I first started diving during my university degree in Melbourne, Australia. I was 18, it was winter and the water was 15 degrees. It was freezing, the gear was heavy but I don’t think I have ever been so excited to try something new.
First time I stepped off the pier with all my equipment on was exhilarating. After a 45 minute dive I was addicted and I have been ever since. I remember the rest of my team huddling in towels drinking hot chocolate and here I was dancing around in a dripping wetsuit asking anybody if they saw the seahorse, or that amazing nudibranch, or the bright blue sponge.
After finishing my marine conservation degree I decided that I wanted to take my passion for the marine environment and share it in a way that didn’t involve writing scientific papers and attending academic seminars. I have always had a strong affinity with traveling and started doing some research about internships in Vietnam. This is where I first came across Rainbow Divers.
So I sent off an email with my fingers crossed hoping that there would still be a space available for an inexperienced but enthusiastic diver. I still remember the day when I received the email letting me know that yes, there was availability and no, you don’t need experience to start. So I set off to Phu Quoc, Vietnam in 2013 and started my Divemaster internship for 3 months. And I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions of my life.
I met my instructor Jeremy, who started as a teacher and progressed as a mentor as I became more experienced. We went through Advanced and Rescue and I had the time of my life. My Rescue course was fun, enlightening and hard work. 5 Specialty courses were amazing and really helped me understand more about diving. When I completed my Divemaster I felt on top of the world. I was now a PADI professional and I enjoyed immensely my new responsibilities within the Rainbow company.
The next logical step for me was to then become an Instructor, which I happily and proudly completed in 2014 in Nha Trang, with Jeremy as my super Course Director. Throughout my time at Rainbow I have made friends from all over the world, I get to share stories about amazing dives, meet people with the same passion for conservation and the marine environment. I’m now back in Vietnam as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and ready to manage the divecentre on Phu Quoc for the 2015-16 season.
Taking an internship with Rainbow Divers is a great way to get first hand experience of what it’s like to be a part of a professional PADI team. To work on the dive boat, set up equipment and really get involved in the diving industry not to mention all the fantastic places I get to travel and dive!!