwater garden is through pictures or videos but really, nothing beats experiencing it all by yourself. The water may not be the warmest you can find but if that is what it takes to invite the Molas and Mantas out to play, I would brave it all.

Tuesday 19th July – Hi Priscilla, you have a visitor!

My closest friend appeared out of the blue at Blue Season Bali early morning and sprung me a huge surprise to go diving together. It totally caught me off guard and there was a taste of overwhelming sweetness flowing in the air.

Off we went, to Tulamben, where the gorgeous Liberty Wreck sits firmly on the seabed. It was a 2-hour bus ride from Sanur, filled with intermittent naps and scenic window panes flashing through. Both dives we caught sight of a sea turtle; paddling its way through the water and nibbling on dead corals. FREAKING ADORABLE! We were also very intrigued by the school of jacks performing the swirling stunt.

The day ended with a couple of drinks at Potato Head (what a cute name isn’t it), this stunning Beach Club in Seminyak, where the infinity pool lures you in and you get the best sunset views.


Wednesday 20th July – Emergency First Response

This was a day of watching videos and making out with unresponsive dummies (performing CPR) to equip ourselves with Emergency First Response skills. While most people would find this course boring, I had a great time playing a nasty victim by throwing in unscripted scenarios for fellow intern Prakash that instructor Justin conveniently labeled me the “drama queen”.

CPR on unresponsive infant.

The Project AWARE speciality course gave us a better insight on how to conserve and care for our environment. Basically, be more AWARE.

The amount of rubbish we collected underwater and on the beach.

The crew decided to have a spontaneous night dive and I was totally up for it (everyday is full of surprises and excitement). Found so many starfish and lionfish, lying and sleeping around.


Thursday 21st July – Rescue Diver Course Part 1

It was day 4 and diving hasn’t stopped since, except that this time, it’s in the pool. Bye salt water, hello chlorine! Videos and knowledge reviews were covered during the first half of the day, and then putting the theories into some inwater practice. One thing I love about our pool is that sometimes you see snorkels sticking out of the water accompanied by fits of laughter traveling through the tube of air space, you know something must be going on down there.

Time to translate those lessons covered in classroom and skills developed during pool session into practice in a simulated real case scenario. Yes, Rescue Diver Course in open water. Despite really strong currents and harsh water conditions, Prakash and I have effectively rescued both Ketut and Emma in times of needs. Hooray, no casualties! Therefore, I’m quite proud to say I’m officially a Rescue Diver.

Now none of us would expect to see any cool creature during a training dive. A bright red nudibranch called the “Spanish dancer” was floating around elegantly, swaying from side to side, as we gathered and watched the undulating motion in amazement. We were mesmerized for a good few minutes before it hit us that we had got skills practice to carry out.

Blue Season Bali threw a farewell barbeque for Emma who had completed her Divemaster course. Didn’t know they have the tradition of drinking beer through a snorkel too! What amazing and fun loving people we have here.

Poor Emma got dunked into the pool.


Saturday 23rd July – SEA Girls and Buoy Boys

Guiding workshop at Tulamben, both at the wreck dive site and the coral garden dive site with instructor Mandy, and 2 other interns Nate and Prakash. There were so many shrimps and pretty nudibranches. Came across a camouflaged blue spotted stingray and a lionfish too. Awesome blossom!

Elle and Mariza decided we are the SEA girls because we are Southeast Asians and we love the SEA.

SEA girls  :)


Sunday 24th July – P a r t y

Training dives today where we focused on Peak Performance Buoyancy and navigation underwater. Learnt how to perform the U-pattern and expanding square for search and recovery as well as how to operate a lift bag.

It’s off day for most of us on Mondays which spells p a r t y. Had a couple of cheap beers at this rustic Angel’s Bar before heading out to Sky Garden in Kuta. The nightlife in Kuta is simply astounding.


This is it! My first week in Bali has been nothing short of spectacular. I can’t believe I have done so much in just a few days. Each day is filled with surprises and is an adventure in itself. If the next 11 weeks continue at this speed, I’ll never be able to keep up with writing. I have so much to share about the life here in Blue Season Bali. Compare to these experts of the sea, I’m still relatively inexperienced in this scuba world with merely 23 logged dives, but everyone here is so passionate about what they’re doing and so generous about sharing their wonderful scuba experiences it really makes you feel so warm in the heart. I’m on my way to becoming a Divemaster, but what’s more important than that really, is meeting all these incredible people and building fond memories together.

Love all of you who made this possible.

Priscilla  :)

Kenzo is up and blogging!

Hey BDJ Fans!

Just a quick update today to let you know that the WINNER of our 2011 “The Best Dive Job in the World” campaign, Kenzo Kiren, is here in Bali and is ready to share his daily experiences with the world.  Kenzo has had a busy first week here in beautiful Bali getting to know the team and “getting his feet wet” so to speak.  Kenzo has already provided a glimpse into his first week on his blog, here:


Yesterday, we took him down and got his set of Aqualung scuba diving equipment at Divemasters Bali and had a great tour of the shop by sales manager, Zach.  Watch for an update on Kenzo’s blog about his equipment and also about finishing his PADI rescue diver course today!  Kenzo, you are a busy man.  Welcome to the club!

TW, out.

Welcome to Bali, Priscilla Ong!

Just a quick one here, guys.

We are excited to welcome Priscilla Ong here to Blue Season Bali to join us for the next three months as she claims her three-month Divemaster internship.  Watch right here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog to watch Priscilla’s progress as she transforms her diving,  photography and video skills.

We’ll be making some major changes to the website in the upcoming weeks as we prepare to showcase her journey into the world of the PADI professional.  She and contest winner Kenzo Kiren will be posting blogs so that you can all keep up to date on their adventures here in Bali.

Priscilla arrived this afternoon and will be off diving tomorrow at Nusa Penida in search of manta rays and Bali’s famous mola-mola.  I, for one, am well jealous!

Right, I gotta run.  The welcome barbecue has already begun without me!

TW, out.

Things are busy here in Bali!

Hi Friends, Fans and Followers!

You may have noticed a distinct lack of BDJ updates streaming across your Facebook accounts and RSS feeds over the past couple of months.  Well, Jonathan and I have had our noses hard to the proverbial grindstone organizing things for our two winners of the BDJ 2011 contest who will join us here in beautiful Bali in just a few short weeks’ time.  In addition to the logistical planning for Kenzo and Priscilla, we’ve been in the lab, mad-scientist-style, coming up with some ridiculous plans for the 2012 contest.

There is only one Best Dive Job in the World – and that is as a PADI instructor learning right here at the region’s most lauded and accomplished PADI Career Development Center, Blue Season Bali.  Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and this blog for some big announcements over the next few weeks and months.  Naturally, we also invite you to follow the journey of Kenzo and Priscilla as they make the transition from the everyday to the extraordinary.

On a closing note, the diving industry has a particularly fruitful grapevine.  There are rumors of plans for other dive centers to launch their own versions of The Best Dive Job in the World.  All I can say is “good luck” as the term “best” is, by definition, pretty exclusive.  When our 2012 program rolls out, there will be little debate about the subject.  The BDJ 2012 features some inclusions so unique, they can only take place right here on Bali, the Island of the Gods.  Check back here for some seriously cool updates soon!

Well, I gotta run; the sun is shining, the sand is sparkling and the surf is up.

TW, out.

Best Dive Job in the World – 2012

Hi Fans-

Tom West here from Blue Season Bali.  It’s been a while since our last posts here on the blog and I just thought I would give a quick update to the 2011 contest and also provide a sneak preview of the 2012 contest as well.

Contest winner Kenzo Kiren is due to join us in the upcoming weeks to begin his seven-month instructor training internship.  Our second prize winner Priscilla Ong will also be joining us later in the year to begin her three-month divemaster and photo/video internship.  Needless to say, we are very excited to have them come!

Now, on to 2012…  Many of you already know that our 2011 contest prize is the largest prize ever given out in the scuba diving industry.  Well, we’re not content with just offering the same prize again in 2012.  No, we’re going bigger and better for next year.  At the moment, we are in negotiations with big names in the scuba diving and travel industries to offer more equipment, training, experiences and probably even flights.

I can’t go and give away all the program details quite yet, but be ready for a big announcement once we get everything nailed down.  We are projecting a launch date sometime in August or September for our 2012 competition, so stay tuned right here at www.bestdivejob.com for all the juicy details.

That’s it for now from sunny Bali.  Surf’s up!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
The Best Dive Job in the World

WINNER – Kenzo Kiren!

