I would like to tell you a story about my first experiences diving...
I went to Bali on my own as a backpacker last year in October, I wanted to get my Open Water certificate. I went to Bali because my ex-boyfriend recommended it to me, he had done his Dive Master there and loved it! When I then decided on going to Bali, my cousin recommended Blue Corner Dive at Nusa Lembongan, a small island just east of Bali. Him and his girlfriend had just done their OW certificates with that dive shop, and they couldn't get their hands down, they loved every second of it!
They had both had Made Partayasa as their instructor, and they kept talking about how good an instructor he was to both of them etc.. So they gave me his contact details, and that way I could get in contact with him before I arrived to Nusa Lembongan, Bali. So a few weeks before leaving home, I contacted Made and we agreed on when I should start my OW.
When I arrived, single blond girl in Bali, I felt overwhelmed by all the people WHO wanted to talk to me, and offer me pretty much ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! But Made helped me (we talked over Facebook) finding a nice place to stay, where they could help me find my way out to Nusa Lembongan. When I arrived in Nusa Lembongan Cody (one of the owners of Blue Corner Dive) met me at the Dive shop, and said I could start my course with Made P. that afternoon.
When I came back that afternoon, I was met with a huge smile and a really warm welcome from Made P.! He made me feel comfortable from the beginning, and as we went on with the course, I finally understood why my cousin and his girlfriend had been so pleased with Made as their instructor. He always praised me for how easy a learner I was, how quick and well I did my exercises (in the pool, theory etc.) and it was ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS with a big smile on his face.
I simply loved doing my OW and because I had had such a good instructor, I decided to continue straight into my Advanced (which I had never at this point considered doing), Again with Made P. as a fabulous instructor, helper and friend. He is excellent at finding stuff, often new stuff every time, when we go under water. I really enjoyed all of my dives doing my Adv. OW as well, and started thinking about; maybe I should do my Rescue.. Because Made had made me love diving, so I started reading a lot more about it and got more and more sure about the fact, that I wanted to my Rescue.
I was meant to stay in Nusa Lembongan for 4 days, I finally left after 15 days, and two dive courses richer. I travelled around Bali for another four weeks, went to New Zealand as planned, and during my six weeks here, I decided to change my flights, so I could go back to Lembongan for another two weeks instead of heading straight home.
I am now a Rescue Diver and this is all because of one person - Made Partayasa!
He showed me the wonderful world of diving, and the great things that follow. I think he deserves to know how good an instructor he is, he really did change my life in a very short time. He wasn't just a really good instructor, he is the perfect instructor!