Ahhh Bali. Just hearing the name alone conjures images of the far east, wonderful food, smiling people and beautiful romantic sunsets. One of our team members Matt, has chosen to go live in Bali fulltime and recently became a scuba diving instructor. Matt has always been a big fan of the ocean so getting a chance to scuba dive every day is an easy career path choice for him!
Bali offers some of the best scuba diving in the world, with a wide variety of oceanic life and amazing reefs that are accessible to divers of all skill levels. The ocean is warm and currents are mild off the coast of Bali. Indonesia has a host of amazing features about it, and one of them is their focus on marine life protection which means there should be plenty of years of good diving to come. This is a vital element of their tourism industry and many countries often overlook scuba diving as a large portion of their tourism industry each year. But Bali has chosen to protect many local shark species and this helps to keep their reef eco systems and therefore scuba diving conditions thriving.
Matt recently had the chance to bring a group of young Canadian ex-pats out for their open water PADI training. Everyone was excited to learn from our Coaching expert and the upside of being a scuba diving instructor is you get to share your passion with everyone who wants to learn, and get paid for it! So they set off for a fantastic day of diving at magnet point. This dive site is known for its large array of wildlife, everything from manta rays and sea turtles to massive intimidating Hammer head sharks! The group was a little nervous at the mention of the word shark, but Matt assured them the conditions would be perfectly safe and have a great time!
How a dive computer saved my life!
The water that day was calm an beautiful and the boat sliced through it like a hot knife through butter. Matt’s group was the only ones to arrive at magnet dive site that day, and that is always an added bonus. Within minutes everyone was over the side and beginning their scuba diving descent. The water was pristine and we were able to quickly reach the bottom. It was a good thing we were using a Dive computer on this dive because the depth dropped off very quickly. it is important to remain aware of the levels of nitrogen building up in your blood stream. Without it it would have been very likely we could have extended the dive for too long and one of us could have ended up with the bends! a good thing we were paying attention to our wrist diving computers! At that depth you really don’t want to take a risk! Make sure not confuse a dive computer with Mens Dive watches!
We saw several medium sized sharks and a ton of rays. Also there was a small wreck we were able to explore on the bottom and overall it was an amazing experience for everyone involved.