What ‘Diving Lifestyle’ Internship program did you complete?
What where you doing before you joined Crystal Dive’s team to complete your scuba diving internship (Diving Lifestyle Program) on Koh Tao?
Prior to my time at Crystal Dive I had a small Oil and Gas business in Canada. I enjoyed my work, hands on, technical, good honest work. But personally it was very trying, months away at a time. The work life balance took its toll over the 13 years I was in the industry.
How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?
I completed my Divemaster in 8 weeks. I took my time really getting to know this Island I was going to call home, and am very glad I did. Within those 2 months many strong friendships where formed both within the diving community and land lovers! The only thing better than the diving here is the people.
Everyone here is a likeminded adventurer, with a story to tell, excited by a challenge and always wondering what’s over the horizon. In this atmosphere it’s impossible not to feel energized every day.
What was your favourite part of the scuba diving Internship and why?
What I enjoyed most about my scuba diving internship was feeling my skill level and confidence in the water grow, on leaps and bounds. The Rescue diver course at Crystal gave me a huge leap forward in water skills, and the confidence to know that I can handle any problem that may arise out on a site.
What was your least favourite part and why?
Ha, ha! My least favourite part was restructuring my internal clock so that I no longer had to set 3 alarms to make sure I’d get up for 5:30am with the roosters.
Who was your favourite Instructor and why?
During my assists on my DMT I was able to assist Victor Szymanik. Victor was exceptional at directing his student’s enthusiasm as well as ticking all the boxes needed to conduct a safe, professional, fun dive. He operated more like a coach then instructor, his students and myself responded very well to that approach.
And his Eastern European dry sense of humour had us all with a permanent grin!
As a qualified PADI Instructor what are you future plans with regards to scuba?
When I chose to make this leap to the other side of the world I only originally wanted to be a Divemaster. Take people out and entertain them in the water wonderland. But very quickly I knew that I wanted to possess the ability to show people scuba for their very first time and share in their excitement. 2 weeks after finishing my DM I began my IDC.
Teaching is what I look forward to in the future. I hope to be a dive professional for a long time to come.
And what about Koh Tao?
After 4 months on the Island it has easily become a home. People here are genuinely friendly and as islanders we all share some common beliefs and ideals that makes it easy to form bonds and get to know people. At the end of a day, no matter how tired, you always hear laughter and cheers as the sun sets.
The community here is what I enjoy the most about Koh Tao.
And your favourite restaurant on Koh Tao?
Favourite restaurant, that is a tough one. You can find any type of food you want on this Island and it will be first rate. I love Thai food so every nook and cranny on this island has something for me. And the Pizza here, wow! Feel weird saying that but there are several places that are top shelf. If I had to choose one at gun point I’d probably say Neptunes. Very very good Italian food and great weekly food specials.
How did you spend your non diving days on Koh Tao?
Exploring! This is a little island with a lot to offer. Incredible snorkelling, great hikes, some really great rock climbing, the odd game of pool as everyone here is very competitive and it’s a great way to have a laugh where language barriers do not apply. The days are literally packed here and always seem to fly by. But no matter what happens that day it always finishes with a beer with friends watching the sunset.
Where are you heading next?
Where to next? Hopefully nowhere. I have moved into this world of professional diving and want to enjoy it to its fullest. Koh Tao is where I intend to put a stake down and rebuild a life around my passions.