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Robert H Hughes – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Robert H Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Robert H Hughes – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Good Afternoon,

My name is Robert H. Hughes,  I am writing this letter to you today to tell you why I am the man for the job! I have paroosed the folks on Facebook that have entered the competition and “I see young people”. LOL. I am a 45 year old with the attitude of a young man. To quote James Dean- “Dream as if you’ll live forever, Live as if you’ll die today“, this quote is the epidemy of my life. I had a very rough beginning to my adulthood, I fell into a very destructive lifestyle when I was in my teen years and continued to challenge death for over 25 years. After having escaped death several times and an almost life ending incident 4 years ago this coming March, I had an epiphany! I put my self into rehabilitation and found my peace. I soon after found the reason I had survived on this planet and why a greater force wanted me to remain here!

I decided to try Scuba Diving and soon after archived my Padi Open Water Certification, (that was less than 2 years ago) and since then have logged over 235 dives. I have gone on to achieve the highest recreational certification possible – as a Padi Master Scuba Diver with over 15 specialties. I am presently working my way through my Padi Divemaster certification, which I will be finishing soon.

I am an active member of Save Our Sharks, Oceans for Youth, Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago, Discover the Depths, Warrior Scuba Project (working with Military Veterans on Scuba), Padi, Dan, Project Aware and love working as a volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

My life’s goal is to become an instructor and share the underwater world and all it’s beauty with as many people as I can. I love to see the look on new divers faces as they become comfortable with their skills and begin to explore all that the Marine World has to offer. It is a great passion of mine to share this beautiful “heaven” and see them advance as ecologically aware divers. I am a very hard working “overachiever”, I have fantastic interpersonal skills, I am extremely well spoken and love to teach. I have been in sales for over 25 years and know how to help people realize a dream while building their self confidence along the way. I believe it is hard to Not believe in a higher power after seeing what lies below the waters surface and absolutely love to share this.

By choosing ME as the Best Dive Job winner you will have granted a new lease on life with a life I love to share!!!!

Thank You and Fins Up,

Robert H. Hughes

Liam Hughes – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Hi I’m Liam Hughes and I can think of nothing better than becoming a PADI instructor!

The sea is my life! Whether working, trying a new sport or just floating around I’m addicted to the sea! I’ve got HND in water sports and adventure activities management and spent time working in numerous countries teaching different kinds of water sports, however after working in Ibiza as a dive master I really can’t think of a better career than teaching scuba diving! Different challenges every day, having an amazing “office”, having the opportunity to travel the world to some of the most amazing dive locations, working with new and exciting people and the rush of helping new divers overcome their obstacles and having a chance to be a part of it.

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

When working in Ibiza my favourite part of my job was having the opportunity to assist on courses and helping new divers learn new skills, (personal favourite being the stress test! Love the challenge!)Being there and finding ways to make it easier and more understandable for new divers and the joy and gratitude they convey when they master a new skill thanks to your help, to me no other job offers that kind of satisfaction and that’s what I want from my career!

 

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Training in Bali would be the opportunity of a life time as nothing makes me happier travelling, meeting people new challenges! So I think I’d be perfect for this position as I love the work, the way I see it you try complaining about twelve hour work days but when you’re working as a diver… you really haven’t got anything to complain about! So hope to hear from you soon with hopefully with some good news!
Best fishes
Liam Hughes

Agata Melissa – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Hi there! I’m Agata Melisa Margaretha. I graduated in diploma of hospitality in Food & Beverage Service and I’m 21 years old. I live in an amazing country, surrounded by beautiful beach and stunning reef and coral life. I thank God I can live here, in Indonesia. Since I was a kid, my father always shows about marine life and underwater world by TV show and national geographic, and since then I am totally in love with underwater world. Start 2003 there was a TV show called “Jejak Petualang”. That TV shows give a lot of treats of amazing dive site in Indonesia, culture and stunning marine life. I always spent my time to watch it every single day. I started to learn about coral, reef, fish ID, what species of this or that kind, where are the beautiful dive spots in Indonesia, how the coral may form, when the best time for diving, and all about marine life. Once I was asking my parents to get permit to have license in dive course, but they were too worried about sea and its dangerous, until in the end of 2011, they give me permission to have PADI Open Water Course. It’s took 9 years for obtain permission. Yea, it’s quite a long time.

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

was so excited and on my birthday, I tried the scuba dive in one of tourism attraction in Jakarta, SeaWorld, and I felt truly happy and I can’t express how happy I am. On December 2011, I took the Open Water Exam in Pramuka Island, Kepulauan Seribu, Indonesia. I was so excited and I can’t wait to see how beautiful underwater life. Everything runs smoothly, the current was good, the weather was good too and the visibility was good enough. My dive instructor shares a lot of things that really inspired me to be a PADI instructor.

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

The reason I want to change my life and involve in scuba diving or PADI Instructor, because mostly youth in Indonesia still less concern about marine life in Indonesia, while Indonesia has a very stunning and colorful natural underwater world who can make employment for dive instructor or share about how gorgeous underwater world which Indonesia has and attract them to come and see how beautiful reef and coral. I am also concern about saving the living of sea turtle and dugong and the coral triangle, which costly spread in Indonesia.  Runaway to Bali and spend 7 months for having PADI instructor surely makes me stand out as a girl who still young and really concern about marine life. So please vote for me and let me spread to the world about how beautiful natural underwater Indonesia and be a PADI instructor!

Allie Keen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012


I want to change my life and become a PADI dive instructor for a number of reasons. The obvious being that I would get to live on the beautiful island of Bali, dive every day and meet new people! Another reason is that I would like to feel the reward of helping someone else achieve their dream to dive. When I learnt to dive I was scared of the sea, I would barely even paddle in it! Thankfully my instructor had a lot of patience and made me persevere, he took me aside from the group to teach me separately and it was only after completing my Advanced Open Water course that I felt completely confident in the water. For that reason I have always looked up to and respected those that have taught me to dive and I would like to do the same for others.

Allie Keen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Allie Keen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

I currently manage a successful business which takes up most of my time, I wake up and it’s dark and by the time I leave work its dark! I want to swap my morning meetings in 4 bare walls to giving a dive brief, floating on a boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I live for the weekend – after a hard week at work I love letting my hair down and going out and socialising with friends. I want to live for every day not just the weekend and becoming a dive instructor would enable me to do that.  I have just passed an English teaching course and am studying Spanish as I would love to be able to speak another language.

I dream of travelling the world and working as a dive instructor. I enquired about completing my professional training with Blue Season in June 2010 before this life changing competition was launched. I wanted to enter last year but was completing a Business & Management degree and the timing wouldn’t have been right, now there is nothing stopping me…other than leaving family and friends but surely they wouldn’t mind holidaying in Bali?!

Allie Keen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Allie Keen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

My news feed is full of pictures and status updates of friends who are all settling down, buying houses, getting engaged, married and having kids and I am nowhere near ready for that. I want an adventure. I try to leave my job but am offered more money and rewards and find it hard to make the break and leave. I know that money doesn’t mean happiness which is why I want to change my life; I just need your help to do it :)

Whilst I’m nervous about the prospect of setting off alone into the unknown, one of the many things that would be amazing about winning this competition is the knowledge that I am going to be working with friendly professionals at Blue Season Bali who would make me feel welcome. So, please take a moment to vote for me, share this page and change my life for the better! Thank you x

 

 

Allie – Best Dive Job – full pdf application

Nudibranch Heaven

As underwater enthusiasts we tend to focus on the things like sharks, whales, dolphins and turtles which of course, why not, they are fascinating. Like many people, these magnificently large, intelligent and ancient forms of life spark both curiosity and sheer amazement. Many people, myself included are drawn to the ocean for this very reason. We saw videos and read books on these incredible species and wanted to see them for ourselves. Anytime you do have an encounter with one of the above, it becomes an absolute memorable experience. Each sighting has it’s own unique element making every sighting unforgettable. Unfortunately, some may only get a chance to see these things in aquariums which for many reasons I don’t agree with, but to see these animals in there true environments among nature swimming in a vast ocean is the way they should be seen. I’ve seen many dolphins and sharks stuck in tanks when I was younger but after seeing them in the open ocean, you realize just how wrong it is for them to be stuck in a confined space day after day. It would be the equivalent of a human living his life, never being able to leave his room. I think we could all agree that this would drive anybody insane… Just one thing to keep in mind next time you pay to see dolphins, whales and sharks in captivity…. The same goes for most animals for that matter…

On a more positive note, one thing I have really come to appreciate since coming out to Bali is something called a Nudibranch. Many people refer to them as sea slugs, which is pretty much what they are, but the term “slug” to describe them just doesn’t do it justice. Nudibranch are actually in the subclass Opisthobranchia from the class of Gastropoda from phylum Mollusca. Before coming out to Indonesia, I had seen Nudibranchs in video’s and magazines before but had never seen one for my own eyes. I’ll never forget the first dive I did out in Seraya when I saw my first Nudibranch. (Well, actually it was two moving together which happens from time to time) Since then I’ve become somewhat obsessed with them. I’ve made it my mission to find and document as many different types of Nudibranchs as possible. With over 3000 different types worldwide there is never any shortage. I have had the pleasure of spotting numerous different types with a vast array of vibrant colors, shapes and sizes. Everyone here knows, if they’re on a fun dive with me and they spot a Nudi, you better show it to Kenzo! Just last week I saw one of the most incredible types of Nudibranch, a spanish dancer around 17m on the USAT Liberty Wreck. I was doing an open water course so I didn’t have my camera to snap a shot. ughh! I must admit it is my pet peeve to see a new type of Nudi and not get a photo of it… Oh well. To date I’ve probably only spotted just over 100 different types but with the new found appreciation I have for these little buggers, I always pay special attention to the small things that many people just swim over while looking for the big stuff. Sure everyone wants to see sharks and turtles but any time I’m on a dive and see a Nudibranch I’ve never seen before I consider it an awesome dive. Luckily for me out in the waters of Indonesia and diving in Bali, there is an abundance of marine life home to thousands marine species and when it comes to Nudibranch, you won’t be disappointed.

Agung Setiadha – Best Dive Job in the World 2012


Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor?
By: Agung Setiadha

My name is Agung Setiadha or shortly Seth. I have bachelor degree in informatics. Even though I studied IT, I’ve been concerning myself that I’m a little bit “green” compare to others. I even made website with green theme for my own first website project, for instance. With the time, I’ve been to many places and seen so many faces and I find out that the nature and its beauty is one of my interests.

