For me the certification and qualification at the end is what I want. It will be my first one. To be honest, studying is not easy for me, so to get that certificate in my hand proves that I worked hard and really earnt it. I like the peace and quiet down in the sea. I get the chance to bring home dinner for the family that I catch myself, and I've met new people here too, so that's cool.
School just didn't suit me. But this type of learning does. We have 2 classrooms, one with our books, and one underwater where you can swim with the sea life. I like the buzzy appearance of everything down there. I think I'd like to become a underwater welder from what I'm learning from IKA. I'd be able to get work anywhere in the world.
I come from a family of scuba divers. We are all water babies and love the water but until I started this course, none of us were certified. I'll be a scuba instructor soon, which is a welcome change from the office work I've done in the past. Being underwater is amazing, it's a different world. The people I've met which doing this IKA course are cool too.
I moved to Whangarei recently, mostly for the seafood. I've done quite a lot of diving but had no ticket until now. I want to stay in New Zealand and I'm training up to become a dive guide. My favourite part of this course so far is learning how to identify all the marine animals.
To be honest, at first, I did this course for the payment for course related costs. Getting a student loan with that didn't worry me at all. But now I'm sticking at it because I will get my first qualification. Now I've got skills that I can use to save people who are in trouble or lost out at sea. I'm proud of that.
I'm doing this course to learn new skills and learn how to use dive gear. It's makes you feel proud when you master something new. It gives me confidence.
I've been diving for a long time, but now I'm learning how to do it safely. Conservation is important to me. We must leave the environment how we found it. I enjoy all the diving specialties, especially going really deep. The future looks bright, there could be lots of demand for scuba divers soon for fracking off the coast.
My partner, Ray, started this course first, and I read through all his books, materials and notes that he was bringing home. I enjoyed it so much that I joined the course too! I get a bit claustrophobic before going diving, but it is so lovely underwater, especially at the Poor Knights. It's great to be able to hunt and collect for my family too.