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David Bizant

Dave Bizant - Best Dive Job Application

Dave Bizant – Best Dive Job Application

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

Hi! I’m Dave Bizant, I live and breathe scuba diving! Diving has challenged and rewarded me from my Open Water Course in 2006 through to my current Divemaster program in 2011. My dream is to live and work diving so I can open the door for others to see the amazing creatures and diversity of life living under the waves.

Home: Canberra, Australia. University: James Cook University, Townsville Australia. Money: Horse Racing! I work in a betting agency! What I do: Dive for work or work to Dive, It’s one or the other. What I enjoy: Watching a stressed or anxious diver become settled enough to start pointing at fish in amazement.

Looking at the competition it seems unlikely that a soon to finish Uni student who seems to go diving quite regularly would be a good choice for such an awesome opportunity. I guess the reasons I should win would be my commitment to the students I would eventually be teaching. As a PADI instructor I would strive to be the best, safest and most fun instructor out there! Diving is meant to be fun so an instructor with a positive attitude and commitment to the PADI ideals and standards provides a great intro into the

sport and culture of diving. My Blog skills and photography skills are the other bonus, I think I can tell a half decent yarn and I know I can take some all right photos (as you can see hopefully). So they are my winning features hopefully they can get me over the line, if not will see you in the water some time!

Dave Bizant - Best Dive Job Application

Dave Bizant – Best Dive Job Application

Attempting to enter the correct mindset of a PADI professional is my most recent challenge, It is not only dive skills, ability and physical fitness that make a great Dive Instructor, It’s the interpersonal skills, role modeling and ability to inspire the students to want to learn new skills whilst reassuring them and making them feel safe and ultimately competent underwater.

How much of this comes from natural talent or can be learned I’m unsure. I desperately strive and hope I can achieve this.

A Rescue diver gets the itch to teach: Buddied with a novice diver, an older lady who does not seem confident, The skipper prepares her as I enter the water. I yell from the water “Check her BCD has air in it”, no response, is he testing me? Is he testing her? She hits the cold water, instantly her hand goes up waving side to side, something’s not right. I grab her tank valve, inflate her BCD fully and reassure her. Her breathing slows as I tow her to the anchor chain and we easily descend down the line into the big blue for two fantastic clear dives. A great sense of achievement fills me.


Dave Bizant


Jeremia Best Dive Job Application

Jeremia Best Dive Job Application

Yuhuu! I’m Jeremia Sir Nindyo Mamola Sembiring Brahmana, but you can call me Jeremia, a passionate 23 years old junior architect and technical secretary at my university. Next month I would graduate as a bachelor in architecture!

I love nature, be it sea, mountain, or jungle, etc. I like hiking, mountaineering, camping, climbing, biking, swimming, photography and many others (i always wear short pants in these occasions, rain or shine). I’m an open minded and easy going person. I’m used to working under pressure and tension. I fancy challenges, especially in outdoor activities. I like to learn about something new, included surfing and cultures (from what i saw and learn, Balinese culture are really unique)!

Just like i love nature, i love to nurture. Long ago, i had a dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. Hard to believe eh? I find it interesting just imagining the process of passing my knowledge to others and watch their progress like a child grow. THAT would be fun!

Jeremia Best Dive Job Application

Jeremia Best Dive Job Application

Now, i’m an open water scuba diver. I took the course last year on Pramuka Island and it was amazing. After coming back from the trip, i started planning a lot of dive trips (well, most of which aren’t entirely feasible), watching dive videos (especially the one where a diver swam through his own bubble ring, i’d like to try that too!). Lately, i’ve been spending a lot of time reading books related to marine life especially “Ocean” (foreword by Fabien Cousteau himself). All these videos and books give me the urge to go dive and dive! Lack of moisture and salt on my body is giving an itch in my skin because of its dryness and blandness!

As an Indonesian, I feel sad at the fact that there are so many people (including Indonesian themselves) who aren’t aware of the beauty of Indonesia’s seas (including Bali of course). If I become a PADI instructor, I can introduce the seas and it’s marine life to people, so they could understand, aware, and in turn care about them (most of all, enjoys being part of it!).

If i should win this, the first persons to be trained by me would be my parents. From my first dive I’ve promised myself that I wouldn’t let them be without ever knowing the wonder of underwater life.

If you ask me, why should I win? The answer is clear. This is my calling, vocation, to enjoy the underwater world, teaching others about marine life and encourage them to care about the sea. For I am the person that really (-really) loves the sea.

What i love is:

her breeze, that brings up her soft sweet scent;

her horizon, where true love meets forever;

her wave, that forms her beautiful surface and  the grand orchestra of rippling sound;

her brine, that warms my blood at day and sends chill down my spine at night;

her underwater life, that reminds me of my passion and my long lost fantasy.


Nicole Bradon

Nicole Bradon Best Dive Job Application

Nicole Bradon Best Dive Job Application

My name is Nicole Louise Bradon, I’m twenty one years old and I feel like every moment I spend in my home town is spent existing, rather than living. In the summer of 2010, I spent one month in Guidel, France where I fell in love once again with the beach there, watching the surfers and hoping to have a beach life as my “everyday life” eventually. After coming home for a month, I booked an interrail ticket, took off and backpacked around Europe for another month, travelling parts of Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, France and The Netherlands.

I love beautiful places that inspire me, challenge me and satisfy me. There is so much I want to see, Bali is top of my list and this opportunity would blow my mind. I’ve always wanted to learn to scuba dive and thought I would probably learn when I finally get to travel Australia. To learn and become an instructor in Bali is on another level! l’d love to learn to surf too!

I want to change my life because I am a waitress in Grays, Essex and it doesn’t inspire, challenge or satisfy me. Grays is exactly how it sounds, grey. Every day is mundane. As much as it will always be “home”, I don’t want to flitter my life away, wake up in years to come and feel like I didn’t atleast try out for every opportunity possible. I remember an assembly I once had in secondary school, it sounds a bit corny but I think I will remember what this teacher said for the rest of my life, he had a world map and told us “there is a huge world out there and don’t waste your life in just one corner of it”, I see people that are content to live their life in this one corner of it and that’s fine for them but it isn’t enough for me. Since finishing college three years ago, I haven’t been sure at any point of what career I want, or particularly need, all I have

Nicole Bradon Best Dive Job Application

Nicole Bradon Best Dive Job Application

known is that I want to travel, and settle somewhere beautiful and find the right job along the way. The chance to be a PADI Instructor in Bali is the ultimate for me, an amazing job in an amazing place.

About me? I’m a friendly person, a go-with-the-flow type, I laugh all the time, I’m quietly ambitious, I’m passionate and sometimes fiery, I love music and people, I love new experiences, new food, new cultures. Eggs make me sneeze. I love summer and the sun, the way it makes every one seem friendlier and the way every one looks better with a tan! I have a gap in my front teeth, which is supposed to be lucky… I’m still waiting to find out if that’s true. I don’t know if I am the most deserving person in the world for this opportunity, but I know every part of me wants this.

Steve Fitzpatrick

Hello, my name is Steve Fitzpatrick and my one true passion in life has always been the ocean. I’m 20 years old and currently a student of State University at Oneonta in New York. I’m majoring in mass communications because I want to work on and eventually produce nature documentaries. My strong points include being hard-working, friendly, and the ability to grow a gnarly beard at will.

