PADI Divemasters, Lend your Voice to Marine Conservation!

Dive against Debris

PADI Divemasters have the power to be the world’s most passionate advocates for marine conservation. With your unique underwater access and dive skills, you are a powerful movement – one that can seek out action and mobilise change for the better! So, with that in mind, here are 5 tips how you can lend your voice to promote marine conservation efforts.


  1. As a mentor to divers the focus of your dives should be on the education and understanding of local marine life you are hoping to see. PADI Divemasters supervise both training and non-training related activities by planning, organising and directing dives. You can use these attributes to empower divers to become ocean stewards in several ways, such as:


  1. You can partake in the development of environmental education and awareness programs! As a PADI Divemaster you can teach the Coral Reef Conservation and Project AWARE Specialist course on completion of the following: 1) the “Learning, Instruction and the PADI System” presentation from the Assistant Instructor Course. 2) a PADI Speciality Instructor Course taught by a qualified PADI Speciality Instructor Trainer. Make sure you ask your students to choose a Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card to support a clean and healthy ocean!


  1. Strengthen your ongoing commitment to global marine conservation activities by working for, or continuing your dive education with, a 100% AWARE partner. Across the world, PADI dive centres have committed to ocean protection through the 100% AWARE partnership. 100% AWARE partners support a healthy ocean by making a donation to Project AWARE on behalf of each student that they certify. Visit the 100% AWARE Dive Partner Map to locate a 100% AWARE dive centre or instructor.


  1. Inspire year-round action to remove, report and prevent underwater debris by organising Dive against Debris clean up actions. Check out the Dive Against Debris Event Organizer Kit to download helpful tools to recruit and organise your volunteers. The data collected helps influence policies and drive change needed to stop trash from reaching the ocean in the first place. Don’t forget to encourage your volunteers to upload their findings on the Dive Against Debris™ Interactive Map to further highlight the quantity and type of marine debris littering our seas.


  1. Spread the word about the importance of ocean conservation! One person can make a difference, but think how much greater an impact you’ll have if you recruit fellow divers to the cause!

So, what are you waiting for? Lend your support and your voice by becoming an active advocate for ocean conservation!

How to Get the Divemaster Job of Your Dreams (Part 2)

Putting yourself in the Winning Seat

Your PADI Divemaster certification can open the door to a fun and rewarding career anywhere in the world, but landing a great job takes work. Last month, in Part 1, we highlighted different skills you can add to your CV to help you stand out from the crowd and put you in the winning seat.  Below are some more strategies to help you outmaneuver the competition and snatch up your dream job.

How Will You Bring in New Customers?
New customers are the key to the success for any business, and dive operations are no exception. If you have personal connections or new ideas to help the dive shop owner bring more people through their doors, you’ll have a leg up on other job applicants. Here are a few ideas to consider:

– Build relationships with the concierge at local hotels
– Suggest ways to bring lapsed divers back into the shop with PADI ReActivate™
(a program DMs can conduct)
– Pitch a kids scuba summer camp program

– Do outreach to local businesses who might want EFR training
(you can even become an EFR Instructor)

Take Advantage of Online Tools

Visit the employment board on the PADI Pros Site to learn what skills employers are looking for and how you stack up to other PADI Divemasters looking for work.

Promote your skills and passion for diving on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media channels. Take time to learn how using social media can boost your scuba career.

Every Day is a Job Interview
The dive industry is small, and developing a bad reputation can quickly bring your scuba career to a halt. The diver next to you could be friends with a shop owner, and the server at a restaurant might work part-time on a dive boat. Always present yourself as a professional, trustworthy person online and in real life.

Your appearance can be an important factor in getting hired. Imagine two job applicants with equal qualifications: one who looks like they just washed up on shore and another who has clearly put time and effort into maintaining their hair and clothes – who do you think gets the job?

It’s also important to maintain physical fitness. A dive operation entrusts Divemasters with the safety of their customers. Do you have the strength to help someone back onto a boat? Could you egress someone during a shore dive?

Once you land that Divemaster dream job, act professionally and follow through on what you agreed to during your interview. If the job doesn’t work out, give as much notice as possible.

We hope the tips above help you take advantage of new opportunities in the New Year! For a list of dive operators looking to hire PADI Divemasters, visit the PADI Pros’ Site and choose Employment/Classifieds from the Online Services dropdown menu.

