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Second Prize Winner – Joe Zeiler

Joe Zeiler – congratulations for winning the second place prize in The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 competition.  It is my pleasure to invite you to join us in Bali for one months to complete your Eco Diving Conservation Internship with our team here at Blue Season Bali.

It’s time pack your bags and get ready for some fun in the sun as you will be joining us here in beautiful Bali.  Your efforts during the competition have been amazing and you should be very proud of what you have achieved.  We are looking forward to seeing you again in Bali as you dive alongside our in house marine biologist, Niels.

We will give you a call later today to see when you would like to come out and join us.  You might expect some contact from press as well due to the huge following you have in the contest.

In the meantime, congratulations Joe.  We will look forward to diving with you soon here in beautiful Bali!
Jonathan Cross
Tom West

The Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Blue Season Bali
PADI Career Development Center 6570

Announcement – Second Prize for The Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Good morning from our team here in beautiful Bali. After the first ten days of the month  I have taken a much needed day off and we’re now ready for the final phase of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 competition. Today marks the announcement of our second place prize.

Some weeks ago, we sat down and had a chat about all the great feedback we were getting from the entrants and their supporters in this competition. We had planned to give only one prize this year, compared with last year, but make it much more special.  However, we realized that there were too many great applicants to pick just one. We decided that all this great support meant that we should offer a second place internship prize as well this year.

Naturally, all of our fantastic Top Ten finalists are in it to win the seven months of instructor training, including equipment and materials with us here on the Island of the Gods. Well, only one person will win that prize, so please have a look at our announcement for the second place scuba diving internship being given away:

1 month BSB Eco Internship (starting from any level)

It is now a scientifically indisputable fact that human beings are having a profound effect on our environment. On an individual basis, we can all take small steps to start improving the situation, and ourselves in the process. Our Eco Internships can benefit you in a number of ways:

•             Eco internships are increasingly important for divers looking to gain employ in the diving industry and looks impressive on your resume. As an Eco-Intern you’ll be involved in the day to day Eco Internship in Bali.

•             Eco Internships are designed to help divers put their training into practice in a real-life environment and see how they can be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

•             Learn more about coral, fishes and the marine environment.

•             Show future employers that you are environmentally conscientious.

•             Contribute to a global dataset on corals, marine debris and other marine environmental issues.

•             Be a more well-rounded and traveled person.

•             Plus… hey, it’s cool.

Our Eco Internships are run by our own marine biologist who will ensure that your Eco Experience is educational, effective and most of all, enjoyable.

For each of our Bali Eco Internships, we include all of the following:

 

Airport transfers (return).

Four (4) weeks’ single accommodation in a local Balinese losmen.

Five days of Eco Internship diving each week – total of twenty days research diving.

At least two (2) dives each day – location of dives depends on the projects ongoing at the time.

Lunch and soft drinks are included on every diving day.

PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty course

PADI Project AWARE Specialty course

PADI Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course

One extra PADI Dive course – Open Water / Advanced / Rescue or PADI Specialty courses (depending on your current certification level)

 

This Eco Internship is completely free (normally (USD2900) and is a big “thank-you” from our team here at Blue Season Bali for your participation in the program.

If you’re one of the Top Ten, please post here or email us if you would like to be considered for the second place prize (of course, that is, if you don’t win The Best Dive Job in the World). Tom and I are still poring over the awesome entries from all of you, so everything is still up in the air. One thing is sure, we have committed to publishing our decision on the 15th, and we’ll let you know both winners on that date. In the meantime, thanks once again from all of our team here at Blue Season Bali for your outstanding support for The Best Dive Job in the World 2012.

Keep diving!

Jonathan Cross

Tom West

The Best Dive Job in the World

Blue Season Bali

PADI Career Development Center 6570

www.idc-bali-internships.com

 

Best Dive job in the World 2012 – Five more days to go!

So now we have the top ten finalists and only a few more days to go until we announce the winner of The Best Dive Job in the World competition.  Right now we know the top ten but we still have not decided on a winner.  Here is your chance ladies and gentleman to have that final push towards winning this competition.

How?  Well what Tom and I would like to see is something unique, something we haven’t seen before.  Go out and do something that is going to make you stand out in this competition.  Perhaps that will tip the scales and help us decide who will win.

As if you didn’t have enough stress already.  Have fun!!!!

Top Ten Finalist – Allie Keen

Today marks the tenth and final announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition.  For all of you included in the top ten, well, a huge well done.  For those that did not make the top ten I want to thank you so much for your efforts and tell you not to give up on your dream of becoming a PADI Instructor.

Today’s announcement confirms Allie Keen as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Allie your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Congratulations, Allie, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Allie:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
When I was 18, in love and travelling the world! I experienced things I never thought I would do and had I not of gone travelling I don’t think I would of ever been brave enough to get in the sea let alone scuba dive!

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
Kuredu Express, Maldives. I love this dive site as it is has 2 large overhangs teaming with fish and it’s the perfect place to watch sharks cruising by in the blue. The current is usually very strong which adds to the adrenaline rush.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?I would have to say a flint so that I can make a fire and cook my catch of the day, my iPad so I can listen to music, watch movies and play games, and a gorgeous man of course!

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
I would have to say pollution. As population has risen so has pollution. Cars, boats, toxic waste and oil spills are all major factors affecting our oceans.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
Open mindedness – Willing to give anything a try and can always adapt to any situation

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would love to click my fingers and be a size 8, sadly no matter how much I work out in the gym I can’t get that small! The only time I have is when I travelled around Thailand for 8 weeks…perhaps living in Bali would help me J

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one! (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
Why did you change your life to become a PADI Dive Instructor and what is the best thing about it?

I had to make the choice of doing the nine to five in sunny blighty (England) or travelling the world.   It wasn’t really a hard choice!  The best thing about it………well I guess that could be that I am constantly surrounded by happy people.  You never see unhappy PADI Instructor, plus I get to live in paradise.  I am sure there are more things but hey…..this Best Dive Job in the World 2012 competition is keeping me pretty busy :)

Ok, so that’s it for the top ten.  Well done to everyone….now the hard work begins!

Top Ten Finalist – Alec Hynek

Today marks the ninth announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition.

Today’s announcement confirms Alec Hynek as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Alec your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on his entry. Congratulations, Alec, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Alec:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
The most amazing experience of my life is what I am currently doing right now. For the last 3 weeks I’ve been touring around Europe with my cousin, who is a musician. We have been staying in hostels and couchsurfing for the majority of the tour, and we have been meeting the coolest people along the way. I’ve been filming our adventure to make a documentary of the tour, and I’ve also been rocking out on stage with him sometimes with my ukulele.

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
I have actually never scuba dived in my life before. I have been wanting to scuba dive for years, and that’s how I found this contest when I was researching certifications and jobs in the field. One place I need to scuba dive at is on the north shore of Lake Superior, it was here when I was a little kid that my interest in scuba diving first started when I talked to some scuba divers getting ready for a dive.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?First thing would have to be an axe. From watching tons of survival shows I’ve learned that an axe is probably the most versatile and efficient tool you could have. Next would be a hammock, because they are awesome for taking naps in. And lastly and probably most important would be a stereo with satellite radio and unlimited battery life, so I can throw awesome beach parties… for myself…

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
While there are several things threatening the oceans, such as over fishing and climate change, I have to say pollution is the worst. It’s been going on for centuries and the effects go across a very large spectrum. Also, it is often the most expensive and time consuming problem to take care of.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
I would have to say my most positive attribute would have to be how open-minded I am. I love getting to know new people, learning about and experiencing their different cultures. I am always ready to try things that I haven’t done before, and also to teach people the things I know. The world is too cool to stick to the status quo.

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
The thing I am trying to get better at is initiating conversation. Once I get started talking I will talk all day long, but I find it tough to walk up to a stranger and start a conversation.

