Best Dive Job in the World – Frequently Asked Questions

There are probably a lot of questions going through your head right now so we have put together a list of questions and answers that will hopefully answer most of them. If you still need further information then you can email us at robert@blueseasonbali.com.

Who can enter?

bestdivejob_131. How old do I have to be in order to enter the competition?
If you are above 18 years of age, when the competition closes on the 31st of October 2014, then you are eligible to enter. There is no upper age limit for this competition.

2. Are there any requirements for entering this competition?
The requirements for being able to enter this competition is that you are medically fit for scuba diving. It is possible to have a look at the medical form by clicking here – medical_statement.pdf. If you are able to answer yes to any of the medical questions then you would need to get approval from your doctor before taking part in any in water scuba diving activities. You must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent) to Apply. You will need to purchase your own return flight ticket to Denpasar, Bali by December 31st 2014. You must be availble to travel and be in Bali from April 30th 2015 to June 27th 2015. You agree to be recorded on camera and make daily videos for the duration of your stay in Bali and training period.

3. Can anyone learn to dive?
Anybody can learn to dive assuming they meet the age and medical requirements set forth by PADI.  Diving is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, covering all demographics. You do not need to be super fit; someone who is generally healthy will be fine for scuba diving.

4. What if I am already a certified diver?
You need to be a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent to enter the competition. Even if you are a PADI Rescue Diver you can still enter. Divers with higher certifications level (already certified as Divemasters or above) will not be accepted.

Regardless of your current level (Open Water, Advanced or Rescue) you will have to do the complete training program we created for the candidates’ GoPRO Challenge.

5. Do I need to have perfect English?
Many of you may not feel confident that your English is good enough.  All I can say to you is that you do not need to worry about your language.  Get your video or written blog made with the best English you can manage.  If your personality and character shines through then we have no issue that  your language may not be the best.  Try asking me to speak in another language; it is not going to be coherent in any from.

Submission Questions

bestdivejob_161. How do I enter the competition?
You need to make  a maximum 90 seconds video which answers the following questions – “Why I want to be a professional scuba instructor and WIN the Best Dive Job in the World.

2. What do I need to know about my video entry?

  • Your video entry must not be longer than 90 seconds.
  • The video is not larger than 500MB.
  • Video will be posted to our contest website contest.bestdivejob.com
  • The accepted formats for your video is either via  file upload or connected your Youtube account to our contest platform.
  • Please ensure that you have the legal right to use any photos, music and/or other media used in their submissions for this Contest and Blue Season Bali’s use of such media will not violate any third party rights or  your entry will be discarded.
  • Understand that you give Blue Season Bali and its partners unlimited rights to use your name, pictures and likenesses, and submissions globally, in advertising and publicity, without further compensation, where permitted by local law.

3. I am not a professional movie maker, will this matter?
Absolutely notWe are not looking to judge your technical ability in making videos; we are looking for character, style, charisma and of course the reason why you want to change your life and become a PADI dive instructor. Be creative and surprise us with your entry; anyone can win!

After I submit my entry?

1. Once I have submitted my entry what will happen?
To start with, you will get your entry live on our Best Dive Job Blog 2014 contest platform (contest.bestdivejob.com), we may share it on our Facebook page and other media channel. You can upload your video to YouTube and link it to the contest platform.

2. How can I help myself win?
There are a number of things you can do to help yourself win the Best Dive Job in the World competition for 2014.  To start with you can do the following:

You may also choose to create your own Facebook pages or web pages; we are happy to see any efforts that you can take in order to promote your entry in the competition.

Competition Winner

1. How will the winner(s) be decided?
The winner(s) of the best dive job will be judged on a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Quality of the video entries (Remember you can submit more than one video)
  • Amount of support given to the entries on our contest platform, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter etc.
  • Their ability to promote themselves online via various social media channels and on camera
  • Their character and personality
  • Their ability to deliver on the various tasks set up for the Divemaster Challenge
  • Their suitability to becoming a PADI Instructor and living the life of a dive professional in Bali.
There may be other factors that come into consideration.  If you look at our original winner, Kenzo, and our second prize winner (2010), Priscilla, you will get an idea of the type of people that won our previous competition.

2. Who will decide the winner(s)?
The winner(s) of the best dive job will be decided upon by a team of very experienced judges that have multiple years of experience……..hold on a moment!  Actually the winner(s) of the competition will be decided by us, Blue Season Bali.  Sorry folks but it is the Best Dive Job team at Blue Season Bali who will be making the final decision. Our decision is without contest.. If you don’t like it, please “move along, these are not the droids you’re looking for.. “

Competition Inclusions

bestdivejob_011. What actually is included in the prize?
You can see the complete list of inclusions here – competition inclusions.

2. What is not included in the prize?
There are a number of things that you are responsible for. These are as follows:

  • Getting yourself to Bali. Flights to Denpasar airport are not included.
  • Your breakfasts and diners
  • Getting yourself to back home. Flights from Denpasar airport back to your home country are not included.

3. How much will it cost me to live in Bali?
Bali is a wonderful place to live and train yet it is very inexpensive to stay here. Whilst all your accommodation is covered, you will need your own spending money. Generally, our diving interns who do the same program will spend around USD10-15 per day on their food and drink. Other than that, everything else is covered so you do not need so much money to live and train in Bali for serveral months.