Steve Fitzpatrick Best Dive Job Application

Steve Fitzpatrick Best Dive Job Application

I’ve been captivated by the ocean since I was 3 years old when my father first took me out fishing on his boat in the Long Island Sound. Since then we have managed to make it far offshore to the continental shelf and have encountered populations of large pelagic marine life. Unfortunately New York is too cold to be out on the water for a huge portion of the year, so I’m forced to sit back and endure a cold winter with no ocean to quench my thirst.

Ever since I started diving just a few years ago I’ve had some of the most amazing experiences of my life. My most intense diving moment would have to be a shark dive I did in the Bahamas where Caribbean reef sharks surrounded my dive group to feed and even occasionally bumped into me. No matter how intense, every dive I’ve been on has ended with an indescribable feeling of peace, and as a PADI Instructor I would be able to share this feeling with the world.

I began filming my experiences on the water in hopes of creating videos that will show the beauty of the marine world to people who otherwise never would have been able to see it for themselves. As a PADI dive instructor I would be able to go one step further and be responsible for showing my students the ocean’s allure first hand. I believe if we can show as many people as possible what this world has to offer, we can gain support towards protecting it for future generations to enjoy, just as we do today.

Everyone wants a career that they love going to everyday and I’m no different, but regardless of this contest’s outcome I will keep pushing towards my goal of living my life on the ocean. I plan on continuing my diving as soon as possible and even starting a video blog about my aquatic adventures. What better place to start then Bali? So choose me to win the best dive job in the world and give me the chance to change my life and show people the best way to experience the world that I love. You won’t be disappointed!

Helen Shepperson

Helen Shepperson Best Dive Job Application

Helen Shepperson Best Dive Job Application

Hi, I’m Helen, 19, from England, and this is why you should pick me for the Best Dive Job in the World!

When I was little, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said a mermaid. She told me I couldn’t because it wasn’t a real job. Pah! This is partly why I want to win – to prove the silly cow wrong!

My absolute first passion in life is travelling. This year I set off exploring Australia, New Zealand and Borneo. I climbed mountains, jumped off waterfalls, out of a plane, white water rafted, black water rafted, trekked the jungle, slept under stars, swam with whale sharks, got the obligatory backpacker scooter burn on my leg, worked on a dolphin monitoring program, watched a hell of a lot of sunsets, survived a cyclone and a tsunami and – basically – had the most insanely amazing time of my life. But the best and most significant thing I did, was learn to dive!

Helen Shepperson Best Dive Job Application

Helen Shepperson Best Dive Job Application

I have completely and utterly fallen in love with diving. Everything from the physical sport aspect, to the marine life, to the whole lifestyle and atmosphere – it’s just downright perfect. I have a grand total of 7 dives under my weight belt, but this just means that everything I see and do is more often than not still a first and therefore sooooo effin’ cool!!! And if I’m completely honest, a little bit scary – but doesn’t that just add to the fun?

I’m just not the ‘office job’ type of person; “9-to-5” is something I hope NEVER enters my vocabulary (unless it is a super extended happy hour…). I am an eternal backpacker who will continue to travel for the rest of my life, and what possible better way is there to achieve this than to combine it with diving!

On my Open Water course, it turned out someone in the group couldn’t actually swim. Over the three days I witnessed him learn to swim, and subsequently learn to dive. The sense of achievement was great, and it was pretty cool to be part of such a special moment. That’s the type of feeling I imagine happening again and again as a PADI Instructor, and that’s why I would be honoured to win this.

In terms of social media, I’m just starting up a blog based on my travels, and I also use Facebook and Twitter regularly – so I am highly qualified to spread the word and let everyone know what an amazing time we’re having!

I am a confident, happy-go-lucky beach bum that loves meeting new people and experiencing new things. I work hard, party harder, and put my all into everything I do. I promise I will not let you down. For me, this wouldn’t just be a job; it’d be an absolute dream come true. (Wow, that was cheesy.)

So, pick me for the Best Dive Job in the World, and let the good times roll!


Liz from Medan, Best Dive Job in the World ApplicationFrom the moment I received the email about the best dive job in the world, I knew this is it, the job that can change my life, for whole my life I just lived ordinary life, so hey I need something new, something that I don’t need to sit behind desk for 8 hours, I need some challenging, some adventure if I may say, because stay in bali for 7months is a challenge I would love to!

So Let me introduce myself, I’m Lilis, everybody call me LIZ, I’m from Medan, Indonesia, I’ve been working since I’m graduate from University, nothing “wow” if I may say in my job. now I’m 27 years old, my friends always said I’m an active girl, they said I need a job where I could express myself, something fill with adventure plus a challenge, something that make me didn’t feel any bored!

and now Let me tell you why I deserve this best job ever, because I love travelling (who doesn’t eh?) especially to exotic places like Bali, beside that I love water, not just water that we used to drink, I mean about ocean and the stuff. I just wish I could live and work near beaches and dive all the time!!

Maybe you and the team going to hear this a lot in another entry and lack of Diving skill but HEY!! I want to say it out LOUD! I’m keen to learn, full of fun, and off course full of Passion!! And I really want to get this job, coz I really need some changes in my life and I already know what I want do with my hobbies and I want my hobbies be part of my job such as DIVING!

Juan Manuel Lopez


Juan Manual Lopex Best Dive Job in the World Application

Juan Manual Lopex Best Dive Job in the World Application

My name is Juan Manuel Lopez (Juanma).

I’m Spanish and live in Canary Islands, Spain,

I’m 41 years old and I have 2 children, Javi, 6, and Eva, 2.

My job: Air Traffic Controller. My passion: Scubadiving. My paradise: Bali.

… and I really want to change my life!

After travelling to Bali seven times, the idea of calling Bali home just keeps buzzing in my head. For a while now, I just can’t stop picturing me and my family living there.

I love everything about Bali and I consider it the perfect place for me to work and enjoy life and for my children to grow up in. I’m even learning Bahasa Indonesia!

I love scuba diving, it has become my passion. I just can’t get enough of it. I’m a PADI Divemaster and I have logged around 500 dives in many places throughout the world. I like underwater photography too.

These pictures are just a sample of what you can find in my website: www.scubaplanet.es

Honestly, a scubadiving job in Bali would be my dream come true!

Actually, I had already started seriously to look into finding ‘that’ job and moving to Bali…and then I found you!, I thought: ‘I can’t believe it, just what I’m looking for!’

I consider myself a very energetic person, not afraid of challenges, enthusiastic and friendly. I’m always ready to enjoy the good and simple things in life, playing with my children, a beer with a friend, a nice sunset, a good dive, or an afternoon at the beach, for instance, surfing in Kuta Beach (surfing is my other passion).

… I’m absolutely ready for a change… the change!

Thanks for your time and YES!… I want the ‘Best Dive Job in The World’!

Hope you to see you soon :-)

Best regards and Terima Kasih


Kathi Gleim

Kathi Gleim Best Dive Job in the World Application

Kathi Gleim Best Dive Job in the World Application

The alarm clock is set for 4:30 a.m. so I can arrive at the hospital for my scheduled 12‐hour shift. The shift always becomes 16 or 20‐hours because of severe staffing shortages. I leave for work before it is light outside and arrive home well after dark. Weekend and Holiday are foreign words. Every day I care for babies of all ages. I take care of others’ loved ones while my own are at home without me.

