We all know that the Best Dive Job in the World 2012 is in full swing. Well, as 2011 draws to a close, it’s time for contest winner Kenzo Kiren to take the PADI IDC with our award-winning team here at Blue Season Bali. We are calling out to certified divemasters the world over to join Kenzo on this one-of-a-kind IDC with our exclusive 28-day IDC Special Offer.
Kenzo will be on the last IDC of the year, commencing November 12 here in beautiful Bali. Don’t miss this great opportunity to take your diving career to the next level. Suggested arrival date is November 11 and we will start at 8am the next morning. Pre-booking IS required, so please contact us today to find out more about how we can help you continue your diving adventure.
We look forward to diving with you all here on The Island of the Gods, Bali.
The PADI IDC Bali Team
We are calling all BDJ fans and hopeful entrants to head over to our 2012 blog to have a look how things are shaping up. As of today, we want you to help contribute to the Best Dive Job community by telling us what you want to win. Yes, really.
Tom West here from sunny Bali, the Island of the Gods. We have some huge news coming up later in the month. That’s right, the launch of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 is nearly upon us. Jonathan and I are working around the clock to secure some interesting new partnerships and additions to make our 2012 program even bigger and better than before.
One big part of my job in the initial program last year was to explain the outstanding prize to be offered and showcase Bali as the perfect destination for professional scuba diver training. Well, if you’re seeing this, I don’t have to tell you because you already know. It’s now even easier that Kenzo is posting about his progress on the BDJ winner’s blog here: http://www.bestdivejob.com/winners/
Last year’s prize offering stood at a value of around USD 16,000. At the moment, we are planning to launch a prize which is worth over USD 25,000 and we’re still looking to add value. The post that you’re reading now will only be seen by people like you who followed the 2011 program. Now is the chance for you to get a head start on the 2012 competition!
In the upcoming weeks before our launch date of September 30, we will have some fun games and activities which will help you move forward with either following or entering The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. As you may notice, we are launching a month early to give you all some extra time to prepare and promote your entry in to this year’s contest.
Tip of the day: Attend the online LAUNCH PARTY 2012 to get the first glimpse of the launch video and special tips to start ahead of the competition.
After the amazing support and response we received last year, we are really looking forward to giving someone else the opportunity of a lifetime. Stay tuned for all the excitement right here at www.bestdivejob.com!
The flight to paradise was a smooth and quick one that it seemed almost too surreal to finally set foot on Bali. There were so many pick-ups at the arrival hall but it was not difficult to spot the placard that spells my name along with the Blue Season Bali logo. On my way to the dive centre, I went through all the materials in the orientation package that includes a Bali survival guide, a map, a dive logbook, all the useful information I will need, and a thoughtful welcome letter drafted by Tom West. Now tell me, who wouldn’t be thrilled upon reading this.
So I arrived at Blue Season Bali and finally get to meet the two important persons behind the show (Jonathan Cross and Tom West) as well as the rest of the crew. There had been so much communication going on in the virtual world that finally meeting them in person didn’t feel like a first time. Spent about an hour going through my induction and learning about the most amazing role I’ve ever faced.
Lovely Widhya then took some time off her work to escort me to my home for the next 3 months, Hotel Puri Yuma; which is approximately 15 mins walk from the dive centre. It is equipped with hot shower facilities, air-condition, free WIFI and a huge queen-size bed for trampoline or wrestling activities. Double thumbs up!
New home for the next 3 months.
The barbeque dinner back at Blue Season Bali blew me away with the warm welcome received. It’s like a big family and I feel so privileged to become a part of this team. Not to mention the food, beers, games, beers, happy people and more beers. Alright, cheers.
Welcome BBQ at BSB.
Monday 18th July – First dive, first Mola Mola.
That’s right! No prize for guessing the first task on my list – scuba diving! Had a really fantastic fun dive at Nusa Penida with instructor Justin, and 3 other interns Emma, Kenny and Elle at Crystal Bay, where we spotted the ever famous Mola Mola. It was a first for most of us, so we got overly excited that we lost our buoyancy control and started bouncing up and down underwater and crashing into one another. A very amusing sight to other divers I would presume.
The corals were amazingly spectacular and vibrant in colours it was so unbelievable. I wish I could show you exactly how beautiful the blooming underwater garden is through pictures or videos but really, nothing beats experiencing it all by yourself. The water may not be the warmest you can find but if that is what it takes to invite the Molas and Mantas out to play, I would brave it all.
Tuesday 19th July – Hi Priscilla, you have a visitor!
My closest friend appeared out of the blue at Blue Season Bali early morning and sprung me a huge surprise to go diving together. It totally caught me off guard and there was a taste of overwhelming sweetness flowing in the air.
Off we went, to Tulamben, where the gorgeous Liberty Wreck sits firmly on the seabed. It was a 2-hour bus ride from Sanur, filled with intermittent naps and scenic window panes flashing through. Both dives we caught sight of a sea turtle; paddling its way through the water and nibbling on dead corals. FREAKING ADORABLE! We were also very intrigued by the school of jacks performing the swirling stunt.