Then one day I came up with an idea to document my travels on my Facebook and/or my blog. I love taking pictures, but since then I made more and more pictures and video, and spread it out on the internet and share the information about my travels. During my travels, I also love to meet the local people and get blended with them; I think that’s why I’m enjoying also being a nomad.

When I was living in Yogyakarta I had spare time more than average people, it’s because of my job had flexible office hours. I used some of my time to take French course, and to start swimming. After a while, I decided to take days off for snorkeling to karimun islands. I went snorkeling before in gili trawangan, but this time it was really amazing and so stunning with the view of the underwater, the islands and the beaches as well. I’m getting addicted and crazy about snorkeling, so after I move to Bali I traveled each and every weekend driving my bike and hunting for beaches & snorkeling spot. It’s poisoning my mind and it didn’t take so long until I’m certified OW diver.

So now diving is one of my passions after traveling. And this year, when New Year’s eve I said to myself that this year I have to get at least rescue diver license. It’s a great idea and would be a best job in the world if my hobbies become my work, because what I’ve learn also is that you will do your best and outstanding at your own field when you’re really loving and passionate about it. So now I know what I really want in my life, why don’t I want to be PADI instructor if yes it is the best job in the world? J

 

Emily Bowles – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

As many kids are, a long time ago I was asked what I wanted to do when I grow up?… work to protect sharks was my answer… as time moved on that’s not really changed, just how to go about it has. October 2011 sitting on a dhow in the Musandam my cousin asks me ‘what’s your dream job, both achievable and non-achievable?’ My answer came straight away…

To own a water sports school.

 

Emily Bowles - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Emily Bowles – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Stop talking about it and just go for it she says… you see I have always worked extremely hard to travel and go on dive trips but due to expense….alas I have spent every penny saved on the dives where I can see my underwater buddies not qualifications…

One freezing night,(late December back in ’63…oh what a night’  no no just joking), I get on my Facebook to see what’s going on in the world…….OH MY GOD! Santa you got to help me win!! This is my opportunity of a life time! This is how I get to show how passionate I am about marine life of all kinds.

If I get the best dive job in the world I can help transfer my passion and knowledge to others. In the forefront of my mind is showing those who have the fear to ‘Face Fear’ (T-shirt) and dive into the great blue. I want to show others how inconceivably amazing the ocean is and the wonders It holds are not to be feared but embraced….sharks are not the demons Pete Benchley portrayed in Jaws but creatures we need to protect along with many many more.

Emily Bowles - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Emily Bowles – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

The delicate eco systems should be experienced by people from all walks of life all around the world. I want to be one of the lucky few who get the help to make this reality for those seeking adventure, excitement and wonder.

Emily Bowles - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Emily Bowles – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

I was a young girl when I first got to breath in the sea, just for a minute or so off my dad’s reg after a dive…I had to wait another seven years before I found myself rigging up my own kit for real, I can still hear my instructor now ‘lefty lucy, righty tighty’ Thanks Varian! Since then I have taken every opportunity from the UK to Australia, working kitting up for free dives to the most special dive holidays.

All I can say now is, this is truly my dream and I will make it, I just hope beyond hope I can make it come true with Blue season Bali.

Thanks for listening I’m off to see my good friends out there in the big blue sea.

Kelly Burnet – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

 

Well considering I do want the best job in the world I figured I had better back up my video with a few words. Im Kelly, im 24 from NSW, Australia. I`m not about to write about how boring and depressing my life is, because its not ! As I said, im 24 and having a great time being young and free! I live life a little on the wild side and always make sure I am having a great time, but at the same time I appreciate the smaller things in life and love my down time to read, listen and learn . I am all about natural beauty, peace, the world, and feel that life isn’t about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself. Lately I have had a dream…a goal…a wish, to be a PADI scuba instructor! I got my open water certificate at the start of the 2011 and from my first dive I immediatly knew  i had found what I had been searching for from day one . I raced home and found as much information as I could on it as a career, and ended up giving myself the goal of saving and completing a PADI instructors course overseas at either Bali or Thailand. I immediately started working towards that goal and gained myself a position on a dolphin/whale watch boat as a deckhand, something that I thought may help me in the future for instructor positions. It doesn’t pay the best money and I still have to live so here I am still chippin away at my goal, week by week, dollar by dollar. I have been in the travel and tourism industry for the last 5 years, working in different areas in 4 and 5 star resorts Australia wide but cannot wait to explore the rest of the world.. I have always loved the water and grew up around it and at one point in my childhood my dad swore I had gills or was about to grow a tail. I travelled to Bali at the start of 2011( I get along with the locals REAL well and dont mind myself a nice cold bintang, so no need to worry about that haha) and dived off gili trawangan and once again was just blown away by what I was experiencing. I went home and told all my friends and family and even persuaded them to go and do a dive! I think some of them think I have gone completely crazy because I just wont shutup about it. The ones that actually did go ahead and do a discovery dive have never been so thankful that I made them go and do it! I just loved the feeling of knowing what I was giving them, something I believe should be seen and experienced by everyone. It is really a feeling i could never put into words, a feeling that has to be seen to be felt. I guess that is why you could say I was quite excited when I found this competition. I sat and stared at the screen as if I had just witnessed a miracle unfolding before my eyes. A blessing… Like someone had answered my prayers. And you have ! I just hope by reading and seeing my entry you too believe I deserve to have my dream job! The best job in the world !

Thanks, Kelly.

Time is ticking on a 7 month dream coming to an end…

Hello once again fine people of the world,

Over the past 5 and a half months my life has taken a turn that has forever changed not only the way I live but also the future path I will take once I move on from the island of the gods. Blue Season Bali’s Best Dive Job in the World contest has more than fulfilled the proposal of changing someone’s life. I’ve transformed from a hard working kitchen manager working his way through school sweating in the kitchen 6-7 days a week, to a PADI dive instructor who now spends his days in the refreshing waters of Indonesia teaching people from all over the world the wonders of scuba diving. The new job opportunities alone is something that has made this experience undeniably life changing but also the perspective you gain on life from living on the other side of the world and being immersed in such different cultures and lifestyles than what you are used to back home, is truly rewarding. Every day is a new adventure and through the wide array of people you meet, you discover things that open your eyes to limitless future travelling destinations.

Many people see the contest as a way to free themselves from the life they have back home but take my word for it, it does so much more than that. As you may or may not know, Blue Season Bali has officially launched the BDJ contest 2012 and it’s BIGGER and BETTER than ever with an even greater prize package than before. If you have great passion for diving and the aquatic world, are full of energy and can bring an even brighter side to the BSB team than you are fit to win the BIG prize. Teaching and learning go hand in hand in the diving world which makes every day a rewarding and exciting experience. Just read past blogs to get a taste of the BDJ life in Bali! So, if you’re tired of the life you’re locked in and need a ticket out, here it is! Enter at http://www.bestdivejob.com/!!! You can’t win if you don’t try!

Finally, as the clock ticks on my time in Bali and I begin to map out my next adventure, I want to throw the question out there and give people a chance to ask questions of curiosity with regards to Bali, Blue Season’s internship programs and of course the Best Dive Job Contest! People from all over the world come to Bali, one of the premiere diving destinations of the world for many different reasons… Want suggestions on dive trips to go on? Have a week to kill and want tips on what to do? Are you looking to do a divemaster program, tec course or the new eco internship BSB is running? Need some tips from the BDJ winner on how to increase your chances for the 2012 contest? Anything at all you may have a question about I would be happy to do my best to answer. Many questions can be answered on the BSB site http://www.baliocean.com/en/ but if you want a more personal response or in depth opinions, feel free to shoot me a facebook message either personally or through the Best Dive Job page or comment on the blog site. Hopefully I can answer everything you need to know and help you make the best of your Bali diving experiences!

Steven Perry – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Steven Perry - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Steven Perry – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Well…. One year on and I’m entering best dive job once again.

Hi I’m Steven Perry and I am still watching paint dry for a living… unfortunately I’m still a 22 year old painter and decorator from Slough in sunny England.

What Have I been doing for this past year since the last competition?

Apart from following Kenzo’s progress I’ve been studying for my PADI Open Water certificate which I have in a couple months’ time. But to be honest I’d rather be doing it in the Glorious Bali rather than at Stoney Cove in Leicester Brrrrrrrr cold or what? I have also been learning Spanish, for some reason I felt it was a good idea to learn another language

Sacrebleu!!

I suppose now’s the hard part where I try to describe my self

I’m small,funny,exciting and always looking for a good time and adventure.

Now for the serious stuff! .I am very good with people and customers. You could say I have a boyish charm about me that helps me get on with about everyone on this earth and consider all friends that I make along the way family.

So why do I want to win The Best Dive Job competition?

Steven Perry - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Steven Perry – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Who wouldn’t want to win it? Apart from being the coolest person down the pub “Hey I’m a SCUBA Instructor, What do you do for a living?”. Being in Bali and doing the thing that my hearts been yearning to do for the past 2 years would mean the world to me. It would help me get out of this dead end job and out of this boring humdrum town. I want to explore this earth it so big and most of it is water which is a good thing for us divers and I think this could be the passport I need to see it.Being Surrounded by good people who are on my level and also have a passion for the things that I love would be insane, what’s better then learning and teaching the things you love with the people you love.

Even though I have no regret about my life so far I feel that I have missed out on a lot and still haven’t done enough to quench my thirst of adventure and ultimate serenity. I am still only 22 and got the rest of my life ahead of me and nothing is going to stop me from chasing my dreams. With the help of this competition it could help me with my dreams and also I could help others with there’s.

For me the glass is half empty and it need filling up!!

It’s not where you’ve been, it’s where you’re going and hopefully Bali is my next destination.

So why not Vote for me Scuba Steve for the Best Dive Job and help me fill my glass.

Kind Regards.

PADI Instructor, the good life!

As the days roll on and my training as a PADI Instructor progress, things just keep getting better and better!

I’ve now completed 4 open water courses with a wide variety of students causing me to adjust and experiment with different teaching methods to cope with the slight variation of student’s strengths and weaknesses. I’ve just kick started another open water course today and have the upmost confidence that my student will leave, like all the rest of my students, a confident open water scuba diver with an enhanced appreciation for the underwater world!