Our team here at Blue Season Bali would like to congratulate Kenzo Kiren on winning The Best Dive Job in the World 2011.  Kenzo fought his way through the past several months to emerge as this year’s winner despite fierce competition from some spectacular contestants.  Like many of our entrants, his efforts have been both entertaining and candid, revealing a personality we are happy to welcome into our team.

Well, it’s about 6pm in Vancouver and I suspect there will be some festivities in town tonight.  Kenzo owes a big thank-you, and likely a round of beers, to all the people who have supported his entry into the contest.  If there is one thing that has emerged over the past two weeks, it is that all of our finalists have immense support from their friends and family.  At the end of the day, what more could a person want?  The love and support shown throughout the program has been a truly human experience and I am personally grateful for the opportunity to have been involved with it.

To all of our finalists, I cannot extend our thanks enough for making this contest such a huge success.  I would suggest that you come away from this experience with a defined sense of accomplishment and a renewed valuation of your friends and family.  The purpose of this contest, in my own mind, has changed over the past few weeks and I take more away from the fact that we have identified so many enthusiastic and outstanding individuals.  Your friends and family already knew it, and we are now glad to have met you all.

You will succeed in your diving goals because you have what it takes.  I train instructors for a living and if every one of them had your enthusiasm and personality, this would be an even more fantastic industry.  For all of you who have entered the program, you should take pride in the fact that you have so many great people in your life willing to wake up in the middle of the night, miss exams, etc. to show their support for you.  There is no prize bigger in life than the respect and support of those around you, and for that, you are all truly remarkable people.

I have said it already, but we will be launching a bigger, meatier, and more bad ass contest in a just a couple of months.  You will all receive advance notification of the details of the contest and tips to win.  Keep rocking and remember, all finalists are invited to come to Bali and go diving on us.  Finally, I will extend one last huge, massive, COLOSSAL THANK-YOU to each and every one of you.  You are all incredible people.

Much love,

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
The Best Dive Job in the World

Blue Season Bali
PADI Career Development Center 6570


Hun hao Priscilla, and congratulations for winning the second place prize in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition.  It is my pleasure to invite you to join us for three months of divemaster, underwater photo and video training with our team here at Blue Season Bali.

It’s time pack your bags and get ready for some fun in the sun as you will be joining us to perfect your underwater video and photo skills while earning your PADI divemaster certification over three months here in beautiful Bali.  Your videos will feature as regular updates on our network of sites so that your supporters can follow your experience.  We will teach you photo and video editing techniques for the web and the rest is up to you to become a scuba celebrity!

Your videos showcased your creativity and personality very well and it looks like you will have a fantastic time applying your skills as you learn about underwater photography and videography.  Maybe you can even help us with our launch video for The Best Dive Job in the World 2012???  😉

We will give you a call later today to see when you would like to come out and join us.  You might expect some contact from press as well due to the huge following you have in the contest.

In the meantime, congratulations Priscilla.  We will look forward to diving with you soon here in beautiful Bali!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
The Best Dive Job in the World 2011

Blue Season Bali
PADI Career Development Center 6570

One final update…

So here we are at the end of one road and the beginning of another.  I can say for both Jonathan and myself that it has been a surprisingly rewarding experience for us over these past 18 weeks.  When we initially conceived of this contest, we set out to offer one person the chance to change his/her life by becoming a PADI instructor.  We devised the contest details, bought the domain, developed the site, shot the video and then, on October 30 2010, we launched The Best Dive Job in the World.

Press releases went out to hundreds of online outlets and the contest details featured in many print and online media resources in the weeks that followed.  The response has been tremendous and has far exceeded our expectations.  To date, we have received more than two hundred thousand hits on the blog, six thousand blog comments, 150 videos, 300 entries and a thousand new friends on Facebook. The support the entrants have received from their friends and families has been inspirational.

In reviewing this success over the past month, we saw how much it means to so many of you.  For that reason, we then decided to launch a second place prize for this year’s contest.  Well, I sat down with Jonathan this morning again and we’ve decided all of the top ten finalists should get a personal thank-you for their support of the program.  The top prize is fantastic, the second prize is pretty sweet and the eight other finalist prizes are…  well, still diving.   :)

Before I say what it is, I just want to say that I know some of you are going to be disappointed tomorrow.  That is an inevitable outcome in a contest like this.  I wish we could offer ten first prizes.  Who knows, maybe we can next year, but it’s just not a reality for us at the moment.  The other eight finalist prizes are more gestures of thanks than they are “prizes” per se.  It’s not much, but it’s something.

Here’s the deal.  If any of you eight fantastic individuals are ever in Bali, just drop by and we’ll be happy to take you out diving, on us.  How does, say, three days for free sound?  We would love for you to come and see the diving we have here.  Sharing our passion for diving is the whole basis of this competition.

I bet most of you are holding your breath, waiting for me to start selling things to you.  Well, that is not what this contest is about, and it doesn’t really suit my personal tastes, so you don’t have to worry about that.  I’m not going to sit here after all the great support you have given to the competition and try to market to you.  I’m not down with that.  What I will say is that if any of you are interested in pursuing training aside from this contest, I can offer you a private deal on any of our professional-level programs… which, by the way, we never, ever discount to the public.

Well guys, that’s about it for today.  Once again, I can’t say enough how impressed I am with all the positive support you have each garnered for The Best Dive Job in the World 2011.  Our two winners will be announced in about 20 hours, so stay tuned.  I am sorry that eight people will be disappointed at that time, but please understand that we are always happy to help you meet your goals in diving.  We will have a new contest up and running in a few months and you will be the ones with a head start.

To all of you, I once again extend my personal thanks and that on behalf of the directors of Blue Season Bali.  You guys rock.  I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to my next post!

The Best Dive Job in the World

Blue Season Bali
PADI Career Development Center 6570

Second Place Prize Announced

Good morning from our team here in beautiful Bali. After the first ten days of the month Jonathan and I have both taken a much needed day off and we’re now ready for the final phase of The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition. Today marks the announcement of our previously unplanned-for second place prize.

Some weeks ago, we sat down and had a chat about all the great feedback we were getting from the entrants and their supporters in this competition. Two things became apparent during that conversation. First, this would not be a “one-off” competition, but rather we would try to offer this opportunity to someone every year. Second, we realized that there were too many great applicants to pick just one. We decided that all this great support meant that we should offer a second place internship prize as well.

Naturally, all of our fantastic Top Ten finalists are in it to win the seven months of instructor training, including equipment and materials with us here on the Island of the Gods. Well, only one person will win that prize, so please have a look at our announcement for the second place scuba diving internship being given away:

  • 3-months PADI divemaster internship training (starting from any level)
  • Emphasis on underwater VIDEO and PHOTO
  • 3-months of single accommodation
  • Lunches on diving days
  • Free equipment use during the training
  • Unlimited diving in Bali
  • Video and Photo editing training
  • Regular video, photo and text blogging on our network of sites.

This professional divemaster internship will be heavily focused on underwater photo and video – along with editing and posting. Just like in the first place prize, all the training, diving, accommodation, materials, application fees, etc. is completely free and is a big “thank-you” from our team here at Blue Season Bali for your participation in the program.

If you’re one of the Top Ten, please post here or email us if you would like to be considered for the second place prize (of course, that is, if you don’t win The Best Dive Job in the World). Jonathan and I are still poring over the awesome entries from all of you, so everything is still up in the air. One thing is sure, we have committed to publishing our decision on the 15th, and we’ll let you know both winners on that date. In the meantime, thanks once again from all of our team here at Blue Season Bali for your outstanding support for The Best Dive Job in the World 2011.

Keep diving!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
The Best Dive Job in the World

Blue Season Bali
PADI Career Development Center 6570

TOP TEN Finalist – Kathi Gleim!

March 10, 2011. Well the difficult part is not quite over for us here at Blue Season Bali, but we are happy to announce Kathi Gleim as our tenth finalist in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition.

Well done to, Kathi Gleim! You have shown great support on the Blog and your friends may continue to support your bid in the contest by clicking here and commenting on your entry. Remember, guys just because the 2011 competition is coming to a close, doesn’t mean the dream is dead. Stay positive, stay dedicated to your goals and you can make it happen. If all else fails, just wait for our 2012 competition to be announced in a few months’ time! :)

Kathi had a few things to say during her email interview:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
KG: The natural homebirth of my son. Never in my life have all my senses: taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight been so heightened and stimulated. Never have so many emotions and feelings traveled through my hair, my skin, my blood – pain, joy, fear, and love so strong it strangles you.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
KG: Roatan, Honduras. I was tootoolooing along the reef in 30 feet of water looking at dozens of types of coral and hundreds of fish and then BAMM, no more reef, just a drop off to a depth beyond comprehension and beauty that made me gasp. My first wall dive.