The 13 Different Types of Divemasters

A PADI Divemaster wears many hats: gear-wrangler, underwater guide, photographer, and sometimes even counselor. Over time, each divemaster develops a personal style, specializing in their own interests be it fish identification, or perhaps local history. Below are a few types of divemasters you may encounter:

The Comedian

The Comedian – The comedian divemaster delivers a dive briefing full of one-liners with the timing of a standup comic. The jokes aren’t always funny, but what they lack in quality, they make up for in quantity.

The Navigator – Even when visibility is so bad you can’t see your own fins, The Navigator somehow manages to bring the group back within a few meters of the exit point. At dive sites with a near-featureless bottom, The Navigator always finds the rocky outcropping full of life in a literal sea of nothingness.

The Prankster – If you’ve ever found yourself mobbed by fish only to discover someone put a cheese sandwich in your BC pocket – you’ve met the prankster DM. Other signature moves include Kool-Aid powder in the dive bootie and talc powder handprints in inappropriate places.

The scout

The Scout – The Scout was a shark in previous life. This divemaster can spot the faintest flicker of a big animal in the blue, and ably steers your dive group away from herds of others.

The Documentarian – The Documentarian divemaster has one eye on the group and the other behind the camera. This type of divemaster ensures every guest has a photo or video to post on social media after the dive, and challenges the Fish Whisperer as the most popular type of DM.

The Fish Whisperer – When The Fish Whisperer divemaster is around, all the bucket list animals come out to say hello. This type of DM can coax an eel out of its hole, speak fluent whale, and get their teeth cleaned by shrimp.

The Storyteller

The Storyteller – A Storyteller DM knows the backstory of every shipwreck, and the origins of every dive site name. Their stories are so entertaining, you won’t want to know whether they’re true or not.

The Most Fascinating  Divemaster in the Ocean –  The Most Fascinating DM has “been there, dove that.” This DM learned to dive before boats were invented, and Conservation International insisted they start a digital logbook to preserve the world’s forests. This DM was there when Bikini Atoll was a one-piece and once met a Cousteau.

The Cat Herder – You’re always in good hands when diving with The Cat Herder. These DMs have developed an eerie prescience: able to predict when a diver is going to or chase a fish into the depths, or linger too long photographing a coral head. The Cat Herder is always ready to wake a diver from their trance and bring them safely back to the group.

The Medic

The Medic – Whether you have an earache, a scrape or a stingy spot, The Medic divemaster is always prepared with a kind word and something to soothe the pain.

The Critter Nerd – A Critter Nerd knows the difference between a nudibranch and a flat worm and can identify their favorite marine gastropod mollusk – in Latin. They’re typically good friends with The Fish Whisperer who helps unite the nerd with the nembrotha lineolata.

The Mechanic – The Q of kit, the MacGyver of maritime activities, The Mechanic once made a rebreather from an old microwave and some surgical tubing. Whenever The Mechanic is around, no one misses a dive due to a gear problem.

The Concierge – More valuable above water than below, The Concierge knows the best place to fuel up before a morning dive, or unwind after a long day at the beach.


If you’re a PADI Divemaster looking to develop your personal style or discover your savant skill, enroll in a continuing education course such as:

PADI Fish Identification or Underwater Naturalist
Digital Underwater Photographer
Equipment Specialist (or a manufacturer’s equipment repair course)
DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

How to Get the Divemaster Job of Your Dreams (Part 1)

Your PADI Divemaster certification can open the door to a fun and rewarding career anywhere in the world, but landing a great job takes work. You can’t be like a sea anemone and wait for the perfect job to drift by. Use the strategies below to outmaneuver the competition and snatch up your dream job.

Do You Have the Skills Employers Expect?
For the most part, business owners would rather hire someone with experience rather than train a newbie. Review the list below to ensure when a potential employer asks if you have experience filling tanks, working on a boat, etc. – you can answer yes!