I’ve also had the pleasure of conducting a Coral Reef Conservation speciality. This is a speciality course open to anyone, certified diver or not and showcases coral reef information, assessments and facts on the health of our worldwide reefs, how to identify and monitor damaged or stressed reefs and of course what we can do to help. The course was a great opportunity to express my concerns about the future of our reefs and ocean while also enforcing and motivating the class to do their part in any and every way possible. I had new to the BSB team, marine biologist and OWSI Neils sitting in of the presentation which was great. He was able to offer some more in depth coral reef knowledge and we both shared different stories about the ocean and the everyday struggles it is facing to enhance and strengthen the course and it’s values. Neils will also be conducting the new Eco Internship program at Blue Season which you can find out more about at http://www.baliocean.com/en/bali_eco_internship.blueseason. Check it out!!!

Finally, 2 days ago I conducted a deep speciality with two interns out in Nusa Penida. We spent the whole day out on the BSB boat surrounded by the crystal blue ocean and the stunning island landscape of Nusa Penida. The sun was shining and the water was warm with excellent visibility, what more could you ask for… We had an added bonus to the course when Master Instructor Yasu who was supervising the course, told us that conditions were ideal and we could go to the Bat Cave!!! I heard about this place when I first came out to Penida but never had the chance to actually check it out. 5 months later I finally got my chance and let me tell you, after all the anticipation and hype, it did not disappoint! It required a nice open swim through with just enough sunlight piercing through that the ascent into the bat cave was easily identifiable. It went from complete silence underwater to chirping bats flying overhead. There was a large hole in the rock which allowed the sun to penetrate through and give us a great view of the inner cave. This place was majestic and to make the experience even better, as we came back out from the cave, a turtle sped right past us. One of the other interns said the same thing I was thinking as we surfaced and that was that this was possibly the best dive we had out here in Bali.

So far, after my early experiences as an instructor, I’ve confirmed that the beauty of teaching is you never stop learning. The certain satisfaction you get from teaching someone something they previously didn’t know is extremely rewarding and of course every day and every course is a new adventure. In the diving world, you never stop meeting new people and continually learn about new and exciting places. The possibilities are truly endless!!!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Just wanted to wish all the readers tuning into the Best Dive Job winners blog a Happy New Year!

One thing I think we all do as the year nears an end or perhaps the morning after a BIG night of celebration, is to reflect upon the year that just passed. When I think back to what I was doing at the beginning of 2011 and where I am now, I can’t help but feel so incredibly thankful that I had the love and support of friends and family. It seems like a life ago that I was sweating in the kitchen day and night looking forward to a rare vacation I may get some months down the road. With my nose to the grind, not a day went by when I wasn’t looking for some sort of escape or a path to a new, more refreshing lifestyle. That’s when I came across the webpage that little did I know, in a few (long) months time, would change my life. From the day I entered the Best Dive Job in the World contest I had a a full team of supporters which I extend a thousand thanks to. Thankfully like them, I never let my foot off the gas and when the it was all said and done, emerged victorious as the Best Dive Job winner. For that I am forever grateful to all who were on Team Kenzo and of course the people of Blue Season Bali for giving me this life changing grand prize!

After selling off most of my possessions and making the BIG move to Bali, things just kept getting better and better! Not only was I surrounded by an array of some of the most flavourful foods I had ever tasted, but I was now living the island life in tropical paradise! Palm trees as far as the eye can see and the ocean on all sides, that is where I belong. People always told me Indonesia and Bali had some world class diving but I could never truly imagine it until I experienced it for myself. At this present time I have just under 200 dives logged, many of which are here in Bali and even then, I’m still seeing new things on almost every dive. As for the people, where do I begin… From the moment I touched down I was greeted with open arms by people so friendly and willing to help it would make any newcomer feel right at home. Within weeks as other new interns arrived, I was now the person to show these unfamiliar newcomers the ropes, which was a cool role reversal. Throughout my stay I have met some incredible people from all over the globe and have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. Although I’ve had to see many great people go and unfortunately couldn’t see my entire training through with second place prize winner Priscilla Ong, I was lucky to at least spend 3 months diving with her as Best Dive Job buddies!

I can’t say enough good things about the staff at BSB. It really is a family atmosphere although it seems to function at lot more smoothly than your average  family. We have quite the large staff with numerous positions along with several interns doing training programs and I just find it amazing how it all pieces together to work as one unit. I have tried to learn the Indonesian language through the many locals working with us but because that can be quite tricky, instead I have focused on learning their incredible ways of spotting things underwater. Finally, the training and dive industry knowledge I have learnt through the decades of experience the BSB course director and instructor staff has to offer is incredible. When it comes to diving and working as an instructor, many things you learn through your own experiences but having the advice of people that were once in your shoes does wonders for you as you grow.

So as 2011 has officially ended and I look back to what has transpired in my life since the end of 2010, I can only imagine what may lie ahead for the year 2012. My adivce to you is live every day to the fullest, if possible try to see as much of the world’s beauty and nature as possible and if you haven’t yet entered the Best Dive Job in the World contest 2012, do so immediately. I’m living proof, it’s the ticket to the good life and will change your life! You can’t win if you don’t enter… So, what are you waiting for?

 

Life as a PADI Instructor

The recent days over in Bali have been jam packed with new and rewarding experiences both in and outside the water.

To start with, I spent my first ever Christmas away from home. I figured I may be eating Nasi Goreng instead of turkey this year but we had the most incredible Christmas dinner over at Blue Season Bali complete with all the fix ins; turkey, gravy, potatoes, stuffing and everything else you could hope for. In total there were about 30 of us who all had to unbuckle the belts by the time it was all said and done. To make the occasion a little more special we had a secret Santa present exchange which filled the childhood void of tearing open a present on Christmas morning. All in all, even though I was a long way from home, friends and family, it was truly the best Christmas a guy could hope for. If you ever plan to do an internship with BSB over the Christmas holidays, not only will you be in under the paradise sun and palm trees but you will get that warm Christmas feeling complete with quite the feast!

Now for diving and the PADI instructor experience.

Last night another fellow MSDT instructor and I took part in a night dive speciality training session. Accompanying us was Course Director Thomas Barrett, staff instructor Tom Mckenzie and new to the BSB team eco internship instructor/marine biologist Neils. We dropped in just off the beach in Sanur at around 7pm following a beautiful sunset and within 5 minutes we saw 2 juvenile harlequin fish, 2 eels and a Spanish dancer! Absolutely stunning! We carried along and by the end we saw so many eels I lost count, a couple more harlequin fish, 2 snakes, several crabs and loads more nocturnal critters which come alive at night. Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera along with me or what great footage I would have captured to show you guys! What a great way to end a 4 dive day in beautiful Bali. Yes, there was some rain, but nonetheless

A couple days prior to the night dive I started my first ever open water course. I had a 10 year old boy who luckily, was a natural little fish in the water. Although full of enthusiasm and energy, I was faced with the challenge of working with this kids 10 minute classroom/workbook attention span. Of course we have structure to the open water course following along with difficulty progression and different things that must be done before moving on to the next however, the order is somewhat flexible and allows us as instructors to slightly modify a course plan. With this guy I really had to be on the ball. All the planned intentions I had more, less went out the window. Luckily the training and lessons I learned during the IDC came into practice and I was able to roll with the punches no problem ensuring that while learning, this kid never stopped having fun! He was a joy to teach and reminded me much of myself in the water when I was young. He also taught me a lot about my own teaching abilities of how patience is the key when dealing with new divers and how you must be able to modify lesson plans while still sticking to a time frame. In the end once we surfaced from that final open water dive and I told him he was now open water certified, the look on his face said it all. The feelings of achievement and satisfaction he felt and knowing I helped achieve that with him was a great feeling and one I will never forget. His parents had been diving for years and long awaited the day where their son could dive alongside them and helping make this families dream come true was truly a rewarding experience.

A thousand thanks to Blue Season Bali for not only giving me the opportunity to become and live out my life here in Bali as a PADI instructor but also for the incredible teachings you have provided me with that allow me to go out and interact with people from around the world and experience the rewarding feelings of teaching people how to dive and have the pleasure of introducing them to the wonders of the underwater world!!

 

Renay Logan – Best Dive Job in the World 2012


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

Renay Logan - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Renay Logan - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Its 7.45am, picture 200 people crammed into an underground tube, standing for 20 minutes like sardines packed in a can. Not an ideal morning journey? No, I agree but that’s a commuter’s life in London and it’s been mine for the last 9 years. I want to trade my frosty mornings with a wetsuit as my uniform, swap my blackberry for a dive computer and gear up for work in the Balinese sunshine instead of fighting Londoners for the last available seat.

When I took my first breath of air from a regulator 6 years ago in Surrey (UK), the feeling of being able to breathe underwater was so surreal and natural, that I’ve been hooked ever since. However, living in London and with only 4 months of the year deemed fit to dive, I really struggle to keep up the love as a recreation and I’m constantly having withdrawals.

Being an expat Aussie in the UK, I constantly get asked ‘Are you mad, you left home for this?’. If had a £ for every time I heard it, I could quite possibly of started up my own dive school by now but unfortunately that is not the case & I’m here entering this competition. I’ve relished & seized every opportunity in London but I now want a lifestyle where I can dive on a regular basis. Becoming a PADI Instructor in Bali sounds idyllic & is the perfect way to change my life.

This year I was lucky enough to dive in the Red Sea and I was so mesmerised by the coral and marine life that I vowed on my last dive at Shugarat only to eat ethical fish for the rest of my life. As my friends will tell you I have an obsession with sushi, especially Bluefin tuna and consume it at least twice a week. It’s a big sacrifice but I’m determined to stick to the pledge in order to give back to the sea and become more ethically accountable. I was also deeply distressed by the destruction of the coral caused by divers over the years that I want to become actively involved in Project AWARE, going forward. I believe it’s every divers’ duty to be environmental conscious & becoming a PADI Instructor, I deem this an integral part of a diver’s training and development.

Renay Logan - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Renay Logan - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Most people that know me recognise my competitive streak, hardworking nature, sense of adventure and always up for a challenge. Whether it’s running my 1st half-marathon for a dare, swimming the entire length of the English Channel in a pool for charity, helping out in my local community clean-up after the London Riots or doing charity work; I’m a very sociable individual and can adapt to any situation propelled at me. I’m an active person and enjoy keeping fit. I’m part of a mixed tag rugby team; go to kickboxing classes, practise yoga and an enthusiastic swimmer. If I’m chosen as the PADI Instructor, your day would be never dull. I’m patient, bold and enthusiastic about life & being passionate about diving is just a bonus!

I’m ready for the next challenge, so please vote for me and let me swap my high heels for fins and become a PADI Instructor! Terima kasih!

Vote for Renay Logan, Best Dive Job in the World, 2012.

