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Why do I want to become a PADI certified dive instructor…….?
Well, diving has been an interest of mine for the past 30 years. I remember back in the late 70’s completing both my basic and advanced diver certification in Canada as a young adult. It was a lot of fun even though looking back, diving in cold Canadian lakes was not as breathtaking as diving in salt water on the Canadian West Coast or tropical waters!
Nevertheless, the dive group and shop I was involved with made each dive outing a pleasurable experience to look forward to. I must admit, I became pretty hooked on diving back then and had eagerly purchased all of my equipment including regs, cylinders as I looked forward to weekend dives with my dive buddies, even if it was in frigid waters with very little aquatic life!
I remember one time going with an arranged group from our dive shop for a two week dive trip to Anthony’s Key Resort, Roatan, Honduras, which was one of my most pleasurable dive experiences navigating around all the coral reefs and trying to comprehend all the beauty surrounding me!
Time, circumstances and opportunities have a way of changing our lives. For me, raising a family and a developing career gently persuaded me that diving would have to be dropped from my list of priorities even though the interest and memories failed to diminish.
Diving has again become a part of my life as a recently certified PADI Open Water diver through Blue Season Diving in Bali where my wife and I recently visited. Children are grown and there are now opportunities to transition to another career in my life. A work colleague of mine made the transition from his career to PADI dive instructor a few years ago and is now instructing in Phuket Thailand. Drawing from his experiences made me think…..why can’t I transition into becoming a PADI certified dive instructor and start a new career teaching people something I thoroughly enjoy doing!
Do we ever stop to think why things happen to us at various times in our lives…….? I believe my recent opportunity to reconnect with diving was no accident. Taking my recertification through Paul, Emma and Mike at Blue Season Bali was no accident either!
For me, this would be the perfect opportunity to start a new career helping people safely learn, have fun while exploring the vast and beautiful “inner space” through the top notch diving instructional programs PADI and Blue Season Bali offers.
I would be starting a new career doing something I enjoy; diving, meeting and helping people achieve through PADI’s instructional programs, for I believe I have a lot to offer as a potential future PADI dive instructor based upon my vast life experiences, maturity and previous current career experiences as a mentor, trainer, manager, area director and most of all, a leader with great communication and people skills!
I would like to start with a piece of information which is, to me, not negligible. I took the decision to enter this competition 10 days ago. A day after I took this decision, I fell sick. The gum around my wisdom teeth decided to express an ancient hidden haste against the rest of my jaw. I ended up at the emergency. There, I met a doctor, and not a dentist (since none was available). He did understand the cause of my pain but gave me a wrong antibiotic.
As a result, I spent the next 5 days taking useless pills which, one, were fighting against an inexistent bacteria, two, were giving me nausea, and dizziness, and three, were letting the infection spread around in my mouth. When I had enough of my guinea pig look, but also when water became hard to absorb, I ran around in town, checking in all the dentist, begging for an appointment or at list some advice.
After days of brush-off, I finally got accepted at some place, where I received a prescription for tablets that will actually treat me.
Here I am now. Since I have decided to enter the competition, this is the only day I feel good enough to think, write, and make a movie.
Now, talking about this movie. I went out this afternoon and in a few hours tried to have some nice shooting around Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, where I am at the moment. Conditions were not perfect. I wish I had some waves and clear water in order to film underwater and have some nice surfing moves on the camera. But nope. Still a beautiful day though. This is what I am showing. A nice afternoon. I can do better, I will do better. Anyway, it’s almost ready, I just need another hour. But my computer just do not want to be hurry up, and download what I have shot this afternoon.
The clock is ticking and I am tipping this letter as fast as I can. I am begging you for a chance. Please.
Diving is my life.
Aude BARTHES, 22, Divemaster. Born in Reunion Island. Has left school and started travelling to pursue her dream, becoming a dive professional. Although have been told many times she is too short and does not look strong ,will become a technical and a commercial diver to discover more about the underwater world ,and to prove everyone that diving is not about look, but understanding. Does cry when sees marine mammal, for unknown reason. Wears tee-shirt of causes she fights for, or of associations that support it. Member of WWF, Seashepherd, Stop Shark Finning, and more. Read National Geographic and Watch BBC Documentary since she is 3 years old. Ended up in a fight with a photographer when she was 8, the man just would not stop taking photos with flash at 3 cm of newborn turtles trying to reach the ocean. Keen photographer.
I am Oleksiy Latunin. I am 35 years old. Sorry, I can not a possibility to send to you my video, cause I am more photographer that cameraman. Due it, I don’t have a much photo with me, cause, I am at opposite side of the camera usually (look at photo №1 in attaches). In last day I decided to write to you. Very often I come to decision in last time, but it is not mean that me a doubt person, it is mean that my decision is considered decision and usually – right decision. Generally, my idea to write to you come to me early, but I estimate my level of English really and I am not sure now that you understand my “still phrase”. At another hand, when you wrote me first letter I started to pack my baggage in Thailand where I decided to take a DM course (look at photo №2 in attaches) and I was waiting when I finish my DMT. It is happens 3 weeks ago. But at first, something asbout me…
Something about me: I am from Ukraine, country where in winter time (now) minus 15 0C. It is a first point why I would like to win in The Best Dive Job in the World and live and work in warm land. It is a first point why I came to Thailand, on Koh Tao at November and started here my dive master course. Actually, I really understand that my “first point” is not really perfect wave to charming to you, but it is real big deal for me. Before my DMT, I worked in Kyiv at one Ukrainian TV channel like video editor and at some production studios like sound producer voiceover and dubbing work and author scenarios of commercial. I liked my job, I like it now even in Thailand, but 7 years ago I had my first dive…
I had my first dive about 7 year ago. It is happens with me in Ukraine, Crimea, in a Black Sea. Along 30 minutes of dive I met one fish and one crab, but I was enraptured bubbles of air, that came up from my regulator and filing “I can take a breath under water” (Hope, last turn of speech can be to take in account “why I would like to win in The Best Dive Job in the World”). After that I traveled in South East Asia and taken dive courses: Open Water in Philippine (Barocay), Advance in Thailand (Koh Tao), Rescue in Borneo, Malaysia (Semporna). At after and Divemaster in Thailand (Koh Tao again). After that I would like to try myself in diving job…
I would like to try myself in diving job and I do it (look at photo №3,4 in attaches). I spend a fine two month in Koh Tao on divemaster course, and already 3 weeks try work like divemaster at dive center Jolly Rojer. I still in Thailand until end of March, and after continue my travelling. My next destination – Indonesia. I never been there before. May be it is a next point “why I would like to win in The Best Dive Job in the World”. And finally…
And finally, I would to say, that I like diving, I like to show for people magic of ocean and I fill to happy under water.