  • DSD Leader credential – By completing the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader internship, a Divemaster can conduct PADI Discover Scuba® (DSD) programs in a pool or confined water. This skill makes you a valuable asset to any dive operation and, because it is an optional part of the Divemaster course, gives you an advantage over other job applicants.
  • Boat Basics – PADI Divemasters, especially those hoping to work in resort areas, need to know their way around a boat. Familiarize yourself with boat terminology, local laws, and make sure you remember those knot tying skills. If you don’t have a lot of boat diving knowledge, consider taking the PADI Boat Diver Speciality course.
  • Minor Equipment Repairs – Divemasters spend a lot of time helping divers with their gear. If you don’t know how to handle minor gear issues, enroll in the PADI Equipment Specialist course and/or purchase the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch
  • Emergency Oxygen Administration – Every dive leader should be familiar with how to administer oxygen in the event of a diving emergency. Most dive operations will expect you to have this skill – in addition to current first aid and CPR training.  Learn more about the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty. If you already have this certification, talk to a PADI Course Director about getting trained to teach this course.
  • Ability to Fill Tanks – The ability to fill scuba tanks is an essential skill for Divemasters. To distinguish yourself from other candidates, you may want to get a visual cylinder inspection certification.

What Makes You Better Than the Rest?
Why are you the best candidate for a Divemaster job? What can you do better than anyone else? If you don’t have an answer to these questions, consider picking up one of the specialised skills below:

  1. Boat Skills – Resort and liveaboard operators need staff members who can do more than just lead dives. If you can drive a skiff, have a boat handling certification, know basic boat engine or compressor maintenance, or have a captain’s license, you will be twice as valuable as a Divemaster who does not have these skills.
  2. Equipment Service Technician –  Enroll in manufacturer-sponsored courses such as regulator repair, BCD maintenance and repair, etc. Though you may find yourself at a workbench more often than a dive boat, this can be your foot in the door.
  3. Know Your Local Marine Life – Most Divemasters have a good (but not great) knowledge of local marine life. By learning about the behaviors and habitats of your local critters, you’ll be able to help divers get more from their dive experience (and hopefully show their gratitude in tips). PADI’s Fish ID and Underwater Naturalist Specialty courses are a good place to start.
  4. Photo/Video Expertise – Capturing great images of marine life and divers having fun is a huge asset to any dive business. Photos and video are an essential part of any businesses’ marketing strategy, yet many dive operators don’t have time to get them. Divemasters can also teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Course (under the direction of a PADI Instructor) after receiving training from a PADI Course Director.
  5. Adaptive Techniques – PADI Divemasters can become a certified PADI Adaptive Techniques Support Diver (English only) and learn techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers.

Retail Recommendations – A Divemaster looking for work in a non-resort location should learn everything they can about the major manufacturer’s product lines. Knowing the features and benefits of popular BCDs, regulators and computers makes you a valuable employee to retailers.

Resorts – Divemasters looking for work in resort areas should be familiar with local places to eat, drink and have fun – easy right? Another thing DM’s should know is how to drive a large passenger van. Many dive operators in resort areas have a 15+ passenger van to pick up guests at their hotel(s) and to shuttle divers to/from the dive boat. Check local licensing requirements, some areas require a special driver’s license endorsement.

Knowing more than one language is also advantageous for Divemasters working in resort areas. The “best” second language to learn will depend on the area. Visit the Employment Board area of the PADI Pros Site to learn which languages are in demand.

Check in next month for Part 2 and find out about those extras that can put you in the winning seat.

New Year New Career: Becoming a PADI Instructor

InstructorAre you bored of the office? Do you dream of every diving holiday being more than just a holiday? Is it time to start doing what you really love?

Becoming a PADI Instructor not only means a new career, it can lead to a life of travel, adventure and so much more. To find out more about what’s involved and how to get started, read on!

What is the IDC?

IDC stands for Instructor Development Course and it is made up of two parts; Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor. Most candidates take both sections together followed by sitting a PADI® Instructor Exam to become fully-fledged PADI Instructors.

If you are already a certified diving instructor with another training organisation you may not need to complete the Assistant Instructor portion but rather go directly into the Open Water Scuba Instructor course.

InstructorWho can take an IDC?

You need to be a PADI certified Divemaster who has been a certified diver for at least 6 months and meets the following requirements;

Who will teach my IDC?

IDC’s are taught by PADI Course Directors – the highest level of Instructor rating – so you will be in safe hands. PADI Course Directors all started out as PADI Instructors so not only do they teach IDCs, they have been through one themselves. Your Course Director may also be assisted by IDC Staff Instructors and Master Scuba Instructors who are all there to help you and ensure your success.

Is it the right career choice for me?

If you like people, love diving, have a passion for travel and a thirst for adventure then YES!

Becoming a PADI Instructor not only allows you to teach diving and share your passion, it enables you to make real differences to people’s lives.