All day I clean up poop, urine, vomit, sputum, blood—any bodily fluid imaginable—and am exposed to all of the latest diseases. I take health histories from people who know more about what Lindsay Lohan is wearing than they do about their own medication and health condition. Many of the people I care for are killing themselves with food, drink, and drugs.

I’m sure the patients I care for are delightful people, but sick and injured folks, who have waited 4+ hours in the waiting room, have little tolerance for humor and joviality. I can’t blame them, but I wish I could remember the last time I worked a shift without being yelled at by someone.

Kathi Gleim Best Dive Job in the World Application

Kathi Gleim Best Dive Job in the World ApplicationMy nickname at work is TAZ (as in Tasmanian Devil), because of my efficiency. (Well, partly because of my humorous pranks, but mostly because of my efficiency.) I can enter a room, complete ten tasks (and set up one prank) before anyone realizes I was in the room. Frequently, I get assigned the most critical patients. I know this is a compliment to my skill level, but it also means I deal with more trauma, more infant deaths, and more complicated social issues than most. It’s also the reason I HAVE TO maintain my sense of humor.

Kathi Gleim Best Dive Job in the World Application

Kathi Gleim Best Dive Job in the World Application

When my head hits the pillow, I should be so exhausted that sleep comes easily, but the replay button goes off, and I think about the CODE we had and how it could have gone better. Did Mrs. Smith make it? Did Mr. Jones get his sandwich?

Why do I do this? Because when the team wins, and that one patient, patient’s family or co‐worker comes up to me and says, “You made a difference,” I feel good. AND, I do it to support my love of diving and adventure. I can only dream of a job where I see sunlight and all the participants want to be there, willingly engaging in healthy activity.

Where the sirens in my head turn off and are replaced by slow breathing and blue bubbles. Where the only bodily fluids I will be exposed to is the dried spit on a shared regulator.

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

Because I have seen:

Broken bones, broken teeth, goo in fat folds, objects in orifices, stabbings and shootings, heroin addicts and heart attacks. But I have never seen Bali. My name is Kathi, and BOY do I want a change.

Antoine Poircuitte

Antoine Best Dive Job in the World Application

Antoine Best Dive Job in the World Application

My name is Antoine I am 28 years old French. I live in Vietnam since November 2008. I decided to leave France to get more freedom in my life. I had been in the wine business for a wine distributor in Vietnam, Lao and Cambodia (wine is a great passion). Currently I am restaurant manager for a French restaurant.

Ireally enjoyed those last two years that allowed to me to meet many different people from worldwide, discovered a new culture, new way of life.  Today I want to move forward and enjoy a new life turn.

I don’t want “change” my life because I don’t want change who I am nor erase the past. Through what I already got I really want evaluate and continue the adventure.

Become PADI instructor would be an amazing springboard for a new start. I am ready to be educated and pass on this passion to other. I always looking for a life’ project and this one match one hundred percent to my wish and my will.

That is true that without this opportunity I wouldn’t have thought of becoming PADI instructor and that s because I will be able to use all the energy, all the excitation, all the positive motivation of a radical turn.

What is more exciting than a radical life turn?? Luck doesn’t smile to those who sulk…I am like a sponge waiting in the deep blue water of Bali ready to absorb the chance you will offer.

Become diving instructor sounds very nice and arouse to me a great interest. Since always I feel in peace when I am in water. I am lifeguard since I am 18 and continue to swim as much as I can. I am really attracted to live close to the sea and be in relation with nature especially with the sea. I come from a farmer family (mother side and father side) and was educated through a nature respect way. My first wish was to be winemaker, and I got a master in wine business and regulation. I keep a passion for the wine.

That is excited myself in this challenge, is to have an amazing long-term project through a great job. I dive sometime when I am in holidays and really took great time. I am confident to use this great opportunity in the right way and develop the chance you will give me. I don’t see this opportunity as “nice holidays” or just good time in Bali. The fact to learn a great job and to develop it is a great chance that I would like to take.

Choose me and you will hire a positive, energic, life lover person who enjoy the surprises of an adventure life.

I am ready to give everything in this project and enjoy the new amazing way you are offering. Hope diving soon with you and discover great new universes under warter as on earth.

Wish you the best for this New Year.


Pat Brennan

Pat Brennan Best Dive Job Application

Pat Brennan Best Dive Job Application

While reading the Cyber Dive Network News your article about the “The Best Dive Job in the World” jumped out at me. Here I am looking for an Internship to finish my Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management degree and these guys are offering a free one in Bali, yeah whatever…But I guess ill check it out. Here is a little bit about myself.

I am a 22 year old male who is motivated to succeed but I want to have fun while doing it. Like most people I want a fast car, a nice house, money to be able to travel and enjoy my recreation and leisure’s, and a super hot trophy wife.  I am a “go getter”, an entrepreneur, a frat boy, and an opportunist. In college I partnered up with a Fraternity brother to start a sunglasses business. Out of the 10,000 students at Radford University 1200 of them are rocking them on campus. In my management class we had to write a business plan. My creativeness and unique style of marketing helped me to start my SCUBA website Underwater Pleasure LLC. (underwaterpleasure.com). While my conservative teacher bashed me for my slogan “Come GET WET With Us” I proved her wrong  by coming up with some pretty creative marketing and advertising that could capture the demographics and market share I was leaning toward. Sex sells right… I recently just started a Real Estate business where I pulled in an investor and just finished flipping my first foreclosed house. I have also submitted two ideas into online invention firms (which I think are a scam anyways) and tried to create my own charity Ipod application called Carespender. But let’s get on to the important $h*t…

Pat Brennan Best Dive Job Application

Pat Brennan Best Dive Job Application

The “Best Dive Job in the World” is simply another opportunity that I cannot surpass. I am a PADI OW diver and an outdoor enthusiast. Traveling and the thought of doing business in an emerging market has been a life long dream of mine and this is one way you can make my dream come true. Successful companies often start as small “stories” but later evolve to something bigger by the customers evangelizing and storytelling about it. With social media turning the internet into a “social environment” (facebook, twitter, youtube, ect), words and stories are spreading like cancer. I love diving but I also want to raise awareness through sharing our stories, ideas, and traveling the world to see the beauty and the destruction of our world and oceans first hand. I think it is important for every business to be technically competent and to be knowledgeable about upcoming business ideas and trends.  Lucky for us the SCUBA diving trend is just beginning. Green this, green that, “The Ultimate Diver Challenge” T.V. series blah de de blah blah blah.  It’s happening now and I want in right at the beginning.  Let me come to Bali and “Get Wet”…

Silo Young

Silo Young Best Dive Job Application

Silo Young Best Dive Job Application

To be honest, in my early twenties, I have had everything a modern girl is supposed to want – rich boyfriend, lovely family members, and good-salary job – but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, I often feel consumed by panic and confusion. Instead of keeping busy like before, I made a quick decision in last Oct and took my parents to Bali for a short holiday.

