TOP TEN Finalist – Helen Shepperson

March 4, 2011. The Best Dive Job in the World is pleased to announce Helen Shepperson as our fourth finalist in the 2011 scuba diving internship giveaway. With four finalists now announced, we still have six to go!

Congratulations to you, Helen Shepperson for making the finals of this year’s competition. Your fans can click here to leave a comment on your entry and show their support for you to change your life and become a PADI instructor in Bali. Once again, well done!

We had a quick email interview with Helen:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
HS: Overall, it has to be my travels last year. Perhaps cliché, but the confidence and independence gained have completely changed my entire outlook on life. Specific moments would have to be volunteering with the Australian Department of Conservation, encountering whale sharks, and of course, the glaringly obvious – learning to dive.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
HS: I’ve only dived in Borneo, but the Lobster Wall site is special to me as it was my first ‘fun dive’. Feeling at ease, I truly I let go and was totally, utterly consumed and inspired by the surroundings. Drifting past all manner of colourful fish and coral – just stunning.
BSB: A lot of the diving in Bali is similar to what you saw in Borneo – just stunning!

BSB: 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?
HS: A snorkel, a guitar, and a good friend. The snorkel to explore my surroundings; the guitar, for some good old-fashioned campfire singsongs and a soundtrack to the adventures; and finally, the mate to do the harmonies, cause some mischief, and share all the memories of paradise.

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
HS: I’m immensely ambitious. I really want to make something of myself, and never be or do anything described as ‘average’. My eyes have been opened to how much I can achieve if I just try that little bit harder, so I give everything I have, because the rewards are phenomenal!

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
HS: I’ve got plenty of imperfections – I’m clumsy, read the last page first, bite my nails, remember the punchline but forget the joke – but I try not to be too self-critical, and accept that these quirks are part of me, as I wouldn’t be quite the same person without them.

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
HS: What’s been YOUR most amazing diving experience?! Go on, inspire me!
BSB: Not a fair question! There is so much diversity to the diving here in Bali that it’s difficult to pick one dive… Jonathan and I are now arguing over it…. and I win because I am the one typing!
TW: My favorite dive has to be the USAT Liberty Wreck at Tulamben. Diving on a WWII US Army Transport vessel from the shore in 3-30m of water with 30-40m visibility is absolutely amazing when the schools of jacks are circling and bumphead parrotfish are cruising by. It’s also a great place to stay entertained during decompression on longer technical dives. I love it!

To close off the post for today, I would like to once again thank all of your for your support of this year’s contest. We are less than half way through announcing our finalists and remember, it’s only 11 days until we announce the winnerS. Our second-place prize should be unveiled sometime on the 11th or 12th of March. Stay tuned for developments here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/

Best of Luck to All!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

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