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?
KG: 1. A system to make fresh water.
2. A companion
3. Duct tape; because you can fix or make almost anything out of duct tape and I could use it on my companion if I start thinking, I should have chosen something else to bring.

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
KG: People tell me all the time that I still look at the world through the eyes of a 4 year old, I say DID YOU SEE THAT?” and they say “uhhuh”. I think my most positive personal attribute is wonderment because so many things still amaze and awe me.

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
KG: Because I set my expectations high, I tend to push others to reach my image of achievement. I have to work to recognize that my standard is not THE standard, and that if I really want to help others, my focus needs to be helping others achieve THEIR expectations.

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
KG: During the period of the internship, Is there any restrictions or limitations on the friends or family members visiting?
TW: Nope. As long as you can still focus on your training, we’re happy.

Congratulations, Kathi, as we move into the final phase of the contest. You and all of your supporters can follow the updates over the following few days here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/

I can’t reiterate enough how amazed I have been by all of the positive support our contestants have displayed for each other. After working with hundreds of divers and instructors, it is great to be able to share the lifestyle. You can each make yourself into what you desire, just remember that. We are now working hard to come up with a crazy whacked-out scheme for the 2012 program. I am personally proud to have been a part of this experience and I can’t wait to announce our expanded program later this year.

Again, kudos to each and every entrant for their positive participation. I did not have to moderate a single negative comment. You are a wonderful group of people and it has been my pleasure to get to know you all.

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

The Best Dive Job in the World

Just before we close the Top Ten

Hello World!

I just wanted to take a minute this morning before we announce our last finalist to thank you all for the support you have given to each other and to the The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 contest. It has been amazing for us to see a group of like-minded enthusiasts come together and interact so positively. This is what diving does for a lot of people. Blue Season Bali is proud to have had the opportunity to sponsor this contest and I hope you have met some good dive buddies along the way.

There are scores of meritorious applicants and some extremely creative, funny and downright wacky entries. I have met some people through this contest who will make excellent instructors due to their enthusiasm, charisma and sheer tenacity. To those people, I say this: if you are not selected to win this contest, please do not give up on your dream. You are the ones who will succeed in this industry and prove to be real assets to your students and the dive centers who will employ you. The dive industry needs people like you!

The selection process for the Top Ten has been difficult. No doubt, the selection process over the upcoming few days will be even more so. Personally, I appreciate the fact that this contest means so much to so many people. I have come together with Jonathan to compose a second place prize for the runner up which will feature some professional-level diving training as well. Look out for that announcement from Blue Season Bali on the 13th. Our winner will then be announced on the 15th.

This program was initially called “The Best Dive Job in the World,” but after the fantastic support we got from all of you, you may have noticed that I started including “2011” at the end each time I referenced the contest in my posts. We have decided that this is not a one-time contest. We intend to make it an annual program and next year’s program is sure to be bigger and better. We are now courting some big name corporate sponsors to add even better value to the contest prizes and hopefully even provide more winning spaces for next year.

Thank you once again for all of the positive support you have given each other. To all of you, I extend my personal thanks and also that on behalf of Blue Season Bali. It has been a great journey and I will look forward to seeing some familiar faces when we announce our 2012 project in a few months’ time. If you happen to be in Bali in the meantime, drop by and you’ve got a cold one on me.

Sincerest thanks,

Tom West
The Best Dive Job in the World

Blue Season Bali
PADI Career Development Center

TOP TEN Finalist – Sam Perry

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!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

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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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TOP TEN Finalist – Bali B

March 7, 2011. Congratulations to Bali B for becoming our seventh finalist in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition.

Bali B entertained us immensely with his video entries and has since received a lot of support for his video work.  Hence he becomes the next finalist in the competition.  You can show your support for Bali B by clicking here and leaving a comment on his entry. Well done to you, Bali B, for becoming a finalist in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011. 

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
BV:  I was signed to a band and performed in front of 10 000 people supporting Lemar best rush of my life!!!

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
BV: Belize – Ambergris Caye it was my first ever dive and still trying to match it! Loads of nurse sharks and amazing visibility! if i get to dive Bali i think i would have found the ultimate dive spot!

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?

Solar Powered Ipod

BSB:What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
BV: Always trying to make others smile its true i’m a people pleaser lol ( ask any of my ex’s lolllllll)

BSB:If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
BV: I’m a dreamer not a realist

Well, that’s our update for today. Remember, we still have three finalists to go, so the competition is far from over. You can stay tuned to further developments right here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/

We thank you all once again for the huge volume of positive support we have received for this contest!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

The Best Dive Job in the World


TOP TEN Finalist – Mritunjai Sisaudia

March 6, 2011. Congratulations to Mritunjai Sisaudia for becoming our sixth finalist in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition. Will he be joining us for seven months of fantastic diving in Bali?

mritunjai sisaudia Best Dive Job in the World Application

Mritunjai Sisaudia Best Dive Job in the World Application

Mritunjai becomes today’s finalist after receiving quite a lot of support for his entry here on the blog. His supporters may click here and comment to support his entry. There are nine more days and four more finalists to be announced before we determine who will win this seven-month PADI divemaster internship and PADI instructor training here in beautiful Bali!

Mritunjai had the following to say during a brief email interview:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
MS: Feb 2005. It was a train journey from Bangalore to Jammu (little over 2600 kms). Three days in an open window, wooden bench coach in near freezing temperatures with only a cotton t-shirt on my back. On the brink of a nervous breakdown I had walked out of my life. In hindsight, not very proud of it, but those three days changed my life and me as a person :)


BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
MS: Suzy’s wreck. SS Rita was a metal cargo ship, built in the 1930’s UK and sank near the Grande Island, Goa. named so after a girl who loved to free dive there. The visibility is 6-7 meters because of the silt brought in by the Mandovi river which joins in nearby. An amazing place to catch a glimpse of the rich marine life which lives there sheltered by the island and the ship.

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?
MS: A good strong knife, a durable pair of fins and a diving mask.

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
MS: An open-hearted vigorous approach to life and people.

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
MS: My understanding of people, but that is a lifetime of work, I am told :)

Well, that’s our update for today. Remember, we still have four finalists to go, so the competition is far from over. You can stay tuned to further developments right here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/

We thank you all once again for the huge volume of positive support we have received for this contest!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

The Best Dive Job in the World

TOP TEN Finalist – Stepan Shulga

March 5, 2011. We here at Blue Season Bali and The Best Dive Job in the World are thrilled to announce Shepan Shulga as today’s finalist in our 2011 contest. Remember, we are only half-way through announcing the finalists for The Best Dive Job in the World, where someone will come and join us for seven months of fantastic diving in Bali!

Congratulations, Stepan Shulga for an outstanding effort in the competition so far. You may all support Stepan by clicking here and commenting on his entry. Will Stepan be the lucky winner of seven months’ worth of PADI divemaster internship and PADI instructor training here in beautiful Bali? We will all know in only 10 days!

Here’s what Stepan had to say during his interview:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
SS: Life: I still waiting for such experience:) May be in on year it will be smile of my first student after final exams. Who knows?
Football: It was 20 May 2009. I worked as a announcer of my football team FC Shakhtar in UEFA CUP Final in Istanbul, Turkey. We made it! We won in final and it was amazing to speak in microphone to all of supporters.
Diving: First dive on SS Thistlegorm, Red Sea, South Sinai, Egypt.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
SS: Two of them…
First dive on SS Thistlegorm, Red Sea, South Sinai, Egypt in 2009. It was something absolutely unforgettable! Inside this wreck a lot of undivided huge military trucks, rifles, motorcycles, and so on. When your understand historical value, when you trying to imagine life of this ship before tragedy, when you exploring it… It’s very strong and nice emotions.
First time i saw SHARK near me in January 2011. Big, strong, dangerous and SO beautiful. Queen of another world. Shadow in depth. It was here in open sea Brothers Islands. Big stuff in open sea – your chance to understand how powerful our nature is!

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?
SS: 1. My camera with me to make records and photos of sunsets, nature and animals. Surely with nuclear battery :) It’s a dream – isn’t it? :) Someone will find it – and tell the world about my adventure.
2. Good knife. It means – if you have good knife you will get fire, food and roof over our head.
3. My Ipod, I can’t imagine myself without music. (don’t forget about nuclear battery :)
Seriously – i want to take with me all my family and friends. Together we are so powerful that can do everything!