I understand that my letter is some crumpled, I now that you have to many people who would like to win and they, maybe better describe owned reasons, but I hope I have a chance. Actually, sounds good: “The Best Dive Job in the Word win fellow, who send a letter in last day”.
Any way if You will have a some propose for Ukrainian, Russian and little bit English speaking divemaster from Ukraine, I will be a happy.
Sorry for mistakes and best regards,
one of a lot of candidates for a win in The Best Dive Job in the Word,
Oleksiy Latunin (last photo №4)
Just a brief introduction on myself, been living in Singapore, grew up, work here for the past 26years. Have been helping out in my family business (F&B industry) for the past 8 years, exclusive of the 2 years that i spent in the national service (in the army that’s what we called it here). To be honest i do not have any experience in any other jobs except maybe one or two, but i do show a great interest in this job when i happen to come across the opportunity. It really makes me spent some good time thinking about it, wondering what’s going to be happening for the next 7 months IF i happen to get this job, i am certainly looking forward for this. (I know I’m dreaming but please just let me be, at least till the day u decide if it will come true for me)
Been going twice for diving within 4 months and have to say i absolutely love it! once was in Bali (my 1st actually, took my license there as well) and the recent one in Phuket, amazing experience just within the couple of months, cannot imagine hows it going to be if i ever get selected for it ( minimum 300 dives ommGGG!!) . Will be expecting to complete my advance diver course within the next few days, am loving it, so I’m hungry for more.
Why I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor? If it’s going to be a change, may it be a good and worthy one, like this. I have been helping in the business for the past 8 years, to be honest, if this opportunity did not came along, i will probably do the same for the rest of my life, i know i do not want to miss this, i want something that is different, something that 10 or 15 years down the road, while having my own free time, sitting back and relax, staring in space, i will be able to reflect on what i have done in the past, it must be something meaningful, like being able to communicate with people coming from around the world on the same interest, all the beautiful “underworld” sightings that i will be able to witness only on this activity. At least for now, my parents are very much still alive and kicking, thus i am able to set some time aside to pursue what i want in life, it can be at least 7 months or maybe more? (Can it be extend to something like 3 years? or 4?) I think i have taken a huge step forward to pursue my passion my interest, i guess there are not many people out there who are willing to make this move, at the age of 26 this year i realize that this is the chance to change my life, even if ii am not selected, at least i tried, took me lots of courage to come up with this written entry. If i have attracted you to read up to this point, i am Michael Lam; thank you for the time and consideration as i hope to hear from you soon. (Back to my dreams~~) PS: do wake me from my dreams soon
…………….STOP LOOKING FURTHER……………..
I’m the one you are looking for…
I’m Niek Groothuis, 23 years old from the netherlands.
I really love diving, the sun, the sea and working with people every day!!! I do speak dutch, english, german, a bit french and spanish…
I’m really keen on learning and become a dive-instructor. And also love to teach other people with passion. I’m a good teamplayer and always bring a good atmosphere with me. I’m not only interested in diving itself, but I also want to learn a lot about the inhabitants of the sea and the way we can save them from the cruel world and people who destroy them…
I already decided that this is what I wanna do in my life, because I’m sick of doing jobs that I really don’t want to do. For me money isn’t important at all, I just prefer to live my life like the way I want it and that’s by doing what I really love to do every day, and that’s diving!!! And I really love to share my experience with other people over the world to make more people aware off the beauty that lies underneath the surface.
I also love to see a lot from the world and make friends everywhere, and learn about other countries, cultures and there locals.
I don’t have a lot of diving experience, I learned diving in 2008, at the great barrier reef, and I made 2 deep dives there. Back in the netherlands I become a rescue diver, but since than I didn’t dive anymore….
So now you know a bit more about me, and I hope this letter will convince you to choose me… I’m sure you won’t regret it!!
I hope to see you soon in Bali!!
Holly is someone named so because her mother preferred shorter names that no-one could change. So unlike the James’s of this world, I wouldn’t have ten names, Jim, Jam, Jimmy.
I’ll admit, I’m with my mother on this one. I’ll always just be Holly, therefore never being anything else other than who I am.
Is it true that goldfish stuck in a bowl that’s too small prevents their growth? Or that if you wrap up Chinese peoples feet at the end then they don’t grow? Because, if any of these are proven scientifically then, I think I have my answer to why I should become a Padi instructor. I mean, surely the ocean is the biggest fish tank we could get? Therefore sticking to the fact that, if you get me in that sea, then I will grow. (Metaphorically speaking of course, I’m not going to land you with a GIANT female and take off to pursue my career in personal appearances.. Loyalty!)
Once upon a time, completing a Performance Degree, then falling into a standard day job, and wandering through life with the self-assurance of a sea urchin without its spines.
Then one day boarding a Qantas flight to Australia and therefore changing my life. Now back home, booking other peoples holidays and sitting on a train home creating memories of other peoples travels.
I remember a moment of my traveling, when a friend came to visit. Whilst exploring the delights of another amazing country…these words left her lips, and I quote ‘I can’t wait to go home and just sit and watch TV again’. I nearly choked on my beans and sausage (I like children’s food). Did I hear that correctly? She had to be joking?
That’s the moment I replied with ‘If you ever hear that saying come out of my mouth, POKE ME IN THE EYE’
Last night I watched Jersey Shore, Gossip Girl and Blue Bloods (it’s my new favourite), I’ve been invited to Salsa tonight and I’m not going because Skins is on.
My facebook status on my 24th birthday was, ‘Holly Keeble is 24 years old, single, skint, can’t drive, living out the back of a campervan and with no job, but I couldn’t be happier’
Do you know how many likes that got? 74.
My facebook status on this year’s 25th birthday avoided saying much. Because the truth was, everyone was at work, so I went to Topshop alone, and had a McDonalds, and a table shared with a stranger. Don’t get me wrong, I went to roller disco and had a house party, so all was not lost.
But how can I be happy riding the train when I’ve hung out the back of a Tuk Tuk? Or visiting my home town Cleethorpes beach, when I’ve been to Whitsunday’s? Or being rained on in a Streatham Hill street, when I’ve been in a flood in New Zealand.
I’ve tasted life, and I need you to feed me.
Bonjour everyone !
On a cold Canadian snowy evening, here I am, dreaming of my futur… Or actually, I should not say it this way, because one of my favorite line is “ don t dream your life, live your dreams. So lets do it !
