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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.

Hobbies:
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!”

David Moss

David Moss Best Dive Job in the World

David Moss Best Dive Job in the World

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

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
The
Weekly
Underwater

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!

Purnomo Yudhianto

Yudi Best Dive Job in the World

Yudi Best Dive Job in the World

Hi Blue Season Bali, my name is Yudi. I’m a freelance web and graphic designer, and I’m also working at dive center’s office in Bali. I will be 25 on July 4th this year and I love to make friends with anyone at any ages. I was grow up in bali, and now after graduated from university on East Java last year, I’m back again to lived with my family in Denpasar, Bali.

This is my story.

On December last year, I met someone on the road. He seem in a kind of a hurry, so I stopped by next to him and asked if he might need my help. With keep on walking, the gentleman replied with kindness, “I have to get to the airport ASAP”. After that, we began to chat and I delivered him to the airport. In short, He is a diving instructor from Poland. I didn’t get him in the first time, but then he explained about what does Dive Instructor do. Very interesting, I think.

Couple of weeks afterward, I was sending my job application to one of dive centers around Sanur beach in Bali, hoping a job and a chance to learn more about scuba diving. Thank God- I’ve got the job for the officer since I’m major on computer science. It is where I’m working right now. And was my first time to know about dive industry, esspecially in Bali . Very often I saw people come to enjoy diving, and I can only watch. Interacting with dive masters really made me want to be a diving instructor also, but I knew the company isn’t hired me to be one.

I’d love to experience every interesting new things in life, I joined press, bartender club, photography, and basket when I was at University. I’m also learning how to make eyeglasses from my father. I always want to improve myself more further.

Yudi Best Dive Job in the World

Yudi Best Dive Job in the World

I love sports. And scuba diving is very lovely thing to do. When I was first time to try it in the pool, I felt very excited. Everyone would, I knew it, but not every people have a chance to enjoy scuba diving.

I fully understand that something called ‘job’ is something comes with responsibility. however, best dive job in the world is very thrilled me up. In my opinion, the best job we could ever had is something we are really loved to do.
‘Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor’? It’s because I love scuba diving world and I want to experience more about it.

God bless us. Best regards,

Yudi .

Gav

Gav Best Dive Job in the World

Gav Best Dive Job in the World

MY WET DREAM !!!!!!!

Diving…. When I dive I am free, its almost like an outer body experience once I am in the water I leave my troubles on the surface, I feel at one with nature and I am home… living in the moment, living to the full!

Nama saya Gavin Donoghue, I am 30 years old and live in Manchester England-I know England is not the most exotic of countries to dive, cold murky waters and almost a few weeks of sunshine in summer, if were lucky! My passion for diving was born in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef where I had the chance to do my open water certificate and fell hook line and sinker for diving.

I have travelled the world and experienced many different cultures and met some amazing people from all walks of life, while on holiday in Cyprus I gained my advanced open water and have since dived with manta rays and bull sharks in Fiji, however I always get dragged back home to the usual 9-5 daily grind which is clearly not me “hey but you gotta eat”

I feel this is now my opportunity to get back to doing what I love best and achieving my ambition in life to becoming a diving instructor (in beautiful Bali) I feel like I’ve always been a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, I love diving and connect with water and what mysteries it holds, we as humans seem to be blind to the fact we have a world much greater than land with only a fraction of it discovered, most people look to the stars in wonder of new life form but I look to the oceans and embrace the ultimate wet dream!!

Gav Best Dive Job in the World

Gav Best Dive Job in the World

This job would really change my life, I have a loving supporting family who are excited for me to even have the opportunity to apply for this job, it feels like all my dreams, Christmas’s and birthdays have come all at once, winning this job would be a blessing and a privilege and you would not be disappointed, I am single with no kids, no commitments and am ready to go, my
bags are packed, I’ve fed the cat, watered the plants and I’m almost at the airport- the taxi will be here in 5 minutes (hopefully)
I am a multi skilled diverse person with a lot to offer BLUE SEASON Bali, I have great communication skills, I’m very personable, I love life and look on each day as a blessing and an opportunity to enjoy all the world has to offer.

I regularly work out and train in mixed martial arts, I’m very adventurous and up for a challenge, we all have to start somewhere I may be 30 but I’m still young and ambitious enough to excel to the best of my ability.

“We are all searching for something in life, a dream! This is my dream, this job”

Saya harap kita bertemu lain kali

Gav!

Marc Holmes

My name is Marc and I am 26 years old with a passion for scuba diving and adventure. When I’m in the UK I work a simple job that is bearable but it is frustrating knowing that there is so much more out there. Ever since I was young I’ve always been drawn to the unknown, hungry for more knowledge and experience. My first dive was an astounding day. I’ll never forget it, Instead of quenching my thirst for venture it left me with a longing for more. Since that day, I have been lucky enough to complete my open water and advanced open water and am yet to continue diving. There is nothing more attractive to imagine, then escaping the limitations of a normal life. What everybody else is happy to settle for, to me is just not enough.