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
SS: My communicative skills. I’m friendly and can say to everybody: make love not war.
All of my defeats i’m trying to turn into victory!
I hate liars, and always trying to be honest with people around me.

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
SS: To be honest, i want to improve my language skills (English) and diving skills surely!

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
SS: My question not about contest: What can you say about russian instructor in Bali Blue Season? Do you heed him to improve quantity of languages in your dive center?
BSB: As with any tourism-based business, language is a strong asset for instructors in the diving industry. Blue Season Bali currently employs native support for English, Japanese, Indonesian, Dutch, French, German and Spanish. Quality instructors who offer additional languages certainly have an advantage in this industry.

That’s our update for today and thank you all so much for the support you have shown over the past few months. We still have five finalists to go, so stay tuned for further developments right here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/

Once again, we wish the best of luck to you all!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

The Best Dive Job in the World

TOP TEN Finalist – Helen Shepperson

March 4, 2011. The Best Dive Job in the World is pleased to announce Helen Shepperson as our fourth finalist in the 2011 scuba diving internship giveaway. With four finalists now announced, we still have six to go!

Congratulations to you, Helen Shepperson for making the finals of this year’s competition. Your fans can click here to leave a comment on your entry and show their support for you to change your life and become a PADI instructor in Bali. Once again, well done!

We had a quick email interview with Helen:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
HS: Overall, it has to be my travels last year. Perhaps cliché, but the confidence and independence gained have completely changed my entire outlook on life. Specific moments would have to be volunteering with the Australian Department of Conservation, encountering whale sharks, and of course, the glaringly obvious – learning to dive.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
HS: I’ve only dived in Borneo, but the Lobster Wall site is special to me as it was my first ‘fun dive’. Feeling at ease, I truly I let go and was totally, utterly consumed and inspired by the surroundings. Drifting past all manner of colourful fish and coral – just stunning.
BSB: A lot of the diving in Bali is similar to what you saw in Borneo – just stunning!

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?
HS: A snorkel, a guitar, and a good friend. The snorkel to explore my surroundings; the guitar, for some good old-fashioned campfire singsongs and a soundtrack to the adventures; and finally, the mate to do the harmonies, cause some mischief, and share all the memories of paradise.

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
HS: I’m immensely ambitious. I really want to make something of myself, and never be or do anything described as ‘average’. My eyes have been opened to how much I can achieve if I just try that little bit harder, so I give everything I have, because the rewards are phenomenal!

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
HS: I’ve got plenty of imperfections – I’m clumsy, read the last page first, bite my nails, remember the punchline but forget the joke – but I try not to be too self-critical, and accept that these quirks are part of me, as I wouldn’t be quite the same person without them.

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
HS: What’s been YOUR most amazing diving experience?! Go on, inspire me!
BSB: Not a fair question! There is so much diversity to the diving here in Bali that it’s difficult to pick one dive… Jonathan and I are now arguing over it…. and I win because I am the one typing!
TW: My favorite dive has to be the USAT Liberty Wreck at Tulamben. Diving on a WWII US Army Transport vessel from the shore in 3-30m of water with 30-40m visibility is absolutely amazing when the schools of jacks are circling and bumphead parrotfish are cruising by. It’s also a great place to stay entertained during decompression on longer technical dives. I love it!

To close off the post for today, I would like to once again thank all of your for your support of this year’s contest. We are less than half way through announcing our finalists and remember, it’s only 11 days until we announce the winnerS. Our second-place prize should be unveiled sometime on the 11th or 12th of March. Stay tuned for developments here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/

Best of Luck to All!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

The Best Dive Job in the World

TOP TEN Finalist – Priscilla Ong

March 3, 2011. Well, some ten thousand people have visited the site in the last 24 hours to see who will be announced as the third of ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 as we give away a seven month long PADI instructor internship. Again guys, the order of announcement is for the most part random, so here’s today’s finalist.

Priscilla Ong was a fairly late entry, but has stormed into the competition showing wide support on facebook and in the blog. You can show your support for Priscilla by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Well done to you, Priscilla, for becoming a finalist in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011.

You should be starting to get a feel for the structure of these announcements by now. 😉 Here are Priscilla’s interview answers:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
PO: Just 4 months ago, I was lucky enough to spot a whale shark while diving in Pulau Dayang, yes that made me the hero of the day! (: It has been the most breathtaking experience in my entire life. Especially so since no one expected to see a whale shark in Malaysia during that period of time (the last time they bump into one there was 3 years ago). I, in particular, thought I would need to spend lots of money to venture out to Indonesia, Philippines or Thailand to see what every scuba diver dreams of.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
PO: I’m an advanced diver. So far I’ve only been to Pulau Tioman and Pulau Dayang, both in Malaysia. I saw a black tip shark in Tioman, and a whale shark (as mentioned above) in Dayang. Both are great dive sites but I’m sure Bali will be even better than BEST, and I’m also talking about the beautiful beach and the awesome nightlife. So please send me there!!

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?
PO: My trusty tent that I bring everywhere I go, that has braved all kinds of storm with me.
My ukelele! The most magical sound ever produced on Earth is the combination of sea waves and guitar riffs. I will force myself to be better at strumming though.
I would definitely bring my best friend along, because she’s as adventurous as I am, and we love being lost in a foreign land. I have always firmly believed that when you’re lost, that’s when you discover new and interesting places.

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
PO: My personality is very easy going, so I’m easy to get along with. And I think my ability to laugh at myself puts people at ease in awkward situations, so I make friends really quickly. The best part about this job is that it marries my love for diving and meeting new people together, so I really hope to be given this golden opportunity to learn and teach at the same time.

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
PO: I am really meticulous in everything I do. A perfectionist some may call me, I tend to be extra careful and I would always notice the small little details. Even when it comes to diving, I usually spot the micro creatures first. I need to learn to sometimes step back and look at the broader picture.

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
PO: So I’m interested to know how Blue Season can assist me in my quest to introduce conservation issues to my fellow divers?
BSB: That’s easy. Blue Season Bali is a PADI Go ECO operator and we have been recognized for efforts in conservation, fund-raising and awareness numerous times by Project AWARE. We conduct regular beach and underwater cleanups with our internship program participants. Last year, we were recognized by PADI Asia-Pacific as a finalist for the 2010 Project AWARE Environmental Conservation Award. If you’re green, we’re your kind of dive shop.

I would like to conclude today’s update by once again thanking all of our fantastic participants in this program. It has been a dynamic few months for us here at Blue Season Bali, but we understand that the change has not yet begun for two of you. Look for tomorrow’s update in about 24 hours.

Best of Luck to All!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

The Best Dive Job in the World

TOP TEN Finalist – Kenzo Kiren

March 2, 2011. Today’s announcement is the second of ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 PADI diving internship competition. The top 10 finalists are being announced in no particular order and we’re still deciding on a couple of the spots, so there is still time to get out there and promote your entry if you have not already been named.

Today is probably a pretty good day for Kenzo Kiren as he becomes an official finalist in this year’s competition. You can show your support for Kenzo by clicking here and leaving a comment on his entry. Congratulations, Kenzo, after receiving hundreds of entries into The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition, you are among the final ten. Well done.

Like many of you, we sent Kenzo a quick interview. Here are his answers:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
KK: The most amazing experience in my life would have to be my trip to South Africa. Going from Johannesburg to Durban in a overland vehicle with 20 other people for two and a half weeks of night and day safaris and drinking in straw huts at the end of every eventful day of stumbling upon a mother and her cubs feeding on a buffalo and some of the most amazing and rare wildlife in Africa. The cultural experience was embracing and falling asleep to roars of lions and calls of hyenas was also quite the unique experience. This was also the site where my first diving experience took place. Since that day I’ve fallen in love with it. I got quite the inspiring 20 min slideshow of this trip.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
KK: The most amazing place I ever dove would have to be in Belize. The dive site was called Cypress Caye and I will forever remember it because I got to hold a nurse shark. Ever since I was a kid it has been my dream to see sharks in the open ocean as opposed to in an aquarium and not only did I get to see one, I got to touch it. It was an absolute amazing experience. We also saw an eagle ray and went through a cave. Truly an inspiring and exhilarating moment in my life.
BSB: Coral triangle, mate. Coral triangle. We have a few diving surprises up our collective sleeves here in Bali. :)

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?
KK: Tough question, I’ve actually pondered this one before.. Item #1 would have to be an IPod with unlimited battery life of course. Music would not only keep me company and sane but certain songs have the ability to put you in the best of moods and would also inspire me to do great things. #2 would be a snorkel and mask. Being on an island I would be surrounded by water and curiosity would take over to explore the ocean around me, also spear fishing would be necessary for survival and that item would definitely help that cause. Finally, since I’m thinking of survival here I would bring a knife of some sort. I watched a lot of Survivorman and realized you don’t need much to survive on your own so having a knife would make building things like my 1 star house or preparing the succulent pig I hunt an easier task. Or maybe even a volleyball named Wilson. It seemed to do Tom Hanks a lot of good in Castaway!

