In the event you’ve ever visited the Australian outback, you'd already know that scuba diving isn’t a typical prevalence – particularly contemplating the ocean can typically be tons of of kilometres away! So once we heard that two PADI Pros, Hannah-Lee Younger and Luke Caldwell, have been travelling via distant and regional Australia to offer locals a PADI Discover Scuba Diving expertise, we knew we would have liked to listen to extra.
We requested Hannah and Luke some questions on their new enterprise enterprise, Blue Essence Experiences, and the way they’re bringing the thrill of the underwater world to these with out entry to the ocean.
What's Blue Essence Experiences?
We specialize in creating bespoke aquatic experiences for our shoppers, making reminiscences that may final an eternity. Our main focus is taking scuba diving to rural and distant locations in Australia the place such a singular, particular and memorable expertise as diving wouldn't be potential with out travelling many hours to the Australian shoreline. We strongly consider that everybody ought to have the chance to see for themselves what respiration underwater looks like and naturally, catch the scuba bug!
When and the place did you study to dive?
Hannah: Once I was 19 I made a decision to do my PADI Open Water Diver course, I used to be terrified- I had by no means even tried snorkelling within the ocean earlier than, not to mention diving beneath the floor with marine life! I'll always remember our first day finishing our confined water expertise within the pool- these first few breaths underwater are etched so clearly in my thoughts, I keep in mind discovering it exhausting to belief my regulator and I felt like I wasn’t getting sufficient air… that was till I relaxed after which, there was no wanting again… solely down!
Luke: Having grown up on a yacht in North Queensland, I used to be all the time in and across the water snorkelling and spearfishing from a younger age. I did my PADI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver course at Julian Rocks, Byron Bay as a youngster. I then went on to turn into a PADI Divemaster in Cairns in my 20’s.
What made you need to grow to be a PADI Skilled?
Hannah: I had by no means considered it at first till I accomplished my PADI Superior Open Water Diver course while backpacking in Cambodia. One of many divemaster’s on the boat was explaining his journey to turning into a PADI Divemaster and it impressed me to do the identical. I had been struggling for a number of years not figuring out what it was I needed to do with my future as I by no means felt passionate sufficient about something. I went again house to Cobar, stated to my mother and father that I needed to maneuver to Cambodia to develop into a PADI Instructor, obtained a job within the mines to save lots of up sufficient cash to fund my endeavour after which 10 months later, off I went.
Luke: With my love for being in and across the water, travelling the world and crusing, turning into a PADI Divemaster appeared like the subsequent logical step with a purpose to safe a job that may mix all three of my favorite issues. Being a dive skilled opened up many alternatives for me within the yachting world. I had the chance to journey the world and have so many unimaginable experiences on board quite a lot of totally different crusing yachts.
Why did you determine to show within the distant city of Cobar?
Hannah: I used to be born and raised within the unimaginable group of Cobar till I fell in love with scuba diving and moved to Cambodia to turn out to be a PADI Teacher on the age of 21. Rising up in a small, distant nation city that’s an 8hr drive from the closest seashore, the power to scuba dive appeared like a farfetched dream that solely those that lived in tropical elements of the world might obtain.
It was my studying to dive expertise that instilled in me a robust sense of urgency to take the PADI Uncover Scuba Diving expertise to distant elements of the nation as it's actually these first few breaths underwater you by no means forget- no matter what number of unimaginable ocean dives you've gotten had! Starting in my hometown of Cobar was all the time going to be the primary selection when Blue Essence Experiences was born, it was my means of giving again to a group that gave me a lot rising up.
What programs do you run and the way are these carried out?
We primarily run the PADI Discover Scuba Diving course once we go to these regional and distant cities. As every of those cities have an aquatic facility with a shallow and a deep finish, it's the good introductory course in a protected and managed surroundings. The periods run for 1.5hrs every and we take a most of 4 individuals per session. The idea is learnt first after which it’s into the shallow finish of the pool. As soon as all the expertise have been accomplished we undergo a bit of bit about buoyancy and find out how to management your placement within the water utilizing your breath. On the pool dive we add in a few additional enjoyable video games with hula hoops setup so our college students can apply their buoyancy and on the finish we do an underwater egg and spoon race within the shallow water.
We additionally supply snorkelling periods for any youngsters aged between Eight-10 which might be run concurrently the Uncover Scuba Diving periods. It’s been superb to see what number of youngsters have been capable of dive down and acquire sink toys now that they know methods to equalise and duck dive confidently.
What’s subsequent for Blue Essence Experiences?
We have already got plans to go again out to Cobar, Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong in the summertime of 2022. We can be conducting PADI Uncover Scuba Diving weekends at quite a lot of rural and regional cities in NSW in the course of the summer time months after which specializing in QLD through the winter.
Throughout 2021 each myself and Luke will probably be persevering with our diving schooling. Luke can be specializing in acquiring his Freediver Instructor score and I can be specializing in acquiring my PADI Adaptive Techniques Teacher score and my Disabled Diving Teacher score.
Additional to our distant and rural Uncover Scuba Diving periods, we will probably be creating periods with faculty teams, individuals dwelling with disabilities and personal/household group experiences. Providing a private service and expertise is our experience and ultimately this can result in retreats combining quite a lot of aquatic actions reminiscent of PADI courses, PADI Freediver courses, browsing and crusing.
What sort of suggestions or reactions do you sometimes get from the locals who attempt scuba diving for the primary time?
Properly, firstly it’s these extremely big smiles underwater as they take their first breath from their regulator. That’s usually then adopted by “THIS IS SO COOL!” after which a pair “That is so bizarre” after which simply this sense of awe and amazement at what they've simply completed. As soon as the dive is accomplished and we're all again on the floor, the most typical assertion is “I might keep down there eternally!” or “Can we return down once more?” From the mother and father we hear “I do know what we're doing on our subsequent vacation!” and “The place is the closest dive spot to us!?” I feel the perfect suggestions we've acquired although is “Can we join one other session?” We knew we have been onto one thing particular when individuals began reserving a number of dives in a swimming pool.
Have any of your Cobar Uncover Scuba Diving members made plans to do their Open Water Diver course?
Most undoubtedly! We've got had a number of enquiries about the place and when individuals can do their dive programs with us. Nevertheless, at this stage we're taking a look at referring individuals onto different PADI dive shops, relying on the place individuals shall be spending their holidays.
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