Recently, I spent a week diving Komodo National Park, Indonesia. The purpose of the trip was to find a location to do my Dive Master Training (DMT), the first level of professional diving.
I have decided to take a break from my legal/human rights career to become a Dive Master – something I have wanted to do for a long time! I’m fairly certain that the 6-week training – and the opportunity to then work as a Dive Master – will be the adventure of a lifetime…
But pausing my career is not a decision I take lightly.
Yet, it’s one that I doubt I will regret as it provides an opportunity to do something that makes me happy on a daily basis. Life’s too short not to take these opportunities… right?
So first, I need to make some decisions about my DMT:
- What country?
- What type of diving – i.e. which body of water with what animals?
- Which dive centre?
There are many dive centres around the world, and certainly hundreds in Thailand. But I want to find the perfect combination of incredible diving, challenging conditions, and good instructors… and I’m willing to travel the region until I find it! Ahhh the sacrifices we make for our passions 🙂
So that’s the background to my trip to Indonesia… Find all of those things… and move there!
And I think I may have found them as Komodo absolutely blew my mind! The diving was incredible and the resort I stayed in was wonderful… certainly a potential new home.
The best part, was the diversity of marine life and lack of tourists. Dive sites in my country of residence – Thailand – have been swallowed by tourism. In total contrast, Komodo remains largely untouched by tourist interference… Komodo provides a veritable aquarium of manta rays, sharks, dolphins and much… much more! So much to explore…
I think I’ll have to move here!