My name is Marieve, i m a quebec born girl, presently a flight attendant for a major airline, for the past 7 years. I m an intense traveler, ( I mean on my time off ! ) . but I ve never been to Bali ! I actually just got back from south Africa ( diving with the great white was an unexpected surprise .. let me tell you ! ) . I did my Padi Open Water few years ago in the warm , clear and very colorful water of the south florida keys. Since then, I dove in Hawaii,Thailand, Bahamas,Miami… and many more to come ! unfortunetly, at the moment I don’t have money to go further with my diving courses, so i wish with all my heart, I really do, to have my chance of a lifetime, and, yes, a life changing opportunity and win this contest !!!
Back at school, I studied tourism and international business. So I always knew I was going to be a “ proud citizen a planet earth “. I started swimming I was almost still in my mom’s belly, and i ve been called “ la petite grenouille “ in English “little frog “ since then. I loooove meeting new people from all around the globe, I enjoy learning from others, and I d truly take joy, pride and fun teaching people what I m the most fascinated by : the ocean and how to explore it s many wonders. I did give a lot of myself before to help others ( volunteer at spca, dogs shelters, fostering animals in need, visiting lonely people and mostly keep my head up and keeping strong when my own family was in need and going thru difficulties.. ) .
Now, it s my time. There’s no word, text, letters or any video that could describe how deeply winning this contest would mean for me. The only way to describe it is the joy people will notice on my face every time I put on that BCD and jump with them in the water and share with them my passion of diving. I ll then remember that chilly evening sitting in front of a computer typing this text and then I ll smile and say “ hummm, that s the feeling I was trying to describe! Hopefully we ll meet soon in the warm Balinese waters…
I faced the capability of the chance of choice at first time when I chose my parents alone in the orphanage the age of 5. Along with this another necessary choice was ahead of me: saw or water. Due to a birth defect my ribs grew inward. Between the options, avoiding operation, I chose swimming. I swam every day because of my sickness. Thus I became competitive swimmer. I pursued it for 9 years. I healed, but aspired deeper to the open water. As a competitive diver we competed in swimming pool and lakes with dolphin fins and transformed tanks. In lakes we did orientation diving. I was 4 times junior champion in Hungary.
When I was 17, I broke up with water. Study, friends and girls took over the leadership in my life. In high school it was incomprehenisble for me the absence of competition, therefore I gave a bigger space to my old passion: video games. The club where I used to go in my high school years encouraged my competitve attitude. Our favorite was Mario Kart so badly, we bet who’s gonna win. I was the best, and many years later nobody could defeat me neither in USA nor in Sweden. I was searching everything in this years which can add value to me. I realized the potential in japenese animes, techno and classical music. I loved everything which rejected the weekdays, and also all the theory which denied them in a sense of spiritual aspects. When I was laying in the coffin of Pharao Kheops, I realized no way I can build up such a high monument, but I felt my thoughts can easily reach that height. That’s why I picked philosophy besides history in the university. The sport reentered into my life when I was 21. I did Philippine kali, thai box over years, finally Mixed Martial Arts proved its worthy for my desire.
I acquired my english knowledge in the USA where I was lifeguard and swimming instructor throughout a summer. Two years after I returned I have graduated. In the past few years I faced Specnaz’s drill theory in Hungary: „The more you push an empty barrel under the water, the more it will jump out”. I had never have a problem with that. But it’s hard to suffer my only possibility is to work on the land with 2 degrees:).
In 2009 I have started doing water polo, and I was doing intellectual work for living. I know that fate often takes a man far from his heart and from his dreams. But since water can be found not just in my dreams, but in reality, I go back there. I have to…because I am not be able to do otherwise. My interest extends far beyond loving flora or fauna in the water. The water itself, me under it, the cooperative symbiosis with it gives me pleasure. It’s not a question that my next step is becoming instructor, and impart my knowledge.
I’m a 38 year old mother of 2 and also have 2 step children. Unfortunately, I started at a young age and had my daughter, Ashley, while still in high school. I joined the work force at the age of 16 and have been working ever since. My daughter is now in college and the other 3 are between the ages of 13 and 18. I had always dreamed of becoming a Marine Biologist but had to put that to the side in order to provide for and raise my daughter. Now that the kids are older, I’m ready to look toward MY future.
Over the years I have worked many different jobs. I’m a Property Manager in Rock Hill, SC. While I’m currently “landlocked” about 3 hours from the ocean, we make the trip whenever possible. Luckily, one of the jobs I’ve had was working for an airline. I’ve had the great fortune of travelling and have gotten to visit some pretty cool destinations. Australia, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas are just a few of them. One of my favorites is Isle Roatan, Honduras where my sister and I got to go out on a catamaran yacht and snorkel. I remember talking to the boat captain on our trip; he used to work a 9-5 job in the states and walked away from it all. Ever since that day, my dream has been to get to the coast and D-I-V-E! When I went to Australia, the group I went with had no set plans or reservations. We went for 9 days and drove down the coast from Brisbane to Sydney and just pulled in whenever we felt like stopping. I love that kind of “fly by the seat of your pants” adventure!
My husband, daughter, son and I took a trip to St. Thomas for her 16th birthday where we got to try Scuba diving. We were all hooked! Since then my husband, son and myself have all gotten certified. Our youngest son is hoping to get certified this summer. Last summer, my son, stepson, father and I went down to Key West and went diving for the week. It was amazing! It was the first time my stepson had seen ocean water that didn’t look brown.
I truly cannot get enough and have begun plotting where and how to start my own dive shop. I’d love to say I’m laid back and can just go with the flow. Unfortunately, my current job is a huge struggle, especially in today’s economy. We are always working short-staffed and never have enough hours in the day. I’m a hard worker and I’d much rather be putting my hard work to use for myself than somebody else!
Keep me in mind, Bali! I’m off to my next dive class this Friday!
Here it’s cold, grey, foggy no sun or sandy beach in sight.
I was born here, but I don’t fit,
speak 9 languages,
like worldmusic and international cuisine.
Most of my friends are foreigners.
I like snow, mountains and wild nature.
BUT, I love the ocean,
there’s nothing more beautiful.
Since I’m a kid, I’ve been attracted by water of any kind.
Once I almost drowned, a big Atlantic ocean wave against
a 2 years old kid playing too close by the water.
My mum saved me.
The ocean spit me out, gave us another chance to become friends.
Even from the bathtub, my parents couldn’t get me out.
I could swim when I was 5 years old,
my playground was the forest and the lake.
I spent in the sea, playing,
till the adults forced me out.
When I was 12, I did a Discovery Dive in the pool.
I loved the freedom to breathe under water,
but we didn’t have money for diving.
