What ‘Diving Lifestyle’ Internship program did you complete?
PADI Divemaster ‘Lifestyle’ package.
What were you doing before you joined Crystal Dive?
How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?
It took me about two and a half months. I was not in a rush and wanted to take my time and do a lot dives during the course.
What was your favourite part of your scuba diving internship and why?
I really enjoyed assisting on the different levels of scuba courses. I learned a lot from all the instructors and their different ways of teaching and communicating – both above and underwater – with their students. It was also very nice to see the students becoming more and more confident and skilled underwater with each dive they did.
What was your least favourite and why?
My least favourite part was the first two weeks of January, which was when the delayed monsoon hit the island. I have never seen so much rain in two weeks!
Who was your favourite instructor and why?
Matt Benham or Benno like everybody calls him at Crystal was my mentor during my Divemaster Course. He was also my neighbour so we became good friends in the few months that I spent here.
During your scuba diving internship which of the additional Marine Conservation ‘ECO’ program activities did you take part in and which did you enjoy the most?
I absolutely love Eco diving, I did a lot of Eco activities during my Divemaster Course. I took part in a lot of dive site and beach clean-ups. One of the things I enjoyed the most was the collection of the Drupella snails. Drupella snails are snails that feed mostly on a certain type of coral, since they destroying the coral it is important to keep their numbers down. While hovering upside down we collected the snails from the coral, sometimes in one dive, we collected over 1000 snails!
Do you think our additional Marine Conservation ‘Eco’ program was beneficial to your Professional level scuba diving training and if so why?
Yes it is definitely beneficial. Jenny, who is responsible for the Eco activities, is very dedicated to what she does. She has a lot of knowledge about everything that happens in and around the ocean and is happy to share this with whoever wants to give her a hand. I would recommend every scuba diver to do at least a few Eco dives, it is very different compared to a normal fun dive.
As a qualified PADI Divemaster what are your future plans with regards to scuba?
My dream is to work as a Divemaster on a small island in the South Pacific Ocean called Nguna Island. I lived on this island for year and a half and it is absolutely paradise on earth. I would love to go back there and start a scuba diving program there.
And what about Koh Tao….
Tukta! Definitely the best Thai food on the island. I go there almost every day!
How did you spend your non-diving days?
Exploring the island, visiting all the beautiful beaches and bays.
Where are you heading to next?
I’m going home in a bit more than a month, I’ll work for a few months in the Netherlands and then head back to Australia to work there for a year.