Master Scuba Diver Trainer – First Official Course

The long awaited day has come where the dream of becoming a PADI instructor has become a reality. Today marks the day of my first official Open Water course! Until now I have assisted with several courses during my days as a DiveMaster in training and I have done several training simulations during the IDC but now it’s time to put my training to the test. Over the past couple days I have conducted a few Discover Scuba Diving experiences which were greatly rewarding not only for myself, but for the guest who took part in their first underwater experience. It’s kind of weird to put yourself back in the mentality of how you felt the first time you entered the underwater world but it’s a mindset you must put yourself in to properly conduct any course involving new divers. The more DSD’s (discover scuba dives) you do, the more aware you become of the little things you must do and how to manage another diver more effectively while ensuring their safety and enjoyment. This of course is the most important part of the DSD experience. Although you need 5 DSD’s to equal 1 official certification, it’s an essential element to an instructors training and something that all instructors will no doubt have several encounters with. After surfacing from the dives, the satisfaction you get from the rewarding experience you have provided and seeing the change in the individuals after they have explored the wonders of the underwater world is simply unforgettable! You have opened a gateway into a new world and for many people, the diving will not stop there. One way I see it is the more people who appreciate the ocean and are aware of its complexities, the more people will make the effort to protect it and fight for its survival. Nothing is more important at this point in history.

As I await the guests who will be taking the Open Water Course, Susanne one of the other instructors and myself, map out how we plan to conduct the course. It is a family of 3, the mother, father and 11 year old daughter so we must follow the youth standards and procedures and keep in mind the possible short attention span of a child, especially one who is trying scuba skills for the first time. We have the assistance of Master Instructor Yasu who will be supervising and giving feedback on how we conduct the course as well as possible suggestions and modifications for future courses. This is the advantage of taking the MSDT program. You get the experience of teaching courses but do it with the supervision and guidance of experienced individuals. Of course the key to any job is finding your own methods and what works best for you, but getting various tricks of the trade and learning through other peoples experience is extremely beneficial which is why I think all new instructors should take the MSDT. This foundation you will receive during the MSDT period will undoubtedly make you a much better instructor as you move forward in your career, whatever that may be.

For now I am at the start of my MSDT program so follow in the coming weeks as my training progresses. I will surely post another blog once this course is complete, but confidence is high, energy is high and I can only imagine how great the feeling will be when I hand this family their Open Water certification. I think it is awesome that a family has decided to take part in an activity like diving all together and I will certainly focus on making this a fun, family bonding experience. The key to the open water course of course is learning how to dive but, there has to be a large emphasis of FUN!

Stay tuned…

Final days of IDC & Mock IE…Check!

Hello again ladies and gentleman, people of all ages!

I believe the last time I filled you in on the IDC we were right in the thick of things, preparing and presenting various in class knowledge developments as well as inwater skill circuits. Before wrapping up the IDC, we were given one ‘day of rest’ an optional day off which as a group we decided to for once enjoy a stress free day out on the boat in Nusa Penida. We were blessed with a shining sun, perfect dive conditions and a sighting of about 6 large mantas. But now back to the serious stuff… Today we wrapped up the official final day of the IDC portion with day 2 of the mock exam. The mock exam basically consisted of a imitated Instructor Exam like the one we will be facing tomorrow morning and the following 2 days. It was one final assessment/opportunity to practice and master the possible skills and subjects we may get during the actual exams as well as one last chance to review the theory that at this point hopefully we should have down pat. The past couple weeks have consisted of many moments of course directors towering over us or behind us ticking things off on their slates as we present in both confined and open water situations. But in the end, it was for the better and now we know when they are towering behind us, they are marking off all the things we are doing right! Instead of clapping after a presentation, we splash the “instructor” which is a really great feeling and fun for all. Come take the IDC at BSB and you too can have the satisfaction of being splashed with praises.(it really is a great feeling) Fun and games aside, at this point, times were tense as we took on the mentality that this was the real thing. Although a matter of one question can be the difference of a pass or fail, all in all I think we have a pretty confident bunch. We’ve had lots of fun and plenty of progress and it’s finally time for the little birdies to leave the nest and try our luck in the big, big world.

In the end, the mock went very well. Everybody passed, confidence was high and we were now mock instructors..(if only that meant something) It is 930pm right now and I’m sitting in the BSB classroom going over some last minute stuff alongside my buddy and fellow instructor candidate, Jacques. Steve just left after a long day at the office and at this point it’s up to fate. Tomorrow morning we will meet at BSB around 9am then head off to possibly the most stressful, nerve-wracking couple days of our lives. The exams run for three long days. Day 1 consists of 5 theory exams covering physics, physiology, general skills and environment, Recreational Dive Planner and equipment. Each section is only 12 questions but this means if you get more than 3 wrong on 2 sections, YOU FAIL. If you get more than 3 wrong in only one section you get 1 chance make up which I’m sure would be the most frightening test of your life. If all goes well, after the theory section, we write a standards exam going through the many PADI general procedures and standards. Day 2 is when we present a knowledge development in class presentation as well as a confined water presentation and a 5 skill circuit. Once again there is a passing criteria, but for now we won’t go into details. Finally if all is still fine and dandy, we move to day 3 which entails an integrated open water skill presentation as well as rescue exercise 7. This is when we come across an unresponsive, non-breathing diver on the surface and must remove both theirs and our equipment while providing rescue breaths every 5 seconds… Not an easy task with surface currents and examiners watching your every move… Good thing we’ve practiced this about 50 times up to this point. So, all that said, I think the Blue Season Bali IDC team will have no problems blowing through the 3 days and coming through the other side as instructors. We’ve worked hard mentally and trained very hard physically up to this point and with the dedicated work our course directors have given us, we have all the tools necessary to pass the exams. For now, think positive thoughts, deep breaths and hope lady luck doesn’t give us any trick questions on the exams…Or else…..

Wish me luck!

Soon to be instructors….

So here’s the next status update on this month’s PADI IDC group.

First off don’t leave your cereal in the classroom…unless you want ants for breakfast… Didn’t stop me from digging in. Mmmm

Anyways,

Over the past few days we’ve been getting hit by wave after wave of information, evaluation, positive reinforcement and feedback, resulting in waves of progress. We’ve all individually had to prepare and present 2 separate knowledge development presentations. To start off, we are all given a different question that our group of “open water” students struggled with. We then have to take them through and reinforce values, key points, application to upcoming skills they will face in both confined and open water situations and make sure that by the end, everything is simplistically understandable and crystal clear. We get to use things like the PADI prescriptive teaching guide which makes things convenient offering video’s and other interactive tools. Overall, it’s a great way to get us experienced and comfortable. It allows us to execute lessons to a variety of students while also teaching us presentation structure and how they should be conducted more effectively. So far I’ve scored a 5 and 4.5 out of 5 so confidence is at a high and hopefully I can finish off strong with the final knowledge development! Everyone else’s presentations have been great and quite animated which makes things fun for both us the students as well as the course directors. Definitely no shortage of laughs with the charismatic, creative bunch we got packed into that classroom.

The next thing we’ve been putting our nose to the grind on is our confined water presentations as well as today, we had our first open water presentations. These entail a real life simulation of teaching students to both correctly and safely perform a skill according to PADI standards. You get marked on everything from the briefing, highlighting objectives, describing the value, signals, organization, making proper use of an assistant and most importantly, identifying assigned problems and correcting them appropriately. Finally we must do a debriefing describing what the students did well and what things they need to remember for the future. This may all seem fine and dandy in the pool but when it comes to open water, it’s another story. Today, for example, we all were out in Sanur taking turns being the instructor. I was the last to go and just my luck, as I was preparing for a hover skill using a Jon line attached to a buoy line, a massive mob of seaweed came out of nowhere and engulfed the line. I literally had to get out a knife and saw and rip away for about two minutes until I could finally free up the line. I really wish a picture was taken because words just can’t describe how big this clump of seaweed was and how funny it must have looked as my students watched me tackle this monster. I guess we can say this was a great learning experience of what can happen in a real open water situation with a actual group of students… My hopes are that it never does…

So for the final 6 days of IDC we have one more knowledge development presentation, 2 more confined water presentations and one more open water integrated skills presentation. All this as well as a couple more workshops, a couple more pool sessions and a day out in Penida which I think we’re all looking forward to. Things are busy as can be, but lots of fun too. Finally, 2 days before the IE we have 2 days of mock IE. This is our final assessment to make sure we are ready for the 3 day IE (instructor exams) as well as fine tune any last little bugs in the system. Our group is full of positive thoughts and I can’t wait to become instructors with such a great bunch…Fingers crossed…

It’s Official, the IDC has begun!

The IDC is officially under way and all 7 of us instructor candidates are in full focus, soaking up every slide show & pool/ocean lessons and feeling very confident as the days roll on. The first official day of IDC was yesterday so we went through many of the main focuses and philosophies and stressed the team mentality approach of not just worrying about yourself the individual passing the IE (instructor exams), but all of us collectively passing. I thought this was a great way of looking at things because not only does it promote the teamwork mentality but it also encourages us to learn through each other while also allowing us to teach one another. One person’s strengths may be another’s weakness, this way we all  can ensure that in the end, there are no weaknesses. We did another exam assessment on our theory and after reviewing my scores, I was fascinated with how much I improved over the past week. Without a doubt the IDC prep helped tremendously and now moving forward I know what more I have to do to fine tune my theory and pass those IE theory exams.

This IDC our group has had the pleasure of getting lectures by the best Blue Season Bali has to offer. Due to a Tec40 course going on during IDC prep, we got to spend a week with Gold Course Director Tom West. Let me tell you, this guy is brilliant! He knows something about everything and when it comes to his diving knowledge, there isn’t a question he can’t answer. The knowledge that guys brain contains really is frightening. Next we have Jonathan Cross Platinum Course Director and owner of BSB. I must say, we are a truly lucky group to be able to learn through the experience and knowledge Jon has to offer both in the classroom and in the water. Today he took us out to Sanur and let us practice being instructors controlling a group of students. This was a very beneficial experience and a great step towards our end goal. With the in water direction and feedback I think we all benefited greatly through this exercise. Finally, we will soon be joined by Thomas Barret (Baz), who has been running the majority of the IDC’s this year and has a 100% passing success rate. Let’s hope this group can keep that streak in tact! Like I mentioned before, we also have Staff Instructors Robert Scales & Tom Mckenzie helping out. When it comes to the help at hand, we got a pretty extensive group of individuals with a lot to offer! They’re always willing to spend extra time either in the pool or classroom helping any of us get on our game as well as show us some good tips and techniques that once helped them with their IDC’s. Anyone considering taking the IDC and or MSDT in the future, this is the place to do it. I can’t say enough good things with my experience thus far and I know it will only get better…You won’t regret it. ( the special IDC lunches are a reason alone to come take the course…let’s just say they’re mouth watering!) This team makes it a fun filled experience that no doubt ends with fantastic rewards that paves the way for a great future in the proffessional diving world…whatever you may choose to do.