Unexpectedly, I found out a different lifestyle in Bali, the way I never imaged before, falling in love with Bali naturally.
Luckily, I had the first diving experience there. From my childhood, I’ve been a good swimmer, but never have any information or contact about diving.

During my stay in Bali, I experienced a fun dive in Nusa Dua and found out everything I have seen under the sea was so amazing and the feeling of diving shocked me and surprised me a lot. I think falling in love with diving is also easy and natural.

Silo Young Best Dive Job Application

Silo Young Best Dive Job Application

I’m from Beijing, China, being an office lady now who is always sitting in the chair and the thing I contact most is my computer every day. Is it a boring life huh? Yep, I know it’s time for me to make a change and I am ready for it.

Ok, I really want to go back to Bali and stay for longer period, not for holiday, but for experience, to experience all kinds of Bali. Please forgive me my poor expression here, but I do want all of you to consider about me. An enthusiast, kind Chinese girl, with the passion of diving, hopes to help people and seize this great opportunity to change my life. Thanks.

Birgitta Vesten

Best Dive Job ApplicationOnce a part of time…..it was alittle girl growing up in a small village close to the forrest in the middle of Sweden. Didn´t know about the world out there.

When she was 14 years young, after highschool she went on a school trip. They went to Riccione in Italy and saw Venezia & San Marino. A new world opened up for this little girl from the countryside. She desided allready then to conquer the world.

And she did, her whole life she has been travelling and working all over the world.

On her first around the world trip, she stopped in Cairns, Australia to do a dive course,

but something went wrong on the course, so she went sailing on a nice “swan” to the white sundays island, a dream she had, to see it.

Many years after she sees the competion about the “The best dive job in the world”

To live in Bali for 7 months, her favorit island in the world.

And she desided to conquer the world under the sea 😉

Why I should win the prize and change my life.

It`s a compleatly new world to me.

To discover the seaworld. I love opportunities & challenges in life.

Life is short and death is long, live today, tomorrow could be to late…..

Janelle Evan

Janelle Evan - Best Dive Job Application

Janelle Evan - Best Dive Job Application

Janelle Evan - Best Dive Job Application

Janelle Evan - Best Dive Job Application

My name is Janelle Levine. I am 23 years old. I currently teach swimming and science, and positively adore both subjects. I also facilitate research groups for a breast cancer awareness program, and help design custom donuts (while dressed as a 40’s style nurse) for a living. I’d try anything twice, I’ve shaved my head, jumped out of a plane, and there is a reality show in pre¬production about my work life. I am obsessed with sharks, Moby Dick and giant squid, and every scuba mask that I have ever worn leaks because I giggle too much. Do I stand out yet? Didn’t think so…

So let me convince you that I have the perfect mentality to take full advantage of this opportunity.

When I was thirteen, I dropped out of school due to mitigating circumstances. For most of my adolescence I was regarded as a failed delinquent from a broken home. Ten years later, I am writing to you as a college graduate, an advanced open water diver, and as a testament to my killer ambition. And the next challenge I’ve decided to take on? Yup…scuba diving!
Last year, I became so fixated with learning to scuba dive that I took up a part-time job at a local dive shop for access to classes and I am ever grateful to the owner and staff, who have given me such a remarkable opportunity. I wish I could more actively pursue it, but three jobs plus dealing with life’s unexpected twists has left me, quite literally, no time.

In the past few years, I have been through the mill, experiencing everything from homelessness to bizarre injuries to endless hours at dead-end jobs (and trust me, the list doesn’t end there), simply to finish college and keep my family afloat. I’ve spent a lot of my life being kicked when I’m down, but I’ve come out of it with some great stories, a few battle scars, and ready to kick-start adventure time.

Janelle Evan - Best Dive Job Application

Janelle Evan - Best Dive Job Application

I chose scuba for one sole reason. Scuba diving is one of the happiest, most adventurous things I have ever experienced. It is nothing short of a tragic that the circumstances of my life have left me unable to pursue it.

Ladies and gentlemen of the panel – I love life. I’m a tad unconventional, determined as hell, and have so many dreams and passions just welling up inside of me that simply have no outlet. I’m ready to kick some ass and break some barriers, but I need a leg up. With the help of friends and family I have hurdled some major obstacles in my life, and guess what? I’m back on my feet and ready for the next one! If your goal with this competition is to really, profoundly change a life, and to give one incredibly lucky person an otherwise unimaginable opportunity, then by all means, give me a call.

Karli Drinkwater

Correct, right, just, spot on, dead on, bang on, bob on, yes my son! Just a few ways to describe your decision if you pick me for the Best Dive Job in the World!

So why do I want to wave goodbye to good ol’ Blighty’s shores for 7 months to live and dive in Bali? This is the perfect cue for strings and a sob story, but my life isn’t the X Factor so I will tell you straight and honestly (if you don’t get the X Factor where you live, it’s a popular televised singing contest and regularly features emotional music when candidates cry through their reasons for wanting to win… They’re generally something along the lines of doing it for their cat who lost a leg in a lawnmower accident).

I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor with Blue Season Bali because I have an adventurous spirit that is just bursting to soak up the world. I need to be out there, discovering, exploring, making a difference. And what better way is there to do that than bring the unrivalled joy and exhilaration of diving to others?

My dive love story began in Bali… actually. Being unqualified at that point, we couldn’t go deeper than 12m, but who cared? I saw so much life at 5m and kept looking at my boyfriend with huge happy eyes. I knew then that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. On surfacing the instructor said: “You’re a fish. You belong in the water.” I know!

My dedication to diving and adventure shines through because of my determination and dogged-mindedness. Diving is an expensive sport/hobby/passion/reason for getting out of bed, no doubt about it. But where there’s a will there’s a way: I provided video content for a dive school’s website in exchange for my AOW qualification. They are such a top bunch for giving me the opportunity to do what I love – and I could do the same for Blue Season Bali. I’ll bring the pzazz and the punch – you bring the ocean and the diving know-how!

I already blog and write about diving on my site The Adventure Girl’s Guide. I dedicate a lot of column inches to diving – both the exciting experiences and the more challenging ones, like when I found getting used to a dry suit really tough! I share my articles through social media like Facebook, Twitter and diving forums. Divers love a good debate and putting in their two pennies’ worth I’ve found, so it’s been a real joy to be part of it. In the few months since I started it, I’ve interviewed big names in diving like marine scientist Dr Andrea Marshall and diving TV personality Paul Rose. This shows my passion and respect for both diving and our waters – and just how much I want to make my life all about adventure.

Send Karli to Bali!

Adam Dovichak

Adam Dovichak Best Dive Job in the World Application

Adam Dovichak Best Dive Job in the World Application

The Best Dive Job In the World

My name is Adam Dovichak and I am a nineteen year old from Alberta, Canada. I have always been interested in exploring our world: particularly the world that exists underwater. Growing up in the landlocked prairie I haven’t had many opportunities to experience the vastness of our oceans firsthand. I did get a taste for what I had been missing when I got the opportunity to dive in Mexico. I felt such peace and freedom as I glided through the waters. It was an amazing experience. I knew instantly that this was something I had to do again.

