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To a great trip with a great crew!

After 5 months of exploring parts of Western Australia, Northern Terriorty and outback Queensland, I made it to the east coast city of Cairns. Along my journey from Alice Springs to Cairns, I met another backpacker who had spent some time in Cairns working on a Liveaboard Dive boat working as a cook. She told me several stories about her experiences, the friends she made and the real highlight that caught my attention, the opportunity to become a Scuba Diver!!! It didn't take me long to find the dive center she had told me about, and with a resume in hand I walked in and requested to speak with the manager.

Unfortunatly he was not available at the time, but it only took a day before I got my call for an interview. I was honest. At the time I didn't know how to cook all that much. Probably the best meal I could prepare was Kraft Dinner (mac and chees), add some hot dogs for special occasions. The lil brother taught me how to make nachos and well I could make soup. Regardless of the lack of my cooking experience, I was invited to do a trial trip with another cook. Long story short. I completed the trial trip which was quite the eye opener. One cook on board was responsible to feed up to 30 guests and 6 crew for a 3day/2night trip on the Great Barrier Reef! AWESOME! It didn't take me long to get routines down which would allow me some time to jump in for an afternoon snorkel here and there. When I got really good at my job, my employer told me that as long as I could hold down the galley and not burn anything, I was also welcome to sit in on dive classes and get my certifications at the cost for books and materials.
Frenchy and I after a dive
.. Not bad at all. My Open water was interesting. First time underwater, breathing through a regulator, learning the concepts of buoyancy. It was AWESOME! And then I continued on and completed my advanced open water. Deep dives to 30m, experiencing Narcosis, and doing other adventure dives like underwater photography! My favourite course by far was my rescue class. I've always been driven my emergencies, taking charge in situations and helping others. My instructor "frenchy" was great, hard on us and challenged us. It was a course you walked away confident that in a dive emergency, using basic knowlege and confidence, you can work through tough situations. She's now also one of my best friends and one of the reasons....well I will get to that later. Given the opportunity to take all these courses, I still had a few months left with this company.
savin lives
I had the opportunity to take my Divemasters... and well I would be rather stupid if I didn't complete the course knowing well the costs of it should I take it somewhere else. I wasn't sure I wanted to ever become a dive professional...but when I completed that course, I knew that that is what I wanted to do! So at the end of my 3 1/2month stay in Cairns, not only did I learn how to make a killer Thai Green Chicken Curry, Potato bake, Spaghetti Bolgneas, but I successfully became a DIVEMASTER! And there, the window of opportunities opened up for me with future travels and a great job to travel the rest of the world with!

 

 

 

 

canuck_downunder05 says:
Thanks for the comment. Well I went to oz after being offered a full time/contract job as a medic at home and realized that I was far from ready to commit to a full time job with time constraints... so I decided on traveling. I initially researched South America, but then decided with Australia, because it was more backpacker friendly for a single chick on her first time. Worked out awesome~ Get you butt over there!
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010
babyaly1 says:
This is soooo cool !! I always love hearing about how people end up doing the things they do ! It is so great you went with the courage fo taking a job you didn't know how to do and then got a different career out of it ! What made you go to Australia in the first place ?
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010
canuck_downunder05 says:
You know, I'm not really sure. I would have come home, worked for the summer. Probably travelled some more for fun. Or worked in Alberta to save money. Who really knows. Probably would have been focused on finding a good EMT job if I hadn't gotten into diving.
Posted on: Dec 12, 2009
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To a great trip with a great crew!
To a great trip with a great crew!
Frenchy and I after a dive
Frenchy and I after a dive
savin lives
savin lives
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My galley where all the magic hap…
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Fred one of the Instructors on boa…
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Alex, a great German Instructor
Alex, a great German Instructor
Some other great instructors!
Some other great instructors!
I won the cake batter cake!
I won the cake batter cake!
The great girls of Cairns at the R…
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Christmas Party and the Go Kart Tr…
Christmas Party and the Go Kart T…
Some of my first Nudibranch shots
Some of my first Nudibranch shots
Crew drinks!
Crew drinks!
Sea star
Sea star
Found some more Clown Fish
Found some more Clown Fish
Very first underwater photos...not…
Very first underwater photos...no…
Sunset on the Great Barrier Reef
Sunset on the Great Barrier Reef
Found Nemos Cousin
Found Nemo's Cousin
Breakfast
Breakfast
Freshly made salads
Freshly made salads
wings and potato bake!
wings and potato bake!
Frenchy
Frenchy
Rescue Course
Rescue Course