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How I WON the Best Dive Job by Kenzo Kiren

How I WON the Best Dive Job in the world 2010 (Part 1 of 3)
Guest Post by Kenzo Kiren

Before diving into the question of how I won the best dive job in the world contest, it would be worth it to know, how I came across the life changing contest in the first place…

Dreaming of something better

It all started after returning home from a vacation where I did some diving in the caribbean. Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman. I was already open water certified, having done my course in the chilly waters of Vancouver BC, but I had never experienced diving the vibrant, crystal clear, warm waters like that of the Caribbean. 

kenzo1Needless to say, after those diving experiences, I was forever hooked. I arrived back home to my life as a cook and struggling student trying to make it in this world but eventually the burning desire built up triggering me to open my computer in search for a way to unlock this new life I was seeking. I needed to make the ocean my office.

I did one simple google search ‘diving jobs’ and the first link that came up was Blue Season Bali’s Best Dive Job in the World Contest. Writing about it now, I can still remember it like it was yesterday. As I read the contest description and application process, I told myself “this contest was made for me and I am going to win”! That night I didn’t sleep and the following day I started my campaign. 

The first step in winning is submitting an entry!

The contest submission asked for either a 500 word write up with photos or a one minute video telling the world why you want to change your life and become a PADI dive instructor. I started with the write up (Contest Submission – Kenzo Kiren), explaining just that.

But don’t stop there…

Shortly after, I decided I’d strengthen my submission with another video.  I figured, why not? When opportunities like this arise, you have to put everything on the table, so at the very least, when all the smoke settles, you can say you did everything in your power and walk away with no regrets. At that point, little did I know, that was only the beginning… 

Promote yourself and rally supporters and voters

In the following weeks I created a Facebook group titled “Quest to Bali…Freedom“, I went full force with the blog which was set up on the Best Dive Job webpage and, needless to say, I made it so every time people logged on to Facebook they would see my post and thus feel inclined to help make my dream come true. 

photoThe contest became a part of my life because I knew if I worked hard enough at it, my life would change as a result. I reached out to friends, family, co-workers and fellow classmates because they were the people who knew me best. Whether it was through online communications or personal interactions, I felt people could really get the sense of just how badly I wanted to change my life as well as how optimistic I was with my chances. I said it before and I’ll say it again, from the moment I read about the contest, I had this empowering feeling that this was the opportunity that would change my life. I truly did believe I had just as good a chance as any to take the cake and I think it was this confidence that transpired to the people in my life, thus giving me wave after wave of support and the encouragement I needed to continue to believe in myself. To all of those people, I am forever grateful.

As the contest progressed, I contacted local newspapers to try and get some publicity (although they never did a story until I actually won), I was constantly eyeing the competition to fuel my drive and continue the pursuit. I followed up with a second video trying to showcase my character, sense of humour and passion for the ocean.

The final stretch

Blue Season Bali then released a shortlist, giving us a chance to answer some questions as sort of an online interview. Having received those questions was a pretty good indication I was still in the race, so I decided to make another video. This one included the song “Eye of the Tiger” and had me training in the snow in Canada. 

Looking back now, the production value wasn’t the greatest but I had a blast making all the videos and I hope they were as fun for viewers to watch as they were for me to make. 

In the home stretch, I was named one of the finalists, which made things even more nerve-wracking. To come this far and not win would be a devastation but, like I’ve always believed, positivity conquers all so that is the path I followed. I made one final video (below) encompassing everything I had promoted for myself in the competition and, most importantly, my undeniable desire to become a PADI dive instructor. 

Winning the Best Dive Job in the world 2010-11

Finally, all I could do was wait… I will never forget the night I got the call from my girlfriend at that time. I heard those life changing words, “Kenzo you won!” From that moment, my life was forever changed and I could not even imagine the experiences that awaited me… 

The rest is history!

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Don’t miss the next article from Kenzo

How I won the Best Dive Job in the world 2010 (Part 2)
A reflection on my time in Bali and my training with Blue Season Bali

Contact us

For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world contest, please contact Robert Scales via emailrobert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com

WIN the Adventure of a Lifetime in Beautiful Bali


Scuba Diving in Indonesia
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Video Contest

The Best Dive Job in the World is Back!