During a riverrafting camp,
my passion for watersports grew.
I went to Brazil, snorkeled on a very clear jungle river,
crowded with fishes, among it red Piranhas.
One year later I was on Tioman Island.
Snorkelling, I was surrounded by purple, blue, orange, yellow fishes,
never saw that many in my life before.
I got to dive!
I took the Padi Open Water and directly the Advanced.
My teacher recommended Sipadan to me.
This place is of infinite beauty.
Visiblity 35-40 meters, 10 white-tip reef sharks and hawksbill turtles on each dive.
The most fascinating thing, was to be surrounded by more fish than water.
I loved the Barracuda schools,
which formations resemble a Tornado.
This should be my life.
I want to see more places like that,
wake up every morning with the fresh breeeze on the boat
and the salty water spray in my face.
About 7 months after my first dive,
I did my Divemaster Course on Tioman Island.
It was one of the best times of my life.
Getting to know the life of the locals and the divesites in
To see, how people enjoyed,
improved their skills and overcame their fears.
The person who introduced me into this world,
I own him million thanks.
Now back home,
I miss every sunrise and sunset on the Island.
Miss to see the old friends;
Giant Morayeel who guards the jetty,
hyperactive Boxfish in the reef and same old Grouper in the swimthrough.
Miss to be swallowed by the deep, calm ocean,
the different scales of blue,
where sounds and light go astray,
where the only sound is the bubbles I blow,
where I know exactly that this is my place to fit.
Miss to feel the freedom to sit in the front of the rocking boat
and to see nothing but horizon.
Miss the joy to give some people a chance to discover the same.
Hey there my name is Nadia Aly. I am the owner & creator of ScubaDiverLife.com & Community.ScubaDiverLife.com. These are two websites – The first being ScubaDiverLife.com that is the main blog, where I have daily blog posts and then share them through social channels. It’s going so well that some posts have almost 200 shares on them! The second is Community.ScubaDiverLife.com – where anyone can join easily, upload photos, videos, take part in discussion, blog, chat and much much more. I built these websites on my own with the skills I have acquired over my lifetime.
This passion sprung from a trip to Fiji in November of 2010. Diving in Fiji unleashed an obsession for the sport. It grew even more when I randomly through myself on a plane to Kona, Hawaii. Where I did the famous Manta Ray night dive. That dive was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. If I could have cried underwater I would have, it was beyond beautiful.
I first started scuba diving in my early teens and have been very busy since. I completed my Undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and then a Masters of Digital Media. With that said now I am working at one of the worlds largest companies as a social media manager, in one of the rainiest places in the States… Seattle. I only get 15 days vacation a year and don’t have much time to go scuba diving. I am nowhere near being a Scuba Diving Master and would just be thrilled to have the opportunity to do so.
I run my scuba communities throughout the day and have grown them to almost ten thousand members in less than two months. I am a queen when it comes to generating content, and I would be super stoked to be able to create much more content for my scuba sites and for Blue Seasons Bali. I have many skills when it comes to the digital realm. I can blog, make videos and edit them, Photoshop, graphics design, web design & execution, community building and growth and on top of that I am a social media queen.
Already having quite a large portfolio my skills are defiantly noticeable. I want to go to Bali to learn everything I can possibly can about scuba diving. So I have good knowledge to share with my communities and other divers around the world. I have these amazing scuba diving websites and have nowhere near the water time that most of my members have. Not to say that I don’t know anything about scuba diving, I do … I just don’t have the experience that many others have. I am a high energy, easygoing character that is extremely friendly, passionate, loving and much more.
Being in Bali would give me the opportunity to showcase what the Scuba Diver Life really is all about, being able to create and share stories with the divers of the world.
“Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor?”
Hi I’m Catherine Taylor. I currently live on the Gold Coast, Australia.
I have spent the last 10 years trying to change my life and figure out what I want to do and what makes me joyful beyond words. This has cost me loads of money and I have had fun along the way, as well as tears. I am now at a point where action is required!! No more hiding or running away. 2011 is the year to change my life and become an incredible PADI Instructor.
I’ve only just realised what I want to do with my life. I have tried many things, and enjoyed all of them; some more than others. Worm farming was not one of them. Whilst on my quest to find true joy and happiness, and a great career that I absolutely love to go to work every day, I have realised that all my life I have loved the ocean, water and sea life and animals. I just didn’t realise how to make it work for me. Everyone calls me a fish, because I am the first one in and the last one out. I prefer to stay in the water all day. I have never been able to get enough of the water, and the beautiful creatures in it. Every day something different happens.
When I’m in the water, with the ocean and animals, I feel at one with it. There is no separation, and the immense joy and exhilaration is indescribable. This, I have decided is what I am meant to do and share the passion with others. Because when you are excited about something, others cannot help but be infected with that same joy.
To win this would be a dream come true. To be trained by one of the best organizations in the world, and to be trained in one of natures paradise would be awesome. It would change my life. I am so ready to change my life. To step into being me and being all I can be. This is of benefit to PADI and Blue Season Bali because great publicity and promotion and lifelong connections cannot be brought.
I love living, fun, adventure, and new things. 2011 is the year to take action and make it happen. I will make it happen, if I win – unbelievable. If I don’t then I will still make it happen. But my contribution to you would be the incredible gratitude, a top class student and then instructor, promoting PADI and Blue Season Bali for life, diving and more awareness of our magnificent oceans and sea life. Can you afford not to have me on your team?
Thank you so much for giving me this possibility to win the best job in the world. What else is possible with PADI and Blue Season Bali? How did I get so lucky?
Why do I want to win the Best Diving Job in the World ?
Hello my name is Nick Lakoff and I’m 40 years young from Canada. I have been diving since I was 19 but up until five years ago I was a once an occasional yearly diver. Since 2005 I have been on 2 to 3 diving trips a year and doing as many dives as can be done safely and comfortably. Along the way I started to document my dives using a digital camera with an underwater casing. Taking pictures allows me to relive my dives over and over and marvel at the vast quantities of biological diversity that exists in the oceans.
As I got more confident and proficient in my diving, the idea of becoming a dive instructor started forming itself in the back of my mind. The realities of having a large business prevented me from seriously entertaining the idea of becoming a dive instructor but it never really went away.
