A PADI dive professional short story – Eugene from Blue Season Bali
Are you curious about becoming a PADI professional? You’ve probably already been to different areas to dive and experienced all sorts of diving! So have a lot of our interns and instructors at Blue Season Bali. In this series of blog posts, our dive professionals will tell you all about their path to professional diving, why they became a PADI Pro and where they enjoyed diving the most. We hope those stories help you choose your own path to becoming a dive professional, maybe even a PADI instructor!
Today our PADI Master Instructor Eugene tells us all about his experiences as a dive professional:
I basically grew up on the water. The ocean always played an important role in my life. I’ve always watched my dad going scuba diving. He told me captivating stories about giant octopuses and other fascinating creatures that the depths of the ocean offer. So it is no wonder that one day I would want to explore the underwater world myself to see all the things my father told me about.
I first started diving when I was about 18 years old in Puget Sound, Washington. I got my Open Water Certification in Seattle but as I knew that I wanted to be a dive professional since the moment I first tried scuba diving I didn’t stop there. To be able to breather underwater was such an incredible feeling, I just had the urge to experience it again and again! For my Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Instructor I went to Mexico. I absolutely love the opportunities for cave diving that Mexico provides. However, I decided to do my IDC Staff in Vietnam and after that went back to Mexico for my Master Instructor.
So far I’ve dived Puget Sound, the Caribbean and the Pacific side of Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Thailand and of course Bali. After I’ve certified as a Master Instructor I started to look for job offerings in Indonesia, as I always wanted to live and work there. Luckily, I found a job in Bali, where I definitely love diving the most. Its dive sites never fail to amaze me over and over again.
For me as a dive professional diving is my career, but it also still is fun and my real passion. When you have a bad day you just go underwater and everything is better, when you are bored – go diving, when you want to challenge yourself – go diving. Diving just is the answer to everything!
When did you know that you wanted to be a dive professional? Let us know all about it in the comments!