The world is the most beautiful gift to all of us that are lucky enough to find ourselves on this wonderful planet. It’s funny how we know more about the other planets in space than we do about what is lying right under our feet on the bottom of the oceans. When you’re down there it’s like slipping into another universe where you can glide above the secret world that lies so close but yet so far away. It releases a feeling of complete and total freedom, a place so peaceful and undisturbed; a far cry from the busy traffic of everyday life. In the strange blue world so far below there are a million things to see. There are so many different types of fish darting down into the depths from the sharks with their sleek and powerful movement to the juvenile angel fish with their swirling blue and white brightness lurking in the shadows. I marvel at the way the ocean life moves in on our wrecked ships on the ocean floor; it is amazing that they seek concealment in our wrecked ships adding colour and breathing life back into the ghostly remains. It would be a privilege to be a part of it, and to open the eyes of other people to what they are missing.

This job shouldn’t just go to anybody, it must be somebody with a real passion for the ocean, someone with a real eye for detail that will enjoy every single second and not let a moment go to waste. I am definitely that person, because where one person would just see a fish, I can see so much more. I can see the opportunities and excitement a mile away and whilst I love what I see and I am always keen to learn as much as possible, I reserve a sincere respect for the ocean and always keep an awareness that I do not belong here and it was and always will be, the home of the creatures within it. I hope this answers the question, of why I want to be a PADI diving instructor, because it’s not just the best dive job in the world, it’s the best job in the world, period.

Arthur Brenton

Arthur Brenton Best Dive Job in the World

Arthur Brenton Best Dive Job in the World

Hi my name is Arthur Brenton; I currently live in Northampton, about as far as you can get from the sea in England. I am a scuba diver who learnt in the cold and dark waters of a Leicestershire quarry, so the prospect of diving day after day in the warm blue seas around Bali experiencing the fantastic, colourful array of wildlife is so much more appealing.

Becoming a dive professional would be a fantastic opportunity for me to start a new and diverse career path. It would also allow my wife Karen and I to start a new life for ourselves and to bring up our children (Oscar 2years 10months and ‘Baby’ Brenton due July 2011) in a new and exciting location where we will get to sample a new way of life and definitely ‘get out of the rat race’.

As it is at present I lost my job the day before I passed my Padi Open Water Course, therefore I have not been able to dive as much as I would have liked since then. Winning this competition and receiving this fantastic opportunity would be just the slice of good luck that we desperately need and must surely deserve, given some of the troubles we have encountered in recent years.

I was born and brought up close to the Dorset coast and my love of out-door living has been ever present whether it is hiking, camping, mountain biking, sailing or now with diving. I love being outside and to be able to touch, taste, and smell the real world.

Arthur Brenton Best Dive Job in the World

Arthur Brenton Best Dive Job in the World

In the past I have excelled as being a professional rugby player for 10 years, succeeded as a land manager for a number of large residential developers and delivered rugby coaching to a wide range of people including children with learning difficulties, both in the UK and in Hong Kong.

I strongly believe that the personal and business skills that I have developed will make me a highly valued and successful diving professional; who can easily transfer my own experience and knowledge to individuals and groups whilst instructing. I am also looking forward to being the face of Blue Season Bali during the duration of the instruction package and hopefully beyond, keeping the world ‘up to speed’ with both my progress and the diving experience in Bali.

I am game for a laugh; even dressing up as a big spider in the process.

I am someone who gives everything a go and puts in maximum effort, giving me the opportunity to ‘do something completely different’ will be a well rewarded decision as I will be a valuable asset to Blue Season Bali both now and in the future.

Pete Brugger

Pete Brugger Best Dive Job in the World

Pete Brugger Best Dive Job in the World

What is it they say about the best laid plans?

Having finished university and worked hard for three years saving money, I set off on an adventure of a lifetime – a yearlong round the world trip starting in North America. But, over two years later, I am still bumbling around in Central America – never having made it further south! However, what an amazing two years! From climbing active volcanoes to jungle treks, from wandering cobbled streets in highland colonial towns to sandy Caribbean beaches, from partying amongst Panama City’s high rises to living with a Guatemalan family whilst learning Spanish, these last two years have given me a wealth of adventures, memories and achievements.

It also re-introduced me to diving and, in the process, changed my life. Having gained both my Open Water and Advanced certifications in my teens, I had not dived for several years until the waters of the Caribbean tempted me below once more. I immediately remembered why I had loved diving so much, I found it exhilarating and calming in a way that maybe only pilots can understand – as they are able to feel like birds soaring above the elements, so I feel gliding below the waves.

Having rekindled my love of diving, I decided to complete the Divemaster course. I found a job working for a small dive centre in Panama, where I spent ten months working on a small Caribbean island. I loved everything about this experience, from helping people take their first breaths underwater to the camaraderie of colleagues and customers alike. I enjoyed passing on not only the skills I had learnt but also my enthusiasm for the underwater world.

Pete Brugger Best Dive Job in the World

Pete Brugger Best Dive Job in the World

Why do I want the “Best Dive Job in the World”? Put simply, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it could not get any better! Having worked as a divemaster, I want to take the next step and become an instructor. For me, this would not just be the best dive job in the world, but THE best job in the world. This unique and fantastic experience would allow me to dive, live and learn in a new and exciting location; to meet new people and face new challenges – these things get me out of bed in the morning (that and a strong cup of coffee)! I know I can never go back to a regular, nine to five office job and currently volunteering as a hiking guide for a Guatemalan non-profit charity has only reinforced this.