In southern Alberta, however, it was not likely to happen anytime soon. The main industry in our province is oil and gas. I had always been expected to find a job with a successful oil company and earn a comfortable living. I tried working in the field for a while but it isn’t the career for me. There has to be more in this life than going to a job everyday just to make money. With this idea in my mind I have been struggling with life’s big questions recently; why am I here? What is my purpose? I can’t answer those questions for everyone but I do intend to figure them out for myself.

I think that this opportunity would be perfect for me. I know that every moment of life should be enjoyed and lived fully and this opportunity could allow me to grow and discover a lot of things about myself and about our planet. I long for a career that would allow me to explore the world we live in and diving is just the job that would allow that. I want more than anything to recreate those feelings that I experienced my first time diving. I can just imagine what it would be like to wake up every day knowing that I truly have the best job in the world.

Linda Örnquist

Linda Ornquist Best Dive Job Application

Linda Ornquist Best Dive Job Application


My name is Linda Örnquist and I’m 20 years old. I live in Sweden.

I saw your ad in the paper and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to see another part of the world. I love being in other countries and I really enjoy every single moment of It because I’m curious about seeing other people, other cultures and other landscapes. You can say that’s a passion of mine.

So, who am I?

Other use to describe me as an open, social and a little bit crazy person.  I love to try new things in life and when it comes to the social part, I don’t have problems with it.  I love to meet new people in life. It’s easy for me to connect with other people and I also think people have easy to connect with me. I think that is a good quality that a diving instructor should have.

Besides that, I’m a kind person with a good sense of humor.

I really hope my description raised your interest of me. I hope for an answer and of course, for a further service with you.

Thank you for your time, I love to hear from you.

Best wishes

Linda Örnquist

Stina Larsson

Stina Larsson application for the Best Dive Job in the World

Stina Larsson application for the Best Dive Job in the World

Please let me go to Bali!!!

…and here are the reasons why;

So, you want to get to know me and want to know why I deserve to go to Bali more than all the other thousands that write you hilarious letters or have sent you smart and creative videos. Well, I don´t- and isn´t that a better reason than all the others? I believe people can identify with my humble personality. I don´t consider myself to be better or funnier than any other bloke out there and that´s why you should send me the ticket straight away (logic is overrated).

You also want to know why I need a break from my everyday-life. Well….let me tell you a little bit about that life and explanations will no longer be necessary.

Rising star? No not really. My career-moves have not been the smartest ever. I got myself a bachelor in Social Work because I thought I wanted to work in that field. I don´t. Right now I work in Norway (yeah by the way, I´m a 30-year-old Swedish brunette) with youths. I really like my colleagues and I´m oh so tired of them. I need a break. Or just anything fun.

Off duty. When I´m not at work I live a quite boring life. The one thing I love the most is travelling so I´m always short of money (right now I´m saving for Africa summer 2011). I´ve already been to Bali once. I was there for a month and loved it. I drank avocado-juice and hung out with the locals. Life can be sweet. This means I´m already vaccinated and ready to go go (I just have to get my body together for the bikini-season, please let me know a week in advance so I can stop eating).

Stina Larsson application for the Best Dive Job in the World

Stina Larsson application for the Best Dive Job in the World

Heartbeats. I´m not going to bore you with details about my love life. I can just give you a brief summary; it´s totally fucked up, and I don´t mean that in the funny way. My life has more in common with “Dumb and dumber” than “Sex and the City”. Jealous? Still wondering why I need a change and some adventure in my life?

Conclusion: Even though this letter may sound a bit pessimistic I really want you to know that I genuinely love life. I would never take up your time if I didn´t know that I would do a great job as a blogger for you and I´ll take good care of this chance if you hand it to me. Besides being lovely, glad and social (and humble as I mentioned in the beginning) I´m also a bit afraid of being under water. Hey, you have to choose me. OK you don´t have to, but I´d be a jolly peace of sunshine if you do. You´d do both of us a favour.

Hugs and kisses!! Stina Larsson

Csaba Gere

I am Csaba gere from Hungary. I have sent my video to you but not sure if you received it.

So I send you my application here too.

I love the Nature and I love diving.

I have done NAUI and UIF courses so far and I qualified as a Rescue diver and Master scuba diver and Deep diver. Besides I have a good command of English and German. I can say I am in excellent physical and mental condition.  I have already worked months with commercial divers. My jobs involved cleaning waterwells in Budapest and the underwater insulation of the pillars of a bridge that is being built over the Danube.

I have used Kirby-18 and Kirby-27 equipment. We finished 2006 a corrosion protection work in Lybia by an oil company with the REDS ltd. and the Besix ltd.. We used the DENSO technology. In 2008 I worked in Scotland at Divex company. I was a technician. We made military Clearance Divers’ Life Support Equipments for different country’s governments (Lybia, Vietnam, GB, Germany, …).

I am absolutely devoted to doing this fun.  I am an ambitious type and I always do my utmost to achieve my goals.  I would be grateful to be invited into your Country.

Please help me if it is possible!

I hope, we will meet soon!

That is my dream.

I am waiting for your answer.

Thank you forward and I wish you all the best!

Nathalie Button

I’m natalie im 19 years old and I’m from London.

My passion in life to was go to university and make mother happy.

I studied at the london school of the arts  in film and photography, but it wasnt for me.

Why didnt i fit in?

I”m mental, one of a kind.

Then one day I sat there infront of my mac in my immaculate flat and said; “natalie victoria button where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world right now?”

Thailand. So I did. In 4 days 6 injections one backpack and absaloutely no idea how to spell bangkok, this little girl travelled half way round the world to experience the unheard of.

3 months later I returned with a sence of adventure. I’d used my film and photography skills from university to learn to dive in koh tao for 5 weeks. And for the first time in my life everything fit. I enjoyed sleeping on floors, living out of suitcases, bartering with locals and swimming with turtles.  I worked at orphanages, a womans prison and an elephant reservation. Somehow I made it all the way by myself.  I still have no idea how I did it.

My trip wasnt planned, there were no tour groups. Just me and an open mind.

I returned home, back to fish and chip Wednesdays, film Fridays and bingo Sundays and i called my mother and i said to her. ” mum im misrable again.” And she said to me “well thats life nat.”  So I put the phone down, picked it back up again and brought a one way ticket to Sydney, and here I am in cairns 3 months later.   On a one way ticket through my life, I’m never going home.

Diving is the only theme I’ve carried with me.  I dive everywhere I go. When I finish travelling i’ll end up back where I started;
on a little island in Thailand. I will set up camp and work for a dive company.  For no money and good times.

I want to travel for about 5 years before I see asia again. So I’m in it for the long haul. My occupation is backpacker and I love it.

I came to the great barrier reef looking for work on boats asking to earn my way through my dive master. Unfortunately unless you have money to spend people wont give you the time of day. Maybe someone someday will look at me and see only potential, and that day will change my life.


Natalie Button x

Dan Snyder

Why I want to change my Dad’s life and have him become a PADI Instructor

Best Dive Job in the World

Best Dive Job in the World

My name is Dwain. When I turned 10, my grandfather signed me up for a PADI Seal Team course. I loved it so much I talked my mom and dad into letting me get my Junior Open Water certificate. Over the past 2 years my dad and I have earned our Advanced Open Water certifications and are working our way to obtaining our Master Diver certifications. I’m 12 now and all we need to do is to complete our 50 dives and we will finally achieve our goal. My dad has been great in working with me to do what I love, taking me all around Texas and to Florida and Mexico to dive. We have our Scientific Divers certifications and I have my Boy Scout scuba diving merit badge too. All this was possible because my dad is the best dad in the world.