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one! (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
Can I drive the dive boat?

Can you driver the boat?

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

Top Ten Finalist – Emily Bowles

Today marks the eighth announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition.

Today’s announcement confirms Emily Bowles as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Emily your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Congratulations, Emily, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Emily:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
Without a doubt going down in a cage to see the Great Whites in South Africa, due to my passion for sharks from about the age of 8. I finally got to see my hero of sharks up close and personal, August 2008 best time of my life.

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
This is a hard one as i have been blessed with many great dives. In memory of a great friend Adrian Tiller, and my first cave dive, it would be ‘The Apartments’ off Manly Beach Australia in 2001.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?Stone Flint (for practical reasons,) mask, fins, snorkle (counts as one) and Lord of the Rings (it took me 3 months to read in Oz)

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
Shark Finning would be up there for me as i am a huge shark fan! I get so enraged by it. Of course there are plenty of issues which need to be addressed, too many to put into 50 words in fact.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
Patience

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My career, become a Dive instructor………..no really, confidence would be the answer.

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one! (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
What are you waiting for?? (get me out there) ……..Just joking – What would you be doing if you were not in Bali in your current role?

I have never imagined not doing what I do…..I would just hope that it was not doing something away from the ocean.  Good question, it has made me think!

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

Top ten Finalist – Dawn Doell

Today marks the seventh announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition.

Today’s announcement confirms Dawn Doell as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Dawn your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Congratulations, Dawn, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Dawn:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
Being my sister’s coach when my Niece was born. I got to cut the cord, hold, feed and bathe her first, I think that is pretty amazing because it is as close to having a child I will be and I have a special bond with my niece….ahhhh the miracle of life…. (learning to dive was pretty darn amazing too!!!)

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
I’ve dived some exceptional locations, Cozumel, Fiji & Canada. Bali’s my favourite because I’ve been fortunate the have the best buddy. I met Wally Siagian, who has taught me about sealife, conditions, environment, sites & much more. The best was starting Batu Kelebit & ending the Coral Garden.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
a flint to start fires, mask/snorkel for fishing and another person to keep me sane!!

Ok if I could, I would take all my scuba gear, a compressor and solar panels for power…..

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
Pollution- sewage, industrial waste, garbage, oil spills, I flew over the gulf, the spill was clearly visible, you could even see the black cloud from trying to burn it.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
I HAVE PASSION!!!
In everything I do, I’m positive & passionate. With drive & determination, I chase my dreams, careers & follow my heart. I will jump in with both feet & give 110%. Being friendly, honest & caring while have a commitment to safety and having fun!!

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I AM the Queen of procrastination…. if it’s not important & I can do it later, I probably will… sometimes I get an adrenaline rush from the pressure of leaving it to the last minute and can think & act quickly on my feet, but I do like the feeling of just getting it over and done with too….haha

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one! (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
what is Jonathan Cross’ story? e.g., where are you from and how did you get where you are??

Oh wow…that’s a really big question.  If I didn’t have hundreds of comments to approve and emails to reply to I would answer that one right now.  Get yourself to Bali and I will tell you the whole life story :)

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

Top Ten Finalist – Juanma Lopez

Today marks the sixth announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition. We are really getting close to the top ten now…..keep up the hard work!

Today’s announcement confirms Juanma Lopez as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Juanma your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on his entry. Congratulations, Juanma, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Juanma:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
It started when I boarded the plane for my 8 day all round trip to South Australia. With one final destination in mind, Neptune Islands.
After travelling half the world, 5 flights, 6 airports, 48 hours later, I finally got on the boat that would take me to meet her.

The boat had no sooner anchored when along came the hottest babe I’d ever set my eyes on…
She glided along, strong, powerful, full of confidence.
I couldn’t wait for a close-up encounter, to look into those piercing black eyes.

The location of our rendezvous was through the bars of a reinforced metal cage, 1 meter below the surface.
The first second she swam up close was electrifying!!! It was breath taking, pure adrenalin, big-league impressive, totally mind-blowing!!!!
I was blown away by her deadly smile!!!!
Tinker was her name, she was a 4,2 meter, 1,5 ton pure bred great white shark… awesome!!!

My date with her was undeniably the most amazing experience of my life.

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
Sipadan, Borneo.
The perfect prototype of a paradise island & a real underwater orgy!!!

Turtles everywhere, white tips, leopard sharks, schools of bumphead parrot fish, napoleon fish, barracudas, bait balls, macro life and… the ‘Turtle Cavern’.
Truly overwhelming!!!!!!!!!

Somebody said once: ‘I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.’
I totally agree with you Captain Cousteau… Hope it stays the same for future generations.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
1- Astronaut food, you know the type, lasts a life time, comes in air tight packets & with a whole variety of flavours (it’s making me feel hungry just thinking about it!!).

2- My surfboard of course, what a waste otherwise… stuck on an island, there’s bound to be waves, right?? & maybe later I could use it to paddle off to my next adventure.

3- My ipod with it’s seaweed powered rechargable battery (has anyone invented one of those yet???).

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
This one’s being the most difficult one for me.

The most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans,
where to begin…

– Global warming & Climate change.
– Overfishing.
– Ocean acidification.
– Water pollution.
– Chemicals, Toxic waste and Heavy metals.
– Oil spills.
– Coral bleaching.

How could I possible choose just one????
They’re all as damaging, worrying & shameful as each other.

I’d like to believe we’re still on time…

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
My positive optimistic spirit: I walk through life with a smile on my face! I always see the glass half full, never half empty!

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My money making skills!!!!

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one! (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
Are cold chilled bintang beers included with lunch???

Only on days off Juanma….lol

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

Top Ten Finalist – Uffe Jensen

Today marks the fifth announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition. There is not long to go now until the top ten have all been decided so if you are not in there yet, it is not too late.

Today’s announcement confirms Uffe Jensen as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Uffe your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on his entry. Congratulations, Uffe, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Uffe:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
That must have been before I was even born. I got to stay in the water for 9 months;-) No, seriously – I’ve been skateboarding, snowboarding, skydiving and bungyjumping, but my most amazing experience ever was the first time I felt absolutely weightless among colorful creatures and wonders of Nature..

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
The British Virgin Islands, because I was there for 3 weeks, diving or snorkelling almost every day, and I got to see so many different types of animals, chorals and beautiful islands. Especially Virgin Gorda, Sandy Spit, Diamond Reef(nightdive) and the Indians. Awesome diving.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
Assuming I would have to survive on my own: Fishing equipment, a knife and something to make fire. But if the island was inhabited with cities, I would probably choose: a female companion, a toothbrush and money.

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
Human behaviour! How we overfish and pollute the oceans, and don’t treat the animals and reefs with respect. There should be a natural balance, but a lot of people don’t care or don’t even know about the seriousness of these issues. Ignorance is definately a huge problem.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
Either my ability to adapt into different environments, or my way of connecting with people. I am good at communication, and I am always looking at the positive aspects in life. People like me, and I like people.

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Tough question. A little bit darker skin, or that I could play an instrument really well, or sing better, dance better? Maybe working with something meaningful like poverty or environmental issues could give me the extra feeling of belonging, like making a difference on a larger scale.

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one! (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
Let’s say I won the competition and stayed after the 7 months, to work as a dive instructor in Bali. Then after a while, if I found a woman, or for any other reason decided to stay in Bali. Would it be possible for me to obtain citizenship, or a permanent residence in Bali? Would I be allowed to own a house or land there? And what are the terms and conditions for such an arrangement? If you don’t know the answers by heart, perhaps you could drop me a link to a web page that holds the answers..

Big question!!! You can try this website for a load of information about this – http://www.expat.or.id/

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

Top Ten Finalist – Renay Logan

Today marks the fourth announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition. The finalists are being announced over the first ten days of March and we are yet to finalize the top ten, so keep on pushing!