The day ended with a couple of drinks at Potato Head (what a cute name isn’t it), this stunning Beach Club in Seminyak, where the infinity pool lures you in and you get the best sunset views.
Wednesday 20th July – Emergency First Response
This was a day of watching videos and making out with unresponsive dummies (performing CPR) to equip ourselves with Emergency First Response skills. While most people would find this course boring, I had a great time playing a nasty victim by throwing in unscripted scenarios for fellow intern Prakash that instructor Justin conveniently labeled me the “drama queen”.
CPR on unresponsive infant.
The Project AWARE speciality course gave us a better insight on how to conserve and care for our environment. Basically, be more AWARE.
The amount of rubbish we collected underwater and on the beach.
The crew decided to have a spontaneous night dive and I was totally up for it (everyday is full of surprises and excitement). Found so many starfish and lionfish, lying and sleeping around.
Thursday 21st July – Rescue Diver Course Part 1
It was day 4 and diving hasn’t stopped since, except that this time, it’s in the pool. Bye salt water, hello chlorine! Videos and knowledge reviews were covered during the first half of the day, and then putting the theories into some inwater practice. One thing I love about our pool is that sometimes you see snorkels sticking out of the water accompanied by fits of laughter traveling through the tube of air space, you know something must be going on down there.
Time to translate those lessons covered in classroom and skills developed during pool session into practice in a simulated real case scenario. Yes, Rescue Diver Course in open water. Despite really strong currents and harsh water conditions, Prakash and I have effectively rescued both Ketut and Emma in times of needs. Hooray, no casualties! Therefore, I’m quite proud to say I’m officially a Rescue Diver.
Now none of us would expect to see any cool creature during a training dive. A bright red nudibranch called the “Spanish dancer” was floating around elegantly, swaying from side to side, as we gathered and watched the undulating motion in amazement. We were mesmerized for a good few minutes before it hit us that we had got skills practice to carry out.
Blue Season Bali threw a farewell barbeque for Emma who had completed her Divemaster course. Didn’t know they have the tradition of drinking beer through a snorkel too! What amazing and fun loving people we have here.
Poor Emma got dunked into the pool.
Saturday 23rd July – SEA Girls and Buoy Boys
Guiding workshop at Tulamben, both at the wreck dive site and the coral garden dive site with instructor Mandy, and 2 other interns Nate and Prakash. There were so many shrimps and pretty nudibranches. Came across a camouflaged blue spotted stingray and a lionfish too. Awesome blossom!
Elle and Mariza decided we are the SEA girls because we are Southeast Asians and we love the SEA.
Sunday 24th July – P a r t y
Training dives today where we focused on Peak Performance Buoyancy and navigation underwater. Learnt how to perform the U-pattern and expanding square for search and recovery as well as how to operate a lift bag.
It’s off day for most of us on Mondays which spells p a r t y. Had a couple of cheap beers at this rustic Angel’s Bar before heading out to Sky Garden in Kuta. The nightlife in Kuta is simply astounding.
This is it! My first week in Bali has been nothing short of spectacular. I can’t believe I have done so much in just a few days. Each day is filled with surprises and is an adventure in itself. If the next 11 weeks continue at this speed, I’ll never be able to keep up with writing. I have so much to share about the life here in Blue Season Bali. Compare to these experts of the sea, I’m still relatively inexperienced in this scuba world with merely 23 logged dives, but everyone here is so passionate about what they’re doing and so generous about sharing their wonderful scuba experiences it really makes you feel so warm in the heart. I’m on my way to becoming a Divemaster, but what’s more important than that really, is meeting all these incredible people and building fond memories together.
Just a quick update today to let you know that the WINNER of our 2011 “The Best Dive Job in the World” campaign, Kenzo Kiren, is here in Bali and is ready to share his daily experiences with the world. Kenzo has had a busy first week here in beautiful Bali getting to know the team and “getting his feet wet” so to speak. Kenzo has already provided a glimpse into his first week on his blog, here:
We are excited to welcome Priscilla Ong here to Blue Season Bali to join us for the next three months as she claims her three-month Divemaster internship. Watch right here at www.bestdivejob.com/blog to watch Priscilla’s progress as she transforms her diving, photography and video skills.
We’ll be making some major changes to the website in the upcoming weeks as we prepare to showcase her journey into the world of the PADI professional. She and contest winner Kenzo Kiren will be posting blogs so that you can all keep up to date on their adventures here in Bali.
Priscilla arrived this afternoon and will be off diving tomorrow at Nusa Penida in search of manta rays and Bali’s famous mola-mola. I, for one, am well jealous!
Right, I gotta run. The welcome barbecue has already begun without me!
You may have noticed a distinct lack of BDJ updates streaming across your Facebook accounts and RSS feeds over the past couple of months. Well, Jonathan and I have had our noses hard to the proverbial grindstone organizing things for our two winners of the BDJ 2011 contest who will join us here in beautiful Bali in just a few short weeks’ time. In addition to the logistical planning for Kenzo and Priscilla, we’ve been in the lab, mad-scientist-style, coming up with some ridiculous plans for the 2012 contest.