Stay tuned for more on my IDC experience!

Progress comes in BIG doses!

Hello again ladies and gents!

As another couple days blow by, content and confidence growth continues right along with it. We have just finished day 7 of the IDC prep portion, (6 if you count the optional day of rest or fun diving, although most people just take that as another classroom day to focus on theory or pool skills) and now have one final day remaining before the IDC officially starts. Over the past 2 days we went over some very useful presentations which highlighted the different aspects we will be exploring and applying once becoming an instructor. We looked at things like how to effectively conduct courses, specialities, marketing, career opportunities, business of diving and much, much more. Although it involved many slideshows and classroom hours, the personal experiences and stories that Westy (Course Director-Tom West) and Staff Instructor Thomas Mckenzie shared along with them made them much more interesting and a far more rewarding learning experience. Also, we had discussions throughout and went through a couple questions at the end of each section to help with the learning process. Quite mind blowing stuff I must say! 

Today, we had our Emergency First Response Instructor orientation which led us through an in depth look at our focuses on the EFR courses from an instructors standpoint. We did a couple simulations of instructor/student teachings on one of the primary care skills and filled out some action plans which we will refer back to later. Tomorrow for day 2 of the EFRI we will actually give presentations and do mock EFR courses will full debriefings and go through all the importance’s we need to know for when we actually teach EFR.

I finally just got home and as much as I would love to take a nap, I got some work to do! Better throw on some coffee!

More IDC course updates to come!

Ready to rock the IDC!

It’s the eve of this year’s final IDC course over at Blue Season Bali. Since my arrival, I have seen two separate groups of people go through the nearly month long course who all came out proud to say, they were now PADI Instructors. Of course each individual told different stories both throughout and afterwards of the struggles and obstacles they faced, but in the end, one story they all shared was their self-satisfaction and relief when it was all over. They all say that the amount of hard work and sacrifice was a small price to pay for not only the sense of achievement they recieved but also the gateway and opportunities that were now open to them in the diving world. Some individuals decided to carry on to take the MSDT over at Blue Season Bali and get the chance to teach courses and gain experience, while others depart shortly after, off to seek out a new adventure in a new destination. Whatever the plan may be, successfully completing the IDC no doubt opens a world of endless possibility.

For myself, after IDC, I will be continuing my diving education with the MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) which will help build up my instructor rating and also give me the opportunity to get certifications and experience. Not only will this help for job possibilities in the future but it will also let me put many of the things I just learnt into practice. With the help of the team over at Blue Season Bali there will be no shortage of knowledge and guidance which will undoubtedly help me achieve greatness as a PADI Instructor.

As for right now, I’m not sure the exact structure of the IDC course but I do know it will be jam packed full of lectures, skill circuits, presentations and mock courses/exams. The IDC team over at BSB so far this year has a perfect record for students passing the IDC so let’s hope we can finish off with a BANG! Stay tuned for progress updates throughout and hopefully in one month’s time Kenzo Kiren, Best Dive Job Winner will be a PADI Instructor!!!

Islam F. Bahnasy – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

I’m a Software Developer and I have 25 years old my childhood dreams were about to learn how to create computer programs, dive and to fly.

I did that all except flying but my dreams were not only about doing those things but to be professional in them because my mind and soul is living on those hobbies.

I did my PADI Open Water course in 2009 and from that time I couldn’t stop thinking about diving and about learning more about it, my passion didn’t stop at that point but I was keen to motivate my friends and family to dive and I was teaching them about what I have learned in the Open Water course.

I reached a time were I was everything in my life, I took a very difficult decision which is to switch my career to become diving instructor. I was searching about internships in the Red Sea till I found a good one then I started my new life and after I became PADI Rescue Diver with 180 dives, a lot of things happened in my life one of them was the Egyptian Revolution so I had to stop for a while but diving still in my heart then after a while my instructor dead and that was really bad time.

So that was really affecting my life since I couldn’t continue my dive education because I ran out of money and also couldn’t find a job in my old career “Software Development” because the economical state is not good after the revolution.

I can remember every dive I have done, that is the best memory I have in my mind. breathing in different environment and being weightless and this environment is touching me that is the best feeling I ever felt.

I love to teach people what I love to do and I’m good in that so becoming a PADI Instructor will put me in a place where I can give people good knowledge and make their lives great

too.

1st Trip to Menjangan

Just after a wonderful day of diving in Padang Bai, the schedule was printed off and it became official, I was off to Menjangan. Menjangan is pretty much as far as you can go up north and slightly westward on the island of Bali. Normally from Sanur it would take about 4 hours drive but on this particular trip we first had to go basically as far down south as you can go to Nusa Dua to pick up our guests. So, in total after setting my stopwatch from Sanur to Nusa Dua back up to Menjangan it took just over 5 hours. I’ve had the pleasure of doing this scenic drive once before on my visit to the Zen Resort, so this time around I decided to bring my eye mask and have a little snooze. What a great idea that turned out to be because next thing you know I was waking up in Menjangan refreshed, revived and ready to dive! For the two dives we were scheduled to do we had along with us 3 guests, our local guide Putu ’the great’ another divemaster named Jacques and myself. Shortly after arriving we hopped on a boat and set off to Menjangan Island roughly 30 minutes from shore. (technically you could get there much sooner but the boat engines up there are quite slow) Nonetheless, we enjoyed a nice little 30 minute boat ride to soak in the sights and set up your gear. Although there are several nice dive sites around the Menjangan area as well as some great snorkelling, the sites on our agenda were Post 1(Eel Garden Point) and Post 2(Drop Off). Both are wall dives with a magnificent array of large sea fans known to house pigmy seahorses, the occasional passing of whitetip or blacktip reef sharks and several other species and colours to keep the eyes continuously curious and satisfied. Post 1 the site we dove first eventually ends off with a large white sandy patch with hundreds maybe even thousands of garden eels. It’s there where we also had a brief visit from a little blacktip… Always a pleasure! From there, there are several little patches of reef which we spent the remaining 20 minutes or so at around 10 meters scanning through to see what we could find. Once surfacing, we stopped at a nearby beach for some lunch where we were accompanied by a couple deer (not every day you see deer on the beach) then we were back in the ocean for dive number 2. This one was once again another wall dive which stretched as far down as the eye could see and like the first, housed loads of sea fans and a vast array of all forms of life. The highlight on this dive for me was discovering a nudibranch I have yet to see out here in Indonesia. Before even coming to Bali, I had never seen a nudibranch and knew little about them. So, ever since the first time I saw one out in Seraya, spotting and documenting different types of nudibranch has become a bit of an obsession of mine and now anytime I see one I have yet to lay eyes on, I consider that a great dive. All in all, my first trip out to Menjangan was a success for both myself and all who came along. Next time I hope to visit some of the other favorite dive sites like Secret Bay, The Anker Wreck, Sandy Slope, Mangroves and Pemuteran. Also the Mandarin Fish you typically see during night dives is a huge attraction for many visitors from all over so I hope I get a chance to see them. We finished off the day showing each other the photos we captured and enjoyed a nice beverage then it was back in the bus for a short 4 hour drive back to Sanur. Once again the eye mask went on and I dreamt of what dive adventures awaited me in my near future!

Bragg Stanley – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

“I want to die young at a very old age” has become a theme in my life.  Having retired from the teaching profession, and looking at a second retirement from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, I am now ready for another adventure.

I have been diving for about 5 years and have come to love the sport.  I am currently working on my Dive Master Certification and today just completed my Red Cross first aid, CPR, and AED certification, one of the requirements for certification.  Becoming a PADI Instructor would fulfill two of my three passions:  Teaching and Scuba Diving.  My third passion is bluegrass guitar—a little hard underwater, but you have to do something when you are on shore or on the boat!

In my training with my current instructor I have come to appreciate the importance of good teaching and the importance of helping others learn the skills to be a safe and competent recreational diver.  Scuba Diving is all about fun, but there are some inherent risks of which we all must be aware.  A good teacher can help ensure (but not guarantee) that students will have the necessary skills to not only be safe and competent divers, but will instill an attitude and excitement for continued learning.  An important side benefit, but integral to the instructional process is developing an abiding appreciation for our oceans, lakes, and streams and the fragile ecosystem of our underwater habitats.

As I look to a new career, in many ways I am not changing my life all of that much.  I am at a point in life where I am pretty much free to do what I want to do, and I am living my dream and enjoying my passions ( I still teach as an adjunct professor at a small college where I live).  I teach, I scuba dive when I can, I play my guitar, and all in all I am enjoying life to the fullest.  Being a PADI instructor would allow me to share my passion for the sport with others and hopefully inspire them to become the best they can be in the sport of SCUBA diving.

What has inspired me most to do attempt this has been the outstanding instruction I have received as a SCUBA diver.  I could not have asked for more competent and supportive instructors.  They have certainly been my role models in exploring this new avenue in

SCUBA diving They say that the best way to stay young is to continually learn, and what better way to die young at a very old age than to become a SCUBA instructor.

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Beach & Underwater Cleanup

As divers we have a certain connection with the ocean. We see both the complexitities and simplicities of the underwater world and how in some way, every form of life has some sort of impact on one another. The ocean in it’s enormity acts as one and has not only produced unimaginable forms of life but also has been able sustain life and prosper for BILLIONS of years, a fact alone that is mind blowing when you consider our short 200,000 year existence. No matter how big or small a life form in the ocean may be, for most of history, aside from natural disasters and catastrophic events, it was their inter-connected relationships that determined which species would prevail and which ones would perish. Now there is a new threat to not only the oceans of the world but all forms of life which once emerged from those very oceans. It is we who were given life by mother nature, in a cosmic instant have nearly destroyed it. We the human race went and got itself in big hurry and while doing so we seemed to lose touch with mother nature and neglect the four necessary elements neccesary for survival; earth, air, fire and water. We’ve excelled too fast for our own good and too few people stop and ask themselves, is this even progress. How much is too much? What can we do to restore or world and how long do we have before it’s too late?