Today’s announcement confirms Renay Logan as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Renay your support by clicking here? and leaving a comment on her entry. Congratulations, Renay, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Renay:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
Apart from winning the Best Dive Job in the World (!!), it would have to be backpacking on my own for 3 months visiting 20 different countries in Europe in my early 20’s.  I meet the most remarkable people, gorged my way through so much food & wine and stayed in some unique places.
Albeit, I’ve had so many incredible experiences that it’s hard to narrow this down to one!

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
Sha’ab Sadd, Red Sea.
It was my first fun dive as an advanced diver & my buddy & I went in search of turtles amongst the bright coral & marine life on our last dive together.
After swimming through a cave & not getting lost coming out the other side, we stumbled across a baby hawksbill sea-turtle & spent a good 10 minutes following it at a slow pace admiring its curiosity. The turtle then swam into the distance & a HUGE Napoleon Wrasse came into forefront! It was a mesmerizing dive but I only have 50 words in which to describe it!

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
If the Island is already considered paradise i.e. abundance of food and freshwater then I’ll take a surfboard. With all the extra time on my hands, I may be able to finally teach myself to surf.  Next up would be a portable solar-powered radio & for a companion my adorable, slightly mad Dalmatian, Cooper.

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
Overfishing at sea and wasteful by-catch. It is leading to the decline of marine life, destruction of habitats & the collapse of many ecosystems. It’s a global problem but consumer awareness also needs to be formulated locally in order to start educating people about sustainable seafood/fisheries.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
It would have to be my enthusiastic nature. I’m always full of energy and passionate in everything I do. I like to create a happy and enjoyable environment and I try to encourage this with friends & family.

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Instead of wasting my time confined inside watching box-sets whilst the weather is miserable in London, I want to be out in the fresh air, getting involved in the community and outdoor activities. Not letting the cold weather defeat me! (Being part of Blue Season team in Bali, would help me achieve this!)

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one! (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
Would you rather be stuck in the ocean with a great white shark or a saltwater crocodile? And why?

It would have to be the Great White as I have never been stuck in the ocean with one of them :)

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

Top Ten Finalist – Ranjit Joseph

Today marks the third announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition. The finalists are being announced over the next few days and to be honest, we’re not yet decided as to who all 10 finalists will be, so there is still time to make a final promotional push on your entry as these announcements are made.

Today’s announcement confirms Ranjit Joseph as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Ranjit  your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on his entry. Congratulations, Ranjit, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Ranjit:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
The most amazing experience so far is definitely be my first boat dive, during my Open Water Certification in Redang Island, Malaysia. That was my first time ever being on a boat in the open sea, having just learnt to swim a little, i ventured out on shaky legs. The bahagian wreck was just the most amazing thing I had seen, the crystal clear waters, the beautiful fishes, it was just awesome, not to mention being shit scared at the same time!!

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
Having been diving just for about a year and half, the best diving spot I have done so far would have to be Labas island in Tioman, Malaysia.Though not very deep at just around 12 metres, the series of swinthroughs in the rocks is still the greatest things I have seen so far, the tiny nudibraches on it and the amazing marine life.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
My ingenuinity, perserverance and patience, coz with these three, u can survive just about anywhere!!! oh..add a pinch of humor to that, just for laughs!!

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
Though there’s been a lot of talk and action regarding the environmental issues about our oceans, like everything else, it does not have much impact until people actually and see for themselves what the damage is, as myself, I was not so environmentally aware until I started diving and realised how just a few degree change in the temperature of the water can just wipe out entire stretches of coral life, all the colour gone with just white dead corals left behind. People have to be educated more, and a good way for that is to make more people take up diving!

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
I would say it would be my patience and my ability to make the best of whatever situation I am in!

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Yeah, now about that super-can-save-the-world power, u say i can have it now ?? :))

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one… (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
Do u have like a small submarine or something by any chance, u know the ones u dont have to decomp to come up ?? :))

You mean like the ones they have in the James Bond movies? Oh how I wish I did!!!!

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

Top Ten Finalist – Marlies Tumolo

Today marks the second announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition. The finalists are being announced over the next few days and to be honest, we’re not yet decided as to who all 10 finalists will be, so there is still time to make a final promotional push on your entry as these announcements are made.

Today’s announcement confirms Marlies Tumolo as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Marlies your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Congratulations, Marlies, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Marlies:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
The first time I went diving my life changed forever. I cherish the moments in life where time freezes and you realize that there is nothing you would change. You are purely and deeply happy. For me many of those moments come with raw true human connection.

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
My favorite dive so far was my first night dive (Twin Peaks in Koh Tao). I was terrified but as soon as I descended I realized how alive everything was and my fear melted away. My instructor used a special torch that brought out the fluorescents in the coral; it was truly magical!

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
An endless music supply that could be played whenever I wanted to hear it! My best friend so we could explore, laugh, and have deep heart to hearts. Diving equipment so I could explore the seas! Since this is my fantasy I decided I need nothing practical and that diving equipment counts as one item :)

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
The destruction of ecosystems through both pollution and over fishing is devastating. We need to show the world what is happening and inspire people to change it. My goal is to teach others, help them feel connected to the ocean, and show them that they have the power to make a difference.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
I make true connections with all the people that I meet. I open myself up to them and because of that they trust me. I get along with people from all walks of life and enjoy their differences. I love to have a good time and am very easy going!

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
If I could improve one thing about myself it would be have more of what Buddhist call Samadhi, or being calm and focused. Now and then I get so excited that I am literally jumping around. Sometimes I have to remind myself to take a breath, calm down, and focus.

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one… (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
My favorite thing about living abroad is connecting with local cultures and learning more about them. Have you as expats found it easy to connect with locals? What has helped you to learn more about Balinese culture?

I think the easiest thing about living in Bali is that the local population are extremely friendly. I come from a part of the world where you don’t normally welcome strangers into your world; Bali is totally the opposite. The Balinese are so happy to welcome people into their culture and show you their Hindu ways. It’s a very friendly and rich culture that you will allow you to absorb the Bali way of life.

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

Top Ten Finalist – Joe Zeiler

Today marks the first announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012?scuba diving internship?competition.? The finalists will be announced over these first ten days in March- in no particular order.? Truth be told, we’re not yet decided as to who all 10 finalists will be, so there is still time to make a final promotional push on your entry as these announcements are made.

Today’s announcement confirms Joe Zeiler as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Joe your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Congratulations, Joe, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Joe:

 

What is the most amazing experience of your life?
THE most??? What a difficult question! I’ve had a lot of amazing experiences in my life but I guess I would have to say that my move to Japan when I was 21 was the most life changing. The time I spent there opened by eyes to a world beyond my home in Canada; to people, cultures and experiences I would never have imaged.From that point on I knew I’d never go back. Since then I’ve lived and worked in Brazil and Thailand and I’ve travelled pretty much everywhere in between. The amazing experiences that were born from that initial move are still happening!

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
Last summer I did a night dive under a full moon on the Liberty wreck in Tulumben. The bioluminescents were unbelievable. The entire dive we were surrounded by clouds of fluorescent sparkles igniting, blinking, pulsing and moving all on their own. Me and my guide turned off our torches and just floated in a sea of flashing lights. It was like being in outer space. …oh and there were those 3 free swimming spanish dancers… I heart the USS Liberty.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
Ahhh a question for the ages.. I considered saying “my iPod” but I figured why waste an item on that when I could make my own one woman band out of coconuts and bamboo. I also considered “sunscreen” but that hurts the coral, then I thought “a friend” but being stuck on an island with one person for the rest of my life might mean “friend” turns into “former friend” So…
1) a hat – good for me and good for the coral
2) a BIG notebook and a pen that never runs out so when I’m long gone people will know all about my amazing island adventures
3) a cat – almost as good as a friend but much less complicated…and maybe it could help me catch dinner

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
I don’t think we can say that one issue is more pressing than the next. Instead, I think that the biggest issue threatening our oceans is the lack of education out there about how our actions affect the seas. Every environmental issue our seas are threatened with are the result of human actions. Being a SCUBA instructor would allow me to show people the beauty of the ocean and in turn teach them to think about how their daily activities and purchases are impacting the sea and the creatures that call it home.

