EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS – Kazuya Nagai (PADI MSDT)
Kazu completed his PADI Master Scuba Diver Training with us at Ban’s Diving Resort in 2015. Having interned with several of our dive instructors he gained the skill, knowledge and confidence to begin working independently and decided to pursue a career in the diving industry but in Cairns, Australia.
Kazu (59 years old) initially decided to become a PADI Instructor to show his two sons who are Japanese / Australian born, that no matter what age you may be you can still go forward and achieve your goals and dreams.
Working for a PADI Dive Centre in Cairns, he taught courses in English and Japanese. His personal language skills also improved through the use of his Japanese PADI Teaching slates for the PADI Open Water Course.
He also found out that in Australia you need to have a few more credentials to work in the dive industry – such as skills to drive a boat. This is when he decided to focus on learning a new skill and after a four - month period of training he earned his Coxswain license. This also included a one-month TAFE college course Certificate 2 in Maritime Operation. During his diving employment he was able to volunteer and work on the boats to gain confidence in shipboard skills.
Having received his Coxswain Grade 1 License, Kazu had the opportunity to work in West Samoa during September and October 2016. It was his first time to dive in the Polynesian Sea and was extremely excited to explore the dive sites in the area. The diving was incredible and he went to one site in particular that had no name – and after his time there, the dive company decided to name the reef Kazu’s Arcade – West Samoa. He was honored.
Kazuya eventually returned to Cairns, Australia where he worked for several dive centres. He has understood that the procedures to be employed in Australia require more time and dedication. Most dive centres have a screening procedure to employ an instructor. It is a rigid program and over a 5 day period also known as a “Famil” you assist on a full PADI Open water course to learn the structure of the program with pool sessions, classroom sessions and open water sessions on a liveaboard. Kazu was looked on highly by the Skipper, Trip Director, Supervisor and other divers with positive feedback. Kazu is now currently employed by Pro Dive Cairns.
It is always a pleasure to know how each of our candidates have progressed after completing their training with us. Kazuya you truly are an inspiration not only to your boys but to other divers possibly wanting to take the plunge and further pursue their diving career.