What ‘Diving Lifestyle’ Internship program did you complete?
What were you doing before you joined Crystal Dive?
Before arriving on Koh Tao I was working as a Photographer at Sealife aquarium in Australia.
How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?
All up it took me three months.
What was your favourite part of the internship and why?
Easily all the fun diving you get to do! I thoroughly enjoyed Fun dive leads where you get to take customers out diving and show them your favourite parts of each dive site.
Participating in Reef Check surveys, with Eco Koh Tao was also a big favourite part of my time at Crystal.
Doing all the different Eco activities such as dive site clean ups and coral transplants is the reason my training took as long as it did.
We were utterly exhausted by the end of the course but we also had a ball and became better divers from it.
What was your least favourite and why?
Dry days, those days where for some reason or another you didn’t make it into the water to dive. Luckily these days were few and far between!
Who was your favourite instructor and why?
All of them are great, always willing to answer any questions and help you out. Special mentions must go to Jenny who took me under her wing when I started to get involved in the Eco side of Crystal and Youri who is the type of Instructor I would strive to be if I do my IDC and become a PADI Instructor.
As a qualified PADI Divemaster what are your future plans with regards to scuba?
For the mean time continue diving on the island and gain some experience working as a Divemaster.
And what about Koh Tao?
Koh Tao is such a great island; there is so much to do. If you’re like me and love diving there are plenty of different dive sites all around the island each with their own attractions.
Out of the water there are plenty of hikes to different viewpoints. You can head to Sairee the party side of the island if you feel like a night out for a fancy meal or to see the local fire twirlers.
Chalok is the chill out side of the island and Mae Haad is in between of both which is why I like it so much.
Cappuccino is my favourite breakfast spot found halfway up the up road with fresh croissants and delicious fruit shakes. Coconut Monkeys is a great lunch spot with a view if you have the time. Sawadee is great thai food. Yangs and Enjoy produce delicious and big portioned meals that are well worth the wait after a day of diving.
How did you spend your non-diving days?
I didn’t have very many of these, most days off were spent fun diving.
Where are you heading to next?
I plan to hang around on the island for a little while longer. Perhaps I will eventually check out the Philippines and Indonesia for some more diving.