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
I’m friendly and outgoing and I’m driven. I put 110% into everything I do and I try to always do it with a smile on my face. Joe Zeiler’s glass is always half full :)

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
When I get super excited I get so eager to say stuff that I end up cutting people off when they’re talking or interrupting them….oh wait…were you done asking your question??

I also have a huge typo problem (as you may have noticed from my posts on the blog)…sigh

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one… (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
ahhh the pressure!!!

What has been the most amazing experience you’ve had during your time in Bali and at Blue Season Bali?? Why?

 

 

Now that’s a hard question to answer Joe; I think it will be easier for you to come to Bali and see what all the fuss is about.  The experiences are immense.

Ok, so that’s it for today.  Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist.  Stay tuned!!!!

Nicole Schmied – Best Dive job in the World 2012

Hi Carlie,  Thanks for your entry to the Best Dive Job in the World.    The competition is now closed but I have added your entry on the site; we won’t be announcing the winner until the 15th March 2012.  Right now there are a number of things you can do to help you win the competition.  •	Post your entry on our Facebook Group. •	Invite all your friends to like your Facebook entry. •	Send tweets about your entry and the competition on our Twitter account. •	Post your entry and comments on our Best Dive Job in the World BLOG. •	Invite all your friends to look at our website. •	Invite your friends to like our video on youtube.  I have set you up on our Blog so that you can start to contribute items to it.  The more you post the better chances you have of winning.  Keep it professional though as we will be approving every submission before it goes live. Nicole Schmied - Best Dive job in the World 2012

Nicole Schmied - Best Dive job in the World 2012

Hello, my name is Nicole, I’am 28 years young and I‘am from Austria.

I do have a job which pays my bills und hobbies which makes me happy.

I’am consciously  grateful for all nice things in my life.

 

Nevertheless, the questions position to me over and over again:

 

What I want from my life?

What I want to reach?

What I want to do, learn, can, be?

What gives me depth und fullfilment?

 

Nicole Schmied - Best Dive job in the World 2012

Nicole Schmied - Best Dive job in the World 2012

And the answers always circle round the same subject:

 

The SEA

– in his endless width it let forget all borders and rescues the quiet promise of the freedom

The Rhythmus of the waves calm, the wind take the thoughts. The look sinks into the width, and wakes up the longing for new challenges.

 

This summer I became a Open Water Diver, when I floated the first time underwater, my heart started to dance, and I knew I want to become more –

I would like to become a Diving-Instructor

 

I would like to wake up every morning with a big smile in my face, because  I can  hardly expect to start in the day..                   -To learn, work …

 

Nicole Schmied - Best Dive job in the World 2012

Nicole Schmied - Best Dive job in the World 2012

I would like to give more motivation and joy to my life- the right steps to the final aim.

 

I know that being a Padi-Instructor will fullfil my life! –showing and teaching other peoples the magic of the ocean.

 

That‘s why I want to change my life and become a PADI-Instructor

Petar Dimov – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Peter Dimov - Best Dive Job in the world 2012

Peter Dimov - Best Dive Job in the world 2012

This is the 1st time that I’ve preferred the written than the other exercise! Vomiting, temperature, stomachache were the lightest feeling I got when I had to write an essay. But now! This the most natural, easiest, suitable… way to express myself and transfer the excitement while explaining

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

Nothing happens by accident. Yesterday I got the news for the contest from my sister. Actually I have been looking for it lifetime. Couple of years I have been wondering whether my current occupation is my dream job and life, whether it corresponds to my spirit and soul.

Working as an Internal Auditor in a big corporation makes my living but does not make me really happy. Meeting suit and tie~ dressed people, working mainly with the tools from the Windows Office packet as my main activities do not embody my childhood dreams.

I have to underline the word “dreams” that has nothing to do with the term “human needs from the Maslow pyramid” – namely security, home, appreciation, self – esteem, etc. that you can achieve by different kind of engagements and the best way is by feeling pleasure and satisfaction every day.

Peter Dimov - Best Dive Job in the world 2012

Peter Dimov - Best Dive Job in the world 2012

Now may be you will ask: “But isn’t it your current status exactly what you have strived for? Do you have an idea how many people at the moment haven’t had your chance and want your position?”

And my answer: “Yes, but:

I was almost 3 years old when my father, a professional scuba diver, met me for the first time with underwater world when I dived from the vessel, where he used to work, when it was on a mission at sea.

It was in 1984 during the summer when I accompanied my father during the punching construction works at the Varna port. I made scuba-diving together with his colleagues, being the youngest member. I pulled him impatiently in the water while he was putting his mask, causing a joke among his colleagues ‘how can he fix tetrapods at the port when he could not control a 7 years old boy in the water’.

I was 5th degree in the primary school when I attended the village library during the summer holidays at my grandparents. I had a long list with fiction books being necessary to be read. Then I took another ones with plots for animals and nature. It was not vainly – during the Biology classes after the holiday there was a question from the teacher whether we could give an example for a symbiosis between animals. You can guess that I was the only one with right answers (clown fish and sea anemone; cleaner fish and the shark) receiving an excellent mark as a reward and … a lot of followers from my classmates.

Peter Dimov - Best Dive Job in the world 2012

Peter Dimov - Best Dive Job in the world 2012

It was in December 2010 when I got my PADI OWD certification in Egypt as a sign that I was returning back from “the capitalism” to my inward and natural valuables.

In 2011 I got my skipper license for a seagoing vessel up to 20 GT and made cruises at the Black seaside. It was 2 months ago when I started to think about a family business with yachts and sacuba-

diving. Suddenly in the last month I received an offer to join the yacht team of the biggest yacht company “LZ yachting” in my born town Varna and now there are ongoing negotiations.”

The given arguments above may sound to you more like statements from an audit report rather than funny stories from an amusing novel from a vivid and enthusiastic adventurer. For me they are signs from the destiny that I had to regulate my compass in life because I had a contradiction with my business watch ticking very fast.

I know that the choice for the prize is hard to be made for me. Blue Season Bali, believe me we will meet – either when you will reward me or later when I visit Bali island on a private trip. You cannot postpone so much that fascinating moment.

Here in Bulgaria we have the proverb “The alga is the problem for the bad scuba-diver”. For me the most important thing is that I don’t have a problem, I am on the right way to my mission, I don’t have excuses, later or sooner we will meet and even now writing my written entry I become more happier and happier feeling with the skin what is my real essence.

Jens Platen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Jens Platen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Jens Platen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

So yesterday I learned about the Best Dive Job 2012 contest and was immediately very very eager to win this thing. Coming home late from the office I would record a screen capture video where one could see me typing things like “Hey there, I’m Jens. I’m 30 years old. I work as a lawyer. This is how I look like.” I would then shuffle a nice picture to the desktop.

Then I’d refer to the fact that I consider my job to be rather boring. How dealing with legal problems all was turning me into zombie. I’d then show some pictures of me looking bored, ugly and with zombie make up. I’d explain that I tried to spice the office life up with all kinds of stuff, that I tried acting in my free time but still had the feeling that spending so much time at a desk was sucking life out of me. I’d then show a picture of a very dead indoor plant.

