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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.
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.
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!
Hi, I am Mritunjai Sisaudia, 28 years old and I stay in Hyderabad, India. As my father was an engineer in the Army, I spent my childhood roaming across the country changing schools every two-three years. It was this upbringing which gave me an appreciation for variety; in people, in their languages, mindsets and cultures. Over the years I have grown into a wide range of activities and interests and yearn to expand more every day.
I graduated in computer science and started working by twenty one and have spent the last seven years working for some of the best organizations in the industry as a programmer. I love programming as a medium to create, and have always been a true artist at heart. I love sketching, write poetry, dabble in photography and have an eye for color and aesthetics.
Though my career choices early in life led me to the corporate cubicles, my heart always belonged to the outdoors. The artist in me has always drawn inspiration from the the greatest artist of all, nature. I have run a few long distance races, backpacked, and climbed to push myself physically, catch a few unspoiled sunsets, starry nights and breathtaking sunrises. As a kid I loved climbing trees, but that’s not odd I guess, for if Darwin is to be believed, we were monkeys once. I spent the first nine months of my life in a bag of water and I myself am a water bag (70%!), so it’s no wonder that I love water too!
When I first came across diving, as is typical of me, read up a lot of material on it. Even got hold of a PDF version of the US Navy dive manual and I knew that this was for me. But I wanted to be sure, so I travelled over 400 miles to Goa and enrolled myself for the PADI open water diver program (http://waterdiving.blogspot.com). I watched the DVDs, read the manual cover to cover, obsorbed like a sponge in the pool sessions, but nothing could have
prepared me for my first open water dive on the third day. I am in love!
It’s not just the scuba equipment or the underwater skills, not just the connection with the ocean or the innocence of the marine life, not just the pure child like joy that I got to witness on even the most experienced divers; it was everything together. A community that wants to live in harmony with nature, wants to protect it; spread awareness, teach and learn everyday. I know now that I belong here.
There are so many dive sites in Bali that I want to explore, like see the walls at the Menjangan island, reef sharks, sunfishes and turtles at Cystal bay at Nusa Penida, USAT Liberty wreck at Tulamben, or a night dive to coral gardens to see the spanish dancers!
PS: Tom, I am also looking forward to learn reverse finning and helicopter turns from you.