As a massage therapist for 13 years I accomplished most of what I wanted to do in this industry and achieved success and recognition for all of it but I never had the opportunity to teach massage therapy other than in the small workshops I would give to the staff in my massage therapy centers. I am very much a people person and enjoy sharing the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years and also continue learning from others myself. In November of 2009 I left my business behind and decided to become a dive instructor. Even though I had over 200 dives up to this point, I was still just a PADI Open Water diver. I sold everything I owned and let my apartment go in order to spend 2 and half months in Roatan, Honduras to do my PADI Divemaster internship. The experience for me was transformative and working 6 days a week in a dive shop convinced me that this was not just a passing fancy but what I want to do till I’m told I can no longer dive. Sharing my passion for diving with others, contributing to raising awareness to destructive fishing practices, cruel shark finning, reef and mangrove destruction and ocean acidification amongst others are now a life calling for me. Throughout my Divemaster internship I often asked myself the question, would I get tired of this, and the answer was always clear to me, not a chance!
To me every dive presents opportunities for seeing something fantastic but as the winner the contest there are certain sites I have read that are not to be missed in Bali. In Tulamben there is of course the USAT Liberty, the reefs around Amed, Secret Bay, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, the Island of Menjangan, Napoleon Reef, Blue Lagoon, Gili Tepekong, Crystal Bay, Manta Point and the Lipah shipwreck
Well, I dont know where to start, there are so many reasons and I will give you some of them… But I will start telling you where to “end”… , and that would be by getting trained and educated by the best in the business, to become one of the best instructors in the business.
To start, I would inform you about my situation… I am 37, ex-military, Danish citizen. I speak Danish, English and understands German, Sweedish and Norwegean too. I have been offered an early retirement due to PTSD, because of some very very nasty experiences in the military, during my six deployments in warzones and humanitarian situations with UN and NATO.
Thats 3 years ago now. Now I am just spending my time helping other people, advicing youngsters and coaching sports. I give my experiences to other people in need of advice, but I dont charge people for it, because I am not allowed to earn next to my retirement. (Danish government rules).
Then a few years ago, I had the chance to go scuba diving, and that hooked me biiiiiig time. So now, whenever I have the chance, I go scuba diving because it actually keeps me calm. I have started shooting photos underwater and that is my new hobby now. My dream is to take it a bit further, and be able to work abroad as an instructor and professional underwater photographer, maybe even with my own dive center someday?!?. That would be a killer… Thats my dream…
First of all I would like to say a huge well done to everyone so far who have for all the hard work that has gone into making these entries. The best part of may day, when I am not in the water, is spent watching and reading the new Best Dive Job in the World Applications. I never thought the competition would bring so many people in, so thank you very much.
I have heard recently that a number of people are confused on how to vote, or show their support for their friends. So I want to give you some information so that you understand how we are thinking.
The first thing to note is that we will not be deciding the winner by votes, or there level of support alone. It does play a part but there are many other factors that will be involved in our decision. When you are in Bali we will want you to show the world how much fun you are having in Bali. Your ability to use online tools such as Facebook, Youtube, twitter and blogs is thus an important factor.
If you do want to show your support for someone then you can use any, or all, of the following methods.
1. Post a comment on the blog post – you will need to sign up to the blog in order to do that. I also have to approve the comments each day so that we don’t get any unwanted comments on there.
2. Post comments on our Facebook group.
3. Post comments on our twitter account.
4. Post a comment below the video entry on our Youtube channel.
5. If you really have something good to say then you can send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org although with this method it really has to be something good. You cannot begin to imagine how many emails I get
So any of these methods are fine to vote and show your support to your friends. If you have any questions then please let me know – email@example.com
Keep up the good work – as I mentioned on the latest email we will be sending out emails in a few days to the short listed candidates (so far).
Time to go diving…
Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor?
Hey there, I’m Vincent, 26 years old, a Hungarian born in Australia but living in Hungary, and here are some ideas why I believe the best dive job in the world would perfectly suit me.
First of all, even though I was born as a true blue, I see the world all in green: I have a deep connection with nature, whether we’re talking about the woodlands of Central Europe or the breathtaking beaches of Down Under. I always feel like I’m home when I go wandering in nature. Moreover, the time I spent travelling in Australia in 2010 was a life-changing adventure, as I had the chance to reconnect with the element of water. The surf lessons and the trip I took to the Great Barrier Reef revealed to me how majestic the ocean truly is. A single day spent with snorkelling – and the reef was irreversibly burnt into my mind. The sense of freedom overwhelming me while chasing schools of funny looking fish along the underwater alleys of corals is pretty much the way I truly feel comfortable in my skin.
When it comes to an active lifestyle, all I can say is that ever since I had escaped from the cradle I have been continuously on the go. Motion is my very breath. I have enjoyed all sorts of sports like skateboarding, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, art jazz dancing, hiking, swimming etc. In the deeper meaning of motion, I am mesmerized by the diversity of the world and I love to explore my environment, both on a local and global scale. I am interested especially in Far Eastern culture; having taken nine trips to India and staying in ashrams I have realized the benefits of going with the flow in the relaxed Eastern way.
My guitar is my true companion when it comes to travelling. We’ve seen Australia from a different perspective together while busking on the streets; it has accompanied me when performing in Budapest’s stylish clubs or when playing under the ever bright Indian sky in my favourite ashram.
If you need any further reasons why I could make the most of this opportunity, here they go: as a qualified landscape architect and journalist I have been writing articles about environmental matters. I believe the treasures of nature are invaluable and it is our duty to nourish and admire the beauty of Creation. As a professional diving instructor, it would be a never returning opportunity for me to play my role in introducing people to Mother Earth’s underwater garden, and obviously to enjoy biodiversity from a totally different view. As a man of words I have been leading my online journal about my adventures too, and I would be more than ready and willing to update my blog with the newest chapters on how awesome Bali truly is.
So as you can see, I’m ready to dive… And you are going to love it.
I’m 32, a non-traditional student about to graduate from Oregon State University-Cascades with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership, and Tourism and a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship. I want to apply the knowledge and experience that school has given me and combine the phenomenal offer Blue Season Bali has made to create a new life somewhere tropical. It’s been good thus far, but I’m ready for amazing.
Since a trip to Florida when I was 12, I’ve been infatuated with the ocean and warm weather. The ocean lifestyle is so appealing as someone that grew up landlocked in NE Montana. It was especially appealing when winter temperatures in my hometown of Wolf Point, MT dipped below freezing enroute to an average low winter temperature of about 4 degrees. Brrrr!
I’ve spent time on the ocean fishing, commuting, and as a kiteboarder, but I’ve never spent any more than a short while underwater with a snorkel…..in cloudy water. It was foreign, but exhilarating. Everything was a discovery as I bobbed around for those few minutes.
