Introducing AMD-B’s 2023 Zero-to-Hero PADI Divemaster Interns
Welcome to AquaMarine Diving – Bali to our two 2023 Interns!
Everyone in AMD-B is delighted to welcome Mardia (Mar) and Abisha (Abi) into the AquaMarine Team 🙂
Our annual 11 Months Internship Programme is one way in which AMD-B ‘gives back’ to the dive community by raising the quality of Indonesian Dive Guides.
For 2023, our PADI Instructor Ketut Sumitra (Mitra) will be their Mentor; what a great start to their dive careers!
Mardia is from Makassar, South Sulawesi; she has a degree in Aquaculture. Last year, Mar finished her coral restoration internship in Gili Air and was accepted as an exchange student at the faculty of Marine Science and Technology of Tokyo University. Her dream job is to work in marine conservation.
Abisha is 21 years old, comes from Bogor in West Java, and has a degree in Marine Science. Abi was previously an intern at the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC) here in Bali, where he gained more knowledge about ocean and conservation. His hobbies are diving and photography.
As with all past participants in AMD-B’s annual internship: After completion, Abi and Mar might stay with AMD-B (assuming we have vacancies) or move elsewhere to share their new-found knowledge.
Previous ‘graduates’ have worked in resorts and liveaboards throughout Indonesia – from Pulau Weh in the far west, through to Wakatobi Dive Resort, Komodo National Park, and in Raja Ampat in the east; others stayed in Bali (most of them are now PADI Instructors!). Some returned to their studies; two doing so overseas.
We look forward to seeing Mar and Abi progress through the PADI courses up to Divemaster, and then gain experience with some of Indonesia’s most sought-after PADI Professional Dive Staff here at AMD-B.