We could talk about the issues and problems around the globe for days but for now let’s just focus on the issue at hand, our ocean. Every year millions of tons of plastics, chemical wastes, inorganic materials and all other forms of trash, you name it, it’s made its way into our oceans. We toss out everything imaginable rarely thinking twice about where it may end up and what consequences it may have. There is an island of garbage larger than the size of Texas floating in the Pacific and that’s not even the half of it. The garbage in our oceans have been slowly strangling and poisoning the very systems that gave us life and there is very few breaths left. Though theirs some optimism and several dedicated people around the globe that are devoting their lives to cleaning up the worlds mess and spreading education on what we must do to fix this global problem and how we can go about doing it, there is much work to be done. It starts with every individual making a decision and following through with action. It may be a enormous task but with a near 7 billion people, there should be no task the will of the people can’t handle.

Yesterday, Blue Season Bali as well a couple of the other local dive centres took part in a beach and underwater cleanup. There is nothing more unappealing then cruising on a boat in pristine crystal clear water to your favorite dive sites and seeing garbage floating on the surface. Unfortunately this is something that I’ve seen all too often not only in Bali but around the globe. As divers we see it first hand and luckily many of us have taken on the responsibility of doing something about it. A bunch of us took part in 2 dives just off the beach in Sanur and on both dives we came up with heaps of garbage. We found several plastic wrappers but also huge heaps of material and burlap bags, many of which had been there for a very long time. Some things I found took several minutes to unwrap off corals to not damage them further while other things were tangled in so bad that all we could do was cut off as much as we could. Both dives we came of with more trash then we could hold in our hands and although we felt good about what we had just accomplished, it was a little discouraging when we saw loads more wrappers drifting past our boat with the current and only being able to grab what our arms could reach. From there we went back to shore dropped off our gear and headed to the far end of the beach. The task was once again daunting. We all grabbed a garbage bag, spread out and started picking. In total we collected 20 full bags of trash and many of these were small wrappers and plastics. Unfortunately because the tide was in, we couldn’t get over to the mangroves, which was our original goal. Here is where most of the rubbish makes its way into the ocean. Every day when the tide comes in, it grabs the trash and pulls all it can back out with it. That combined with off shore winds makes for for an awful combination resulting in a 24/7 cycle of trash entering the ocean and this happens at coasts around the globe. Cleaning up those mangroves is definitely in our near future to go back and take care of. I want to thank the few people that saw our posters and came out to lend a hand. It’s reassuring to know that people do care and have not yet turned their back on the problem. Also thanks to some of the locals who also assisted and will now hopefully not let their beach return to the state that it was before the cleanup.

All in all it was a productive day but also a huge reminder of what needs to be done, not once a year or every couple months but every day. Bali is an absolute paradise don’t get me wrong but in all the beautiful places of the world, there are small areas that get neglected. I think a large portion of the problem with areas like this is a combination of the lack of local knowledge of what effects the plastics and garbage has as well as the lack of proper disposal systems implemented by their governments. Too many nations of the world may be happy with the systems they have in place with garbage disposal but need to remember that our world is one and if a country on the far side of the world isn’t living up to the standard, it’s still their problem. After all we share this earth, we share these waters and what each person or nation does, effects every other. My hopes are that the world wakes up and wakes up soon. There are so many people who love and cherish mother nature and do all they can to protect it, if the rest of the world shared those feeling, the world would certainly be a much better place. Every one person can make a difference. It’s time to do our part!

Some quick recommendations of some good documentaries is The 11th Hour, Blue Gold, A Force of Nature The David Suzuki Movie, CBC’s One Ocean 4 part series, SharkWater & The Cove. Also BBC’s Planet Earth, Blue Planet & Life Series.

Uffe Jensen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Uffe Jensen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Uffe Jensen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

I just wanted to show you a few pictures of me, and tell you a little bit more, about who I am, and why I think you should pick me for the Best Dive Job in the World. I am a happy person, and I like to have fun. I like to share my fun with other people too. All my life I have been surrounded by people, and I work with people every day. I would love to be a PADI instructor, because it would open op the door to a completely different life, than what I am living today. I am not unhappy with my life. I have many friends and a good family, and I have a decent job where I teach Danish to people from all around the world. But I want to see other places, especially where you have sandy beaches and sunny weather, and a high number of species, such as animals, plants, fish and natural phenomena. I absolutely adore nature, and I truly wish I could do something radical to make more people care about the world we live in. I also wish to explore some of those beautiful and breathtaking depths and places that I’ve never even seen on TV in Denmark. I feel a strong burning desire to live my life in a more adventurous way, and I believe that becoming a PADI instructor could fulfill a great part of that desire. I would be able to stay in places that I can normally only visit on a short vacation. And I would be able to work with something that I consider a pleasure, meeting a lot of new and interesting people, and showing them some of the numberless amazing and astonishing creatures living underneath the surface. I am not an experienced diver. I have gotten a taste of it in Egypt, my Open Water Course in British Virgin Islands, and that’s about it. I have bought a wetsuit and tried a little bit of freediving in Denmark, but it’s not the same, and it’s very cold. I have tried bathing in the sea once, when it was minus 15 degrees. I can’t stay out of the water, not even in Denmark, but I would definitely prefer some more tropical temperatures. From what I’ve heard, Bali would be perfect for me. I think you should choose me, because that choice will make everybody happy; you, me, the clients, tourists and local people in Bali – everybody except the other competitors. If you choose one of them instead, there is a much bigger chance of making more people uncomfortable. I am confident that I could complete the training and live up to the other requirements to your complete satisfaction. And I hope you have a job for me afterwards, or that you can help me find a job, so I can dive some more. I love it.

Uffe Jensen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Uffe Jensen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Kind regards from: Uffe Vilford Jensen

Tyler Norgaard – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Why do I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor?  It’s simple; I want a life of fun, excitement, good memories, and adventure!

My name is Tyler Norgaard.  I’m 20 years old and like long walks on the beach and candle-lit dinners…whoops wrong contest.  Besides the fact that I don’t mind embarrassing myself, I enjoy making people laugh and enjoy life in any way possible.  Ironically I don’t feel that my life is all that meaningful and fun; even though I am young I feel old, and feel that I’ve never done anything adventurous with my life.  Scuba diving has been something that has taken me into another world (literally) when being underwater.  I’ve been diving for 2 or 3 years now, only seasonally, but always leave the water wanting more.  I would say that it’s like an addiction, but that would only make me sound like a creep and so therefore I will consider myself an ocean enthusiast: one who belongs under, on top, or near water.  Being in Bali would only feed this hunger for adventure and the ocean as I’d be surrounded by it.  To my knowledge, Bali is the diver and surfers paradise which is something that strikes my interest immediately.  I live in Vancouver, Canada but not directly in the downtown.  Where I live is the quintessential country music loving, pickup truck driving, NASCAR enthusiast type town, which is ultimately pretty lame!  Sadly, many people I went to high school with out here have no real aspirations in life that take them outside of this town called Maple Ridge.  I knew I was different in high school (I wasn’t some kid with black make up that wrote depressing poetry) but I knew I had the want of making something of myself.  I love to add my opinion into discussions and explain stories about my life, even though I suck at it, and I love making people around me happy.  I’m always smiling and telling jokes and have a knack for finding little things that generally are unimportant and make them something to point out just by simply suggesting the interestingness of them.

I have lots of growing to do in many ways.  Because I’ve always sort of played it safe in life so far, I’ve never had an adventure.  Running away to Bali and becoming a PADI instructor would be so unique and make me stand out as someone people look up to because I’ve chased my dreams and passions.  It would also give me the chance to put trust in myself when travelling alone and taking care of myself somewhere half way across the world from my family.  In the end I hope that my word document stands out even above some of the professionally made videos because of my silly personality and brilliant prose with my excellent thesis statement!  The life of a PADI instructor would be a dream come true.

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Alec Hynek – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

 

Growing up, I was always outside. I’d spend hours hiking in the woods, finding snakes and other critters. I even brought home a baby deer once (long story). I did just about every outdoor activity you can think of. I was that kid that at the pool that spent the whole time underwater. Holding my breath and swimming the length of the pool, and challenging everyone to breathe holding contests. I loved the feeling of turning a chaotic summer day at the pool into a calm, tranquil world just by submersing myself.

Best dive job in the World 2012

Best dive job in the World 2012

At the age of 19, I decided that I wasn’t going to just settle with any career. I wanted to make sure that I was going to have job that I loved, and enjoyed every day of work. So with that in mind and no clue on what I wanted to do; I left school and set off to live life, and discover my calling. Because of this, my family and friends joke that I’m a nomad. I’ve bounced around from place to place, and I have had several fun jobs and met tons of amazing people.

Most recently, for about the last year and a half, I worked at a certain theme park in Orlando. I was a boat captain and I sailed the Seven Seas and made magic every day. It was a great job where I was outside, spending my whole day on the water, and meeting new people from around that world. In May, I moved back to my homeland, Wisconsin, to be a camp counselor, which was another very rewarding experience. After camp I moved to Minneapolis, MN where I am currently taking studying art, and working at a waterpark.

Best dive job in the World 2012

Best dive job in the World 2012

To be honest, the closest thing to scuba diving that I have done is snorkeling, which I did all the time at the beaches in Florida. When I first moved up to Minneapolis, I had discussed with my father my interest in getting scuba certified. And as it turned out, a girl in my drawing class works at a dive shop in the area! Her and I starting talking a lot about diving and in doing so it sparked an idea that has grown into so much more.

It’s so clear to me that this is the job I was meant for. I’ve been looking for a career where I can travel, entertain, teach, learn, and explore. Scuba instructing has it all! I can interact with wildlife and people at the same time, and also change peoples’ lives. They say that people who live by water are happier than people that don’t. So that must mean that scuba instructors are the happiest of all! Even if I don’t win this contest I am going to become a PADI-certified instructor. But I think we can all agree that I’m better off with Blue Season Bali. Please help me get this job, and get me to where I need to be!

 

Joe Zeiler – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

 

Two years, two certifications and 150 dives ago, as I breathed my first breath underwater, I realized that something in my life had instantly and irreversibly changed. I was in complete awe of the new world I was seeing and in one of those very cliché moments, I was absolutely overcome by the beauty surrounding me – then I coughed out my regulator by accident and the guy in front of me kicked off my mask in a flurry of fins and flailing.

 

Zoe Zeiler - Best Dive job in the World 2012

Zoe Zeiler – Best Dive job in the World 2012

PADI Open Water course day one – check!

