March 10, 2011. Well the difficult part is not quite over for us here at Blue Season Bali, but we are happy to announce Kathi Gleim as our tenth finalist in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition.
Well done to, Kathi Gleim! You have shown great support on the Blog and your friends may continue to support your bid in the contest by clicking here and commenting on your entry. Remember, guys just because the 2011 competition is coming to a close, doesn’t mean the dream is dead. Stay positive, stay dedicated to your goals and you can make it happen. If all else fails, just wait for our 2012 competition to be announced in a few months’ time!
Kathi had a few things to say during her email interview:
BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
KG: The natural homebirth of my son. Never in my life have all my senses: taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight been so heightened and stimulated. Never have so many emotions and feelings traveled through my hair, my skin, my blood – pain, joy, fear, and love so strong it strangles you.
BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
KG: Roatan, Honduras. I was tootoolooing along the reef in 30 feet of water looking at dozens of types of coral and hundreds of fish and then BAMM, no more reef, just a drop off to a depth beyond comprehension and beauty that made me gasp. My first wall dive.
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?
KG: 1. A system to make fresh water.
2. A companion
3. Duct tape; because you can fix or make almost anything out of duct tape and I could use it on my companion if I start thinking, I should have chosen something else to bring.
BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
KG: People tell me all the time that I still look at the world through the eyes of a 4 year old, I say DID YOU SEE THAT?” and they say “uhhuh”. I think my most positive personal attribute is wonderment because so many things still amaze and awe me.
BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
KG: Because I set my expectations high, I tend to push others to reach my image of achievement. I have to work to recognize that my standard is not THE standard, and that if I really want to help others, my focus needs to be helping others achieve THEIR expectations.
BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
KG: During the period of the internship, Is there any restrictions or limitations on the friends or family members visiting?
TW: Nope. As long as you can still focus on your training, we’re happy.
Congratulations, Kathi, as we move into the final phase of the contest. You and all of your supporters can follow the updates over the following few days here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog/
I can’t reiterate enough how amazed I have been by all of the positive support our contestants have displayed for each other. After working with hundreds of divers and instructors, it is great to be able to share the lifestyle. You can each make yourself into what you desire, just remember that. We are now working hard to come up with a crazy whacked-out scheme for the 2012 program. I am personally proud to have been a part of this experience and I can’t wait to announce our expanded program later this year.
Again, kudos to each and every entrant for their positive participation. I did not have to moderate a single negative comment. You are a wonderful group of people and it has been my pleasure to get to know you all.
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