Why should you offer me the “Best Job in the World”? Because not only am I hungry for it, but, having regularly assisted on courses and conducted DSD programmes, I know exactly what this job entails – consistent hard work, responsibility, commitment and enthusiasm amongst other things; qualities I possess in abundance. I also understand and appreciate the commitment that Blue Season Bali would be making to me, and am confident that I will fully justify and repay this.

Nicolai Salling

Nicolai Salling Best Dive Job in the World

Nicolai Salling Best Dive Job in the World

“Creative and fun entry” I thought – Why not just do exactly that to get your attention, and then tell you guys a bit about myself in plain text. So I did, and now the competition got a soundtrack aswell! 😉

About me: I have lived to experience 27 summers, because to me the summer and fun is equal to life and fun. I come from the small but proud country of Denmark which is in Scandinavia, Europe(We made the “Carlsberg”, the “Lego” and invented the tape recorder in 1898…)

I haven’t spent much time in Denmark for the last 5 years, as I have been working as a representative, tour guide and destination manager for a travel agency. This means handling and taking care of tourist going on holiday and thereby making sure that they get the best holiday experience possible. This has brought me to various destinations in Greece, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, whereas I am currently staying in Koh Samui, Thailand.

I simply just love exploring and experiencing new places, countries and people from all over, and luckily this have been possible to combine with my job. At any time during these 5 years I have been able to pack my life in a bag or two and continue my ongoing adventure called life….and my bag is ready for Bali!

In my job I’ve had a tendency to always work on islands – having the sea nearby. I am told I’ve inherited this urge to explore and stay near the sea from my grandfather who sailed around the world several times during his lifetime. But staying NEAR the sea isn’t enough – I want to go IN IT!

Nicolai Salling Best Dive Job in the World

Nicolai Salling Best Dive Job in the World

From the first time I tried snorkelling/diving I, I was hooked. Fortunately I have been able to get PADI certified in the places I worked and lived. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to do as much diving as wanted, mainly because I still have had to work(money doesn’t grow on trees you know).

Whenever I have time off, I use that opportunity to go diving. During my last time off/holiday, I went to the area of Koh Tao, Thailand and did my Padi Divemaster course. While and after doing that my urge to continue into the diving world just got bigger. SO: I took a big decision and told my company for the first time in 5 years, that I wouldn’t be working after my current season(ends in beginning of April). So now as I’m singing in my song(sorry for the voice- not meant to be popstar), my fate is up to YOU Season Blue Bali! – Just waiting for your call 😉

Nicolai Salling Best Dive Job in the World

Nicolai Salling Best Dive Job in the World

– I speak and understand all scandinavian languages(DK, NO,SV), fluent in English.
– Got valuable experience being almost in the same business.
– Born with a videocamera in my hand one of the thing I am looking forward to is making the video diary of what life is all about being a PADI DIVE INSTRUCTOR

(My dream!)

Holly Keeble

Holly Keeble Best Dive Job in the World

Holly Keeble Best Dive Job in the World

Holly is someone named so because her mother preferred shorter names that no-one could change. So unlike the James’s of this world, I wouldn’t have ten names, Jim, Jam, Jimmy.

I’ll admit, I’m with my mother on this one. I’ll always just be Holly, therefore never being anything else other than who I am.

Is it true that goldfish stuck in a bowl that’s too small prevents their growth? Or that if you wrap up Chinese peoples feet at the end then they don’t grow? Because, if any of these are proven scientifically then, I think I have my answer to why I should become a Padi instructor. I mean, surely the ocean is the biggest fish tank we could get? Therefore sticking to the fact that, if you get me in that sea, then I will grow. (Metaphorically speaking of course, I’m not going to land you with a GIANT female and take off to pursue my career in personal appearances.. Loyalty!)

Once upon a time, completing a Performance Degree, then falling into a standard day job, and wandering through life with the self-assurance of a sea urchin without its spines.

Then one day boarding a Qantas flight to Australia and therefore changing my life. Now back home, booking other peoples holidays and sitting on a train home creating memories of other peoples travels.

I remember a moment of my traveling, when a friend came to visit. Whilst exploring the delights of another amazing country…these words left her lips, and I quote ‘I can’t wait to go home and just sit and watch TV again’. I nearly choked on my beans and sausage (I like children’s food). Did I hear that correctly? She had to be joking?
That’s the moment I replied with ‘If you ever hear that saying come out of my mouth, POKE ME IN THE EYE’

Last night I watched Jersey Shore, Gossip Girl and Blue Bloods (it’s my new favourite), I’ve been invited to Salsa tonight and I’m not going because Skins is on.

My facebook status on my 24th birthday was, ‘Holly Keeble is 24 years old, single, skint, can’t drive, living out the back of a campervan and with no job, but I couldn’t be happier’
Do you know how many likes that got? 74.

My facebook status on this year’s 25th birthday avoided saying much. Because the truth was, everyone was at work, so I went to Topshop alone, and had a McDonalds, and a table shared with a stranger. Don’t get me wrong, I went to roller disco and had a house party, so all was not lost.

