While growing up near the coast as a kid in Southern Thailand, I was always in the ocean whether it be swimming, splashing around or snorkelling. The ocean was intriguing and exhilarating to me and my desire to explore and be one with it grew stronger with age. My first plunge with scuba was the most surreal experience I have ever had. Just on that first dive, I came up close and personal with schools of butterfly fish, barracuda, anemones, sting rays, and even a sea snake (little did I know then that they are one of the most poisonous snakes in the world). The ability to swim and exist among the plethora of life that inhabited the underwater world was what sealed the deal for me. Deep down inside, I knew that I was going to pursue a career in diving.
Then university rolled around where I studied biological oceanography at UBC. Diving throughout the time of university slowed very much since studying and saving money took priority. However, I was still linked to the ocean in one way or another and one sunny August afternoon, near the end of my B.Sc. days, I made a decision that would ultimately propel me to where I am now: I enrolled in PADI’s professional Divemaster course. Through the course, I was able to start learning everything that I had ever wanted to learn about scuba. Through the course, I was also able to meet my current instructor, boss and friend: Travis Stewart. I currently manage Sea to Sky Scuba under the watchful eye of Travis and love my job every single day. My dream career is finally coming true and I am excited to keep learning more about scuba, working with water sports enthusiasts and tackling all challenges that scuba diving will throw at me.