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
KK: Most positive personal attribute would be my ability to brighten peoples’ lives. If you put me in a room with let’s say a grumpy 80 year old man, a middle aged couple who spoke very little english and a rambunctious young child, I could find a way for all of us to get along and have fun. I’m very well rounded, love to have fun, full of energy, very easy to talk to and I’m known for saying the funniest things people have ever heard. Although I’m fairly young, I can be very mature and have a great understanding and appreciation for so many things in life.

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
KK: If I could improve on one thing about myself it would have to be to stop trying to do too many things at once. I’m a very motivated individual good with multi-tasking but sometimes I do more than I should at once and things get prolonged because of it. For example, right now I have a great invention idea I haven’t looked too much into, and also have some of what I call protest shirts for shark finning and dolphin slaughter awareness I’d like to put into action, as well as a couple other things. It’s good to have different options and constant ideas and back up plans for success or money but with too many things in motion, some may not get enough attention to become possible.

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
KK: My question for you is what do you guys do for fun in Bali besides diving? Of course waking up and diving everyday is a fun enough life but I was just curious what other things you enjoy doing up there either individually or with the Blue Season Bali crew?
BSB: Tough one. There are tons of things to do here on the Island of the Gods. If you’re into surfing, kite surfing, sailing, trekking, climbing, bungee jumping or pretty much any outdoor activity, we have it. More relaxed days can be spent hanging on the beaches, going to the elephant park or to the monkey forest.

So, check back here at www.bestdivejob.com as we will be announcing eight more finalists over the upcoming days. Just like I told you back in October, someone’s life is about to change… Bali style.

Best of Luck to All!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

The Best Dive Job in the World

TOP TEN Finalist – Nadia Aly

Today marks the first announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 scuba diving internship competition.  The finalists will be announced over these first ten days in March- in no particular order.  Truth be told, we’re not yet decided as to who all 10 finalists will be, so there is still time to make a final promotional push on your entry as these announcements are made.

Today’s announcement confirms Nadia Aly as a finalist in this year’s competition.  You can show Nadia your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Congratulations, Nadia, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2011. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Nadia:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
NA: The most amazing experience of my life was the Kona night dive in Hawaii. The Manta Rays blew my mind and this was the most amazing moment in my life. Watching as they feed and circle, calling to them and them responding to noise. It was beautiful, it was inspiring.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
NA: For me I love animals and seeing them underwater really makes the dive for me. So again I am going to say Kona, Hawaii. The animals are all over the place… dolphins, manta rays, sharks, turtles! What more could I want?
BSB: Well, if diversity is what you are after, then the diving in Bali is just up your alley. We have dolphins, manta rays, sharks, turtles… plus Oceanic Sunfish, eagle rays, great barracuda, pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, octopuses, cuttlefish, and the list goes on.

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?
NA: If I was stuck on an island I would bring – a knife, some glass(for starting fires) & my ipod with solar charger :) Can’t be without the music!

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
NA: That would be my personality. I am very outgoing, understanding, a good listener, reasonable and smart. People call me a firecracker… because I am full of energy. It’s always funny when people label me as a firecracker – they all use the same word and don’t know each other. I guess that says something about me … now doesn’t it! Bubbly bubbly!

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
NA: If I could improve one thing about myself… seriously would be to acquire more knowledge about scuba diving. I have all these communities and websites and I would like to be able to advise better. I am committed to the cause of sharing the Scuba LOOOOVE.

Stay tuned right here on www.bestdivejob.com as we announce the top ten finalists for The Best Dive Job in the World 2011. Will your scuba life be changed forever?

Best of Luck to All!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

The Best Dive Job in the World

That’s it!

Well that was the last post that I am able to put up today.  If your application is not up on here then I am very sorry but we will be running another competition later on in the year.

Good luck to everyone who has entered – the count down begins now!


Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones Best dive Job in the World

Gareth Jones Best dive Job in the World

Hey guys!

I have been thinking about how to write this now for a while, what can I do or say to really make you think this is our guy! Well here is an attempt anyway! My name is Gareth, that’s a start, from the UK currently finishing a degree in archaeology. Studying archaeology you may instantly have all these stereotypical thoughts about who I am, that may be good or bad! Being at university I have met people from all over the world and have had the opportunity to work abroad. I spent 3 months in the Czech Republic which I can say is an amazing country with excellent beer (not relevant but I love talking about the place)! When I’m not studying I am going out with mates or most importantly diving (andy studying a bit. Currently a BSAC sports diver I have dived all over the UK from Scotland to the South coast, guess what, I LOVE IT!

Gareth Jones Best dive Job in the World

Gareth Jones Best dive Job in the World

So why me? Why do I want this opportunity of a lifetime? Why change my life? Hundreds of people are applying for this and to argue that my life is worth changing more than someone else is impossible all I can say is that I make mean cocktails and awsesome back rubs ;)! On a serious note though, after studying in the UK, diving in the UK and living in the UK I want to get out there and work outside of the UK. Currently studying archaeology I want to work and eventually further study maritime archaeology. Already having a passion for archaeology I want to further my diving experience and introduce and teach the amazing sport to others not just at a recreational level but a professional level.

Being a student and a diver lets just say I have a rather wet and outgoing sense of humour and quite often balls of steel, whether its losing a bet and jumping into the see but naked at 5 degrees (see below right) or trying to be professional when really being clueless (see below left). What I can bring to you guys and Bali? As I said, I love diving; being a near grad student I am hard working and ambitious! I’m easy going and always happy to learn and teach. I hope I can also bring some archaeological knowledge to others and share my passion for the discipline.

Hope you enjoyed the poorly written application! Thanks for reading I hope to hear from you guys!

Navin Sadarangani

I changed my life 2 years back by leaving the Indian corporate world and joining business overseas. Little did I know that it would change my life. Two of my passions evoked from deep within – Running and Diving.

Navin Sadarangani - Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor

Navin Sadarangani - Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor

And I live by both these passion completely.

I have completed 8 marathons in 18 months. And I don’t stop there. I kept running, got certified as a long distance coach and (through my blog and social networks) guide many budding running into taking up running and participate in marathons. This is fulfilling since besides sharing the joy of running, you’re bringing richness in health and enriching the quality of life besides some satisfying those adrenalin junkies.

I’ve heard plenty of how beautiful it is to dive. But after experiencing it, I was marveled by the sheer beauty of life beneath. I got PADI certified (Open Water) not just because I wanted to dive often, but also because I wanted to be close to sheer magnificence. When they say that it’s a much beautiful world out there, they under-estimated that. Because I think it’s a world apart.

I was enjoying diving too much. And I wanted to share a slice of the pie with others. What better way than to live your passion and also it’s beauty by taking it up as a full profession. This opportunity presents me with the right channel for doing so by becoming a Master Diver. And it it could be my dream profession. After all, if one truly enjoys what they live of, they would excel in it’s doing and truly share the pleasure. I have the ability to teach, the passion to usher people to recognize the beauty of another world and include more people into the circle of joy of the world under. But there is one more reason why I’d like to be a PADI instructor.

I have earlier participated in restoration drives in communities I’ve lived in to assist organizations who focus on such initiatives. Nature, a respect for it’s existence, appreciation of its unique form of being and preservation of its livelihood has been something I have vouched for. I’d like to help in preservation of reefs, discovery of of new species / wrecks, etc. that may not just help us understand history, but also preserve it for generations to come.

It would be saddening to see diving only in the history books. My vision in scuba diving stems from all spheres of motive. Get people to enjoy recreational dives, initiate & certify students into the PADI programs, and assist nature to make it long lasting. I would wish to be a professional PADI certified Master diver so that I can give more than I get, and let the general goodness benefit from something natural and awe-inspiring for everyone around. Being a marathoner, I’ve learned that nothing is impossible to achieve if one strives with true determination and wit. I know I will be able to do this through your offering.

Nathanaël Pépin-Coulombe

Nathanaël Pépin-Coulombe Best Dive Job in the World

Nathanaël Pépin-Coulombe Best Dive Job in the World

Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor?