But how can I be happy riding the train when I’ve hung out the back of a Tuk Tuk? Or visiting my home town Cleethorpes beach, when I’ve been to Whitsunday’s? Or being rained on in a Streatham Hill street, when I’ve been in a flood in New Zealand.

I’ve tasted life, and I need you to feed me.

Jaele Mancini

Bonjour everyone !

On a cold Canadian snowy evening, here I am, dreaming of my futur… Or actually, I should not say it this way, because one of my favorite line is “ don t dream your life, live your dreams. So lets do it !

My name is Marieve, i m a quebec born girl, presently a flight attendant for a major airline, for the past 7 years. I m an intense traveler, ( I mean on my time off ! ) . but I ve never been to Bali ! I actually just got back from south Africa ( diving with the great white was an unexpected surprise .. let me tell you ! ) . I did my Padi Open Water few years ago in the warm , clear and very colorful water of the south florida keys. Since then, I dove in Hawaii,Thailand, Bahamas,Miami… and many more to come ! unfortunetly, at the moment I don’t have money to go further with my diving courses, so i wish with all my heart, I really do, to have my chance of a lifetime, and, yes, a life changing opportunity and win this contest !!!

Back at school, I studied tourism and international business. So I always knew I was going to be a “ proud citizen a planet earth “. I started swimming I was almost still in my mom’s belly, and i ve been called “ la petite grenouille “ in English “little frog “ since then. I loooove meeting new people from all around the globe, I enjoy learning from others, and I d truly take joy, pride and fun teaching people what I m the most fascinated by : the ocean and how to explore it s many wonders. I did give a lot of myself before to help others ( volunteer at spca, dogs shelters, fostering animals in need, visiting lonely people and mostly keep my head up and keeping strong when my own family was in need and going thru difficulties.. ) .

Now, it s my time. There’s no word, text, letters or any video that could describe how deeply winning this contest would mean for me. The only way to describe it is the joy people will notice on my face every time I put on that BCD and jump with them in the water and share with them my passion of diving. I ll then remember that chilly evening sitting in front of a computer typing this text and then I ll smile and say “ hummm, that s the feeling I was trying to describe! Hopefully we ll meet soon in the warm Balinese waters…

Thanks
Marieve

Elena El

Elena El Best Dive Job in the World

Elena El Best Dive Job in the World

Leigh Mcmahon

I’m a 38 year old mother of 2 and also have 2 step children. Unfortunately, I started at a young age and had my daughter, Ashley, while still in high school. I joined the work force at the age of 16 and have been working ever since. My daughter is now in college and the other 3 are between the ages of 13 and 18. I had always dreamed of becoming a Marine Biologist but had to put that to the side in order to provide for and raise my daughter. Now that the kids are older, I’m ready to look toward MY future.

Over the years I have worked many different jobs. I’m a Property Manager in Rock Hill, SC. While I’m currently “landlocked” about 3 hours from the ocean, we make the trip whenever possible. Luckily, one of the jobs I’ve had was working for an airline. I’ve had the great fortune of travelling and have gotten to visit some pretty cool destinations. Australia, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas are just a few of them. One of my favorites is Isle Roatan, Honduras where my sister and I got to go out on a catamaran yacht and snorkel. I remember talking to the boat captain on our trip; he used to work a 9-5 job in the states and walked away from it all. Ever since that day, my dream has been to get to the coast and D-I-V-E! When I went to Australia, the group I went with had no set plans or reservations. We went for 9 days and drove down the coast from Brisbane to Sydney and just pulled in whenever we felt like stopping. I love that kind of “fly by the seat of your pants” adventure!

My husband, daughter, son and I took a trip to St. Thomas for her 16th birthday where we got to try Scuba diving. We were all hooked! Since then my husband, son and myself have all gotten certified. Our youngest son is hoping to get certified this summer. Last summer, my son, stepson, father and I went down to Key West and went diving for the week. It was amazing! It was the first time my stepson had seen ocean water that didn’t look brown.

I truly cannot get enough and have begun plotting where and how to start my own dive shop. I’d love to say I’m laid back and can just go with the flow. Unfortunately, my current job is a huge struggle, especially in today’s economy. We are always working short-staffed and never have enough hours in the day. I’m a hard worker and I’d much rather be putting my hard work to use for myself than somebody else!

Keep me in mind, Bali! I’m off to my next dive class this Friday!

Corinna Stich

Here it’s cold, grey, foggy no sun or sandy beach in sight.
I was born here, but I don’t fit,
I’m multi-cultural,
speak 9 languages,
like worldmusic and international cuisine.
Most of my friends are foreigners.

Corinna Stich Best Dive Job in the World

Corinna Stich Best Dive Job in the World

I like snow, mountains and wild nature.
BUT, I love the ocean,
there’s nothing more beautiful.

