Entries in #intern (2)

Wednesday
Apr192017

Andy And Matt  Here!

Working for Mai Life Magazine has been great so far but the weekends are free for us to explore the beautiful sights of Fiji.

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Monday
Jun292015

A New Confidence In Diving 

On my first day in Beqa I wrote in my diary about how I longed to look as confident and capable at diving as the other volunteers, but feared I never could achieve it. I was bad. It had been over two years since I'd last worn a tank, and I'd forgotten so much. I couldn't kit up on my own, my buoyancy was shocking and I consumed all my air at an astonishing rate… It seemed hopeless.

But I worked on it... slowly. Everyone was patient. I took it one dive at a time. And gradually I got better. There were setbacks, mainly due to ear issues, but overcoming them helped my confidence grow. After a while I started leading dives, it felt great knowing I could look after myself under the water.  

In fact I became so confident that I was able to create my own invertebrate survey. This became my own little side project as an intern. Using my newfound buoyancy and reduced air consumption I was able to spend my time observing and identifying the invertebrates found on our sites so I could research their significance. After a few weeks of collecting baseline data I was able to start trialling several survey methods, adjusting them to meet my own requirements. And now as I prepare to leave the project I'm proud to say that my invertebrate survey is now a regular part of life in Beqa.

New volunteers will learn from my research, and that's something fantastic I've gained from this experience. But I believe my greatest achievement out here has been my diving. I came here with 10 dives, terrified of people finding out how anxious I was. And I'm leaving with just over 40 dives, feeling like the ocean has finally opened itself up to me. I plan to continue diving for many more years to come.

By Laura Bartlett - Short

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