TOP TEN Finalist – Kenzo Kiren

March 2, 2011. Today’s announcement is the second of ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 PADI diving internship competition. The top 10 finalists are being announced in no particular order and we’re still deciding on a couple of the spots, so there is still time to get out there and promote your entry if you have not already been named.

Today is probably a pretty good day for Kenzo Kiren as he becomes an official finalist in this year’s competition. You can show your support for Kenzo by clicking here and leaving a comment on his entry. Congratulations, Kenzo, after receiving hundreds of entries into The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 competition, you are among the final ten. Well done.

Like many of you, we sent Kenzo a quick interview. Here are his answers:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
KK: The most amazing experience in my life would have to be my trip to South Africa. Going from Johannesburg to Durban in a overland vehicle with 20 other people for two and a half weeks of night and day safaris and drinking in straw huts at the end of every eventful day of stumbling upon a mother and her cubs feeding on a buffalo and some of the most amazing and rare wildlife in Africa. The cultural experience was embracing and falling asleep to roars of lions and calls of hyenas was also quite the unique experience. This was also the site where my first diving experience took place. Since that day I’ve fallen in love with it. I got quite the inspiring 20 min slideshow of this trip.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
KK: The most amazing place I ever dove would have to be in Belize. The dive site was called Cypress Caye and I will forever remember it because I got to hold a nurse shark. Ever since I was a kid it has been my dream to see sharks in the open ocean as opposed to in an aquarium and not only did I get to see one, I got to touch it. It was an absolute amazing experience. We also saw an eagle ray and went through a cave. Truly an inspiring and exhilarating moment in my life.
BSB: Coral triangle, mate. Coral triangle. We have a few diving surprises up our collective sleeves here in Bali. :)

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?
KK: Tough question, I’ve actually pondered this one before.. Item #1 would have to be an IPod with unlimited battery life of course. Music would not only keep me company and sane but certain songs have the ability to put you in the best of moods and would also inspire me to do great things. #2 would be a snorkel and mask. Being on an island I would be surrounded by water and curiosity would take over to explore the ocean around me, also spear fishing would be necessary for survival and that item would definitely help that cause. Finally, since I’m thinking of survival here I would bring a knife of some sort. I watched a lot of Survivorman and realized you don’t need much to survive on your own so having a knife would make building things like my 1 star house or preparing the succulent pig I hunt an easier task. Or maybe even a volleyball named Wilson. It seemed to do Tom Hanks a lot of good in Castaway!

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
KK: Most positive personal attribute would be my ability to brighten peoples’ lives. If you put me in a room with let’s say a grumpy 80 year old man, a middle aged couple who spoke very little english and a rambunctious young child, I could find a way for all of us to get along and have fun. I’m very well rounded, love to have fun, full of energy, very easy to talk to and I’m known for saying the funniest things people have ever heard. Although I’m fairly young, I can be very mature and have a great understanding and appreciation for so many things in life.

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
KK: If I could improve on one thing about myself it would have to be to stop trying to do too many things at once. I’m a very motivated individual good with multi-tasking but sometimes I do more than I should at once and things get prolonged because of it. For example, right now I have a great invention idea I haven’t looked too much into, and also have some of what I call protest shirts for shark finning and dolphin slaughter awareness I’d like to put into action, as well as a couple other things. It’s good to have different options and constant ideas and back up plans for success or money but with too many things in motion, some may not get enough attention to become possible.

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
KK: My question for you is what do you guys do for fun in Bali besides diving? Of course waking up and diving everyday is a fun enough life but I was just curious what other things you enjoy doing up there either individually or with the Blue Season Bali crew?
BSB: Tough one. There are tons of things to do here on the Island of the Gods. If you’re into surfing, kite surfing, sailing, trekking, climbing, bungee jumping or pretty much any outdoor activity, we have it. More relaxed days can be spent hanging on the beaches, going to the elephant park or to the monkey forest.

So, check back here at www.bestdivejob.com as we will be announcing eight more finalists over the upcoming days. Just like I told you back in October, someone’s life is about to change… Bali style.

Best of Luck to All!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

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