Jens Platen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Jens Platen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

All the time you could see parts of my desktop background that shows my feet on a beach pointing at the sea. This would be the crucial twist to show that it is me who is the person that absolutely has to become Blue Season Bali’s 2012 PADI instructor. Happy pictures of me at the waterfront – some shirtless – would follow. Jack Johnson would sing in the background.

I’d mention that I’ve done scuba diving only once, on Sardinia last summer, and that I absolutely loved it; that I grew up sailing with my parents on the Mediterranean quite often. I’d eventually thank everybody for watching and ask them to vote for me.

Jens Platen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Jens Platen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

After collecting and sorting the pictures I recorded the whole thing and had to face the fact that it lasted almost five minutes. I cut for hours and managed to get it down to a minute, but the entire “story” was kind of gone and you could clearly see that parts were deleted. It wasn’t nice anymore, it was clumsy. So, around midnight, I deleted it all and went to bed feeling really frustrated.

Today I’m taking some time off of work to write my 500-words-last-minute- application. Without most of the nice pictures and without any Jack Johnson. I’ll see if I can find a nice portrait and hope so desperately that this contest isn’t all about the nice editing that I couldn’t do because I had too little time. But guess what? In your head you’ve already seen it all, right? – And man, do I look cool with my shades on or what?

Don’t let me dry up at my desk having to deal all day with other people’s legal and whatever problems: Bring me back to the water!

Jens

Reza Hakimpanah – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Reza Hakimpanah - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Reza Hakimpanah – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Miracles happen. They do.

To me, this opportunity is like a dream coming true.

Since I came across this competition on the net, my life has been different because something new has happened in my life.

I had my first dive 6 years ago on Kish Island and got my Open Water certificate 2 years ago in Bali. Since 6 years ago, I dreamed of becoming a PADI instructor but it was very far from my ordinary life. Now, with this competition, I feel it is becoming closer to me. I will never forget my first dive into the silent, mysterious life under the sea. The new world was vast, attractive, tranquil, untouched and exciting. Under water absorbed me like a magnetic field. Little by little, I learned the interesting rules and met the gorgeous inhabitants. I also learned how to be a friendly guest in that unlimited environment with those various species.

I am 31, male, single and a stock broker from Tehran, Iran. I have a 7-4 job and I work 6 days a week in an office. And I have been doing the same job for 10 years. I am sociable, punctual, organized, reliable, experienced and up to date. Since I meet people with different social, economical and cultural backgrounds, and they usually have a wide range of questions and expectations; I have to be polite, patient and understanding. During these 10 years, I have always been popular with the clients.

There is nothing wrong with my present job. A lot of people my age may even wish for that. But it has no excitement and I never long for the next day to come.

I may look a popular, successful and interested broker, but sometimes I feel “trapped”.
The more I continue, the less I get.

People may call me “insane” if I say goodbye to this regular, stable life style, but I know deep in my heart that I have to leave and I feel the need for a change.

And to me, this change lies only in becoming a PADI Instructor where I can live my life “under water” taking help from international professionals at first and giving help to universal beginners later on.

I would love to meet large number of people from all over the world with different backgrounds, sharing the same interest. And I would be one of those people who can teach them the common language used underwater.

Die Slowly…
Dies slowly he who transforms himself into the slave of habit,
repeating every day the same itineraries,
who does not change a brand,
does not risk to wear a new color and doesn’t talk to whom he doesn’t know.

Dies slowly he who makes of television his guru.

Dies slowly he who avoids a passion,
who prefers black to white
and ……..
“Pablo Neruda”

 

Chris Harrison – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Chris Harrison - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Chris Harrison – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Since dive one, it’s always been diving for me.

Shortly after my open water course in 2008 I had one of my most memorable dives. HMAS Swan, an Australian warship 372ft long, decommissioned and sunk off the coast of WA. Descending it was the scene out of Titanic, nothing but blue misty sea. Slowly this immense object comes into focus. Swimming around and through this ship just lying peacefully on the bottom of the ocean was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen!
After that I joined the Australian Navy. It was a great experience, all I wanted was to be a Clearance Diver but the day they told me I never would just because I was colour blind was a very disappointing day. I finished my contract and walked away, they couldn’t offer me what I wanted.

I then decided I wanted to be a Commercial Diver. 8 week after full time courses and intense study I qualified as an ADAS Part 2 Commercial Diver and was in search for work. Work didn’t come quick. I went to all the dive companies and called them every week but they were all fully crewed. I finally got a chance with a company based in Fremantle but they only needed me for one week. A 3km pipeline needed to be video surveyed. As I was the new guy, I was the diver’s attendant and didn’t hit the water for the week, but I still enjoyed myself. I realised I should have completed the 3rd commercial diving course which would have giving me more opportunities, but I didn’t have the money.

I got stuck in a dead end job at a pub, hating myself for not progressing, but I was saving up for Europe with my mates. Before we left I decided that I needed a change, I applied and received a 2 year UK working visa. We went all throughout Europe, met some amazing people and saw some incredible places. This world is amazing and I want to see all of it!

Chris Harrison - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Chris Harrison – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

For the last 8 months I have been living in London, I realised my goal is to be an Instructor and I have almost finished my Divemaster. Teaching open water students and seeing their faces light up when they have successfully mastered a skill like reg recovery and replace is a great feeling. Having that conversation with them after they get out the water asking “mate how’d ya go? You enjoy that?” and the student replying with let’s go again! really gives you the feeling of joy and satisfaction.

It’s always been, and always will be diving. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there. Once I reach Instructor my journey won’t end there, one day in the future I’ll have my own dive shop and give back to diving what diving has given me, purpose.

To become a PADI Instructor is my goal right now. To be given a chance like this would be incredible!

Cheers,
Chris Harrison

 

 

 

 

Chris Harrison - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Chris Harrison – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Best Dive Job in the World 2012 – coming to a close soon!!

By my watch, as I look at it right now, you 34 hours to get your entry in for the Best Dive Job in the World 2012 competition.  On midnight (Bali time) of the 28th February I wont be accepting any more entries.  It doesn’t matter what your excuse is, that’s the deadline.  Last year someone tried to tell me that their dog attached their computer and so they had to send it late.  Sorry ladies and gentleman but a deadline is a deadline.

You have all done a fantastic job so far and I hope that you can all be patient as we go through the final process.

Starting on the 1st March, we will be announcing the final ten candidates for the competition.  Each day we will announce one of the top ten, in no particular order.  If you are in the top ten then you need to keep up the hard work , get more support and who knows, on the 15th March it could be your name that we announce as the WINNER of the Best Dive Job in the World 2012.

So, if you haven’t got your entry in then do it now!

Jonathan

Best Dive Job in the World

Juan Manuel Tejero – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

30 years on the surface were enough…

It is time to dive…

Into the best dive job in the world.

That is why I want to win this contest, so I can change my life completely.

Hi! My name is Juan Manuel, I am 31 years old and I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the moment I am working as a video editor in a TV sports channel. I have studied sports journalism and I am also a sound recording technician. My job is fun but it is a sedentary one. That is why on my free time I enjoy doing sports. I love full adrenaline outdoor activities which represents a physical challenge to me. I like to put myself on the edge all the time. Some of the things I do are climbing, diving, snowboarding, football, basket, skate, long boarding and I also swim.

This year I decided to take the Dive Master course. So last week as I was investigating about it, I found this opportunity and I could not still believe it. Dive Master is free? and in Bali? Free for real? Are you kidding me? This is just what I was looking for. So I never doubt it and started making my video…

I want to escape from town and all its contamination (transit, smog, noise, paranoia, violence and stress), leave it all behind and be on that Paradise surrounded by nature. Giving all my energies, strength and effort to the diving practice itself. I am not going to explain to you what is like to be under deep. Opening and closing my eyes into that fabulous world… you know that magnificent feeling… I want it to be my every day!!!