You’ll teach nervous beginners and give them confidence, you’ll teach teenagers and show them the value of responsibility, you’ll dive with people of all nationalities and ages, from all walks of life and you’ll give them one common gift – the gift of diving and a passion for the underwater world.

For most active divers, diving is more than a holiday activity, it’s a passion and, for many, a way of life. You’ll be giving this gift to each and every one of your students. Think back to your own recreational scuba diving instructors – they must have been inspiring for you to be thinking about following in their footsteps!

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most sought after dive professionals in the industry and your Instructor certification is your ticket to adventure. You’ll be able to apply for jobs in your own neighbourhood or on the other side of the planet – the world really will be your oyster.

What will I learn during the IDC?

The IDC teaches you how to conduct all core PADI Courses from Open Water Diver through to Divemaster. You’ll learn the PADI Standards and Procedures and how to find information you need in the PADI Instructor Manual. You’ll also review:

  • PADI Learning®, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

In addition to studying these key topics you’ll be reviewing your in-water skill demonstrations and learning how to deliver clear presentations for Confined Water and Open Water dives as well as for Knowledge Development presentations. Your public speaking skills will improve, your confidence will grow and your in-water skills will become perfectly honed.


What about the Instructor Exam?

The Instructor Exams are your chance to shine and show the examiners everything you have learned during the IDC. After the IDC your Course Director will confirm that you are ready for the exams so it’s just a matter of staying calm and remembering that you know everything, relaxing and enjoying the experience.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Yes, the IDC is not just a learning experience. You’ll develop a relationship with your Course Director and in many cases they are able to assist in helping you to find employment and providing references.

You’ll also make friends for life with your fellow candidates as you take this leap into a new career and new life together. It’s an experience you won’t forget – and it’s just the beginning.

Sign me up!

If you are ready to start learning straight away why not sign up for IDC online, PADI’s eLearning option and complete your study from home at your own pace? You’ll complete 9 interactive knowledge development sections which will save you classroom time later and help to build your confidence.

Use the PADI Dive Store Locator to find IDC Centres in your chosen area and get in contact with them to find one that suits your needs.

Top tips

  • Consider if you need accommodation and ask if it is included in the price or if the dive centre can help you to find accommodation to suit your budget. In many areas some places to stay will offer cheaper rates if you are staying long term.
  • Ask about possible teaching internships after you have completed your course.
  • Ask if the dive centre or Course Director offer any assistance with job placement after certification.
  • Start looking at the PADI Pros employment board on com to look for jobs coming up in the future.
  • Download the PADI Instructor Examinations schedule from com.
  • Get in the pool and start refreshing yourself on your demonstration quality skills.
  • Get ready for an extraordinary life!

5 Ways Becoming a PADI Dive Instructor Benefits You in the Real World

There’s a lot more to being a PADI Instructor than being a great diver (but of course that helps). A good instructor is also: an engaging public speaker, someone who can anticipate a student’s needs, and someone who can break down complicated topics into easy-to-understand chunks.

These skills, learned in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), are also incredibly helpful in the real world. Instructor candidates tell us frequently how PADI instructor training improved their ability to communicate ideas, bolstered their confidence in public speaking, and taught them how to give constructive criticism to others. For example: at the PADI Office, it’s not uncommon for staff members to (half-jokingly) use an IDC technique to enforce office etiquette:

“I really liked the way you – keep the break room clean. However, I noticed someone forgot to – make more coffee when the pot is empty. Remember, it’s important to keep your co-workers caffeinated.”

While some people are natural instructors, many people begin their PADI Instructor course wondering, “how on earth am I going to teach someone how to breathe underwater?” That’s where a PADI Course Director gets to work his or her magic. Using the PADI system of education, instructor candidates learn how to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions, and manage open water dive training. By the end of the IDC, instructor candidates walk away with a noggin full of knowledge and the ability to confidently explain and present information.

In addition to improving your public speaking and in-water skills, the IDC is a great way to network with interesting people. Divers who go through a Divemaster or IDC course learn a lot about each other, grow together, and form a special bond.

If you’re dissatisfied with your current job, becoming a PADI Instructor will level-up key job skills and open new doors. PADI Dive Instructors are the most sought after scuba professionals in the world. Once you’re a PADI Pro, a quick look at the job board on the PADI Pros Site pulls up jobs in dozens of countries.

Even if being a full-time scuba instructor isn’t your cup of tea, working part-time as an instructor or dive guide is a great way to supplement other freelance work close to home or in a tropical paradise. You may also be able to earn college credit. Last, but certainly not least, being a PADI Pro and transforming the lives of others is extremely rewarding.