My dad was a stay at home dad for 10 years – like in the movie Mr. Mom. He has always been there for me and my brothers. He’s a CPA and an attorney and really good at what he does – whatever that is. But I think he would be an even better Dive Instructor. He was my brothers and my Cub Scout Den Leader and Cub Master so he’s really good at working with kids and others that have trouble learning new stuff. He has done so many great things for me that I wanted to do something great for him.

So I think you should offer my dad, the Best Dad in the World,  the Best Dive Job in the World.  My mom said I could go too if you would let me. I’d have to do my school work somehow and I know I’m not old enough to get my Instructors certification but when I do get old enough that is my goal. My favorite food is Thai, but I’m sure I would learn to love Indonesian food just as much.

My dad and I are a great team and together we would be the best Ambassadors for scuba diving you could ever have and would bring a lot of positive attention to the sport. My dad still won’t let me have a spear gun but he did get me a great camera so I could “shoot pictures instead of shooting fish”. I could take pictures of him and help you document his training and have my own blog to tell other kids how great diving and Indonesia really are. My mom reads my email so you can write me or my dad. I am sending you a photo of my dad and my brothers and me in Florida. I’m the one in the orange shirt! Please give my dad this opportunity. Even if I don’t get to go I want him to have the chance. Thank you.

Gary Trakas

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Gary - Best dive Job in the World Application

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

Growing up, I’ve always loved being in the water. I’ve always loved to go to our National Aquarium in Baltimore to see all the exotic creatures that inhabit our waters.

When I got married, I took a trip to Aruba for my honeymoon. I got my first real chance to snorkel in water that was clear enough to see some distance in all directions. As soon as I put my face in the water, I was amazed! I saw things in person I never thought I’d see. Then it hit me. Holding my breath and swimming down to get closer was a futile effort. I needed more time underwater. I needed to be able to go down there where the fish were and swim around like they did. Snorkeling started my interest in diving…I just didn’t know it yet.

When I came back home I told my father-in-law about what I saw while snorkeling in Aruba. He told me he was a certified diver and I should go get myself certified. I made the decision to become a PADI Open Water diver soon after. I will never forget the moment I put a regulator in my mouth and went underwater. I realized right then and there that this is going to become a life long hobby and that my options of how far I could take this were limitless. I was venturing into something that can only be experienced to understand how exciting diving really is.

Gary - Best dive Job in the World Application

Gary - Best dive Job in the World Application

I soon raised my certification level to Advanced Open Water. I wanted to do more and more and learn what else diving had to offer. That same year I achieved my Advanced Open Water certification, and dive my first wreck in Key West, Florida. I dove the Camen Salvager off Key West in approximately 100 feet of water in my bathing suit with visibility of what seemed like miles. I simply loved it! I go down to Key West every year and always take my scuba gear. I never want to pass up an opportunity to go down and see what’s new. Every single time I go diving I see something in person that I’ve never seen before. I’ve been up close and personal to all sorts of sea life.

I believe that becoming a PADI instructor holds the ultimate keys to a complete satisfaction in this sport. By becoming an instructor, I feel I can do anything there is Scuba has to offer. Becoming a PADI instructor will allow me to get away from a desk job I’ve been doing for far too long. Since I’ve always loved to share my experiences with others, this too will allow me to not only introduce other people to this fantastic sport, but be able to teach people something that to most think is unattainable. Becoming a PADI instructor would enable me to offer something to people that will last for a lifetime.

Travis Marlette

Travis Marlette Best Dive Job in the World application

Travis Marlette Best Dive Job in the World application

I’m a guy full of life, caught in what feels like a vice.  I’m a single 29 year old guy with the ambitions for something great, or at least a life of adventure, but the life I have boxed myself into is something much different.

When I was a kid, I used to dream of diving the Great Barrier Reef, and swimming in the coral. My occupation was going to be a marine biologist because of my love for the sea, but I ended up pursuing music instead.

I come from a small town, but I live in a big city now. I spent some time by the ocean before when I lived in Florida, but I now live in Chicago and the closest I have is Lake Michigan. I have learned how to sail, and how to captain boats and yachts. I’ve learned how to repair guitars, and how to build enterprise class IT systems… but nothing has really made me feel as at home as the sea. I have never been a guy for 9 to 5 but the life I have chosen has a mandate for that schedule. I am an around-the-clock- kind of guy. I always have been, well before I worked in the I.T. field.

I’m an intelligent guy, I know how to crack a joke, I know how to banter, and I’m very high energy around the outdoors, and most specifically around the sea.  I’m not an indoors kind of guy if I can help it. I have a very spiritual side to me, and the sea and earth speak directly to that side of me.

Travis Marlette Best Dive Job in the World Application

Travis Marlette Best Dive Job in the World Application

I guess, to make a long story short, I have been a mechanic, an athlete, a teacher, an actor, a musician, a singer, a Luthier, a carpenter, a car washer, a waiter, a writer, a skier, a kayaker, a wanna-be rock star, a starving artist, a guitar player, a drummer, a bassist, a singer, an audio engineer, a  farmer’s helper, a sailor,  a captain, a beach bum, a good person, a bad person and lots of things in between. I am an adventurer with the spirit to prove it, and the sense of humor to help everybody laugh along the way.

This opportunity, would allow me a chance that I have wanted to be closer with the sea, as well as gain a skill that I have always wanted, and be able to teach as well.  I have been known throughout my life to have the ability to decide something, and commit with everything I am in order to achieve the goal I have in my mind. In this case, the goal I seek is personal freedom, and I have decided to cross all boundaries necessary between my goal and my reality in order to achieve it.

I hope we have the chance to speak more, and I look forward to an opportunity to prove my resolve.

Thank you,

Travis Marlette

Roger Roth

I’ve been roofing in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1969; part-time through college and while teaching science which I loved but couldn’t afford, then full-time since 1979. At plenty-nine years old, I’m not as agile as I used to be on the roofs, however as a PADI Rescue Diver, I know I can continue a new career as a PADI instructor and return to my passion of teaching and diving for years to come, evidenced by the fact that one of my mentors in underwater video, Stan Waterman, is still diving in his late 80’s.

After I got certified in 1988, I continued my passion for teaching by assisting the dive instructors from my dive shop in their pool sessions through the 90’s, however since I was running my own roofing company, I couldn’t devote enough time to becoming a dive instructor back then. When the instructors I assisted came across students that needed special one-on-one attention, those students were turned over to me to help them hone the necessary skills because of my teaching ability and empathy for whatever feelings were standing in the way of their success in getting certified.

Despite being landlocked at home, I have logged over a month’s time underwater, and 99.9% of that time has been with a video camera in hand. I’ve earned countless international Filmmaker, Communicator, Videographer, and underwater video awards. I’ve shot for a Discovery Channel program producer, and a short client list includes the U.S. Navy, Aggressor Fleet, Peter Hughes Diving, Inc., Nature Conservancy, Save the Manatee Club, Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Foundation. I’ve done promo videos for a couple of dive operations in Indonesia, Hawaii, the Red Sea, five operations in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Belize, Nassau, Roatan, and more. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a way to earn a living producing promo videos.