There is only one Best Dive Job in the World – and that is as a PADI instructor learning right here at the region’s most lauded and accomplished PADI Career Development Center, Blue Season Bali. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and this blog for some big announcements over the next few weeks and months. Naturally, we also invite you to follow the journey of Kenzo and Priscilla as they make the transition from the everyday to the extraordinary.
On a closing note, the diving industry has a particularly fruitful grapevine. There are rumors of plans for other dive centers to launch their own versions of The Best Dive Job in the World. All I can say is “good luck” as the term “best” is, by definition, pretty exclusive. When our 2012 program rolls out, there will be little debate about the subject. The BDJ 2012 features some inclusions so unique, they can only take place right here on Bali, the Island of the Gods. Check back here for some seriously cool updates soon!
Well, I gotta run; the sun is shining, the sand is sparkling and the surf is up.
Tom West here from Blue Season Bali. It’s been a while since our last posts here on the blog and I just thought I would give a quick update to the 2011 contest and also provide a sneak preview of the 2012 contest as well.
Contest winner Kenzo Kiren is due to join us in the upcoming weeks to begin his seven-month instructor training internship. Our second prize winner Priscilla Ong will also be joining us later in the year to begin her three-month divemaster and photo/video internship. Needless to say, we are very excited to have them come!
Now, on to 2012… Many of you already know that our 2011 contest prize is the largest prize ever given out in the scuba diving industry. Well, we’re not content with just offering the same prize again in 2012. No, we’re going bigger and better for next year. At the moment, we are in negotiations with big names in the scuba diving and travel industries to offer more equipment, training, experiences and probably even flights.
I can’t go and give away all the program details quite yet, but be ready for a big announcement once we get everything nailed down. We are projecting a launch date sometime in August or September for our 2012 competition, so stay tuned right here at www.bestdivejob.com for all the juicy details.
That’s it for now from sunny Bali. Surf’s up!
The Best Dive Job in the World
Our team here at Blue Season Bali would like to congratulate Kenzo Kiren on winning The Best Dive Job in the World 2011. Kenzo fought his way through the past several months to emerge as this year’s winner despite fierce competition from some spectacular contestants. Like many of our entrants, his efforts have been both entertaining and candid, revealing a personality we are happy to welcome into our team.
Well, it’s about 6pm in Vancouver and I suspect there will be some festivities in town tonight. Kenzo owes a big thank-you, and likely a round of beers, to all the people who have supported his entry into the contest. If there is one thing that has emerged over the past two weeks, it is that all of our finalists have immense support from their friends and family. At the end of the day, what more could a person want? The love and support shown throughout the program has been a truly human experience and I am personally grateful for the opportunity to have been involved with it.
To all of our finalists, I cannot extend our thanks enough for making this contest such a huge success. I would suggest that you come away from this experience with a defined sense of accomplishment and a renewed valuation of your friends and family. The purpose of this contest, in my own mind, has changed over the past few weeks and I take more away from the fact that we have identified so many enthusiastic and outstanding individuals. Your friends and family already knew it, and we are now glad to have met you all.
You will succeed in your diving goals because you have what it takes. I train instructors for a living and if every one of them had your enthusiasm and personality, this would be an even more fantastic industry. For all of you who have entered the program, you should take pride in the fact that you have so many great people in your life willing to wake up in the middle of the night, miss exams, etc. to show their support for you. There is no prize bigger in life than the respect and support of those around you, and for that, you are all truly remarkable people.
I have said it already, but we will be launching a bigger, meatier, and more bad ass contest in a just a couple of months. You will all receive advance notification of the details of the contest and tips to win. Keep rocking and remember, all finalists are invited to come to Bali and go diving on us. Finally, I will extend one last huge, massive, COLOSSAL THANK-YOU to each and every one of you. You are all incredible people.
The Best Dive Job in the World
Blue Season Bali
PADI Career Development Center 6570
If you have been following Joe Zeiler – Best Dive Job 2012 runner-up’s story you will also be rooting and cheering for this Canadian lass…She’s had a really rough last few months but her wait is finally over!
Intern managers Henley & Mike have been busy getting Joe “geared-up” so to speak, She now sports the brand new Legend LX Twilight series AquaLung Regulator, and with a wetsuit to match
Make sure you check out Joe’s BDJ winners blog about her adventures at Blue Season, and all the great stories that are part of life as a Divemaster in Bali!
Yep, your friends here at Blue Season Bali are GIVING AWAY a brand new Suunto Zoop dive computer as our second mini-contest in the 2012 Best Dive Job in the World competition. Simply tell us why your PADI Open Water Course instructor was so good and this great piece of dive gear can be yours, completely free. We already gave away one PADI course last month, and the contest is just getting started!
Head on over to www.best-dive-job.com for the complete rules on this month’s mini-contest to win a free dive computer.
For those of you who don’t know, the 2012 contest is in full swing over at www.bestdivejob.com/2012. Just like last year, you gotta be in it to win it!