Learn more about becoming a dive instructor, or peruse some of the scuba diving careers available to PADI Pros. Or, contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll in an upcoming Divemaster or IDC course.

PADI Divemaster Teaching Opportunities Expanded

As an Active status PADI Divemaster, you will be able to find work all over the world in an endless supply of exciting locations. World-class house reefs become your office and not just another desktop screen saver. The world is your oyster! Where will your adventure as a PADI Divemaster take you?

What you can do as an authorised PADI Divemaster:

  • Supervise training and non-training related diving activities
  • Conduct dive briefings, scuba reviews, PADI ReActivate and skin diver course
  • Assist in Discover Scuba Diving programs and lead additional dives
  • Lead Discover Local Diving programs
  • Teach these specialty courses without dives:
    • Equipment Specialist
    • Coral Reef Conservation
    • Project AWARE Specialist
    • PADI Distinctive Specialty Diver courses that don’t include dives
    • Digital Underwater Photographer
    • Emergency Oxygen Provider

Take a look at the Third Quarter 2017 Training Bulletin to find out how to qualify to teach these specialty courses. Stand out from the crowd and expand your PADI Divemaster teaching opportunities…who knows where your next PADI Pro Adventure will take you!



Living the Divemaster Life – Birgitta Mueck

Born and raised on the island of Orust, on the west coast of Sweden, Birgitta Mueck’s love and curiosity for the wilderness led her to become an underwater camera operator, guide, PADI Divemaster and PADI AmbassaDiver. 

Picture Credit: Nanna Mueck

We caught up with Birgitta to find out more about her adventures as a                   PADI Divemaster !  

When did you know that you wanted to become a PADI Divemaster?

The idea of becoming a PADI Divemaster is something that slowly and steadily grew with me. Whilst working as an underwater camera operator, we produced films to help promote interest and understanding for life hidden beneath the waves. Becoming a PADI Divemaster felt like a great opportunity to be able to share these wonderful experiences as-well as my love and admiration for the ocean with others. Not much beats the feeling of sharing amazing experiences – it inspires, spreads smiles, creates friendships and gives unforgettable moments.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?

I signed up for my PADI Divemaster course at Blue Adventures Diving in Crete, Greece during the summer of 2012. Completing the PADI Divemaster course and working with Blue Adventures Diving was both very inspiring and lots of fun, a summer I look back on with a big smile!

Describe a typical day in your working life as a PADI Divemaster?

No day is the same, you meet so many wonderful people and experience something new every day. Regardless if working at dive centers or on live-a-boards, the days differ a lot depending on the setup, where you are and the local conditions which may vary daily. As I alternate between warm waters and freezing cold latitudes, such as Antarctica and the Arctic, my daily activities differ a lot. Having variety is also why I enjoy working as a PADI Divemaster so much!

Picture Credit: Antonis Markakos                                                                                                                    Great memories from Crete where Birgitta spent 6 wonderful months as a PADI Divemaster back in 2012

What have been your most memorable moments working as a PADI Divemaster?

That is a hard one as being a PADI Divemaster offers countless memorable moments. Dancing sea lions showing off in Antarctica, intimate curious Orca encounters in Northern Norway, beautiful and exciting cavern dives in the Mediterranean Sea to name a few… When working as a PADI Divemaster, the most important thing for me is that all guests have fun. Seeing their big smiles and their eagerness for more adventure, are my most memorable moments as a PADI Divemaster.

In 3 words, can you describe your experience being a Divemaster so far?

Fun, Social, Outdoors!

Picture Credit: Edik Skarina                                                                                                                           “Through my work I want to share my immense passion for the wonderful planet we are living on, to inspirit life, raise awareness and inspire others” Birgitta says.

What are your diving plans for the future?

I just returned to Sweden from a 6 month long sail and film expedition in Northern Norway, where we spent most of the winter filming for our ongoing film production which is a collaboration with Swedish National Television. For now, my next diving plans involve more diving and filming around the Swedish west coast and Norway. Due to my many different assignments and my own adventure projects, my life differs a lot each year. When possible, I like to keep myself flexible without planning ahead too much so I have more freedom to take up new opportunities as and when they arise.

I am  excited about many more upcoming adventures and am very much looking forward to continuing sharing my passion for wildlife and the underwater world, and spreading even more smiles as a PADI Divemaster!

