Quick Q&A – Divemaster Aswar
What did you do in your life before diving?
I was an electrician in a company that did installations in houses and offices. We also were working on the big wires on the street in my hometown in South Sulawesi. I did this for a couple of years until my uncle asked me to come and work with him as an electrician for a dive shop in North Sulawesi. After doing this for about a year, one of the instructors asked me if I wanted to try diving.
Do you remember that first dive?
Off course I remember, I was actually quite scared. It was a lot to focus on and equipment to get used to, but then after a few minutes I started to look around me and saw all the colours and the fish. I could only say “wow”. This encouraged me to go diving every time I had a day off or was free.
Why did you become a PADI Divemaster?
So my friend who's an instructor took me always diving when there was time. He was my instructor for my Open Water Course as well. After a few month diving, my boss got to know that I really enjoyed it and was a good spotter on top. He invited me to go diving with him and asked me after if I wanted to become a Divemaster. So I started taking all the other courses up to Divemaster. Then I had to be trained to be a good spottor and how to assist photographers to take the best picture.
What PADI course did you enjoy the most?
I really enjoyed the PADI Rescue course. It was the course where I had the most fun. Because I had already 20 dives and was comfortable with all the gear, you have the time to focus on the rescues and safety to the fullest. The whole course exists of scenarios and exercises that prepare you for a real emergencies. The whole time you're doing role plays what makes it really funny, I can assure you, you will laugh and learn a lot!
What’s your favourite critter & what would you like to see one day?
That must be a flamboyant cuttlefish. They’re quite small but magical. They're whole body is changing colours the whole time and they're funny to see hunting. When they're eating, they first get as close as possible to their target and then, within a second, their tongue come out to grab the fish and it's gone.
What I am really looking forward is my first Mola Mola. I have been diving for almost 10 years now, but I haven't seen one because we don't have Mola Mola's in Sulawesi. In Crystal Bay, close to Nusa Penida, they're often be found during the dry season.
Why should we come Dive 'N Stay in Padang Bai and Bali?
The combination of all the amazing dive sites that are so close by, only 10 minutes away. We have everything here from pelagic big fish to wreck diving to macro/much diving. All what a photographer can dream of. On days that you're not diving, it's so easy to get around and visit some amazing tempels and rice terraces. There is a very rich and well conserved Hindu culture to find on the island.
All for the perfect holiday!
Thank you Aswar, keep the bubbles going!