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!