Introduction to my life:
My name is Nath, and I’m now 22 years old. I’m the second child of five. I have already worked hard enough to own my house which I have had for nine months (so payments are not over…lol). I’m determined, really sociable, bilingual (French – English) and friendly. With the feedback I get from people around me, I know that I’m a very good teacher and leader. People show interest when I explain something, because I can present the notion in a way they like and adapt my explanation to all kinds of people. However, I was not born to live an easy, quiet and slow life. I NEVER want to be someone who thinks his live is miserable. I need to move, to express myself, to share passions with others and to be challenged.

My experiences:
In the past, I was directly in charge of 149 people. I gave courses, using safety at ALL times, motivated my mates to keep them productive…
I coached biathlon to kids between 9 and 18 years old.
I was president of my high school student council in my senior year.
I have already travelled all around the world and I have seen how people, discovering new things and diving are good.

Swimming, Kayaking/canoeing, Rafting, Diving, Climbing, Skydiving…

I truly believe in life, and I think that everything happens for a reason.

Last session, I studied Sciences in college and I am now looking for a job. The reason why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor is to have the opportunity to do a job that I LOVE… not only a job for money, but something that will keep me young and responsible in life. I want to interact with people and have fun. I love to learn new things and travel so much. I want a job that I can do from everywhere in the world, and why not expand the company to make people discover new places while respecting the environment!

Because I’m human, I sometimes need a little push to start something and WINNING THIS CONTEST, WOULD BE MY FREEDOM! MY GOAL!

Dave Hallett

Dave Hallett Best Dive Job in the World

Dave Hallett Best Dive Job in the World

Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor

I’ve always loved being in and around the sea, weather its bodyboarding/surfing, fishing or snorkelling when there’s no surf. And I’ve been very luck to live quite close to the sea.

My parents have got a caravan in Cornwall, UK, which is right on the beach nearly. So I’ve been going down there since I was little. And as you can imagine, I spent most of my time in the sea. There’s a lagoon there, which on a sunny day when there is now swell, you could swear you where in a different county, may be even Bali !

Seriously this would just be the best thing to happen to me to win this. And this is why.

When I was 16 years old, I moved to London to do a 3 year football scholarship, but unfortunately I didn’t get offered a professional contract, so I had to move back home to my parents home. That was back in 2003 and ever since I have never found out what I wanted to do for a career, which now at the age of 27 is really starting to annoy me and even get me depressed.

I don’t want to bore you with all the details of why I’m not happy and why I am in a crappy job, which I hate (building labourer) but this would be the best thing to ever happen to me. (I better not let the misses read this !)
There are 3 things I have thought about doing for my career. And that is something to do with football, may be coaching or something, but I have done this before and I’ve got to say, I didn’t really enjoy it to be honest.

Then there’s web design/development, which is something I really enjoying doing. The problem there is that the college course near me has cancelled every time I apply because of a lack of personal applying…which I can’t explain how annoyed it makes me…but at the same time makes me think may be its just not to be !

And last, is in the diving industry. Either recreational or commercial. I’m not too sure. But as you know, its not cheap. Ever since doing my PADI open water in the Maldives back in 2008, I fell in love with diving. And makes me happy every time I think about it.

So, I know the chance of me winning this is quite low, and I wish I found your site earlier and not now, when there is only 10 minutes left to apply, but what ever happens Im just going to go for it. I’ve found out how much its going to be to do my PADI Advanced and have started saving already so I can complete it in the summer.

So who ever wins I wish them all the best and I know they will have a time of their life.

Dave Hallett

Ming-Ta Chang

Ming-Ta Chiang

Ming-Ta Chiang Best Dive Job in the World

If today were the last day of my life, will I want to do what am I about to do today?

My answer is… Let’s Go Diving!

Hi, I am Ming-Ta, Chang. (Just call me A-da.)

I was born in a beautiful small town near the north coast. While I was a little boy playing with my brothers in the beach, diving is the familiar word as the boat, finishing, swimming, tides, reefs, and the beach. But I didn’t give a definition for diving. I had no idea what diving really meant to me.

Until one summer of my college life, I was volunteered in a program of protecting sea turtles in a southwest island apart from Taiwan. Several volunteers were divided into different teams, patrolling the beaches during the nighttime in order to investigate once mother turtles came up for laying eggs and visited her nest. In fact, the whole program is focusing on the life of sea turtles, taking necessary actions to preserve the new born turtles. The most impressive moment in my memory is once mother and baby turtles wanted to come back to their world, they crawled and “dived” into the sea.

After that, I decided to research in the Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, majoring in sea turtles diving behaviors. According to the detailed data and extensive researches, I realized that all marine animals dive were for one purpose: living.

Ming-Ta Chiang

Ming-Ta Chiang The Best Dive Job in the World

(Dive for living looks like easy and nature?)
After leaving from the school, I got a job and made a living in a diving shop at Lan-Yu, Orchid island of Taiwan. It was absolutely the best job in the world. But unfortunately, the island had been invaded by many typhoons in 2009, Typhoons caused great damage on the ecology of biology habitat and then no divers would come there again. So , three months later I was forced to quit my job and leave away.

(It is hard to dive for living!)
Now, I have two part-time jobs: one is working as a marine biology diving investigator and another one is a construction supervisor. Although I’m not a full-time employee, I have much time to approach my life goal—diving as frequently as I can.

If there is a great chance to get the best dive job in the world and you ask me to give a try, I will say, ……“YES, Let’s Go Diving

in Blue Season Bali!”

BDJ 2011 Contest Closed – Who will Win?

Whew… Well, I tell you that it has been an amazing four months for us here at Blue Season Bali. I can speak for myself, Jonathan Cross, and the whole team when I say that we are thoroughly impressed with the response you have generated with your entries into The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 contest.

It has been a great journey for us as a team, but one lucky winner’s journey has not yet begun. Jonathan and I are meeting with the rest of the selection panel on a daily basis to determine who will join us to dive in Bali on a seven-month scuba diving internship. There have been some great entries and we congratulate you all on your efforts!

Perhaps the most interesting thing that has come out of the meetings of the selection panel so far is the determination there has been too much hard work done by all the great contestants for us to award just one prize. For that reason, there will be a second-place award, the details of which are still being worked out by Jonathan and myself. I say again, there will be one winner of the fantastic seven-month prize you have all read about on this website, but there will also be another second-place prize as well. We offer this in appreciation of all your hard work.

In addition to the second-place prize, Jon and I are trying to hash out the particulars on how we can help you all meet your goals in diving. As we prepare the launch of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012, we will be distributing free tutorials about dive theory, skills and career planning to help you get to where you want to be. You can watch out for this in the upcoming months prior to the launch of our much-anticipated 2012 contest.

What will change during the 2012 contest? Well, we’re not quite sure at the moment. A few things are certain. As a quickly growing company, we will definitely be able to outpace the offering we could present in 2011. There will be expanded corporate sponsorship, possibly including flights, upgraded accommodation and even more free equipment. We are looking at all possible angles and negotiating with some big name companies to bring you the best contest offering the dive industry has ever seen. Stay tuned and visit this blog often as we prepare to make your diving dreams come true.

I look forward to diving with you all here in beautiful Bali!

Tom West
The Best Dive Job in the World
Blue Season Bali
PADI Career Development Center #6570

Bryan Amadore

Why do I want to become a PADI certified dive instructor…….?

Well, diving has been an interest of mine for the past 30 years. I remember back in the late 70’s completing both my basic and advanced diver certification in Canada as a young adult. It was a lot of fun even though looking back, diving in cold Canadian lakes was not as breathtaking as diving in salt water on the Canadian West Coast or tropical waters!

Nevertheless, the dive group and shop I was involved with made each dive outing a pleasurable experience to look forward to. I must admit, I became pretty hooked on diving back then and had eagerly purchased all of my equipment including regs, cylinders as I looked forward to weekend dives with my dive buddies, even if it was in frigid waters with very little aquatic life!

I remember one time going with an arranged group from our dive shop for a two week dive trip to Anthony’s Key Resort, Roatan, Honduras, which was one of my most pleasurable dive experiences navigating around all the coral reefs and trying to comprehend all the beauty surrounding me!

Time, circumstances and opportunities have a way of changing our lives. For me, raising a family and a developing career gently persuaded me that diving would have to be dropped from my list of priorities even though the interest and memories failed to diminish.

Diving has again become a part of my life as a recently certified PADI Open Water diver through Blue Season Diving in Bali where my wife and I recently visited. Children are grown and there are now opportunities to transition to another career in my life. A work colleague of mine made the transition from his career to PADI dive instructor a few years ago and is now instructing in Phuket Thailand. Drawing from his experiences made me think…..why can’t I transition into becoming a PADI certified dive instructor and start a new career teaching people something I thoroughly enjoy doing!