As I descended under the water the next day it wasn’t the memory of the sting of saltwater in my eyes or the general mayhem of 6 novice divers flopping, bobbing and floating their way through their first dive that stuck in my mind. Instead, it was those few initial minutes where I was at a complete loss for words. There was no denying it, the addiction had been born and since that fateful day I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that I should be spending a good deal of my time under the sea rather than under the mountain of marking, planning and paperwork that my current job throws at me.

At the moment, I spend my days teaching English Literature at an international secondary school in Bangkok. I’ve been an international teacher for the past 8 years and have lived and worked in Japan, Brazil, Canada and Thailand. Teaching and travelling are my life and there is no way that I would want to leave them behind, but day in and day out, as I sit behind stacks of essays and bear witness to yet another PowerPoint presentation on the “poetry of Taylor Swift”(cough cough…gag), I find myself wishing that I could trade in my copy of Romeo and Juliet for a PADI OW manual or my lessons on similes and metaphors for lessons on nudibranchs and Peak Performance Buoyancy. Becoming a PADI instructor would allow to me focus all my energy on my passions – diving, teaching and travelling – while allowing me to cut out the less desirable extras that secondary school teaching offers (hormonal meltdowns, acne, mountains of marking, constant references to K-pop and how cute Justin Beiber is, report cards, detentions…)

Some people may wonder why I’m fighting for an opportunity that could potentially leave me with less pay, less stability and fewer benefits than my current job. The only answer I can give them is that money comes and money goes but how many people can say that they truly love their job? Being a PADI instructor will allow me be one of the few.

I’m hard working, motivated, fun loving and a bit on the whacky side. I know how to have fun but I also know when it’s time to hunker down and get things done. Bring me to Bali and you won’t be disappointed! … and hey, who wouldn’t want to spend the rest of their working life in a wetsuit…

Zoe Zeiler - Best Dive job in the World 2012

Zoe Zeiler – Best Dive job in the World 2012

Ranjit Joseph – Best Dive Job in the World 2012 Entry

PDF Version – MyBestDiveJobEntry

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

The ‘cool’ factor.

Best Dive Job in the World 2012 - Ranjit Joseph

Best Dive Job in the World 2012 - Ranjit Joseph

Face it! How many people do we know who is a Scuba Instructor? Just for the cool factor, anyone with a great sense of adventure will jump at the opportunity, to live inBaliand learn to do the best thing you wanted in your life.

For me, scuba diving was something that started a bit late, I did not even know how to swim, I took up swimming to do diving, that’s how motivated I became in the start of 2010.  Two months of swimming classes and then I was ready for my Open Water Certification.

That was followed by slow steps, to my ultimate career as a PADI MSDT.  Apart from ‘looking cool’, there are a few more reasons why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor.

To educate.

Education about the ocean world is of utmost importance, though most of us do not realize the enormity of our simple actions contributing to the climatic changes, it really does. By becoming a PADI Instructor, I hope to educate others on environmental preservation and also experience the joy at seeing people stepping out of their comfort zone, seeing fear changed to confidence.

To rediscover my inner self through never-before experiences.

Out in the vastness of the ocean, you suddenly feel the greatness of nature. While out in the real world, in the cities, we are so accustomed to being fascinated by man’s creations, or the best innovations. Out there in the oceans, you see the beautiful things created by nature, and unseen by so many, and it brings you a step closer to your inner self. Becoming an Instructor will go a long way in experiencing this more and at the same time help others to experience it too, by teaching diving.

To explore.

A very large part of the oceans is still relatively unexplored. With diving being now being very common to many areas, diving vacations are very popular. As a PADI Dive Instructor the enormous opportunities of travelling to beautiful locations and exploring the unseen, underwater world is a motivation like no other.

To develop friendships without borders.

Every time you go on a dive trip, as with every group activity, you meet other like minded individuals, you bond with them and form strong friendships. Diving is a worldwide activity and you meet people from all over who travel to dive locations. In addition to the diving, the people and the cultures is the attraction.

Meet people. Go places. Do things.

For me, diving has helped to form lasting friendships that has extended into my professional career as well. Becoming a PADI Dive Instructor will give me the opportunity to grow and develop not only my relationships as dive buddies, but also extend into them into more areas of both my professional and personal life.

Thank you, Blue Season Bali for having this competition and giving me an opportunity to make my dream come true.

Ranjit Joseph

PADI Divemaster*

 

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Hi everybody, starting this week a promotional series of Scuba education called ‘SCUBAKNOW’ posters are being developed by me. The information for this will be from PADI manuals, dive informational sites on the internet, and my own experience.
Please feel free to comment, and also contribute by way of your knowledge of facts, tips, titbits or anecdotes. This is to promote and eduacate our friends, in a small way, about the wonderful world of SCUBA.

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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Best Dive Job in the World 2012

 

Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Kenzo & Dani Go ZEN

Earlier in the week my girlfriend and I had the luxury of celebrating her 23rd birthday up north at the beautiful Blue Season Zen Diving Resort. For a place like this, words don’t quite do the place justice, but for everyone’s sake, I’ll try my best.

The drive up like most drives in Bali was scenic and mesmerizing, looking down on several rice terraces glowing green while weaving through the mountains. We then stopped at a coffee shop and caught a glimpse at the famous Luwak while enjoying our morning coffee and fried bananas. Once arriving at the Zen resort we were greeted by smiling faces, flower necklaces and freshly squeezed juices. The entire resort looked like the Garden of Eden, vibrant with flowers ranging from all colours of the rainbow coupled with a refreshing smell only the country air and a garden full of flowers could provide. After a tour of the resort we settled into our romantically cozy room once again filled with flowers and sweet aromas. Once settled we headed down to the beach where I managed to sneak away for a dive with Divemaster Bowo while Dani went for a snorkel and built herself a sand castle. The dive site we dove at was PJ which is a muck diving site famous for the mimic octopus and many other unique forms of life. Before today the longest dive I had ever dove was around 55 minutes but with this site and it’s gentle slope we managed to get in a 67 and 86 minute dive in. I loved the fact that you could take your time to find little critters and use as much patients and deligence as needed. Luckily for Bowo and I, air consumption was no issue… we could have spent all day down there. Although we didn’t see our mimic the dives were great and now it was time for lunch!

After wolfing down a delicious meal of chicken parmesan, potato salad and spring rolls we had a relaxing swim in the pool overlooking the ocean and countryside before suiting up in our kimonos for our spa treatment. Now this part of the trip might just have to be the highlight for me. Although the entire trip was absolutely amazing, getting a full body Ayurveda massage by 2 therapists using warm oils did wonders for my sore body. Seriously, if anybody ever wants a rejuvenating experience for their body and mind look up Ayurveda spa’s or better yet come to the Blue Season Bali Zen Resort, it’ll do wonders for you, trust me. So… after the spa we relaxed a little more then went down to the beach for the sunset before enjoying another fantastic meal overlooking the countryside. From there our stomachs were satisfied, our bodies relaxed and the rest is history.

The next morning we were up bright and early for a yoga session. I had never done yoga before and let me tell ya, it’s no picnic. Once that was over and done with and I found out I wasn’t as flexible as I thought I was, we enjoyed a nice breakfast, I snuck away for one last dive then we hit the road
back to Sanur. I will say that at some point during the remainder of my stay here in Bali, I will be going back up to the Zen Resort… the Ayurveda massage
is calling my name!

Another day, another adventure! *Monkey Forest*

The day before yesterday a couple of the interns and I decided to make a trip out to Ubud to see the sights, more importantly visit monkey forest. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve had dreams of owning my very own pet monkey. Since that dream is yet to be fulfilled, when hearing about the many close encounters with monkeys that awaited us at monkey forest, I jumped at the chance of what could be the closest thing to my childhood dream coming true. Little did I know how close we would actually get…

Right off the bat we get out of the car in the parking lot outside of monkey forest and before even a minute even goes by, 2 monkeys snatched the empty chip bags out of Priscilla’s hands and quickly rumaged for remains. I thought it may be funny to try and snatch one back… Let’s just say it wasn’t… Monkeys 1 – Kenzo 0

Of course right at the entrance of the park they sell bundles of bananas and of course I decided to buy a bundle. This not only ensured some close encounters with monkeys but also promoted the pack pouncing on me until the bananas ran dry. Luckily when they were distracted I was able to sneak a couple in my pocket and preserve some fun for later. On several occasions monkeys flashed their teeth at me and gave me the evil stare down (I later found out, because I had a beard they may have mistook me for another intruder monkey…lesson learnt) We did manage to get one little family climbing all over us and being extremely playful and friendly further promoting my dreams of wanting a pet monkey. All in all monkey forest was a total success… one could even call it magical! Some members of our group were a little hesitant about their feelings towards monkeys before but by the end of the trip the monkeys had won them all over and everyone now had dreams of their own pet monkeys. I highly recommend anyone visiting Bali to check out.

 

Divemaster Progress

Another couple days has blown by and in those days my progress as a DMT have come along rather smoothly. I’ve been working hard on perfecting my pool skills and demonstrations and although I could still use plenty of practice, I feel I’ve got quite a good grasp and have learnt several tips and techniques which will help when teaching or assisting in the future. Over the past week I’ve completed my search & recover practical skill, the 24 skill circuit, open water confined,  OW open water, passed part 1 of the exam, finished off the 5 water skills and just today completed the scuba review. whhhhheew! What a week!

For now the day is done, looking forward to the arrival of 2 new DMT’s! Tomorrow is my day off so a couple of us are thinking we may head out to Ubud, check out monkey forest and what not… For now I’ll just try and get through tonight… Something tells me there will be some drinks involved…

Another day at the office

I started the morning off like every other with my alarm clock sounding at 550am. I hit the snooze like usual and soaked up the final few minutes of relaxation before my day officially begins. After hopping on my scooter for a quick rip down the bypass I arrived at Blue Season Bali. The next hour consisted of the usual, checking of the schedule, organizing my kit, getting a quick breakfast in and welcoming the flood of today’s guests. After the frantic businesses of getting everything in order for the number of trips for the day, we pile in the van hoping to get our seats of choice… Personally, I enjoy the third row left window seat as the leg room is ample, usually you can recline a fair distance and let’s face it, window seats are always better than the middle.

Anyways, today our group of DMT’s are off to Tulamben to do some guiding workshops. After our scenic 2 hour drive where most try and soak up a couple more Z’s along the way, we arrive at our destination. Tulamben is the perfect dive site for today’s task among many other things because everyone is familiar with the topography, the current is usually quite calm and it’s an overall enjoyable dive navigating around and through the famous USAT Liberty Wreck. We also have Coral Garden just east of the wreck which is also quite the dive. On this day I performed my first dive briefing (quite well if I do say so myself) and led my first dive with success.