I want to feel the weightless of water, the adrenaline of going deep into the unknown. I want my every day to be an adventure. I want to see new places, cultures, ways of living, landscapes and all kind of animals. I find peace by being in nature and I believe Bali would be the perfect spot for it. Because off its beauty and unlimited fun.

I am excited to be able to teach others about diving and showing them the choice they can make to find this natural and unique world.

I have an Advanced PADI course made. I hope to be ready to learn all what you have to teach. I am willing to do whatever it takes to make this gold and accomplish my dream of seeing the sun rise and die behind the sea…at least the next 30 year of life!!!

 

Yours JMT

 

Juan Manuel Tejero - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Juan Manuel Tejero - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Reza Mashayekhi – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Brief Resume

My name is Reza Mashayekhi and I am 30 years old.

I am living in Tehran (Iran capital) and I work for TOP Company as general manager.

www.topcogroup.com

Sport activities:

1-    Iran championship of Semi Contact karate: Third place.

2-    Iran championship of Kano Polo: second place

3-    Iran canoeing championship: Third place

4-    Iran canoeing championship: Third place

5-    Member of Azad University swimming team : 2000-2001

 

 

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

Actually I have sporty background and my biggest wish was to be Olympic champion but unfortunately I forced to leave the sport world for long time until when I have traveled to Thailand.

I usually look for new experiences so I tried a 1 day PADI diving course in hotel swimming pool and I found it very awesome .I tried it again in turkey in the sea and I just understand that what the underwater word mean.

I tried the lot of sports before but I found the new things that I have never experienced before in my life during the diving .when you dive you find the deep calm, when you dive you can feel you are separate from busy world, when you dive you feel great team work and cooperation and I believe people can get close together when they are separated from busy world.

I love diving and I believe I can rich to thing that I love by hard work .if I have the chance to be a diving instructor I will be able to share this experience with other people.

I am sure that I can help the others to find these feelings fast, easy and safe and enjoy it!

I have enough good reason to and become a PADI Instructor.

The only reason that I have never tried the diving courses was lack of good diving centers and instructors

In my living place For example telephone number of the some famous diving institutes are wrong or when you call you find that they left their office and they didn’t changed the phone numbers in web site so .it show me that they may not be up you date in other critical issues!

This is the thing that I want and I always try my best to get what I want.

 

 

Best Regards,

Reza Mashayekhi

 

Anton Busygin – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Anton - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Anton - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Why I want to be an instructor? When I was a little boy I looked Jacques Yves Cousteau films. It were my favourite films. Then I have told to myself I will to dive and dive as he and his command. But near to my town there is no sea or any big lakes. There is no diving here. But I necessarily will become an instructor. BECAUSE I love sea! It is my dream! It is my life!

Anton - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Anton - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Why I want to become an instructor? Why people want to become instructors PADI? I do not know, but I dream to live under water. You do not belive? Unless I am not similar on man-amphibian? Why? When I was small me teased a goose when I studied at university me called ichthyandr. And I want to teach of people to be a dolphins and mermaids of course :) !!!

When I had first time dived with scuba in swimming pool of Novosibirsk in 2009 I did such strong stroke by mine fins that my instructor could not catch up with me. After my first dive he has said to me: I see shine in your eyes, probably you too sometime will become an instructor.

October 2011 Hurgada. 10 fantastic days. Moray with large teeth and ridiculous octopuses, serious barracudas and cheerful fishes-parrots, prickly lion-fishes and fishes-crocodiles, multi-coloured corals and many other things.

And in December we put a under ice fur-tree. It was simply super! Water was very warm just +2 degrees, air temperature of all -20 degrees. Regulators had to give hot water because they was cold. And they couldn’t work. They became on free-flow. And we change to bubblemakers!:) To a fur-tree dived groups through an ice-hole. I dived in last group. My suit has iced over also it I looked very funny and I hardly could move.

Anton - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Anton - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Recently to me has had the luck to clean swimming pool the huge vacuum cleaner. A brush was such huge that I hardly could move it. It was amusing from outside. But I do not have any photographs L

Look at my pictures! I will to teach people from all over the world! I began to learn English only for it!

I real frog, dolphin, sea-bear! And where is my mermaid? I think under sea!

Choose me! You never will regret!

 

 

 

 

Anton - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Anton - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Friendly Visitors

Throughout my 7 month stay in Bali I have met several great people and made friends from all over the globe. Unfortunately, since my home is literally on the far side of the world from Bali, I haven’t had many visitors. Many had plans to make it out but due to last minute complications and high flight costs, many had to pull the plug on their visits to the island of the gods.

Thankfully, just as my time in Bali neared an end I got a visit from my parents. My mom decided to come out a week earlier than my dad to take the Open Water course with her son who was now a PADI instructor. My girlfriend, who had put her open water course on hold until I became an instructor decided to take the course as well so I was faced with the challenge of teaching my mom and girlfriend and the same time… Something that many would say was an ambitious task to take on… To thicken the plot even more so, I got hit with a sinus infection during the tail end of day 1 of the course. Luckily we got through confined water 3 so we did what we could and finished up with the book work and put the rest of the open water and pool sessions on hold. When we finally were able to continue nearly a week later, we were off to Sanur for dives 1 and 2. Unfortunately my girlfriend has problems with motion sickness so almost immediately after setting out to see, we had that barrier to deal with. On top of that, conditions were less than ideal and surface winds were picking up but in the end we were able to get dives 1 and 2 finished without any puking and looked on to graduation day in Tulamben.

We arrived the next morning and conditions were perfect. We didn’t have to deal with boats and thus no sea sickness issues so all was looking promising… Upon entering the water some complications arose. Both Danielle and my mom seemed to be dealing with equalization problems so we took things slow and had to spend extra time getting everyone down safely. After a lengthy decent were able to complete all the necessary skills and explore the wonders of the USAT Liberty wreck. Spirits were high after surfacing as now we were only one dive away from a week long open water course. On dive number 4 we were once again faced with equalization issues and after the constant up down pressure changes I was staring to feel slight pain in my sinuses. This was a worrying feeling considering I was just coming off a sinus infection… Luckily once again we managed to get down, finish all the skills and went for an amazing dive ending off with a visit from 4 blacktip reef sharks. I must say, after all the open water students I have congratulated this one was truly special. What a great feeling to be able to certify my mom and girlfriend! Their is always a rewarding feeling coming up from dive 4 and congratulating your student on their success but this was truly unique.

Apart from the open water experience with my mom, I took my parents on the grand tour of Bali. After spending 6 months exploring the island I had a pretty good grasp on things to do and see. My mom the more adventurous of my parents went for a ride on the back of my scooter on a scenic drive up to Tana Lot. We did a volcano climb up Mount Batur, explored many beaches, and toured Kuta, Semenyak, and Sanur. My dad who wanted a more relaxing holiday enjoyed the many flavourful foods of Bali and took part in many massages. I must say I had to take part as well. Throughout my entire stay in Bali prior to my parents visiting I maybe had 3 massages, in the 2 weeks they were here I think I had about 10. We also went up north to the beautiful Blue Season Zen resort to celebrate my dads birthday and spent 2 nights over in Lombok. All in all it was an excellent finish on my time in Bali. My parents got to see where I’ve been living the past 6 months and I got to show them all that Bali had to offer.

Sophie Hantz – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Sophie Hantz - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Sophie Hantz - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Why do I want to change my life and become a PADI dive instructor? Are you kidding? Who wouldn’t want to? Sun, water, new friends, amazing memories and all the diving! Not to mention, infinite bragging rights! (Hehe, but mainly the diving and friends part!!)

