Happened recently in Phuket where our Miss Scuba International Jamie Piyada got certified with flying colors after passing the IE officially as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
“Since the first breath I took underwater, I knew I was hooked!”
Originally from Bangkok, Thailand Jamie has always been an ocean girl. “My connection with the ocean is indescribable, I do not know where it came from, all I know is the ocean is where I can find my serenity” says Jamie on an Interview with PADI Regional Manager Andy Auer
“I have always been into water sports, swimming, snorkeling, free diving and I knew SCUBA diving is my next step, it was just the matter of when. The first time I tried SCUBA diving was in November 2011 during my PADI Open Water Course. I remember the feeling when I sat down at the bottom of the pool and took my first breath…hearing nothing but my own breath, seeing the bubbles floating up to the sparkling light on the surface, I felt the sensation of ecstasy and I knew I’ve just been bitten by a SCUBA bug. After my first open water, I remember came up and told my instructor that this is what I want to do, I am going to be a dive instructor one day, he said nothing, nodded and smiled as if he has heard it all before, little did he know that Jamie meant it!.”
“Miss Scuba International representing Thailand”
Since 2012, Jamie is involved with an organization called Miss Scuba International, a beauty pageant for female scuba divers from all over the world to join and share their love and passion for the ocean and the sport. With the motto “Saving oceans through beauty” the main purpose of this pageant is to promote marine conservations and encourage more females to dive. She represented Thailand in the international round in Bali, Indonesia. At the end of a 10 day competition, her passions were recognized and I won the title of Miss Scuba International2012/13.
“During my time as Miss Scuba International2012/13 I had the opportunity to travel the world for a year and met so many interesting and inspiring people in marine conservation and diving industry, one of them was Darren Gaspari from Aussie Divers Phuket. I met Darren at Asia Dive Expo in Singapore, we had a conversation about diving in Thailand and Phuket and I guess somewhere along the line I must have slipped out my dream of becoming a dive instructor. Couple of months later Darren contacted me with a great and exciting news, that PADI and Aussie Divers Phuket are interested in sponsoring me for my PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master Course. Obviously it took me less than a second to consider the offer, my dream has been recognized and is now coming true, of course I said yes! Couple of meetings and couple of months later I said goodbye to the big city, moved down to Phuket and started my new adventure as a Dive Master Trainee”
I have done my IDC with PADI CDC Centre Dive Asia and PADI Course Director Artin Zaman in Phuket and and I am now a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, but in my opinion, Dive master course is definitely one of the most rewarding and life changing course as a dive professional. It was very exciting to go through a big transformation from just a girl who likes diving to a dive professional who now has responsibilities to be taken care of. It is the time when you have many of your “First” experiences, most of which you normally see and hear when you go diving, but let me tell you, it is completely a different story when you ARE the one doing it (e.g., demonstrate skills (which could be beneficial if you happen to want to go into acting or work as a mime!), brief the dive, set up dive site, lead the dive) and the list goes on. I learned pretty much everything I have seen and noticed, but I definitely learned A LOT of what I had not even come close to realize were important as a fun diver.
To me my dream has now been achieved but it is just a key to open doors filled with new adventures. A Big Thank you to PADI for recognized my dream and gave me the opportunity that has changed my life forever, for me to be living the dream. And thank you to PADI CDC Center Dive Asia and CD Artin Zaman for the great professional and fun IDC Experience i had. But the biggest thank you is for Aussie Divers Phuket, Darren Gaspari and all Aussie Divers’ instructors, who aren’t only good looking, but very professional and fun to learn from and be around with. I can’t tell you enough how lucky I feel to get to learn from such a professional and passionate team. Even though each instructor has their own personality, teaching style and techniques, but one thing they all have in common is their dedication to the customer, they always make sure everyone stays safe and has their experience worthwhile. What I learned is at the end of the day, we are a part of our customer’s holiday and it is up to us to make it a forgettable or a memorable one, just like those dive masters and instructors who have made my holiday.
“For those of you who love diving, love the ocean and love people, I definitely recommend PADI Dive Master Course. Not only you will grow as a diver, you will grow as a person. Everyday as a dive professional is a new adventure waiting for you to explore. If I can do it, so can you! Happy Diving!