Do we ever stop to think why things happen to us at various times in our lives…….? I believe my recent opportunity to reconnect with diving was no accident. Taking my recertification through Paul, Emma and Mike at Blue Season Bali was no accident either!

For me, this would be the perfect opportunity to start a new career helping people safely learn, have fun while exploring the vast and beautiful “inner space” through the top notch diving instructional programs PADI and Blue Season Bali offers.

I would be starting a new career doing something I enjoy; diving, meeting and helping people achieve through PADI’s instructional programs, for I believe I have a lot to offer as a potential future PADI dive instructor based upon my vast life experiences, maturity and previous current career experiences as a mentor, trainer, manager, area director and most of all, a leader with great communication and people skills!

Aude Barthes

I would like to start with a piece of information which is, to me, not negligible. I took the decision to enter this competition 10 days ago. A day after I took this decision, I fell sick. The gum around my wisdom teeth decided to express an ancient hidden haste against the rest of my jaw. I ended up at the emergency. There, I met a doctor, and not a dentist (since none was available). He did understand the cause of my pain but gave me a wrong antibiotic.

As a result, I spent the next 5 days taking useless pills which, one, were fighting against an inexistent bacteria, two, were giving me nausea, and dizziness, and three, were letting the infection spread around in my mouth. When I had enough of my guinea pig look, but also when water became hard to absorb, I ran around in town, checking in all the dentist, begging for an appointment or at list some advice.

Aude Barthes Best Dive Job in the World

Aude Barthes Best Dive Job in the World

After days of brush-off, I finally got accepted at some place, where I received a prescription for tablets that will actually treat me.

Here I am now. Since I have decided to enter the competition, this is the only day I feel good enough to think, write, and make a movie.

Now, talking about this movie. I went out this afternoon and in a few hours tried to have some nice shooting around Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, where I am at the moment. Conditions were not perfect. I wish I had some waves and clear water in order to film underwater and have some nice surfing moves on the camera. But nope. Still a beautiful day though. This is what I am showing. A nice afternoon. I can do better, I will do better. Anyway, it’s almost ready, I just need another hour. But my computer just do not want to be hurry up, and download what I have shot this afternoon.

The clock is ticking and I am tipping this letter as fast as I can. I am begging you for a chance. Please.

Diving is my life.

Aude BARTHES, 22, Divemaster. Born in Reunion Island. Has left school and started travelling to pursue her dream, becoming a dive professional. Although have been told many times she is too short and does not look strong ,will become a technical and a commercial diver to discover more about the underwater world ,and to prove everyone that diving is not about look, but understanding. Does cry when sees marine mammal, for unknown reason. Wears tee-shirt of causes she fights for, or of associations that support it. Member of WWF, Seashepherd, Stop Shark Finning, and more. Read National Geographic and Watch BBC Documentary since she is 3 years old. Ended up in a fight with a photographer when she was 8, the man just would not stop taking photos with flash at 3 cm of newborn turtles trying to reach the ocean. Keen photographer.

Aleksey Latunin

Aleksey Best Dive Job in the World

Aleksey Best Dive Job in the World

I am Oleksiy Latunin. I am 35 years old. Sorry, I can not a possibility to send to you my video, cause I am more photographer that cameraman. Due it, I don’t have a much photo with me, cause, I am at opposite side of the camera usually (look at photo №1 in attaches). In last day I decided to write to you. Very often I come to decision in last time, but it is not mean that me a doubt person, it is mean that my decision is considered decision and usually – right decision. Generally, my idea to write to you come to me early, but I estimate my level of English really and I am not sure now that you understand my “still phrase”. At another hand, when you wrote me first letter I started to pack my baggage in Thailand where I decided to take a DM course (look at photo №2 in attaches) and I was waiting when I finish my DMT. It is happens 3 weeks ago. But at first, something asbout me…

Something about me: I am from Ukraine, country where in winter time (now) minus 15 0C. It is a first point why I would like to win in The Best Dive Job in the World and live and work in warm land. It is a first point why I came to Thailand, on Koh Tao at November and started here my dive master course. Actually, I really understand that my “first point” is not really perfect wave to charming to you, but it is real big deal for me. Before my DMT, I worked in Kyiv at one Ukrainian TV channel like video editor and at some production studios like sound producer voiceover and dubbing work and author scenarios of commercial. I liked my job, I like it now even in Thailand, but 7 years ago I had my first dive…

I had my first dive about 7 year ago. It is happens with me in Ukraine, Crimea, in a Black Sea. Along 30 minutes of dive I met one fish and one crab, but I was enraptured bubbles of air, that came up from my regulator and filing “I can take a breath under water” (Hope, last turn of speech can be to take in account “why I would like to win in The Best Dive Job in the World”). After that I traveled in South East Asia and taken dive courses: Open Water in Philippine (Barocay), Advance in Thailand (Koh Tao), Rescue in Borneo, Malaysia (Semporna). At after and Divemaster in Thailand (Koh Tao again). After that I would like to try myself in diving job…

Aleksey Best Dive Job in the World

Aleksey Best Dive Job in the World

I would like to try myself in diving job and I do it (look at photo №3,4 in attaches). I spend a fine two month in Koh Tao on divemaster course, and already 3 weeks try work like divemaster at dive center Jolly Rojer. I still in Thailand until end of March, and after continue my travelling. My next destination – Indonesia. I never been there before. May be it is a next point “why I would like to win in The Best Dive Job in the World”. And finally…

And finally, I would to say, that I like diving, I like to show for people magic of ocean and I fill to happy under water.

I understand that my letter is some crumpled, I now that you have to many people who would like to win and they, maybe better describe owned reasons, but I hope I have a chance. Actually, sounds good: “The Best Dive Job in the Word win fellow, who send a letter in last day”.

Any way if You will have a some propose for Ukrainian, Russian and little bit English speaking divemaster from Ukraine, I will be a happy.

Sorry for mistakes and best regards,

one of a lot of candidates for a win in The Best Dive Job in the Word,
Oleksiy Latunin (last photo №4)

lam weizhong

Rex Chia Meng Wah Best Dive Job in the WorldJust a brief introduction on myself, been living in Singapore, grew up, work here for the past 26years. Have been helping out in my family business (F&B industry) for the past 8 years, exclusive of the 2 years that i spent in the national service (in the army that’s what we called it here). To be honest i do not have any experience in any other jobs except maybe one or two, but i do show a great interest in this job when i happen to come across the opportunity. It really makes me spent some good time thinking about it, wondering what’s going to be happening for the next 7 months IF i happen to get this job, i am certainly looking forward for this. (I know I’m dreaming but please just let me be, at least till the day u decide if it will come true for me)

Been going twice for diving within 4 months and have to say i absolutely love it! once was in Bali (my 1st actually, took my license there as well) and the recent one in Phuket, amazing experience just within the couple of months, cannot imagine hows it going to be if i ever get selected for it ( minimum 300 dives ommGGG!!) . Will be expecting to complete my advance diver course within the next few days, am loving it, so I’m hungry for more.

Why I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor? If it’s going to be a change, may it be a good and worthy one, like this. I have been helping in the business for the past 8 years, to be honest, if this opportunity did not came along, i will probably do the same for the rest of my life, i know i do not want to miss this, i want something that is different, something that 10 or 15 years down the road, while having my own free time, sitting back and relax, staring in space, i will be able to reflect on what i have done in the past, it must be something meaningful, like being able to communicate with people coming from around the world on the same interest, all the beautiful “underworld” sightings that i will be able to witness only on this activity. At least for now, my parents are very much still alive and kicking, thus i am able to set some time aside to pursue what i want in life, it can be at least 7 months or maybe more? (Can it be extend to something like 3 years? or 4?) I think i have taken a huge step forward to pursue my passion my interest, i guess there are not many people out there who are willing to make this move, at the age of 26 this year i realize that this is the chance to change my life, even if ii am not selected, at least i tried, took me lots of courage to come up with this written entry. If i have attracted you to read up to this point, i am Michael Lam; thank you for the time and consideration as i hope to hear from you soon. (Back to my dreams~~) PS: do wake me from my dreams soon 

Jeffrey K. Baier

Jeffrey K. Baier Best Dive Job in the World

Jeffrey K. Baier Best Dive Job in the World

Greetings from Afghanistan!

My name is Jeff Baier, and this is my entry into the “Best Dive Job in the World” contest!

Caption: In Basrah, Iraq with K9 Sultan!

