An quick interview with Roal Van Der Zee.
PT – Hi Roel van der Zee
PT – When did you start Diving?
RZ – October 2013
PT Why did you start Diving?
RZ – In December 2012 I went to Perth, Australia. I googled “things to do in Perth”. One of the things to do was taking a scuba diving course. I was really interested and booked the PADI open water course. A few days before the course started, there was a shark attack, and all of the students cancelled the course. I was the only participant so the course was cancelled.
I decided to go snorkeling at Rottnest Island, and encountered a massive short tail stingray.
I enjoyed that so much, I was even more excited about taking my PADI scuba dive course. Since I really liked Australia, I decided to come back in 2013 for a 3 month holiday. Perth, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney.
I thought: what better place to learn to scuba dive than in Cairns at the Great Barrier Reef. So I enrolled for the PADI open water course with Pro Dive Cairns. And I loved every minute of it, and realized immediately this was my passion. And many thanks to my ever patient open water instructor: Jason Brown.
PT – What do you like most about Diving?
RZ – Seeing nice corals and big aquatic life: sharks, turtles, manta’s, octopus
PT – What do you hate about Diving?
RZ – In some places, the water is quite cold and the viz is bad.
PT -How many PADI specialty classes have you taken?
RZ – 23 on student level
PT – Why did you take so many?
RZ – I like learning as much as possible about diving and I am a specialty card collector.
PT – Can you list them of the top of your head?
RZ – AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty
AWARE Shark Conservation Diver
DIGITAL UNDERWATER FOTO LEVEL 2
Emergency Oxygen Provider
Enriched Air Diver
MANTA RAY AWARENESS DIVER
PADI Advanced Rebreather Poseidon MkVI/Se7en Diver
PADI Rebreather Poseidon MkVI/Se7en Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search & Recovery
Tec Rec Trimix Blender
PT – Wow well done, I couldn’t name that many. What was your favourite specialty?
RZ – MANTA RAY AWARENESS DIVER
PT – Why is that you favourite specialty?
RZ – I just love diving with the Manta rays, I think they are the most beautiful and gracious animals on the planet
PT – When did you finish you IDC?
RZ – 8 November 2015 with Conny Jeppson @ Crystal Divers Bali
PT- How many Specialty Instructor ratings do you have?
RZ – 17 on instructor level. I plan to do more
PT – What was your best Specialty instructor training dive and best specialty?
RZ – Wreck Diver. I also did it on student level, and then I did not enter the wreck, because I was not comfortable with it. This time I did enter the wreck, and it was cool.
PT – What are you plans now?
RZ – Tec 40, and to return next year to Bali for the IDC staff instructor course. I first need to certify 25 divers somehow. I also want to do tec rebreather.
PT – Do you plan to take more specialties?
RZ – Absolutely: DPV, dry suit course,maybe cave diving, and of course distinctive specialties. I heard of a dive centre in Cyprus doing DSMB Deployment, Suunto Computer Assisted Diving, Hyperbaric Chamber. I plan to do these next year.
PT – Have you ever thought about writing your own specialty?
RZ – Of course:
clown fish specialty
coral spawning specialty
crown-of-thorns sea star removal specialty
underwater ruins specialty
PT – Thank you for your time and congratulations, I look forward to diving with you one day.