My PADI Story: PADI Instructor Virginia Watson


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If you consider New Zealand, you won't consider scuba diving – however you must. New Zealand is residence to some unimaginable dive websites and beautiful marine life. As a PADI Teacher with Dive Otago, Virginia Watson will get to name these superb dive websites her workplace.

We requested her a number of questions on what My PADI means to her and why being a PADI Teacher in New Zealand is so nice.

How did you first begin exploring the underwater world?

Each my mother and father have been divers so they might typically come residence with superb tales concerning the dives they’d been on right here in New Zealand and abroad. I first began exploring the underwater world in rock swimming pools round Dunedin and thru underwater photographs and magazines my mother and father had at house. My father is a dive teacher, so he taught me to dive once I was 12 years previous. I keep in mind hiding my PADI Open Water Diver guide amongst my faculty books and studying it in school in anticipation of my birthday.

How has being a PADI Diver modified your life?

It has undoubtedly given me a deeper reference to the setting round me. Once you’re underwater, slowly getting swayed aspect to aspect with all the plant and fish life it's onerous to not really feel not directly extra related.

Inform us about a few of your favorite diving moments.

My favorite diving moments have been actually numerous. There's the large stuff, like swimming with gray nurse sharks off the east coast of Australia, watching a pair of the world’s rarest sea lions play preventing or swimming by way of a Japanese submarine within the Solomon Islands – then there's the actually little lovely stuff, like watching bubbles dance underneath the ice whereas ice diving in Queenstown or taking a look at a small piece of wreck encrusted with tons of of tiny anemones and sponges.

For many who haven’t thought-about New Zealand as a diving vacation spot – what would you say to influence them in any other case?

In case you are after a bit extra than simply reef diving then the range of New Zealand’s diving won't disappoint. We've superb caves, pinnacles, wrecks, partitions and kelp forests for the adventurous diver. Locations like Fiordland Nationwide Park on the South Island supply breathtaking surroundings above and under the waterline.

What’s the most effective factor you’ve learnt as a diver?

Among the best issues I’ve learnt as a diver is that when one thing doesn’t go fairly proper, in the event you simply decelerate your respiration and work by way of an issue slowly then every little thing can be alright.

Is there somebody who has actually inspired and supported your journey to turning into a PADI Teacher?

My entire household has helped me immensely! As a mom, I’ve wanted a whole lot of help from my companion and my mother and father as nicely. It undoubtedly takes a village to boost a dive instructors youngster nevertheless it a terrific job to have as a mom. I can’t wait to point out my daughter the underwater world because it actually is likely one of the greatest presents.

What’s your recommendation to others desirous about turning into a PADI Teacher?

Dream massive! Take into consideration the place you need to be in 5 years time and work your approach into your dream job. So lots of our teacher graduates find yourself doing probably the most superb jobs everywhere in the world.

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