Based on my personality and love of adventure, I have no doubt that diving will blow me away. So many people on the BestDiveJob.com blog share that feeling of being hooked and finding their passion after only the first dives. I can’t wait to see and hear that excitement myself when my life has officially been changed and I’m a PADI instructor sharing the joy of diving and the ocean with those new to the sport.
I want to change my life. I want to strike out on new adventures. I want to learn new skills and refine the old. I want to experience the sensation of a vast oceanic world from below the surface. I want to feel the warmth of the tropical water and the warmth of the local people. I want to eat fresh seafood every day.
I want to share this experience with you.
It’s the least I can do for your support and after all, you and Blue Season Bali are ultimately the reason that I’ll be flying to Indonesia in a couple of months. You’re the ones supporting and promoting the reality that I’m about to change my life and become a PADI Instructor. I’ll be working with Blue Season Bali on their plan for documenting the life changing experience. I have basic social/web/video experience and some gear (audio & video) that will definitely make the trip and be a huge piece of my tropical, exotic, underwater, and over the top adventure as I commit to becoming a PADI instructor…..in Bali.
That and if there’s a chance, I wanna learn to surf on perfect waves on perfect days in Indo.
Last to-do on LIFELIST 1.0
I am excited and enthusiastic about the possibility and extremely grateful to Blue Season Bali for their offer to change my life.
Hi, my name is Ryan Kieffer. I am 22 years old and I live in Southern California. I currently attend school at Cal State University of Long Beach. Besides diving my hobbies include playing ice hockey and photography.
Why I want to become a PADI Instructor…
The Reason I want to become a PADI Instructor is a simple reason. When I got certified I was only planning on diving once or twice a year. My instructor was so helpful he encouraged me to continue diving regularly. I could tell he loved his job and I want to be able to help others with their certifications just like my instructor helped me. I truly believe if I got this job that it will be the best thing for me and also the people I will be able to assist in following their own dreams.
I first got certified as a diver in 2007 so I could dive with my cousin. Since then I have completed my AOW, Rescue, Nitrox, AED and First Responder courses all with PADI and DAN. For a job I work at Walgreens in the Photo Department and have started building websites but would rather be diving fulltime. On my two free days when I’m not at work or school I volunteer as a scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific. When I volunteer my duties are to help clean the tanks and feed the fish. However, my most important duty is to teach all of the guests at the aquarium about the ocean and how important the ocean is to our planet.
I just wanted to say how important diving is in my life and whether I win this contest or not I am going to continue my education in diving and eventually become an instructor no matter what.
Hi my name Anas Malatiali, I am 33 years old. I work in diamond setting in a work shop jewelry since 10 years ago in United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, I spend most my break time in the beach swimming snorkeling And recently I entered the world of diving and I Become advanced diver and I found it was something I needed.
From intensity of my love for diving so I travel in the holidays a distance of 700 km round trip to the east coast of the UAE to get good visibility and different variety of marine environment. I am tired of the pain of the neck and shoulders. I am tired of checking in diamond I was seriously thinking about changing my life and my job I believe that change is necessary in our lives and this change should be to something we love and here Success and creativity is When you combine hobby and work togetherLike most people I am sick and tired of my job and it’s a time to choose the job I like: PADI scuba instructor.
I like the adventure, challenge, the sun and beach in tropical island and I try it last august in Phuket and I wish if I can stay more than my Specific vacation. In addition to all this I love of marine life in general and I have a marine aquarium 10 years ago.
I am very excited for this contest from the Moment I see it and Became obsessed to me.
Thank you and I wish you all the best.
My name is Véronique Delisle, I’m 21 years old and I’m a student at Sherbrooke University in Québec, Canada. My first spoken language is French but I’m trilingual (English, Spanish, French). I want to become a PADI Instructor for 3 personal reasons. Firstly, I already studied in adventure tourism to become a guide in any outdoors sports I like. Secondly, I’m studying at Sherbrooke University in physical education, I love the dynamics with kids and teenagers but I want more outdoors. Finally, my life is based on water sports. I’m explaining those 3 points in the following text.
My Adventure Tourism Technique formed me to be a guide with leadership, communications skills and security knowledge in outdoor activities. I had courses that gave me interpersonal improvement and knowledge like Interpretation, outdoor cooking, wilderness rescue and first aid, white water rescue, etc. All those courses combined with many certifications on the side like my first level of the CMAS in 2008. I’ve learned a lot in the Saint-Lawrence Gulf but I want to know more about diving and about submarine life.
Now, I’m studying in physical education at the bachelor degree, it is my first year. I love sports and kids, but I want to stay in the outdoor, so becoming a PADI Instructor is a wonderful opportunity. I want to work with people, I want to move. I’m part of the University swimming club (Green and Gold or Vert et Or of Sherbrooke University) because I love water, water is my principal passion, I feel comfortable in it. Pool with chlorine is not the best environment for me and my lunges; I prefer the sea or rivers, but it’s easier to enjoy the pool in the winter and I can be in shape for the summer.
The last two summers, I was working as rafting guide and lifeguard. When I was young, I was working at my parent’s farm and sent two weeks at a canoe vacation camp. My parents are fan of sailing and this is one of the sports I enjoy since five years. This summer I’m suppose to guide 7 days per week in rafting on two famous river of the country. I did the rafting Canadian championship and the H2O Company hired me to guide on their river because they saw me and found I was a competent rafters and a passionate one too.
My final word is; my life is always changing. I don’t have a plan of life. I just do what makes me happy. I want to take this opportunity because it will make me happy again and again. I want to be in this element, I want to work with people; I want to show them how life is beautiful and diversified underwater and how our human activity can help or not the natural cycle. I always want to be in shape to dive and to live a wonderful life.
The question honestly is, “Why would you not want to be a dive instructor?” It stems 29 years back to when I was in the womb. Born a Pisces, water has always been a part of my life. It courses through my veins, urging to find that ultimate feeling of weightlessness that is not to frequently found with us terrestrial mammals. I began swimming at a young age, and my passion for the water turned into what some would call an obsession. My mother created a monster.
My father was a fisherman, where I was born by the Long Island Sound. Now I find myself living on the bay in Santa Cruz, CA, opening up my laptop to find ways to make a career of something I hold so dear to my heart. I don’t like being caught up in the fast paced life so many consider normal. I have experienced life on a boat, and that it is exactly where my souls yearns to be.
Now that I have that passion…I can’t stop. The urge for diving starts in my navel, growing up my sides and down my legs, tickling me with a euphoric sensation. Goose bumps take over making the hair on my arms stand at attention. As this feeling creeps up my spine and into my brain, all I can think about is one thing; “The shortest path to the ocean.” The world beneath the surface and the waters from which we all have come.
