An interview with James Boulton
PADI 5 Star Dive Instructor Development Centre
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
What is your current job?
Having spent a number of years in the design and advertising industry, with a more recent focus on luxury travel, I decided it was time to stop looking at incredible dive destinations and rather – go work at one. Having recently completed a Divemaster internship with Bali Scuba, I’m on the hunt for my first job as a PADI pro.
Describe a typical day in your working life.
Most days as a Divemaster intern start bright and early at 07:15. I have a good idea of what to expect since the days’ schedule is always put up the afternoon before – especially when course work is planned and I’ve needed to prep beforehand. If it’s a “non-course” day, I help the other Divemasters with equipment and am close at hand to answer questions guests may have about paperwork and the exciting day ahead.
The vehicles are loaded and there’s a buzz in the air as each departs for its destination, either Tulamben, Padang Bai or Sanur Beach for the boat trip to Nusa Penida. The rest of the day I assist the Divemasters and Instructors as much as possible and they give me more responsibility each day to build experience and grow my confidence.
It goes without saying that the rest of the day is my favourite part; as we sink beneath the waves the real fun begins.
When did you start diving?
I learnt to dive in the icy waters of Cape Town in early 2008. Having only been diving a relatively short time, I’ve been fortunate to dive in South Africa, Thailand, Egypt and Indonesia.
When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
I recently completed a two-month Divemaster internship with Bali Scuba in Sanur, Bali. The Bali Scuba team love what they do and their passion for diving is infectious. If only everybody loved their jobs as much as these guys do!
How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?
I was thrilled by the prospect of being able to find a job doing something I love, a lot of people aren’t that lucky. I’ve also gained the confidence to lead others and make sure they have just as much fun as I do – and feel safe while doing it.
What highlights do you recall from your DM course?
I found it extremely rewarding assisting student divers; the hard work pays off when you can help someone overcome a challenge. Meeting people from all over the world has also meant hearing some amazing stories, and making new dive buddies. Another highlight was the equipment exchange with my far more petite buddy – fitting into gear three times smaller than your own makes for a fun skills test.
Where have you worked as PADI Pro?
Nowhere yet, but I hope to find work somewhere with loads of sunshine and tropical water.
What is one of your favourite memories in your diving career?
Without a doubt catching my first glimpse of mantas in Bali while doing my DM course – was a priceless memory for me.
What words of advice would you give to new dive professionals?
You can’t buy experience, so take every opportunity to learn