I was born in Central Java but grew up in Bekasi, which is quite a big city next to Jakarta. I come from a very special family, I guess that is similar to what other people will say about their own family, right? My diving story starts when I was in college. I wanted to do something else instead of just focusing on my study and found out that snorkeling was a nice getaway from all that. I met some new people during my travels around Indonesia and ended up joining a Freediving community in Jakarta. From there, I did more freediving whenever I went traveling and I started to grow a big love for the ocean. The talks in the community about SCUBA diving sounded very interesting for me and finally, I found myself doing the PADI Open Water Course.
After a few years, I managed to finish my study in college. One of my friends then told me about an internship for locals to become a Divemaster in Bali, Nusa Lembongan to be exact. I decided to apply for it because I wanted to see more of the underwater world with scuba diving and was also really keen to live the island life.
Excited is the right word to express my feeling when I found out I was accepted on that Divemaster Internship in Nusa Lembongan. I started with the Advanced Open Water Course, since I did my Open Water Course earlier that year, continued with my Rescue Diver Course and then finally the Divemaster course. It took me about 7 months to complete everything. I learned a lot from my mentor and also discovered dive sites that I had never been before. I enjoyed it so much and worked for the company who made me a Divemaster for another one and a half years until I gathered enough experience for the next step: PADI Instructor, I nailed it and here I am.
I have been in Bali for almost 4 years now. I decided to move to Sanur from Nusa Lembongan and started working for Joe’s Gone Diving. Like I said before, I haven’t been here long yet, but it is already home, the people, the place and the chance to dive, makes me feel I am in the right place.
Talking about places to dive, there is always a favorite for me to dive, which is Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida island. It is a quite big and busy dive site, especially during the high season (July-October) as a lot of divers come from around the world to see the magnificent Mola-mola or Sunfish. Despite that, this dive site also will spoil you with super clear visibility, colorful and healthy coral reef, tons of fish swimming around and sometimes surprises with small or big creatures that are rarely seen around Nusa Penida, such as the Whaleshark and the Ghost pipefish.
Living a dream job doesn’t sound excessive to me. I’ve been feeling super lucky since I started to dive and did my PADI Divemaster internship. I will continue to do more diving and hopefully, teach more people to dive so people will understand more about the underwater world.