Corinna Stich Best Dive Job in the World

Corinna Stich Best Dive Job in the World

Since I’m a kid, I’ve been attracted by water of any kind.
Once I almost drowned, a big Atlantic ocean wave against
a 2 years old kid playing too close by the water.
My mum saved me.
The ocean spit me out, gave us another chance to become friends.
Even from the bathtub, my parents couldn’t get me out.
I could swim when I was 5 years old,
my playground was the forest and the lake.
Our holidays
I spent in the sea, playing,
till the adults forced me out.
When I was 12, I did a Discovery Dive in the pool.
I loved the freedom to breathe under water,
but we didn’t have money for diving.
During a riverrafting camp,
my passion for watersports grew.
I went to Brazil, snorkeled on a very clear jungle river,
crowded with fishes, among it red Piranhas.
One year later I was on Tioman Island.
Snorkelling, I was surrounded by purple, blue, orange, yellow fishes,
never saw that many in my life before.
I got to dive!
I took the Padi Open Water and directly the Advanced.
My teacher recommended Sipadan to me.
This place is of infinite beauty.
Visiblity 35-40 meters, 10 white-tip reef sharks and hawksbill turtles on each dive.
The most fascinating thing, was to be surrounded by more fish than water.
I loved the Barracuda schools,
which formations resemble a Tornado.

Corinna Stich Best Dive Job in the World

Corinna Stich Best Dive Job in the World

This should be my life.
I want to see more places like that,
wake up every morning with the fresh breeeze on the boat
and the salty water spray in my face.

About 7 months after my first dive,
I did my Divemaster Course on Tioman Island.
It was one of the best times of my life.
Getting to know the life of the locals and the divesites in
all conditions.
To see, how people enjoyed,
improved their skills and overcame their fears.

The person who introduced me into this world,
I own him million thanks.
Now back home,
without money,
I miss every sunrise and sunset on the Island.

Corinna Stich Best Dive Job in the World

Corinna Stich Best Dive Job in the World

Miss to see the old friends;
Giant Morayeel who guards the jetty,
hyperactive Boxfish in the reef and same old Grouper in the swimthrough.

Miss to be swallowed by the deep, calm ocean,
the different scales of blue,
where sounds and light go astray,
where the only sound is the bubbles I blow,
where I know exactly that this is my place to fit.
Miss to feel the freedom to sit in the front of the rocking boat
and to see nothing but horizon.
Miss the joy to give some people a chance to discover the same.

Sarah Phenix

Sarah Phenix Best Dive Job in the World

Sarah Phenix Best Dive Job in the World

Sarah Phenix Best Dive Job in the World

Sarah Phenix Best Dive Job in the World

Sarah Phenix Best Dive Job in the World

Sarah Phenix Best Dive Job in the World

Nadia Aly

Hey there my name is Nadia Aly. I am the owner & creator of ScubaDiverLife.com & Community.ScubaDiverLife.com. These are two websites – The first being ScubaDiverLife.com that is the main blog, where I have daily blog posts and then share them through social channels. It’s going so well that some posts have almost 200 shares on them! The second is Community.ScubaDiverLife.com – where anyone can join easily, upload photos, videos, take part in discussion, blog, chat and much much more. I built these websites on my own with the skills I have acquired over my lifetime.

This passion sprung from a trip to Fiji in November of 2010. Diving in Fiji unleashed an obsession for the sport. It grew even more when I randomly through myself on a plane to Kona, Hawaii. Where I did the famous Manta Ray night dive. That dive was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. If I could have cried underwater I would have, it was beyond beautiful.

I first started scuba diving in my early teens and have been very busy since. I completed my Undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and then a Masters of Digital Media. With that said now I am working at one of the worlds largest companies as a social media manager, in one of the rainiest places in the States… Seattle. I only get 15 days vacation a year and don’t have much time to go scuba diving. I am nowhere near being a Scuba Diving Master and would just be thrilled to have the opportunity to do so.

I run my scuba communities throughout the day and have grown them to almost ten thousand members in less than two months. I am a queen when it comes to generating content, and I would be super stoked to be able to create much more content for my scuba sites and for Blue Seasons Bali. I have many skills when it comes to the digital realm. I can blog, make videos and edit them, Photoshop, graphics design, web design & execution, community building and growth and on top of that I am a social media queen.

Already having quite a large portfolio my skills are defiantly noticeable. I want to go to Bali to learn everything I can possibly can about scuba diving. So I have good knowledge to share with my communities and other divers around the world. I have these amazing scuba diving websites and have nowhere near the water time that most of my members have. Not to say that I don’t know anything about scuba diving, I do … I just don’t have the experience that many others have. I am a high energy, easygoing character that is extremely friendly, passionate, loving and much more.

Being in Bali would give me the opportunity to showcase what the Scuba Diver Life really is all about, being able to create and share stories with the divers of the world.

Catherine Taylor

Catherine Taylor Best Dive Job in the World

Catherine Taylor Best Dive Job in the World

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

Hi I’m Catherine Taylor. I currently live on the Gold Coast, Australia.

I have spent the last 10 years trying to change my life and figure out what I want to do and what makes me joyful beyond words. This has cost me loads of money and I have had fun along the way, as well as tears. I am now at a point where action is required!! No more hiding or running away. 2011 is the year to change my life and become an incredible PADI Instructor.

I’ve only just realised what I want to do with my life. I have tried many things, and enjoyed all of them; some more than others. Worm farming was not one of them. Whilst on my quest to find true joy and happiness, and a great career that I absolutely love to go to work every day, I have realised that all my life I have loved the ocean, water and sea life and animals. I just didn’t realise how to make it work for me. Everyone calls me a fish, because I am the first one in and the last one out. I prefer to stay in the water all day. I have never been able to get enough of the water, and the beautiful creatures in it. Every day something different happens.

