What PADI scuba diving Internship program did you complete?
PADI Divemaster Program
What were you doing before you joined Crystal Dive?
Studying in school
How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?
52 days in total [PADI Divemaster Program]
What was your favourite part of your scuba diving internship and why?
My most favourite part of Divemaster program was the opportunity that the program grants me. The Divemaster program allows me to dive with other DMCs and other DMs, after the completion. This has opened up many windows for me to explore dive sites in new perspectives and allow me to gain more knowledge about the underwater topography of dive sites and local marine lives around Koh Tao.
Who was your favourite instructor and why?
My favourite SCUBA instructor was Dirk Klickermann. Dirk was memorable and was the most influential SCUBA instructor in my diving career, as he was always helpful, approachable, knowledgeable and consistent.
He was helpful by teaching me new skills that would aid me in my diving career and other useful life skills as well. He was friendly and approachable even when he might be occupied. Lastly, he was knowledgeable in both theoretical and practical dive skills and was always ready to share them with me.
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 took part in a number of ECO programs, namely Dive Against Debris, Land Clean Up, Snorkel Clean Up, Reef Check Programme and Cigarette Butt Challenge. Out of these activities, I enjoyed Reef Check Programme the most as it let me to contribute data to assist in marine conservation both locally and globally directly.
Do you think our additional Marine Conservation ‘ECO’ program was beneficial to your Professional level scuba diving training and if so why?
‘ECO’ program was definitely beneficial to myself in professional level. The program allows me to get involved in local marine conservation which is credible to my professional diving career. It also raises my awareness of the condition of the reefs and allow me to study the impacts that human beings have on the reefs and marine lives locally.
As a qualified PADI Divemaster what are your future plans with regards to scuba?
SCUBA diving has been playing a significant role in developing my modern character and it also bonds me closer to the ocean, mentally and physically.
I have a clear calculated plan for my life and, for the foreseeable future based on my current status, I am going to integrate diving into the plan as a hobby. My love and passion for this sport will forever remain as one of the key to the ocean.
And what about Koh Tao?
As far as I can remember, I have been to Koh Tao for countless number of time since i was young. Koh Tao has been evolving both environmentally and economically, from a local residential area to tourists’ sanctuary.
The island has been serving me as a sanctuary, a place that aid me in developing my characters and a place that serve me as a medium to develop my connections with other people. Koh Tao will remain as my ‘adored little island’.
How did you spend your non-diving days?
When I was not diving during the Divemaster Course I would explore the island, snorkelling around the island, making new friends, inspecting and fine tuning my SCUBA unit, relaxing by doing nothing and also get involved in meetings with some other important individuals on the island.
Where are you heading to next?
I am heading back to Melbourne, Australia to continue with my higher education at Monash University.