Bali, Indonesia – Blue Season Bali will host the third edition of “The Best Dive Job in the World”, an international contest offering amazing opportunities to dive enthusiasts.

To win, participants must submit a 90 seconds or less video answering the question: “Why do I want to become a PADI professional diving instructor and win the Best Dive Job in the World “on the contest website: http://contest.bestdivejob.com/. The competition is open from August 1 to October 31, 2014.

footer-logoEight (8) candidates will be selected in November 2014 to come to Bali in late May 2015 to compete for the first prize while completing a six-week training program allowing them to become certified PADI Divemasters. Candidates will then be eliminated one by one until the discovery of the winner. The winning package includes all the necessary training to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, plus free accommodation while in training, a complete set of Aqualung gear, all the learning material needed to succeed, and a full-time work contract with Blue Season Bali.

“The Best Dive Job is an incredible opportunity for eight candidates to experience world-class diving while training to becoming PADI professional divers.” – Robert Scales, Manager of the Best Dive Job.

PADI, Aqualung, and Suunto are just a few of the partners and sponsors. This year the Best Dive Job in the world is giving away prize packages worth in excess of $100,000USD including eight (8) PADI Divemaster internships, one (1) full-time work contract at Blue Season Bali, two (2) internships: Work experience program with Waow Cruises and Abyssworld, a complete set of Aqualung dive gear, several Suunto dive computers, helicopter tours, various land activities, hotel stays, and a trip for 4 to the Komodo National Park with Wunderpus Diving.

Blue Season Bali is the premier dive centre in Bali. Offering services ranging from Discover Scuba Diving experience to PADI Instructor Development Course and internships. If you want top quality scuba diving services, you have found your solution with Bali’s top-rated five-star PADI Career Development Centre.

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For more information about the Best Dive Job in the world, please contact Robert Scales by phone +62 821 45855934 or email robert@blueseasonbali.com or visit our website www.BestDiveJob.com


Platinum Sponsors – Abyssworld

We are happy to welcome Abyssworld as a Platinum Sponsors

Abyssworld is the Official Safari Expeditions Partner of The Best Dive Job 2014.

Abbyssworld has agreed to provide one (1) Divemaster Apprenticeship to the second runner up, a Bali Nomad Safari for 2 qualifying candidates, and the use of their boat during the candidates’ training program.

Official Partner – Safari Expeditions: Abyssworld.

The team at Abyssworld is made up of professionals from both the scuba diving and travel sectors. We are all driven by the same passion: organize and manage our own voyages, and accompany your introduction into the fragile beauty of our Oceans. This concept of our guided scuba voyages has a proven track record of over 20 years.


For more information about Abyssworld or to view their amazing Safari, visit their website: http://www.abyssworld.com/diving/

Are you interested in sponsoring the Best Dive Job in the world contest?

Please contact Robert Scales (Producer / Manager) via email: robert@blueseasonbalil.com or visit our website: www.bestdivejob.com  for more information.

Platinum Sponsors – Waow

We are happy to welcome Waow as a Platinum Sponsors

Waow is the Official Dive Charters Partner of The Best Dive Job 2014.

They agreed to provide us with One (1) Divemaser internship onboard WAOW. This includes paid return flights from Bali for one person. The winner will work as part of our dive team serving our 5 star customers and learning what it takes to manage diving operations on a high end liveaboard. A reference letter will be provided at the end of the internship.

Official Partner – Diving charters: Waow.

Waow, meaning “Water Adventure Ocean Wide” is a 58 metre three masted sailing vessel, constructed entirely from iron wood using traditional methods, evoking the southern seas, liberty, adventure, comfort, quality and style. All to be shared by those going to sea on her. Indonesian itineraries include Komodo, Alor, Ambon, Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Halmahera.


For more information about Waow or to view their amazing boat, visit their website:  http://www.waowcharters.com/

Are you interested in sponsoring the Best Dive Job in the world contest?

Please contact Robert Scales (Producer / Manager) via email: robert@blueseasonbalil.com or visit our website: www.bestdivejob.com  for more information.

Platinum Sponsors & Media Partners are

Now Bali!
Dive magazine
Dive PlanIT
Blue Season Bali
Island Media Management
Bali Dive Guide