I use my underwater videos to share in schools, senior centers, garden clubs, scuba clubs and scuba shows to share the wonders of the underwater world. People protect what they love and when I can open someone’s eyes to the beauty of innerspace, I know I’ve created another ambassador for the oceans.

In 1998, I founded an international, non-profit underwater photo/video competition and volunteer hundreds of hours each year as its Director (with no remuneration) to promote the mission statement of the Underwater Images Competition, which I wrote to be, “to raise the awareness of the ecological importance of preserving marine habitats that represent Nature’s oldest and most stable living ecosystems. This will create more conscientious diving practices and generate new interests in the realm of marine environmental science and education.”

Becoming a PADI dive instructor in Bali would allow me to continue my zeal of teaching and creating ambassadors for our precious oceans and waterways, as have the beneficiaries of ALL of the proceeds of the Underwater Images Competition. I’m looking forward to this new adventure in my life, becoming a PADI dive instructor in Bali and making a living doing what I love.

Larissa Stone

Larissa Stone - Best Dive Job in the World Application

Larissa Stone - Best Dive Job in the World Application

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love of two things- water and writing.  It is to both of these that I owe my very existence.  My father, many years before I was born, defected from Russia.  He was a sailor in the Russian military.  He had kept a journal of his thoughts and experiences while traveling the world that had opposed communist policy.  In those times, that was considered a most dire criminal offense.  In order to escape being charged and imprisoned, he literally jumped ship into the Strait of Dardanelles, evading his would-be captors and tiding into an entire new life.

As for me, water has never been just 2/3 of the earth’s surface.  I used to spend countless hours in the bath, the pool, and in the ocean on the rare occurrences in which I had the opportunity.  I used to swim to the bottom of the pool and look up towards the sun and imagine what it would be like to live underwater, and this purity of peace would consume me.  When asked if I could have any superpower I wanted my response was immediate- to breathe under water.  “What animal would you be if you had your choice of any?”  Dolphin.  I’d want to be a dolphin.

I’m 28 years old and I’ve never had the opportunity to go diving.  Honestly, it would be my own personal taste of heaven.  I never feel quite as content, or better yet, as serene, as I do when I take to the water.  I even have water splashes tattooed on both of my ankles.  And now, I’ve passed this down to my own daughter.  She’s two and already, I must oblige the countless amount of time that she herself wants to spend in the water.

Larissa Stone - Best Dive Job in the World Application

Larissa Stone - Best Dive Job in the World Application

So when you ask why I want to change my life and become a PADI instructor, my first inclination is to answer that no single other human being walking this earth would appreciate it more, be as grateful, dedicated or nurture the opportunity quite like I would.  Then I think… “For her”.  You wouldn’t just be granting an internship, you would be gifting me and my daughter, our own personal new world.

I am a person that was born into the wrong body.  This body has lungs instead of gills.  Luckily the trade is that these hands can hold a pen.  I write every day of my life.  I’d send you 500 pages of why I desire this above all instead of 500 words but alas, I’d be putting the other contestants at a disadvantage.  –Wink- Please let me be the person to write every day and tell the world about the lives you’ve changed with this opportunity.  For giving me the gills I was not born with.  For giving someone the life they’ve always wanted, but could not attain for themselves.

Thank you,

Larissa Stone

Dexter Anatan

Dexter Anatan - Best Dive Job in the World Application

Dexter Anatan - Best Dive Job in the World Application

This is the chance I’ve been looking for…………

At last, the opportunity to fulfill my dream to become a dive instructor and continue to enjoy my passion in diving and opportunity to work on land finally saw its course after receiving this information from you.

To tell you something about myself, I am a positive, enthusiastic and a hard working person. I started my diving here in the Philippines when I was working in one of the oldest and biggest domestic shipping in 2005. I started as a Dive Buddy to the Company’s Dive Master who’s job is doing underwater inspection of the hull and propellers of the boat before and after the annual dry dock, installing underwater sinker for marker buoys and twice salvaging lost anchors and a tender boat. The experience I had during those times were done for the company and that is where all my love, interest and passion in diving started.

Dextar Anatan

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In 2006, I was given the chance to work on board a chartered yacht in the Mediterranean, working as a Boson on deck. It is because of my diving background that doing the hull inspection and sea chest cleaning is part of my duty.

But my diving life change when the yacht went down from the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia. We started doing charter in Phuket, Thailand with itineraries on this beautiful island and even went down to Burma with chartered guests. During a charter, one of my job is to prepare the snorkeling and diving gears for the guests to be used every day while they are on board. My love for diving developed when my Captain gave me the chance to be with the guests everyday, and as a license skipper, he gave me the responsibility to drive the guest to the site and carry out all the activities. Boosting my confidence makes this experience worth living for. Taking someone who has never gone one (1) meter below the water and convincing them to give it a shot in order not to miss the opportunity to dive and see the beauty underwater is one of the things I love and especially if they come up happy and fulfilled with the diving experience by sharing stories what they saw, hearing all this from guest, really makes my day. Being a diver can give you access to experiences you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Dexter Anatan - Best Dive Job in the World Application

Dexter Anatan - Best Dive Job in the World Application

If I am on a break from my job, and if my schedule permits, I upgrade my certification here in the Philippines. Presently I am advance open water certified; one of the things I never miss is visiting the diving sites closest to my place. I live in a country which comprises of 7,107 islands so there are still a lot more to explore. Certain places are so extraordinary that I wouldn’t want to miss. No diver could honesty dismiss without exploring some of the most sought after diving sites.

I want to change the course of where I am heading at the moment. I am a single parent to a 12 yrs. old kid. Lately, as he grow up, the need of a parent guidance to a vulnerable child at his age is a primary concern for me. The influences surrounds him every day, either good or bad if not guided properly I’m afraid will affect him as a person someday. I’ve been on a boat for a total of 15 years now, My contract normally last until 10 months and being away from him most of the time makes me yearn for a lot of happenings in my personal life. Yet recently I got to wondering. The strange feeling of like coming from a different place is always a mystery since the life onboard and the life on land are totally two different things, which sometimes makes me think otherwise if I should continue doing so.

If choosen, this will be a good start for me and will be a life changing experience if given opportunity to work on land.

Lastly, I want to share some of the photos I had during those times I am with the guests and doing the activities. This is the thing I missed doing – diving.

Best Regards,

Dexter Anatan

Tan Shiying, Ann

Best Dive Job in the World

Best Dive Job in the World

Best Dive Job in the World

I loved swimming, so much that I joined the swimming course in school every year even though I’ve taken the course before and had completed it. But then one day, I told myself, “I’m never going to swim again unless it’s diving. I don’t want to see walls in the pool. I want to see more!” Then I started working after I graduated from college and I got so busy with work that I never actually start diving until about a year ago, the opportunity arrived.

A friend of mine has been diving for years and pestered me to take my OW course. At that point of time, I did a little research on the course. Found out I could take the theory online with PADI and the practical with a local operator. So I finally took the first step. After completing my OW, I went straight to take my AOW. Since then, I’ve been diving almost every month.