Maybe, I should first tell you a wee bit about myself! My name’s Sophie, I’m 19 and I live on the coast in Victoria, Australia. I love my family, my friends and adventure! I may be young, but I know that this experience is something I would be able to manage. I would cherish it and absolutely thrive in such environment. Last year I went travelling through Europe, UK and parts of South East Asia for 6 months – at times with others and at times by myself – and since coming home I have not been able to settle, I miss the excitement of making new friends, of every day being something new and of endless possibility!

For as long as I can remember, I have had two passions in life; diving, and travel. They are a part of me, and a part of my family, and I cannot imagine a life without either. My first dive was when I was 12, and with that I was hooked! In the ocean, I feel as though I am in my second home. My family is hugely important in my life, my mother, father and brother are all extremely close. Scuba diving is something we have been able to enjoy together, perhaps this is one of the reasons diving holds such a special place in my heart.

Sophie Hantz - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Sophie Hantz - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

At the moment, I am about to begin my first year at university. I am to do a Bachelor of Law/International Relations. University is something that has always been expected of me, however, at this point I am at a crossroads. While I understand the importance of a university qualification, the idea of being stuck in Australia at university for the next 5 years seems incredibly depressing. With this degree, I hope to eventually run an aid agency or development project in some part of the 3rd World. Friends and family accept this plan, however, my secret fantasy is slightly different. I would really love to run a dive operation in an exotic part of the world. Perhaps with the skills I would learn from this adventure in Bali I would be able to marry the two goals into my ideal life’s work! Maybe I could set up a dive school that teaches divers to respect the ocean and it’s corals and creatures. Or, perhaps I could create an orphanage in Thailand for children with HIV/AIDS right next to a dive operation so the divers could come to play with or teach the kids in between dives? Who knows!! The possibilities are endless – I get so excited just thinking about it!!

So, there you go – this is me, I’m bright, fun loving, caring and adventurous! This dive job is perfect for me.

Sophie Hantz

Mike Lenzen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Mike Lenzen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Mike Lenzen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Introductions first, as they say. Meet me, Mike Lenzen, a 29 year old unemployed Canadian boy who has the pleasure of travelling the world with my wife, Ashley. We’ve been honing our photography and writing skills, while keeping in touch with our friends and family through our travel blog. Together we’ve seen and done some wonderful things. To give you a taste, we’ve climbed four volcanoes, seen seven world heritage sights, spent five weeks learning Spanish, and logged over 100 dives in Utila, Honduras where we lived and dove for three months. I absolutely love diving!

Please keep reading! It’s probably about here that you’ve decided to toss this entry aside. I know that if I were in your shoes, I’d be thinking, “Gee, this Mike fellow sure has a nice life. This prize should go to someone a bit less fortunate. Someone who’s going to appreciate it.” But, I’d be wrong.

The truth of the matter is that I’m just seven months ahead of this competition. You see, I’ve already begun to change my life, and it wasn’t because I won the lottery or had a rich family. I had to do it the old fashioned way – working hard and saving up as much as I could. It took seven years behind a desk, but eventually I was able to quit my job and sell our house, our car, and pretty much everything else that doesn’t fit in my backpack.

Just eight months ago this introduction would have looked more like this… Meet Mike Lenzen. An overweight 28 year old engineer. He’s a flat-lander from the prairie province of Saskatchewan. For those not familiar, Saskatchewan is a land so flat, you can watch your dog run away for three days. There’s more truth in that than you would think. Southern Saskatchewan has no mountains, not much for trees, and basically no lakes worth diving in. That means no hiking, canoeing, or diving without driving in one direction for 8 hours, and another 8 hour drive back.

So instead, I spent my time working at a desk, staring at a computer screen, answering phones, and getting fat. It was not a bad job, as far as jobs go, but with the ridiculously low number of annual holidays us North Americans settle for, I wasn’t doing the things I liked and I wasn’t very happy.

I know that I love diving, I love my new life and I want to become a diving instructor. I’ve been out of the office for the past seven months, and it suits me. I love the sun, the mountains, the lakes, and the oceans. As much as I miss my friends and family back home, I know I can never live there again. You can help make my new life permanent. Give me the chance to become a SCUBA instructor, and I’ll do it until the day I die. And I’ll die happy.

Mike Lenzen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Mike Lenzen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Patric Lundell – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

My name is Patric Lundell and im 26 years old. Im borned and live in Sweden. First I need to say I would suit as a hand in the glove for this job. My life has this far been a travel and searching for succes. I have been playing icehockey all my life since I was 5 years old, for a couple years ago I had a bad knee injurie and couldnt continue my goal to become a very great icehockey player. After that failure as I saw it I felt pretty sad with myself and that was very good for me to learn more about myself and what is important in life. I always been very serious about things that Ive done and kinda lost the fun of doing things. But now when I realized that I have strarted to become a much more happier guy with lots of energy for life. I took my Advanced Open Water Diver course couple years ago and I havent been able to dive as much as I would like to because of icehockey and work and studies. In long future I see myself as a Fireman with a lots of good experience from life. I love that I send you this mail cause it only shows for myself that I feel free to do what I really want.    I see myself as a very positive and social guy with a lot of energy and Im not afraid of doing new things. Im not afraid of doing mistakes as I realized you need to try to improve your skills. I love humour, and practical jokes is my favourite. To tease with folks is in my nature. I never been to Bali but it sounds pretty cool, not as cool as Sweden ofc, but it would be awesome to see something new.    I hope to hear from you! My name is Patric Lundell and im 26 years old. Im borned and live in Sweden. First I need to say I would suit as a hand in the glove for this job. My life has this far been a travel and searching for succes. I have been playing icehockey all my life since I was 5 years old, for a couple years ago I had a bad knee injurie and couldnt continue my goal to become a very great icehockey player. After that failure as I saw it I felt pretty sad with myself and that was very good for me to learn more about myself and what is important in life. I always been very serious about things that Ive done and kinda lost the fun of doing things. But now when I realized that I have strarted to become a much more happier guy with lots of energy for life. I took my Advanced Open Water Diver course couple years ago and I havent been able to dive as much as I would like to because of icehockey and work and studies. In long future I see myself as a Fireman with a lots of good experience from life. I love that I send you this mail cause it only shows for myself that I feel free to do what I really want.    I see myself as a very positive and social guy with a lot of energy and Im not afraid of doing new things. Im not afraid of doing mistakes as I realized you need to try to improve your skills. I love humour, and practical jokes is my favourite. To tease with folks is in my nature. I never been to Bali but it sounds pretty cool, not as cool as Sweden ofc, but it would be awesome to see something new.    I hope to hear from you! My name is Patric Lundell and im 26 years old. Im borned and live in Sweden. First I need to say I would suit as a hand in the glove for this job. My life has this far been a travel and searching for succes. I have been playing icehockey all my life since I was 5 years old, for a couple years ago I had a bad knee injurie and couldnt continue my goal to become a very great icehockey player. After that failure as I saw it I felt pretty sad with myself and that was very good for me to learn more about myself and what is important in life. I always been very serious about things that Ive done and kinda lost the fun of doing things. But now when I realized that I have strarted to become a much more happier guy with lots of energy for life. I took my Advanced Open Water Diver course couple years ago and I havent been able to dive as much as I would like to because of icehockey and work and studies. In long future I see myself as a Fireman with a lots of good experience from life. I love that I send you this mail cause it only shows for myself that I feel free to do what I really want.    I see myself as a very positive and social guy with a lot of energy and Im not afraid of doing new things. Im not afraid of doing mistakes as I realized you need to try to improve your skills. I love humour, and practical jokes is my favourite. To tease with folks is in my nature. I never been to Bali but it sounds pretty cool, not as cool as Sweden ofc, but it would be awesome to see something new.    I hope to hear from you! My name is Patric Lundell and im 26 years old. Im borned and live in Sweden. First I need to say I would suit as a hand in the glove for this job. My life has this far been a travel and searching for succes. I have been playing icehockey all my life since I was 5 years old, for a couple years ago I had a bad knee injurie and couldnt continue my goal to become a very great icehockey player. After that failure as I saw it I felt pretty sad with myself and that was very good for me to learn more about myself and what is important in life. I always been very serious about things that Ive done and kinda lost the fun of doing things. But now when I realized that I have strarted to become a much more happier guy with lots of energy for life. I took my Advanced Open Water Diver course couple years ago and I havent been able to dive as much as I would like to because of icehockey and work and studies. In long future I see myself as a Fireman with a lots of good experience from life. I love that I send you this mail cause it only shows for myself that I feel free to do what I really want.    I see myself as a very positive and social guy with a lot of energy and Im not afraid of doing new things. Im not afraid of doing mistakes as I realized you need to try to improve your skills. I love humour, and practical jokes is my favourite. To tease with folks is in my nature. I never been to Bali but it sounds pretty cool, not as cool as Sweden ofc, but it would be awesome to see something new.    I hope to hear from you!