When I’m in the water, with the ocean and animals, I feel at one with it. There is no separation, and the immense joy and exhilaration is indescribable. This, I have decided is what I am meant to do and share the passion with others. Because when you are excited about something, others cannot help but be infected with that same joy.

To win this would be a dream come true. To be trained by one of the best organizations in the world, and to be trained in one of natures paradise would be awesome. It would change my life. I am so ready to change my life. To step into being me and being all I can be. This is of benefit to PADI and Blue Season Bali because great publicity and promotion and lifelong connections cannot be brought.

Catherine Taylor Best Dive Job in the World

Catherine Taylor Best Dive Job in the World

I love living, fun, adventure, and new things. 2011 is the year to take action and make it happen. I will make it happen, if I win – unbelievable. If I don’t then I will still make it happen. But my contribution to you would be the incredible gratitude, a top class student and then instructor, promoting PADI and Blue Season Bali for life, diving and more awareness of our magnificent oceans and sea life. Can you afford not to have me on your team?

Thank you so much for giving me this possibility to win the best job in the world. What else is possible with PADI and Blue Season Bali? How did I get so lucky?

Thea Boshoff


Thea Boshoff Best Dive Job in the World

Thea Boshoff Best Dive Job in the World

Thea Boshoff Best Dive Job in the World

Thea Boshoff Best Dive Job in the World

Vincent Vaczi

Vincent Vaczi Best Dive Job in the World

Vincent Vaczi Best Dive Job in the World

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

Hey there, I’m Vincent, 26 years old, a Hungarian born in Australia but living in Hungary, and here are some ideas why I believe the best dive job in the world would perfectly suit me.

First of all, even though I was born as a true blue, I see the world all in green: I have a deep connection with nature, whether we’re talking about the woodlands of Central Europe or the breathtaking beaches of Down Under. I always feel like I’m home when I go wandering in nature. Moreover, the time I spent travelling in Australia in 2010 was a life-changing adventure, as I had the chance to reconnect with the element of water. The surf lessons and the trip I took to the Great Barrier Reef revealed to me how majestic the ocean truly is. A single day spent with snorkelling – and the reef was irreversibly burnt into my mind. The sense of freedom overwhelming me while chasing schools of funny looking fish along the underwater alleys of corals is pretty much the way I truly feel comfortable in my skin.

When it comes to an active lifestyle, all I can say is that ever since I had escaped from the cradle I have been continuously on the go. Motion is my very breath. I have enjoyed all sorts of sports like skateboarding, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, art jazz dancing, hiking, swimming etc. In the deeper meaning of motion, I am mesmerized by the diversity of the world and I love to explore my environment, both on a local and global scale. I am interested especially in Far Eastern culture; having taken nine trips to India and staying in ashrams I have realized the benefits of going with the flow in the relaxed Eastern way.

Vincent Vaczi Best Dive Job in the World

Vincent Vaczi Best Dive Job in the World

My guitar is my true companion when it comes to travelling. We’ve seen Australia from a different perspective together while busking on the streets; it has accompanied me when performing in Budapest’s stylish clubs or when playing under the ever bright Indian sky in my favourite ashram.

If you need any further reasons why I could make the most of this opportunity, here they go: as a qualified landscape architect and journalist I have been writing articles about environmental matters. I believe the treasures of nature are invaluable and it is our duty to nourish and admire the beauty of Creation. As a professional diving instructor, it would be a never returning opportunity for me to play my role in introducing people to Mother Earth’s underwater garden, and obviously to enjoy biodiversity from a totally different view. As a man of words I have been leading my online journal about my adventures too, and I would be more than ready and willing to update my blog with the newest chapters on how awesome Bali truly is.

So as you can see, I’m ready to dive… And you are going to love it.

Anas Malatiali

Anas Malatiali Best Dive Job in the World application

Anas Malatiali Best Dive Job in the World

Hi my name Anas Malatiali, I am 33 years old. I work in diamond setting in a work shop jewelry since 10 years ago in United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, I spend most my break time in the beach swimming snorkeling And recently I entered the world of diving and I Become advanced diver and I found it was something I needed.

From intensity of my love for diving so I travel in the holidays a distance of 700 km round trip to the east coast of the UAE to get good visibility and different variety of marine environment. I am tired of the pain of the neck and shoulders. I am tired of checking in diamond I was seriously thinking about changing my life and my job I believe that change is necessary in our lives and this change should be to something we love and here Success and creativity is When you combine hobby and work togetherLike most people I am sick and tired of my job and it’s a time to choose the job I like: PADI scuba instructor.

I like the adventure, challenge, the sun and beach in tropical island and I try it last august in Phuket and I wish if I can stay more than my Specific vacation. In addition to all this I love of marine life in general and I have a marine aquarium 10 years ago.

I am very excited for this contest from the Moment I see it and Became obsessed to me.

Thank you and I wish you all the best.