4. Will my Indonesian Visa be included?
With this prize, we will organize all of your Indonesian visa’s. As this is not a paid employment position, you will be provided with a social visa that will allow you to stay in Bali for up to six months. Some of the costs associated with this visa will be covered by Blue Season Bali (We will pay for your initial visa, monthly extensions after 60 days will be at your own costs) The winner of the contest who will win a full-time work contract will have all the fees related to securing their work permit and other required visa fully covered by Blue Season Bali)

5. How do I get my Indonesian visa?
Once you are confirmed as one of the winners, we will ask you to send a copy of your passport and let us know which city you will pick up your Indonesian visa. We will then send you a sponsor letter that you will need to take to the Indonesian embassy. The process for the visa normally take a few days. Once you have received the visa you normally have 90 days before you have to arrive in Bali.

Quality of Training

scuba_diving_internships_divemaster_instructor_bali_401. How accessible are your course directors and master instructors to help me during my internship?
BSB: Always. We employ more than one full-time Course Director, They are available on a daily basis, year round. Don’t be fooled by the part-timers marketing IDC’s all over the planet. We’re always right here where you can find us; working hard to produce the best dive professionals possible.

2. Do you provide other industry-related training?
Yes. We include important workshops in our internship programs. Depending on the scuba diving internship program you choose, your workshops may include: Professional CV Development, Dive Center Management, Equipment Servicing, Compressor Use and Maintenance, Website Builder, Project AWARE programs, and many others.

Quality of Life

1. What’s it like to live there?
The Hindu people of Bali are possibly the most friendly and accommodating in the world. We are located in the city of Sanur, a suburb of Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Sanur offers a peaceful yet conveniently-located place to do your scuba diving internship. There are gyms, water parks, malls, cinemas, nightclubs, and surfing beaches either right here in Sanur or only a short ride away.

2. How is the food? 
Stunning! Balinese food blends some of the finest cultural influences in Asia into a very delicious and eclectic offering. Within walking distance of our shop there are traditional Balinese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, German and Dutch restaurants. The standard western offerings are also available at every turn. If you desperately need McDonalds or KFC after a hard night out, we’ve got them locally too.

3. Is there anything to do at night?
Naturally. Sanur has heaps of high-quality and affordable restaurants, pubs and sports bars. For a great local experience, try the Sanur Night Market. If you want to shake your money maker, the world-famous nightclubs of Kuta are only a short taxi ride away! We also host barbecues every week right here next to the pool at BSB.

4. How is the accommodation?
The normal accommodation included in the internship packages are what we call “losmen” rooms. This is a Balinese term for a room with ensuite toilet opening in to a central, private courtyard. The rooms are cleaned daily, have fans, western toilet and the normal amenities you would expect. As a winning candidate of the Best Dive Job in the World you will be living with the other candidates in a shared villa for the duration of your training.

5. What are the other candidates like on the internship?
We have a real variety of candidates that come from all over the globe. For instance, last year we had candidates from the USA, UK, Australia, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Poland, France, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, China, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia. The age of the interns also varies greatly although most generally tend to be in their 20’s or 30’s although we have had people in their 60’s taking our scuba diving internships! You will be training with exciting people just like you- lovers of diving!

Quality of Diving

scuba_diving_internships_divemaster_instructor_bali_281. How’s the diving there?
Awesome! Well, it’s only awesome if you like things like cuttlefish, octopi, nudibranches, great barracuda, schooling jacks, mantas, sunfish, reef sharks and giant cod. Our permanent instructor development staff members have dived all over the world. We each originally came here for one reason- the diving. Have a look at Bali’s dive sites.

2. Is there any of the “big stuff”?
We have schooling Manta Rays year-round, and seasonal Oceanic Sunfish (Mola-Mola). While these pelagic species have been nearly wiped out in places like the Bay of Thailand and the East Coast of Australia, they are still thriving in Indonesia.

3. What about the “small stuff?”
The Indonesian Archipelago is considered to be the global cradle of marine diversity. Thousands of species of nudibranches, crabs and shrimp inhabit the region, making Bali a world-renowned macro photography destination.

4. Is there wreck diving?
Yep! The wreck of the USAT Liberty is nearby and we had trips going there more than 280 days last year. This huge ship was beached after being rendered inoperable by a Japanese torpedo impact in 1945. 22 years later, the tremors from the eruption of Mt. Agung in 1967 pushed her into the water, making it a surprisingly well-preserved WWII era wreck. Ranging from 5m-30m in depth, this is an excellent dive site and offers perfect conditions for wreck training!

5. How diverse are your dive sites?
Very diverse. We have walls, reefs and wrecks. We have drift sites, deep sites, shallow sites, easy sites, challenging sites- just about anything you can imagine! Part of being a competent dive professional is having experience in a wide variety of diving sites and conditions. The natural diversity of Bali offers the opportunity to gain this valuable experience in one location.

Best Dive Job in the World – want to learn more?

If you go through the site and find you still need more information then we are always happy to speak with you about the “Best Dive Job in the World” competition . If you give us your phone number and an appropriate time to call, given we are GMT + 7 hours, we will happily give you a call back and answer any questions you have. Alternatively we are happy to email you if you prefer that method.

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