Back in Singapore, I work in a cigar retail shop. I sell wines from France and Italy, whisky from Japan and Scotland, and cigars from Cuba. This is my fifth year with the company. I met people from mainly Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Japan, American, Europe and of course, Singapore. Work took up so much of my time that I don’t even have time to meet friends. Actually, they are busy with work themselves as well.

Best Dive Job in the World

Tan Shiying - Best Dive Job in the World Applicant

Just recently, I was with a group, diving at Bali. I met this group of people in April when I went diving at Layang Layang. We liked each other’s company, so we decided to meet up and dive together once every 6 months. All we ever talked about is diving and photography.

Fishes never interest me, but documentaries, about the underwater world does. It made me want to see them in real life. The more I dive, the more interested I became about fishes. I enjoyed talking about my diving experiences, the islands and the dive sites I’ve been to. Diving become something I cannot live without and I want to share my experiences with a lot more people not just friends.

Once, in Sipadan, I met this girl who has been afraid of water since young, but she managed to complete her OW course. She thanked me for helping her many times in the water while diving, which I didn’t even realized I did help her. Although it was a short meeting, after the trip, she felt more confident and went to take her AOW and has been diving more frequently.

That experience has been, for once, more than just diving, helping people overcome fear of water.

The diving and meeting different people has made me realized that being a Dive Instructor, is as challenging, if not more, than any other professions.

Tan Shiying - Best Dive Job in the World


“Here I go, deep type flow. Jacques Cousteau could never get this low.”

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♪♫♪♫♪♫     Under the sea we off the hook

We got no troubles

Life is the bubbles

Just look at the world around you

Right here on the ocean floor

Such wonderful things surround you

What more is you lookin’ for?

Under the sea

Darling it’s better

Down where it’s wetter

Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day

Out in the sun they slave away

While we devotin’

Full time to floatin’

Under the sea            ♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫

This is my story which I hope will take me 30 meters under.

My life has been an adventure since I decided to start travelling; I love to take risks and have lived in places, including Jakarta, UAE and Peru, working as an English teacher. I am 29 now but feel I still have another world to explore. All these adventures made me who I am today, but I know that this life-changing experience as a PADI instructor will positively change my life.

So many people just focus on day-to-day activities, that they don’t have time to really value that there is so much more beyond the normal routine. The ocean is a completely different world.

My favorite movie growing up was Little Mermaid.  I used to fantasize about becoming a mermaid and leaving into my little ocean world where all the colors, life-forms and beauty would come alive. It never did happen, but each time I am in the water, I feel like a mermaid that came back home.

My first diving experience was in Australia, and it was excitement, mixed with adrenalin, mixed with fascination of everything going on around me and love for the new world that I had gotten into. My second time was in Gili Islands and this time I was even more amazed than the first. It only keeps getting better with each time. Like they say when you open a Pringles can, “Once you pop, you can’t stop!!!”

The colors, the movements, and the fish that were completely uninterested in us. It was amazing to be able to go deep down and look at all the beauty that many of us are unaware of. However one has to be careful, it is incredibly important to be conscious and respectful just as we are when we visit other people’s houses. We have to understand that we have to treat our dives as a chance to explore and not destroy.

Indonesia is one my top list of best countries to live in. They have the most beautiful and kind people, their nature and mountains are breath-taking, and they have the greatest bio-diversity. The 17,508 islands are surrounded by indescribable marine life which I really hope I can keep on exploring and later show my love and enthusiasm to other new divers.

I believe that I can inspire wonder and excitement to all those new divers coming to learn about the wonders of the deep blue sea and I hope you are able to provide me with the chance to change my life and others.


Tascha Eipe



Best Dive Job application from Tascha

Best Dive Job application from Tascha

Ten reasons why I want to live the diver’s life:

  1. ‘Monday morning blues’ are a brilliant, crystal-clear blue sea
  2. All co-workers are your ‘buddies’
  3. Pressure is caused by the surrounding water, not by deadlines
  4. Morning rush hour is caused by schools of fish, not children
  5. Everyday use swimming pools instead of car-pools
  6. Unexpected meetings are with turtles and sharks
  7. Logging something is an achievement, not a task
  8. Refills are for tanks, not coffee cups
  9. The only computers are worn on your wrist
  10. The only suit you have to wear is a wetsuit!

About Me:

My name is Tascha Eipe. I am a filmmaker and I work in India, directing shows for a travel channel. My work takes me to quite a lot of exotic places, and also some off the beaten track.

Best Dive Job in the World application for Tascha

Best Dive Job in the World application for Tascha

I first went diving in Muscat, Oman, and was hooked for life. After which I continued diving whenever I could – in Malaysia, Egypt, the Philippines and India. In August I went on a liveaboard dive trip to the Maldives and it changed my life! I swam with countless manta rays and even whale sharks! It made me realize that I am only truly happy when surrounded by the big blue.

I want to swim with dolphins. I want to photograph sharks. I want to learn how to make perfect bubble rings. I want to shoot an underwater film about our oceans and the wonders within it.

Live to dive. Dive to live. Either way works for me.

Nicholas Andrew Hodies

best Dive Job in the World applicant – Nicholas

“Why I want to change my life and become a Padi instructor

“Why I deserve the best dive job in the world”

Hello Big Blue Bali, my name is Nick and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. To start with diving has been a major part of my life since I can remember.  I became fascinated with the underwater world at a young age. The first time I snorkeled was when I was around 8 years old; in the Monterey bay. I still have vivid images of all the colors I saw down there from the fish to the flowing kelp all the tiny creatures. It was as if I was actually swimming in an aquarium.  I knew then that the ocean was a colorful wonderful place and I wanted to be a part of it. My interest in diving has not slowed at all.

I went on to become open water certified at the age of 13. I did my first check out dive in Monterey. Wow that was fun I was finally breathing underwater, just like a fish! I never get tired of the smell of the salt air and waves and the coastal breezes’.  I went to the Santa Barbara Marine Diving Institute in 1990. It was an intensive two year commercial diving program.  During that program I became a Naui instructor.  I went on to work commercially in the Gulf of Mexico and work in California. During those years I have dive mastered for Club Med in San Salvador Bahamas; worked on live-aboard dive boats in Florida. I dove in Hawaii the Philippines, and Thailand. I was most impressed with the waters in southern Thailand. I have always wanted to dive Bali I’ve heard that it’s the best!

I realized over the years as I would try and find employment, everyone was asking for Padi instructors.  I know now that Padi is the dive leader in the sport diving industry. All the resorts and cruise ships only want Padi instructors.  My love for the ocean environment and teaching are my life. I have taught guitar and oral English classes in China (I am in China right now). I have the patience and focus to be a supportive teacher for new learners’ in the wonderful world of diving.

Why give me this wonderful opportunity to become a Padi instructor? Well a few months ago I contacted Blue Season Bali and I got in touch with Tom West about your IDC Program.  The program and location are perfect I just did not have the money to take the course yet. This chance to become a Padi instructor would open the doors again for me to spend time in the tropical places with the fantastic marine environment of Indonesia; and to share them with others’.  Teach people to love and respect the ocean environment. This would be a dream come true; traveling and teaching are in blood.

Big Blue Bali


Nicholas Hodies

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