I was born in Central Java but grew up in Bekasi, which is a quite big city next to Jakarta, come from a very special family, I guess that is similar what other people will say about their own family, right? It was starting when I was a few years in the college, I wanted to do something else instead of 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 travel and starting to grow such a big love for the ocean. The talks in the community moving around SCUBA diving, sounded very interesting for me and finally found myself doing the PADI Open Water Course.
After a few years I managed to finish my study in college, one of my friend told me there is an internship for local’s to become a Divemaster in Bali, Nusa Lembongan to be exact. I decided to apply for it because I was thinking I will see more of underwater world with SCUBA diving and also I was really keen to live the island life.
Excited is the right word to express my feeling when I know I was accepted on that Divemaster Internship in Nusa Lembongan. I started from the Advance Open Water Course since I did my Open Water Course earlier that year, through my Rescue Diver Course and then finally Divemaster. That took me about 7 months to finish everything up, leart a lot from my mentor and also discovered dive sites that I’ve never been before. I enjoyed it so much and worked for the company who made me a Divemaster for another one and a half year until I gathered enough experience and was thinking it is the time to become a PADI Instructor, I nailed it and here I am.
I have been in Bali for almost 3,5 years now, decided to move to Sanur and start working for Joe’s Gone Diving now, like I said before, it is already home, the people, the place and the chance to dive in more places makes me feel I am in the right place.
Talk about places to dive, there is always a favorite place 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), a lot of divers coming from around the world to see the magnificent Mola-mola or Sunfish, despite of 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 Whaleshark and Ghost pipefish.
Living a dream job doesn’t sound excessive for me, I’ve been feeling super lucky since I started to dive and did my PADI Divemaster internship, I will do more diving and hopefully teach more people to dive so people will understand more about underwater world.