Patric Lundell – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

My name is Patric Lundell and im 26 years old. Im borned and live in Sweden. First I need to say I would suit as a hand in the glove for this job. My life has this far been a travel and searching for succes. I have been playing icehockey all my life since I was 5 years old, for a couple years ago I had a bad knee injurie and couldnt continue my goal to become a very great icehockey player. After that failure as I saw it I felt pretty sad with myself and that was very good for me to learn more about myself and what is important in life. I always been very serious about things that Ive done and kinda lost the fun of doing things. But now when I realized that I have strarted to become a much more happier guy with lots of energy for life. I took my Advanced Open Water Diver course couple years ago and I havent been able to dive as much as I would like to because of icehockey and work and studies. In long future I see myself as a Fireman with a lots of good experience from life. I love that I send you this mail cause it only shows for myself that I feel free to do what I really want.

I see myself as a very positive and social guy with a lot of energy and Im not afraid of doing new things. Im not afraid of doing mistakes as I realized you need to try to improve your skills. I love humour, and practical jokes is my favourite. To tease with folks is in my nature. I never been to Bali but it sounds pretty cool, not as cool as Sweden ofc, but it would be awesome to see something new.

I hope to hear from you!

Stanley Capazorio – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Hi. I’m Stanley Capazorio. When I first heard about the Best Dive Job in the world, I knew that’s something I want to take a shot at…

I’m a sales representative in the heart of the South-African Platinum mining grid.  Driving around 1200 kilometers per week tends to make working hours very unpredictable. Last weekend I decided that I have to finish my entry for this competition. Otherwise I will always regret not trying.

You may realize from my video that my activities are non competitive. I do not feel any achievement or empowerment winning someone else.

Life’s challenges are about growing yourself. It’s what I like about scuba diving – sharing the joy and  helping others. It’s not about winning. Imagine getting back on board after a dive and the DM hands out medallions “and the diver who dived the best by a long shot is John!! Congratulations!!!” while Peter who came in last sits in the corner moping. Haha! Not my scene…

Bottom line for me – Strength over others is weakness in disguise.

My video’s just random clips of a few things I enjoy, just saying – this is me. No fancy idea for a video to try and impress.

I’m Advanced, Rescue and Wreck diver. Purchased my DM course materials and completed knowledge reviews but unfortunately I could not start course due to working hours and distance from my Dive club – Scubaversity. Going to a place likeBaliand devoting my time to do so would be amazing!

Diving lets me escape to an alien world. Early sea farers weren’t aware the magical world they were traversing. They knew of the abundant life but had no idea of its beauty and real diversity. I’m a member of Sharklife and believe we need to do everything we can to preserve our underwater world.

Training scuba diving discipline will open doors in reality and within myself. I always enrich my life with new experiences and learning. I became a Certified Clinical Hypnotist out of curiosity. I always thought it’s mumbo jumbo but learning was the only way to find out. Now I help others overcome habits, fears, stress and pain. Lesson: not to judge what I don’t know, understand or at least tried to learn about. I’ve done so much in life it cannot fit into a one minute video… I’m blessed.

What I don’t do is smoke or drink (one beer on a hot day is fine J) I’d much rather do something fun and constructive. I’m fun without it anyways J

It’s hard to let you guys know who I am, in a one minute video and a short write up.

I guess you only start to get to know the winners once you shake their hands onBalisoil.  I’m sure all the entrants trust your experience and judgment with choosing the best – BDJITW candidates as with Kenzo from last year.

Blues skies, clear water.

Stan.

Robert H Hughes – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Robert H Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Robert H Hughes – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Good Afternoon,

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You and Fins Up,

Robert H. Hughes

Liam Hughes – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

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

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

 

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Liam Hughes - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Agata Melissa – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Agata Melissa - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Allie Keen – Best Dive Job in the World 2012


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

Allie Keen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Allie Keen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

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

Allie Keen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Allie Keen - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

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

 

 

Allie – Best Dive Job – full pdf application

Nudibranch Heaven

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

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

Agung Setiadha – Best Dive Job in the World 2012


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

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

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

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

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

 

Emily Bowles – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

To own a water sports school.

 

Emily Bowles - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Emily Bowles – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

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

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

Emily Bowles - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Emily Bowles – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Emily Bowles - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Emily Bowles – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

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

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

Marlies Tumolo – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Dear Blue Season Bali,

Hey there!  My name is Marlies.  I’ve always been ecstatic about life.  I am that person that walks around with a perma-grin.  I smile so much that it makes my face hurt! My excitement and enthusiasm for life shows in every part of my body; I wiggle everywhere I go because I am so excited. I always thought the thing that made me smile most in the world was traveling.  Meeting new people and creating life changing connections, doing things I never imagined I would do, and exploring new places feeds my soul, which in turn plasters the perma-grin to my face.

That was until I discovered diving and realized that it was my ticket to combine all the things I love in life.  The first time I went diving I was terrified, but as soon as I got into the water I had the biggest smile I have ever had.  I had to clear my mask constantly because my perma-grin cheeks were making it flood!  Being under the ocean is magical.  It allows me to feel calm while heightening every sense in my body, to be alone, yet feel connected to everything and everyone.  Diving ignites my passion for life like nothing else I have encountered.  Since the second I discovered diving all I have done is research how to change my life and become a full-time diver.  It is all I want to do and all I think about.  So why do I want to become a dive instructor?  Because I can’t imagine my life any other way.

Growing up there were two things I always wanted to be; a teacher and a marine biologist.  I got my education degree and am currently teaching in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I love teaching.  Being a dive instructor allows me to combine my passions.  It lets me spend as much time as possible under the ocean and gives me a chance to teach others what a remarkable place the ocean is.  Teaching allows me to make a difference by inspiring others to save our precious and vulnerable ocean life.  Most of all, it lets me live the life I was meant to lead, outside the box that society has built.

I am social, fun, lovable, adventurous, dedicated, a fantastic teacher, and most of all I am personable.  People love me and I love people.  I make friends with everyone I meet and invest my heart and soul into each interaction; I even learn other languages just to speak to people! I know that I am the best possible winner for this competition because I will be a huge asset to Blue Season Bali.   I will bring costumers to the shop and make them love and remember every minute they spend there.  My passion and excitement about diving will spread to everyone around me. And more than anything when I am having the time of my life so will everyone else!  Blue Season Bali, PLEASE make my life’s dream come true! Pick me, Marlies Tumolo, to win the Best Dive Job in the World!!!

Kelly Burnet – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

 

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

Thanks, Kelly.

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

Hello once again fine people of the world,

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

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

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

Steven Perry – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

Steven Perry - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Steven Perry – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

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

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

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

Sacrebleu!!

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

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

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

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

Steven Perry - Best Dive Job in the World 2012

Steven Perry – Best Dive Job in the World 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Kind Regards.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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