Rowan Mintz

The question honestly is, “Why would you not want to be a dive instructor?” It stems 29 years back to when I was in the womb.  Born a Pisces, water has always been a part of my life. It courses through my veins, urging to find that ultimate feeling of weightlessness that is not to frequently found with us terrestrial mammals.  I began swimming at a young age, and my passion for the water turned into what some would call an obsession.  My mother created a monster.

My father was a fisherman, where  I was born by the Long Island Sound. Now I find myself living on the bay in Santa Cruz, CA, opening up my laptop to find ways to make a career of something I hold so dear to my heart. I don’t like being caught up in the fast paced life so many consider normal.  I have experienced life on a boat, and that it is exactly where my souls yearns to be.

Now that I have that passion…I can’t stop.  The urge for diving starts in my navel, growing up my sides and down my legs, tickling me with a euphoric sensation. Goose bumps take over making the hair on my arms stand at attention.  As this feeling creeps up my spine and into my brain, all I can think about is one thing; “The shortest path to the ocean.” The world beneath the surface and the waters from which we all have come.

Descending down into the ocean and relying on tanks to supply your air also comes with risks. I am like a sponge ready to absorb the multitude of knowledge that keeps you safe and aware of any perils that I can pass on to others. The ocean is so much larger than us and deserves our respect.

We are the future.  We are the ones who can save our oceans from destruction by simply sharing our love, knowledge and enthusiasm to those we come in contact with. I want to be a part of saving our waters for future dreamers. I want to be the person to reveal to others the wonders of swimming the depths in the radiant underwater illuminescent gardens of coral.

Becoming a dive instructor is the first step in making this dream become a reality.  Being able to learn and teach in an environment that I hold sacred, while living in one of the most spiritual places on earth is what I am working towards. This path I have wanted for years. Even now, as I close my eyes…I can see the excitement on people’s faces after a good dive. That alone is enough to make me smile.

Shawn

Shawn Best Dive Job in the World Application

Shawn Best Dive Job in the World Application

Hmmm, I just wrote out a ridiculously funny little essay on “Why I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor.” Then when I went to submit it you, had a list of things to do and not to do, none of which I succeeded in getting across in my first attempt, I mean how was I supposed to know that you would be wanting to know things like what I’m like, what I do, my character and why I deserve to win etc. I mean it’s not a job interview or anything, oh wait a min…. :/

So anyway after spending the last couple of days in a drunken daze, despairing that the brilliant writing I displayed in my first effort would never see the light of day, I have finally pulled myself up out of the gutter and decided to give it another crack.

I guess should start with the original and the easiest question to answer, simply put who wouldn’t want to spend seven months on a tropical island diving? I could go into it a lot deeper but I think it is pretty obvious and besides when you made me rewrite all this quite frankly you missed out on all my little pearls of wisdom regarding this 😉

Why do I deserve this is an altogether different question one I am not sure I can answer, I’m not even sure I do deserve it, I mean I am a nice guy and all but I could think of a lot more deserving people than myself to get this opportunity, that being said I would certainly take it given the chance.

Lets see, what’s next, ahh, what I’m like, what I enjoy about life, my character, this is dangerous territory. I like the saying “just because you ARE a character doesn’t mean you HAVE character.” Well in this case my good sir’s you have indeed lucked out because I am a character blessed with character. I’m a bit of an old bastard these days, having just entered the naughty forties but that’s not such a bad thing, I’m still having fun. I can be a bit of an idiot at times, in a good way of course, and still enjoy a good party but i tend to appreciate things and the world a bit more now. I enjoy life itself I guess.

Ok so next was where I live and what I do, lets see, I’m an Aussie, from Melbourne, great place, love it and it’ll always be home but I really don’t want to be here right now, want to see more of the world, wether it is through this or some other means. I don’t really do much at the min, hang with friends, go out, have a few drinks, do a bit of writing, a lot of reading, not enough diving, sit at home doing a whole lot of nothing trying to save cash for my next adventure somewhere over the rainbow :)

Steven Perry

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

Steven Perry Best Dive Job in the World Application

Steven Perry Best Dive Job in the World Application

Imagine a life of watching paint dry day after day?…, well that’s exactly what I do for a living.

Hi my name is Steven Perry and I am a 21 year old painter & decorator from Slough in the UK and as soon as I saw this competition I thought this was by far the life for me.

ABOUT ME:
• Short
• Funny
• Enthusiastic
• Big Headed
• A Bit Of A Legend

I’m stuck in a boring job searching for a better way of life and I think this is the kick up the back-side I need to really be the man I’ve always wanted to be,

After turning down the opportunity of travelling round Europe I find myself these days with a very short attention span and constantly looking for some excitement in my life and the pub and gym just isn’t doing it for me anymore.

I am a quiet person around people that I don’t know but once I get to know you I will probably be centre of attention, Small man….Big personality.

My love for the ocean started around a year ago when a friend of mine decided to set up a marine fish aquarium, and I’ve been addicted ever since.

Since then I’ve always wanted to have my own tank but could never afford it but now come to realise “Why own a tank when you can see the fish in their natural habitat in the world’s biggest aquarium…. The ocean”
I can honestly say I have never been scuba diving or even snorkelling but I have always wanted to and it’s something I think I will do in the future. So please don’t let that stop you from choosing me; I am young and eager to learn. I’m enthusiastic to better my life and start a new career before it’s too late for me.
Where do I want to be this time next year?