Descending down into the ocean and relying on tanks to supply your air also comes with risks. I am like a sponge ready to absorb the multitude of knowledge that keeps you safe and aware of any perils that I can pass on to others. The ocean is so much larger than us and deserves our respect.
We are the future. We are the ones who can save our oceans from destruction by simply sharing our love, knowledge and enthusiasm to those we come in contact with. I want to be a part of saving our waters for future dreamers. I want to be the person to reveal to others the wonders of swimming the depths in the radiant underwater illuminescent gardens of coral.
Becoming a dive instructor is the first step in making this dream become a reality. Being able to learn and teach in an environment that I hold sacred, while living in one of the most spiritual places on earth is what I am working towards. This path I have wanted for years. Even now, as I close my eyes…I can see the excitement on people’s faces after a good dive. That alone is enough to make me smile.
Hmmm, I just wrote out a ridiculously funny little essay on “Why I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor.” Then when I went to submit it you, had a list of things to do and not to do, none of which I succeeded in getting across in my first attempt, I mean how was I supposed to know that you would be wanting to know things like what I’m like, what I do, my character and why I deserve to win etc. I mean it’s not a job interview or anything, oh wait a min…. :/
So anyway after spending the last couple of days in a drunken daze, despairing that the brilliant writing I displayed in my first effort would never see the light of day, I have finally pulled myself up out of the gutter and decided to give it another crack.
I guess should start with the original and the easiest question to answer, simply put who wouldn’t want to spend seven months on a tropical island diving? I could go into it a lot deeper but I think it is pretty obvious and besides when you made me rewrite all this quite frankly you missed out on all my little pearls of wisdom regarding this 😉
Why do I deserve this is an altogether different question one I am not sure I can answer, I’m not even sure I do deserve it, I mean I am a nice guy and all but I could think of a lot more deserving people than myself to get this opportunity, that being said I would certainly take it given the chance.
Lets see, what’s next, ahh, what I’m like, what I enjoy about life, my character, this is dangerous territory. I like the saying “just because you ARE a character doesn’t mean you HAVE character.” Well in this case my good sir’s you have indeed lucked out because I am a character blessed with character. I’m a bit of an old bastard these days, having just entered the naughty forties but that’s not such a bad thing, I’m still having fun. I can be a bit of an idiot at times, in a good way of course, and still enjoy a good party but i tend to appreciate things and the world a bit more now. I enjoy life itself I guess.
Ok so next was where I live and what I do, lets see, I’m an Aussie, from Melbourne, great place, love it and it’ll always be home but I really don’t want to be here right now, want to see more of the world, wether it is through this or some other means. I don’t really do much at the min, hang with friends, go out, have a few drinks, do a bit of writing, a lot of reading, not enough diving, sit at home doing a whole lot of nothing trying to save cash for my next adventure somewhere over the rainbow
“Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor?”
Imagine a life of watching paint dry day after day?…, well that’s exactly what I do for a living.
Hi my name is Steven Perry and I am a 21 year old painter & decorator from Slough in the UK and as soon as I saw this competition I thought this was by far the life for me.
• Big Headed
• A Bit Of A Legend
I’m stuck in a boring job searching for a better way of life and I think this is the kick up the back-side I need to really be the man I’ve always wanted to be,
After turning down the opportunity of travelling round Europe I find myself these days with a very short attention span and constantly looking for some excitement in my life and the pub and gym just isn’t doing it for me anymore.
I am a quiet person around people that I don’t know but once I get to know you I will probably be centre of attention, Small man….Big personality.
My love for the ocean started around a year ago when a friend of mine decided to set up a marine fish aquarium, and I’ve been addicted ever since.
Since then I’ve always wanted to have my own tank but could never afford it but now come to realise “Why own a tank when you can see the fish in their natural habitat in the world’s biggest aquarium…. The ocean”
I can honestly say I have never been scuba diving or even snorkelling but I have always wanted to and it’s something I think I will do in the future. So please don’t let that stop you from choosing me; I am young and eager to learn. I’m enthusiastic to better my life and start a new career before it’s too late for me.
Where do I want to be this time next year?
On a boat surrounded by friends and new people in paradise ready to embark on a trip of a life time,
For me this job is about the opportunity to see the thing I love in life which is sea life in their natural environment and not only do I want to change my life for the better but becoming a PADI instructor may also change the life of others and maybe encourage them to take up a life in the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD and that would give me enough satisfaction for a life time as I’m sure it does for you guys too.
Thank You for considering me for the chance to have best dive job in the world and becoming the real life “Scuba Steve”
Hope to hear from you soon
Hi my name is Greg, I am from Austria,
21 years old and I want to live for better days!
That’s the reason why I want this amazing job!
I love diving, surfing and of course Bali too!
For me the worlds best combination of sport, fun and living.
Me and my Girlfriend want to go abroad and therefore I am looking for something to make that true.
I did my OWD course last year and I was totally stoked of it. After diving in the Maldives I decided to become dive master and make my hobby to my job, because I want to live the way I like.
I’ve been two times before in Bali and I always wished and dreamed to stay there again, but longer than 3 weeks.
It’s such an amazing island and culture and I think it’s the very best place to be, because Bali has just everything to offer.
Nice people, weather, waves, vulcanos, delicious food and much more things.
For me the best place is in the water. When I am in this awesome element of pure nature I am the happiest people on earth and my mind is totally free of any troubles or things which I really don’t want to think on it.
I am only concentrating of what I am doing and that makes me relax and feel free.
It’s like you are diving out of the “Truman show”!
No others who make you busy, just another world much beautiful and interesting than ours.
I am always fascinated when this colourful world surrounds me.
When I see animals which are as big as me or maybe bigger than me, I am always so fascinated of these creatures.
Just sitting and looking at the water is a special feeling.
I also want to do something for the environment and I think diving is not a bad idea to show people what is going to die in cause of pollution.
It would be very sad if we lost this amazing world.
I like travelling and I wish that I can see most places on earth. Our world is still beautiful and we should take the chance to enjoy and explore it and I think diving is a really good way to do that.
I often thought about jobs which would be possible for me to do in another country like Bali and I really think that diving is the best I can do, because I like it so much and I’m also good in it.
Playing basketball since I was ten helped me to get team spirit. I like to work with other people, because there are always new and interesting things to learn from different ways of life.
Diving is also a very expensive hobby, that’s also a reason why I want to do it as my job.
If I should win this chance I’ll give my best to make my dream come true.
Stop dreaming, start living!