The Art of a Good Dive Briefing

Thomas Fuller was an English clergyman from the 17th century with a flair for catchy sayings, such as “If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully”. As PADI Divemasters, you don’t necessarily command people – but your advice, direction (and ok, yes – occasionally your orders!) are regularly required by the divers you look after.

We caught up with PADI EMEA Instructor Examiner, Rich Somerset, for some tips on how to give a good dive briefing.

“Everyone has their own style and most of us develop our approach as we gain experience. As a new Divemaster, I was painfully shy when confronted with large groups of divers. I shamelessly took ideas, phrases and jokes from my more knowledgeable colleagues and found that I gradually gained confidence. Eventually I listened to the dive briefings of the newest dive guides at the store and realised that they had started borrowing comments from my dive briefings to build theirs; perhaps it is all part of the natural development of the art of dive briefing?”

So, Rich, in your opinion what will help PADI Divemasters give a really good dive brief?

“Make it accurate. Well duh! Actually, this may seem obvious, but it’s worth remembering that if you don’t give a briefing that is correct, everything else is wasted.  Winging it on any presentation is a bad idea. A good start  to ensure you deliver a comprehensive and to the point dive briefing is to review your Divemaster materials, particularly the briefing slates. Sometimes there are variables in diving that we cannot always account for: if you don’t know which way the current is going, either find out in advance, or be honest and make sure your divers are prepared to react to the conditions they face in the water.

Be visual. One of the best dive briefings I saw was delivered by an Egyptian Divemaster, who created a 3D model of the dive site on the dive deck from towels. Now we are not all as creative as that, but even if your art skills leave little to be desired, having some kind of diagram makes a big difference. Whiteboards are reasonably tough, inexpensive and waterproof, so they are the choice for most dive guides.

Be clear. We often have groups of divers who speak a range of languages. My greatest fault with my first dive briefings was a tendency to talk really really fast. I only realised this when one of my colleagues, who was trying to translate my briefing to part of a group, pointed it out. It takes a conscious effort to pace yourself; you need to slow down and remember to speak at a normal pace, or sometimes even a little slower.

Relax. Usually, we are far harder on ourselves than other people would be – don’t beat yourself up worrying about delivering a brief; if you pause or stutter over a word here or there, your divers won’t notice or mind.”

So if you find dive briefings a challenge, try throwing one or more of these tips into the next one you deliver; you may be surprised by how much of a difference it makes!

You can re-order your Divemaster Dive Briefing Slates (product number 60207) by contacting the PADI EMEA Sales Department at:

Brinkley Davies: Aussie Native, PADI Divemaster, and Eco Warrior

Brinkley Davies

Brinkley Davies is an Aussie native residing in beautiful Port Lincoln, South Australia. Not only does Brinkley take some incredibly stunning shots (check out @brinkleydavies, trust us it’s worth it!) but she’s also a PADI®Divemaster, founder of the Balu Blue Foundation and ‘Australian of the Year’ nominee. Phew, we think that’s pretty impressive!

Not only do we love following Brinkley online for her inspirational diving photography and updates about her environmental conservation efforts, but we also love seeing Brinkley’s beautiful fur-babies, her rescue kangaroo (yes you read that correctly, kangaroo!) Bunji, as well as her beautiful pet pooch Ohana.

Brinkley’s an amazing woman, and we’re inspired by her efforts in ensuring our ocean home is clean and protected.

Brinkley was kind enough to have a quick chat with us about what we all have in common here, our love of the oceans!

Why did you decide to take up diving?

I have always loved the ocean ever since a really young age and after surfing all my life I knew I wanted to explore the underwater world as much as I could. I took up scuba diving after freediving for a few years, and ever since, scuba has been an amazing addition, allowing me to see some incredible things over the past few years.

Where has diving taken you?

All over the world! Hawaii, Fiji, Bali, Florida, and my absolute favourite, Ningaloo Reef, here in Australia.

What is your favourite dive site?

At this stage in my life, it would be a hard equal to Ningaloo Reef and Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive in Fiji.

Brinkley Davies

Tell us about diving in South Australia.

It’s cold, always surprising and absolutely beautiful. South Australia has some incredible marine life, and if you’re game enough to brave the cold in the winter months, you’ll find yourself face to face with huge congregations of cuttlefish. For the even more adventurous, head out to Neptune Islands and cage dive with some Great White Sharks. Or if you like the smaller things, Tumby Bay is the place to find a leafy sea dragon or two :).