On a boat surrounded by friends and new people in paradise ready to embark on a trip of a life time,
For me this job is about the opportunity to see the thing I love in life which is sea life in their natural environment and not only do I want to change my life for the better but becoming a PADI instructor may also change the life of others and maybe encourage them to take up a life in the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD and that would give me enough satisfaction for a life time as I’m sure it does for you guys too.

Thank You for considering me for the chance to have best dive job in the world and becoming the real life “Scuba Steve”

Hope to hear from you soon

Stepan Shulga

Stepan Shulga Best Dive Job in the World Application

Stepan Shulga Best Dive Job in the World Application

Hello! My name is Stepan Shul’ga. I am 29. I live in Donetsk, the city in eastern Ukraine. I work as an announcer at a magnificent football stadium, as a DJ on the radio and an anchorman on the culinary TV show. For a number of reasons I dream of changing my life once and forever by becoming a PADI instructor.

  1. I would very much like to dive every day, though I don’t have such possibility. You are welcome to watch my video here
  2. My friends. They support me in my every undertaking, they do so even now. It’s been long since  I promised to instruct many of them on diving shortly, so I should keep my word. I am confident that with your assistance I will never disappoint their expectations.
  3. My parents. They are wonderful people, they truly love me, however they still keep telling me that diving can hardly become my profession. I strive to disprove it.
  4. Another significant yet not most serious reason is that it is absolutely freezing in my city now, with no chance to tan. I would be happy to change warm gloves for sunscreen.

Being serious, I am endlessly thankful to my instructor. That’s ALEXEY BAYSTRUCHENKO (No.635670).  He opened up alternative reality to me, the splendid underwater universe. Everything connected with diving – which seems quite clear to me now – I learnt from my instructor. By the way, it was him who gave me the web link to this contest. I cannot let my mentor down, I’d rather out perform him. In fact, for me there is no bigger responsibility and joy in the world than the possibility to open the undersea wonders to the people from every part of the world, to instruct them on diving and enjoy it. Everyone who has ever got acquainted with mysterious and silent depths was always grateful to the instructor. So there is a chance of making a lot of people happy by becoming the PADI professional. I am fully ready to take responsibility and enjoy it at the same time, being the very reason why I may well deserve this job.

Just a few words about myself: I am fond of people as much as they are fond of me. J I just love diving as a lifestyle.

Russian and Ukrainian are my native languages; I speak fluent English and a little Spanish.

Over 100 logged dives, PADI AOWD certificate plus experiences of the Black Sea, Red Sea and the Mediterranean. So, there are just a few oceans still left to discover for the peace of mind.

Please do not hesitate to add me up to your Facebook friends.

It will make it easier for you to read my notes about Bali J

Thanks for your time,

Stepan.

Joseph Nowak

Joseph Nowak Best Dive Job in the World

Joseph Nowak Best Dive Job in the World

Life happens, but then at some point, you can re-create yourself. When I was 50, I decided that life was not yet done. So rather than being 50 years old, I decided that I was merely celebrating 25, again. I learned to dance, to swim a mile, and to bench-press my own weight. I learned to surf. I learned to scuba dive. Now that I am 30 for the second time, I considered going back to school. But, I decided that yet another Master’s would not be self re-invention, merely a repeat. So, when my local dive shop offered a PADI Dive Master Course, I took the giant stride entry. I don’t have to do this. I am happily married, live in Philadelphia. I have a respectable and responsible career as an Investment Manager. I speak a number of languages and travel extensively. Life is fine, if I am 60.

But if I am 30 for the second time, then re-invention is possible.

I remember my first dive, in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua where I learned to dive. As I sat on the side of the bobbing boat, wearing 40lbs of gear, on a beautiful day, looking at the distant coastline, and breaking waves, feeling very queasy, I thought, “what the hell am I doing here?” Then though my mind came the lines, “if you tumble through the raging waters of the sea, you will not drown. Be not afraid. I am with you always.” Yes, it is part of a church hymn. My scuba instructor, Mark McKaye was next to me. Reassured, hand on mask and reg, other hand on weight belt, I back rolled into the Pacific. WOW.

Now 3 years later, I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Thank you Mark, who taught me to dive, Georgia King, Quepos CR, who taught me Rescue Diver and how to help people, Dick Walker in Utila, HN who taught me Wreck Diving and prefect buoyancy, Niels Jorisson, Curacao, who taught me how to breath to extend my dive times and all of the other divers and surfers in Central America who taught me so much more about life, while having fun.

And a special thanks to Derek Freres, in Philadelphia, my IDC Instructor, who is making me a much better diver and a dive master, and who taught me to laugh under water. All people with passion for diving and for life, who give such great joy to the people they train. The sheer joy of the first dive and the hundredth dive, the elation of each new skill learned and improved, the beauty and adventure of each dive site. “Do unto others”. Clearly, Investment Managers earn way more money than Scuba Instructors. But Scuba Instructors both in what they give as well as receive, generate far greater value. Bali would be a complete metamorphosis to offer the skills, grace and beauty of diving to so many fellow travelers.

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