The moment I took my first breath underwater at Cardiff International pool back in 2011, I knew that scuba diving would be a part of my life forever. My husband Oli, having qualified as a teenager on a family holiday in Fuerteventura, was delighted that we would be able to share such incredible underwater adventures together.
In the years that followed, as well as doing a lot of diving locally in Wales; Chepstow Quarry and some beautiful bays on the West Wales coast to name but a few, Oli and I were lucky enough to dive in some incredible places around the world such as Koh Tao in Thailand, Dahab in Egypt, Bali, and diving with over 20 Manta Rays during a single Dive at Komodo National Park, Indonesia - an absolute dream come true. We have met some incredible people along the way and have made lifelong friends.
Over these years, our experience and knowledge has continued to grow and having visited Cyprus a couple of times to further progress our diving, in May 2015 we decided to take a 3-month sabbatical from our work in the UK and complete our PADI Divemaster course with Cyprus Diving Adventures, the first step in becoming dive professionals. Not only did we complete the course but we also qualified as Master Scuba Divers specialising in Deep, Navigation, Search and Recovery, Enriched Air and Night. This was one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences of our lives and we left Cyprus determined to return to follow our dream of working in the diving Industry, sharing our passion for the sport and underwater life with others.
So here we are ! On March 11, 2017, Oli and I embarked on the biggest adventure of our lives when we flew to Paphos, to live and work in Cyprus. We are living in a village called Pissouri that is located between Limassol and Paphos, and are training and working with Cyprus Diving Adventures, a 5 star PADI dive centre. Steve and his team have become more than mentors and instructors, they are now good friends, as well as many of the locals both Cypriot and British. As well as further developing our professional diving careers, I am so excited to being part of so many other people’s first experience of diving and their very first breath underwater, one that could possibly open a whole world of new adventures and experiences, just like it has for us.