What has been your most memorable dive moment to date?

It would have to be seeing Bull Sharks in Beqa Lagoon, Fiji, with Beqa Adventure Divers. I can’t recommend this dive enough. From a distance it may sound daunting, but once you’re down there it is truly magical – crystal blue waters, up to 100 bull sharks, and such professional crew with an amazingly safe system! Mike Neumann and his team are incredible.

What is the best thing about being a PADI Divemaster?

I enjoyed learning about the safety component through my course, which allows you to dive with confidence, and enjoy really great dive sites with other experienced divers. Being a PADI Divemaster has allowed me to work in some amazing places, and be surrounded with experienced and exciting crew.

Your fur-babies, Bunji the rescue kangaroo and Ohana the dog are quite the Instagram stars. What is their relationship with the water?
Ohana is absolutely obsessed, if it was up to her she would never get out, she even gets in her own water bowl at home. Bunji, to our surprise, hopped in the water and came for a swim one day. I’ve always known Kangaroos bathe in the ocean down here, but had never seen it with my own eyes! She comes to the beach with us a lot, but mostly hangs out on the sand, digs around, then lays down haha.

Tell us about a woman in your life who has inspired you most in your diving career. I’ve been inspired by a lot in my diving career, so I can’t really pin it down one inspiration. When I was younger, Valerie Taylor inspired me to get into diving, her original fishing career turned shark conservation career inspired me from a young age that even in the most hostile environments you can promote conservation and change. I live in Port Lincoln, conservation down here is mostly something people don’t recognise or care about all that much. These days though, we have a lot of power and support from the rest of the globe, and a generation of people who care about their coastline and marine life, and aren’t afraid to speak up, which is great.                                                                                    

What has been your most memorable moment with marine animals to date?          I’ve had a few encounters with marine animals which have inspired me so much both freediving and scuba diving. I had a crazy swim last year on Ningaloo with a female Manta Ray who swam belly up with us for close to 1km, it was such a humbling experience. Sometimes you just really feel like you are in the right place at the right time.

Brinkley Davies

What actions do you take to ensure our oceans stay clean and healthy? What can people do to help?

I run a Not-For-Profit organisation called Balu Blue Foundation, we are currently running a campaign called Clear Tides. We run beach clean-ups on the shore, along with educational talks at schools about how people can reduce their use of single use plastics, and encourage them to clean their beaches whenever possible.

I personally do my best to not use single use; swapping plastic items such as straws, coffee cups, water bottles and plastic bags, and swapping to reusable items is a great start. They are simple swaps which, when everyone makes the change, the make a big difference.

Can you tell us a bit about how the Balu Blue Foundation came about?

For a few years I had been wanting to have a basis for all the work I do, and for plans I have in environmental conservation, whether that be research, educational work, or conservation projects, so I founded Balu Blue Foundation Inc, last year in November. The name was inspired by our pup my partner and I had, named Balu, he was our whole world, and last year we sadly lost him to 1080 fox bait, a horrific poison used here on farms and national parks. . It devastated me for months, and gave me the push I needed to just go ahead and reach for my dream- – to educate people on how special our native wildlife is here, and how unique our oceans are, as a start.

Thanks to our campaign Clear Tides, we’ve removed close to 2000 pieces of rubbish here from Port Lincoln Foreshore. We screened the documentary Before the Flood as a public event here as a part of SALT Festival, are running clean-ups in other states, bringing on educational ambassadors to speak at schools interstate, and working on plenty of other things behind the scenes for the organisation. It’s all very exciting!

This year you were an official nominee for Australian of the Year. What does that mean to you?

I was so appreciative and happy to receive this. It means a lot to me, that the people who follow my social channels and want to get involved in diving or environmental conservation, appreciate my journey and are inspired by it. One of my biggest goals in all of this is to inspire young people to create a career for themselves that is kind to the environment, and not be afraid to get out there and explore this planet.

Brinkley Davies

Want to help? 

There’s heaps of great organisations out there spearheading conservation projects and making a difference. If you want to start by helping clean up the coastline, get in touch with Balu Blue Foundation OR, if you’re more interested in using your scuba skills to clean up the oceans, head over to Project AWARE’s website and sign up to Dive Against DebrisTM or even Adopt a Dive Site if you’re regularly visiting the same dive site.

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