All in all, another great day at the office!

Another couple days blow by

It’s been a couple days since the last blog so we’ll fill you in on what you’ve missed.

First off I officially got my dive equipment package from the great people of DiveMasters, Aqua Lung and Blue Season Bali so thanks so much for that. With the new gear my peak bouyancy will soon  be in check and confidence is now at an all time high!

I’ve had some beautiful dives down at Seraya’s Secret a macro site full of nudibranch, lionfish, spotted rays, the occasional barracuda and many other little critters. Fortunately for us not many tourist go to this site (maybe they haven’t heard of it) but it is an amazing little place requiring patience and diligence with rewarding results.

Last night we took our weekly Blue Season Bali BBQ to the beach and decided to have a bonfire with a battle of the sexes games challenge. The games consisted of a relay of spinning around multiple times then balancing an egg on a spoon (not an easy task when you’ve had some bintangs in you and walking down slope in sand and speed is a factor). We also had team balloon toss, cracker eating relays and to finish off a game of waterfall (a relay of downing beers as fast as possible). In the end although it was down to the wire, the boys claimed victory and thus bragging rights for the week. All in all it was quite the eventful night and I’m sure the first of many beach bon fires to come as I’m sure the girls want another shot at the title…

Today we were off to Amed, another dive site roughly 15 minutes from Tulamben Wreck but unfortunately due to shallow tide we were unable to enter past the reef so it was back to Seraya’s Secret. This was particularly exciting beacuse I got to brief and guide my first ever dive! Once again we saw an array of aquatic wildlife including 2 large moray eels, several cleaning shrimp and an octopus. The pictures I have dont really do it justice so you’ll have to come to Bali and check out Seraya’s Secret for yourself… I also managed to lose one of my integrated weights on my brand new BCD, thankfully after some search and recover and a lucky break, I found it on my way back to shore!!

Once again some great dives and eventful days over in Bali!

Stay tuned…

Rescue Diver…Check!

Just got back from Sanur where me and two other very tired divers were out doing our Rescue Diver Course…

As luck would have it the current was pretty strong, the visibility was less than ideal and the waves were splashing over our faces(as well as Edu, one of the dive masters and unfortunate victim in today’s rescue session. Although I managed to lose my snorkel, we all swallowed our fair share of salt water and were absolutely exhausted by the end of the day, I feel proud to say I officially earned the right to call myself a Rescue Diver!

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop Diver Master!

First week in Bali

After a jam packed first week in Bali I figure it’s about time to complete my first blog on my experiences….

Jeez, where to begin…

Lets start with the food because as I’m sitting here right now I’m starving! You will get used to Mie Goreng(fried noodle) & Nasi Goreng(fried rice) which is ok because with the combination of flavours and ingredients used in Balinese cooking, these dishes along with many others will always leave you satisfied and looking forward to your next meal. If your like me and need a good old japanese meal at least once a week you will have no problem finding some great places… And if you must give in to your Mcdonalds cravings every once in a while, they’re never too far away and deliver 24/7.

As for The Blue Season Bali dive team and centre, I can’t say enough good things. From the moment I arrived me and my girlfriend were greeted by friendly faces who were more than willing to show us around and lend a helping hand with anything and everything. There is quite the variety of people here all from different parts of the globe with different stories to share. It kind of reminds me of my experiences in South Africa bouncing around to different hostels, which if any of you have done can be quite eventful and rewarding. They got an amazingly organized crew here that starts at the crack of dawn and manages what seems like the impossible on a daily basis. With a combination of people that have called Bali their home for years, interns that are here for a couple months or guests pouring in for just the day, there is never a dull moment over here at BSB!

The diving here like many of you I’m sure have heard is unreal! My official training started here with my EFR (emergency first response) The next day I kicked off my advanced course over in Tulamben diving the world renound USAT Liberty Wreck. For the sake of making this post even longer I’ll just say WOW! The next dives I did was over in Nusa Penida. Here I completed my first deep dive at Crystal Bay seeing my very first Mola Mola :):) From there we took a short boat trip over to embark on a drift dive which was incredible. We then finished the day off at Manta Point where we saw 4 huge mantas the biggest being about 3m. As luck would have it my camera died right before the dive so for now you’ll have to take my word for it, they are absolutely fascinating and a must see here in Bali!

All in all I must say it has been quite the week! The driving here is something on it’s own but I’ve officially taken the step of renting myself a scooter and learn the ways of Bali driving.(not an easy task if you value your life) I’ve had my first clubbing experience in Kuta at Sky Garden, a 4 story open rooftop club where the Bintangs flow like wine and the fire performers will have you mesmerized. I went surfing on my day off and all I can say is I did my best.

So that’s it for my first official blog in Bali, expect them to come more frequently and be much shorter(this being the exception) but every day is a new adventure, a different experience and one more story to tell and believe me this is the first of many to come. So stay tuned. For now I’m off to satisfy my hunger and relax with a good old Bintang.

Cheers

 

Feelings on coming to Bali

When thinking about coming to Bali I am overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation. The duration of which I have waited since winning the contest has added to the overall built up which makes it that much more exciting that finally I am just hours away from touching down.

Of course my immediate thoughts are related to the eagerness to get in the water and start diving. Everything I know up to this point about Bali diving is through magazines, Youtube videos and other peoples experiences but to finally be able to submerge myself in the underwater world will truly be incredible. Of course I could go on forever about how I can’t wait to dive the USS Liberty wreck or venture around Nusa Penida and see my first ‘Mola Mola’ Sunfish, but for me when I think about Bali, I look at what this experience will be as a whole.

I look forward to the many new foods I will be trying. The many clubs and bars I may not remember the following morning. The exploring and diversity of nature and wildlife I will see. The difference in lifestyle I will be living compared to what I am accustomed to back home. The many people I will meet and make friends with both locals of Indonesia but also tourists from around the world just stopping by to enjoy the many things I myself am there to enjoy. How the spiritual and majestic nature of Bali will impact my life. What I will learn about myself while living abroad and how I will adapt to the culture shock. I’ve always been quite open minded and love experiencing new things and luckily since I’ve had the pleasure of visiting different places around the globe like Africa, Japan, Europe, and the Caribbean I have some experience with navigating my way through foreign countries and learning the ways of the locals by the locals.

Of course, since I am far away from home I will have to be diligent and responsible for not only the wellbeing of myself but also my girlfriend. Thankfully I have the Blue Season Bali team to show me the ropes and teach me the ways. I look forward to taking on the challenge of learning new things both with diving and living. If this contest has showed me anything it’s that if you truly want to achieve something you really have to put your heart and soul into it. Your determination only stretches as far as your motivation and with this opportunity I have been granted, I certainly don’t need any added incentives to truly relish on the experience I have ahead of me.

Everything I’ve heard about Bali thus far from friends, family or friends of friends has been that they never wanted to leave. If that’s the case, then I guess all my friends and family back home will have to come here if they want to see me. The balls in their court!

Brace for the launch… BDJ 2012 is coming!

Our 2011 winners are with us here in Bali and The Best Dive Job in the World is in full swing.  We have some exciting things coming up for both Priscilla and Kenzo in the upcoming weeks and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you.

One of the biggest things to be happening this month here at Blue Season Bali is the launch of our new and improved The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 program.  During the 2011 campaign, I spent a lot of time showing people just how cool our scuba diving internship programs are and showcasing the natural beauty of Bali as the perfect destination for professional scuba diving training.

Well, I don’t have to do that this year because many of you already know and because Kenzo is actively telling the world about his experiences through social media on his BDJ Winners blog:  www.bestdivejob.com/

This year we are expanding the prize offering from around USD 16000 to over USD 25000.  In addition to that, contestants will have an extra month to prepare and promote their entries into the competition.  We are also going to have some fun pre-launch activities which will likely be seen only by our 2011 faithful.  Now is the chance for our 2011 participants to get a head start on the competition.  How?  I’ll come out with full details soon, but here’s a pointer in the right direction:  THE LAUNCH 2012!

That’s all I can give away at the moment.  We are looking forward to our official launch date of September 30 for The Best Dive Job in the World 2012.

Stay tuned!

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.

Coming to Bali

As I am writing this blog I have yet to even touch down in the Island of the Gods. That being said, my journey towards Bali thus far has been quite the process full of anticipation, eagerness and frantic scrambling to wrap up my life back home… Since receiving the life changing news about winning The Best Dive Job in the World my life has been anything but relaxing.

The past few months have consisted of quite the variety of things ranging from rewarding and memorable moments with friends and family as well as some emotional ones. In those months however my life has had a certain sense of ease to it knowing that I will soon be living in paradise for the next 7 months.

As I awaited my departure date I looked forward to things like my spread in The Mag, a local Bali magazine, an article in a local newspaper as well as a huge event at a nearby nightclub which was quite the night from what I remember. Of course it was not all fun and games. I wrapped up working my final days as a cook, a job I have had for over 5 years and although I will greatly miss the people and relationships I have built there, I can confidently say I was happy to leave all the frantic cooking and kitchen stress behind.

Luckily the great people of Blue Season Bali said it was ok for my long-time girlfriend Danielle to come along with me so the next step for us was moving out of the apartment we just seemed to finally get settled in. Although moving out is always hard, the thought of starting a new life in Bali was reassuring enough to wash away any feelings of disturbance. From there I basically gave away half my wardrobe sold my car, dirt bike and anything else I could get some cash for. In many ways it was the Kenzo Kiren’s everything must go sale which looking back on, I think many people benefited from.

The next step before departing from Vancouver was to get the proper visas in order. Due to a couple complications I had to go to the Indonesian consulate 3 separate times, however, that part of the process made it that much more gratifying when they finally gave me the stamp of approval. As for the actual journey from Vancouver to Bali, originally our plan was to fly to Japan and spend a week or so visiting some family and reaffirming myself with the Japanese language. Unfortunately those plans fell through so we started looking at flying through Australia.

Both my girlfriend and I have never been to Australia so we thought it would be an enjoyable start to the whole experience of moving across the world but after missing out on a special flight deal we had to scratch those plans too. In the end we caught a wicked deal through Hong Kong. Three movies, a couple TV shows, an onboard street fighter arcade game, a couple airplane meals, a little nap and 13 hours later we touched down in Hong Kong International Airport. From here it’s just a “quick” 17 hour layover before we catch our flight to Denpasar! That part of the journey has yet to take place so that part of the story will have to wait for another day!

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!

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!”

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