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?
Before I came to Koh Tao, I was producing outdoor television programs and commercials. This is better.
How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?
I originally arrived on the island to start diving on October 6. The same day that I arrived on the island, I crashed a scooter and broke my collarbone, so after a few weeks lying on the beach in agonizing pain, I lined up some work back home and flew back to the States to heal. I came back to the island the day after Christmas and started my Open Water course.
Finished my Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR, Rescue Diver over the next 2 weeks and then spent an incredible 2 months on my Divemaster Training, taking a week off in February to go to Angkor Wat in Cambodia for a visa run/holiday.
What was your favourite part of the scuba diving Internship and why?
The best part has been leaving behind all of the meaningless stress of the first world and making a most excellent group of friends and diving together every day. My most fond diving memory is kind of a toss-up between skills in the pool with Tina and getting narc’d on deep spec with Manu.
What was your least favourite part and why?
That’s a ridiculous question. I refuse to answer it on the grounds of its ridiculousness!
Who was your favourite Instructor and why?
My man, Youri, took me all the way from Open Water to Divemaster and was incredibly helpful through the course of my training. Also, as a DMT, a large part of my time was spent working with Manu and Tina who are both great fun!
As a qualified PADI Divemaster what are you future plans with regards to scuba?
I’m hoping to use my Divemaster credentials to give me an opportunity to keep me afloat financially while travelling, so as to not have to go back to America.
And what about Koh Tao?
It’s like they took all of the best people from every corner of the earth and put them on one island together. You ever seen that Leonardo DiCaprio movie? Kind of like that, without the impending doom.
And your favourite restaurant on Koh Tao?
Well, since 7/11 is not technically recognized as a restaurant (I highly recommend the ham and cheese toastie), then it would be Moose Knuckle for Mexican poutine.
How did you spend your non diving days on Koh Tao?
Though I would never purposely spend an entire day out of the water, I have had my fair share of fun cruising to the island’s viewpoints, jumping off that big old rock at Tanote Bay, and snorkelling at Shark Bay.
Where are you heading next?
I have no immediate plans to leave the island. But before I go home, I’ll visit Chiang Mai and Vietnam with some friends I’ve met here.