For starters, I’ll tell you a bit about myself…

I’m currently working here in the Middle East, and have been bouncing back and forth between Iraq and Afghanistan for nearly 7 years now.

Of course, it wasn’t always like this – I used to have a normal job and lived a relatively normal life. I worked in a nice office, had a pile of bills to pay every month, and got stuck in traffic commuting to and from work 5 days a week.

Then of course, the economy in Detroit, Michigan (formerly the Automotive Capital of the World) took a nose dive…

Instead of trying to jump back in the Rat Race, I decided to do something different. Way different. In 2004 I ended up with a four-legged partner trying to find bombs and bite Bad Guys out in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
I did this for a year… then another… then three years turned into five, and now it’s coming up on seven years! The adventure would lead me from southern Afghanistan to various parts of Iraq and finally now back to Afghanistan again.

My fiancée wasn’t at all thrilled, and she ended up marrying some guy in Japan. And of course my commute did change a bit – and became, well, a bit more challenging…

Still, the pay wasn’t bad. Aside from a few rockets and mortars during odd hours of the night, things went more or less smoothly. And of course there was plenty of sunshine…
However, the view never really seems to change – everything is just the same plain beige color, and generally looks like this:

I have been fortunate enough to have travelled many places (China, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cuba, North Korea, Jamaica, Mexico, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, England, Germany, France, Turkey, Netherlands, and Austria) but my favorite part of the world is still SE Asia.

The first place I ever went scuba diving was in the Capones Islands in the Philippines, and I vowed to return and get certified – something that is still on my “To Do” list all these years later! The thing I really miss about being here in the Middle East is that there is no water – no beautiful blue oceans, no beaches, no marine creatures whatsoever. As a matter of fact, the closest thing we get to seeing “water” is this:

Jeffrey K. Baier Best Dive Job in the World

Jeffrey K. Baier Best Dive Job in the World

Sorry, it was a bad joke… At any rate, I will be finishing my 18-month tour here in Afghanistan this May, completing my MBA degree shortly afterwards, and hope to begin yet another brand new adventure – something better and brighter, definitely not being stuck in an office, and surrounded by TONS of beautiful scenery!

So that’s my story – and that is exactly why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor!

Best Regards,

Jeffrey K. Baier

Mark Stone

Mark Stone Best Dive Job in the World

Mark Stone Best Dive Job in the World

Hi everyone at blueseason bali. My name is Mark stone or stoney to my mates and i’m ready for a career change. I’ve been working in the glass industrysince leaving school at age 16. the jobs been great but i know it inside out & back to front. I’m bored & it’s not my passion. I own a small glass business one hour nth of sydney. It’s a one man operation so things can get tough sometimes & i’ve missed working in a crew of mates.

I’ve wanted to change careers for a couple of years now and have thought about moving to the islands on the great barrier reef to get involved in diving but people keep telling me i have a great little business and why don’t i just go snorkelling on weekends and holidays. They also said it would cost to much & take to long to do all the courses. So your competition is perfect for me. It’s not a prize, it’s a gift from the underwater gods themselves. My mates don’t get it, i don’t just love the underwater world, i’m in love with it. At present I work on a gym station, treadmill & strider for one hour every weekday morning to keep fit. A few days ago i spoke to a coach who said he’d never stepped foot inside a gym because life was a gym. He’s spot on.I went snorkelling at norah head yesterday & the waves coming over the top of the drop off gave my legs a great workout and I know with scuba diving you have to carry,wash & mantain gear. Better than being at the gym doing a workout.

My love for the underwater world started when i brought my father two goldfish for his birthday,then more tanks,aquarium clubs,my parents opened a aquarium shop,snorkelling & then an open water dive course.Then i started work ,bought a car & a found girls.diving was put on hold for a couple of years.Now i live 10 min from the ocean and love to snorkell, swim & do my paperworkwhile watching the ocean.I see whales, dolphines & perfect beach days.Iv’e snorkelled in vanuatu,samoa & the islands of new caledonia and it’s a perfect wonderland.sometimes i get a tear in my eye as i lay amongst the coral & watch as life goes on around me, It’s perfect but i’ve only been to the edge of the drop off. I’m ready to take the next kick of my fins & go over the edge with my mate padi & blue season bali.

THANKS,I CAN’T WAIT.your mate Stoney

Hello ladies and gents!!!

Well another day over. More money towards Bali! Saving loads. 😀

All I can say is that it is a wet day. Nothing wrong with being wet as long as it’s nice clear warm water in bali. Seeing all the beautiful creatures, people, culture and of course training to complete a dream and goal to give me opportunity.

Saying that I come from England so I’m used to diving in cold water with often little viz. However not dived for a few months now so please pick me for the win.

The enthusiasm and eagerness to do this is intense.

Wishing all of you a fantastic day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

855 minutes to go!

Four months of very hard work is almost to an end and sitting from my desk I can feel the anxiety out there.  I actually prefer getting wet but you have all been keeping me busy every day by your constant applications, blogging, comments, posts, emails and what have you.

Best Dive Job in the World with Blue Season Bali Diving

Best Dive Job in the World

So firstly, a huge well done to everyone who has participated in any way to this competition – I never really thought it was going to be such a success.   But it has been and that is down to all of you for embracing this opportunity.

The hardest part starts in 855 minutes as we will stop receiving applications and start to work out who deserves to become a PADI Instructor. I can hear you all shouting  ” I do” , and I am sure that many of you deserve this but as always, there can be only one winner.

So let me explain what is going to happen at midnight tonight (Bali time).

First, we are not going to accept any more applications – even if you bribe me with….well, we won’t go there.  Midnight is the deadline!

From tomorrow, 1st March, we will start to post the ten finalist for the competition.  Every day I will post one of the finalists so that by the 10th March we will know exactly who the top ten are.  The finalists will not be posted in any particular order, so if you get posted first, or last, it makes absolutely no difference at all.

During these ten days you are still welcome to gain support for your entry; our minds won’t be totally made up for the final ten until the last day.

If you are then one of the finalists you have a few days to persuade us that you are the best person to win this prize.

On the 15th March Blue Season Bali will announce the winner of the Best Dive Job in the World – get in!


Selena Wu

Selena Wu Best Dive Job in the World

Selena Wu Best Dive Job in the World

Welcome to the first installation of the Weekly Underwater, where you’ll learn about the World Underwater from the Woman Underwater:

Selena WU

Born in the USA like Springsteen, but traveled the world and the seven seas like The Eurythmics (Come on, admit it – you know those lyrics.), I now call Australia home. I’ve always led an active lifestyle – soccer, running, cycling, lifeguard, volleyball, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, yoga – so it made perfect sense for me to find my way into an invigorating position working in a…bank.

That wasn’t a typo. I really work for a bank.
Therefore, it should hardly come as a surprise when you hear:

Why I Want to Change My Life and
Become a PADI Instructor

“Can I really do this?”
“What if there are sharks?”
“Will I have enough air?”

These sorts of thoughts went through my mind when I decided to conquer my fear of being under the sea by completing my Open Water Certification in 1995. Scuba diving quickly went from hobby to passion during my time in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer. The once intimidating silence of the sea became a means of connecting to nature through the meditative sound of my rhythmic breathing.

The simple pleasure of watching air bubbles bounding for the surface or gazing into deep blue…the imagination behind the peculiar design of the octopus or the lionfish…the feeling of awe when being followed by the curious eye of a gentle creature ten times my size…the thrill of swimming through the remains of a ship as grand as the Titanic…I was hooked. Over the next couple years, I returned to the Islas de la Bahia again and again to be back in the World Underwater and to obtain that next level of certification, ultimately becoming a Divemaster. Since then I’ve wandered many a watery way, blowing bubbles with aquatic creatures great and small, waiting for the right time and place to make the move to instructor.

Selena Wu Best Dive Job in the World

Selena Wu Best Dive Job in the World

Teaching, both in formal and less structured settings, has played a part in most of my working life – as a sports coach for kids, a volunteer giving health talks in rural Spanish-speaking communities, a bi-lingual preschool teacher, a yoga instructor, and a trainer to my office colleagues and clients. The ability to communicate effectively is critical in these environments, as well as in the World Underwater.

In my current profession, a few erroneous keystrokes or the wrong choice of words could signal financial disaster for a large corporation. As the Woman Underwater, effective communication is essential to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all divers under my watch. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to use my various language skills with diverse populations ranging from CFOs of global companies…to school-aged children…to Honduran coffee farmers…to deaf-mute community members…to globetrotters from around the world. Every holiday has become an excuse for me to ditch the business suit for the wetsuit. It’s time to make a permanent swap!

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