Hello! My name is Stepan Shul’ga. I am 29. I live in Donetsk, the city in eastern Ukraine. I work as an announcer at a magnificent football stadium, as a DJ on the radio and an anchorman on the culinary TV show. For a number of reasons I dream of changing my life once and forever by becoming a PADI instructor.
- I would very much like to dive every day, though I don’t have such possibility. You are welcome to watch my video here
- My friends. They support me in my every undertaking, they do so even now. It’s been long since I promised to instruct many of them on diving shortly, so I should keep my word. I am confident that with your assistance I will never disappoint their expectations.
- My parents. They are wonderful people, they truly love me, however they still keep telling me that diving can hardly become my profession. I strive to disprove it.
- Another significant yet not most serious reason is that it is absolutely freezing in my city now, with no chance to tan. I would be happy to change warm gloves for sunscreen.
Being serious, I am endlessly thankful to my instructor. That’s ALEXEY BAYSTRUCHENKO (No.635670). He opened up alternative reality to me, the splendid underwater universe. Everything connected with diving – which seems quite clear to me now – I learnt from my instructor. By the way, it was him who gave me the web link to this contest. I cannot let my mentor down, I’d rather out perform him. In fact, for me there is no bigger responsibility and joy in the world than the possibility to open the undersea wonders to the people from every part of the world, to instruct them on diving and enjoy it. Everyone who has ever got acquainted with mysterious and silent depths was always grateful to the instructor. So there is a chance of making a lot of people happy by becoming the PADI professional. I am fully ready to take responsibility and enjoy it at the same time, being the very reason why I may well deserve this job.
Just a few words about myself: I am fond of people as much as they are fond of me. J I just love diving as a lifestyle.
Russian and Ukrainian are my native languages; I speak fluent English and a little Spanish.
Over 100 logged dives, PADI AOWD certificate plus experiences of the Black Sea, Red Sea and the Mediterranean. So, there are just a few oceans still left to discover for the peace of mind.
Please do not hesitate to add me up to your Facebook friends.
It will make it easier for you to read my notes about Bali J
Thanks for your time,
Why I want to be a diving instructor
by Elizabeth Wolfe
My first diving experience in 2006 was thanks to my Grandparents who surprised me and my brothers with an OWD course in Spain, where I lived with my family at the time. After I had completed the course, my Divemaster asked why I didn’t look for a career in diving. He seemed impressed with my quick learning and thought that I could become a brilliant instructor some day. This was something that I had never thought about, yet since he said that I just couldn’t keep the thought out of my head.
When I was 18 in 2009 I moved to Germany on a gap year to work as a nanny. I found a dive shop in Hamburg, walked in and my first words were “I want to be a diving instructor”. Since then I have stayed in Germany to work and fund my dream. Everything I have done since then has been to do with making my dive instructor dream come true. The costs of such a dream make it very hard work to fund, but it would never hold me back. To win this opportunity would just complete my life and help me to fast track my inevitable destiny.
I want to become a diving instructor because I want to show other people the wonder of scuba diving… I want to be the reason why other people decide to continue a life of diving.
This is me: – Some people live off the air, I live off water..
Life happens, but then at some point, you can re-create yourself. When I was 50, I decided that life was not yet done. So rather than being 50 years old, I decided that I was merely celebrating 25, again. I learned to dance, to swim a mile, and to bench-press my own weight. I learned to surf. I learned to scuba dive. Now that I am 30 for the second time, I considered going back to school. But, I decided that yet another Master’s would not be self re-invention, merely a repeat. So, when my local dive shop offered a PADI Dive Master Course, I took the giant stride entry. I don’t have to do this. I am happily married, live in Philadelphia. I have a respectable and responsible career as an Investment Manager. I speak a number of languages and travel extensively. Life is fine, if I am 60.
But if I am 30 for the second time, then re-invention is possible.
I remember my first dive, in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua where I learned to dive. As I sat on the side of the bobbing boat, wearing 40lbs of gear, on a beautiful day, looking at the distant coastline, and breaking waves, feeling very queasy, I thought, “what the hell am I doing here?” Then though my mind came the lines, “if you tumble through the raging waters of the sea, you will not drown. Be not afraid. I am with you always.” Yes, it is part of a church hymn. My scuba instructor, Mark McKaye was next to me. Reassured, hand on mask and reg, other hand on weight belt, I back rolled into the Pacific. WOW.
Now 3 years later, I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Thank you Mark, who taught me to dive, Georgia King, Quepos CR, who taught me Rescue Diver and how to help people, Dick Walker in Utila, HN who taught me Wreck Diving and prefect buoyancy, Niels Jorisson, Curacao, who taught me how to breath to extend my dive times and all of the other divers and surfers in Central America who taught me so much more about life, while having fun.
And a special thanks to Derek Freres, in Philadelphia, my IDC Instructor, who is making me a much better diver and a dive master, and who taught me to laugh under water. All people with passion for diving and for life, who give such great joy to the people they train. The sheer joy of the first dive and the hundredth dive, the elation of each new skill learned and improved, the beauty and adventure of each dive site. “Do unto others”. Clearly, Investment Managers earn way more money than Scuba Instructors. But Scuba Instructors both in what they give as well as receive, generate far greater value. Bali would be a complete metamorphosis to offer the skills, grace and beauty of diving to so many fellow travelers.
It’s been 10 days since my video was posted online…
Now it’s maybe time to say a few words about me!
What you need to know is quite simple : I love life!!! And I do everything I can to LIVE. Live in its deepest sense.
My secret is simple : being able to listen to myself and follow my heart…
It might be scary sometimes, because it might lead out of the “normal” life one should have… but my priority is to make choices that are always consistent with my values.
This is what I did when I decided to cross West Africa by land, when I crossed China and Russia by train, or travelled for another year in Asia.
This is what I did when I decided to fight against child sexual abuse in Cambodia, work with refugees, or visit prisonners of war in areas of conflict.
This is also what I recently did when I decided to turn towards a new career after I discovered scuba diving.
I just came home from my last mission and am leaving to Belize in a few days for a volunteering project in marine conservation.
I studied management and speak five languages (French, English, German, Spanish and Dutch).
I’m sensitive to people’s mood and needs.
I’m spontanous and honest but diplomatic.
I love challenges. I love having to adapt to sudden changes, and I’m good at it.
People say I’m fun and funny.
I’m curious and love to discover new things, new cultures, new environments.
And last but not least, I’m a mermaid, I need to go home!!!!
You can even sing the following song to support me (sing to the tune of Hit the road Jack): “I’m a mermaid, I need to go home, pick me pick me pick me pick me!”
See you soon maybe!
If not, may you all be happy and able to pursue your dreams!