Adam Braybon has one of those jobs we all dream of. Not only is he a scuba diving instructor, where he plunges into spectacularly beautiful water each day to help others experience the joy of diving, but he does it in one of the world's most beautiful destinations – Vanuatu.
He graduated from the William Angliss Institute Resorts Management Program, completing his Dive specialisation in 2013 to graduate that December. He says he was fortunate to find work shortly after completing his degree, leading him to the career he'd always dreamed of.
"The contacts that Xavier and the staff at Scuba Culture have developed over the past gave me contact with dive shops around the world," says Adam.
A successful career
One of the contacts Adam established upon graduation was Aquamarine, located in Santo, Vanuatu. He now works as Operations Manager/Dive Instructor for the company, which prides itself on its friendly and professional service that helps first timers and experienced divers alike explore the waters of this topical island. Understandably, Adam is loving it. "I am living the dream of working on a tropical island with wonderful people," he says.
He went into his studies after falling in love with scuba diving and chose the dive stream of the resort management program to help further his training. He credits the Institute as instrumental in giving him the skills and knowledge he needs to do his job to the highest possible level.
"The knowledge that was imparted by William Angliss and Scuba Culture has allowed me to take on this role with confidence and work closely with the store owner to make diving with Aquamarine as safe, comfortable and enjoyable as possible," Adam says.
Learning at William Angliss Institute
The partnership with Scuba Culture in the Dive program was a positive one for Adam's studies, giving him valuable on-the-ground experience to help him further his dive skills.
"Through the partnership with Scuba Culture I have been able to change my passion for viewing our underwater environment into a job sharing one of the world's best wreck dives with people and watching their joy as they discover what the SS President Coolidge has to offer."
He credits the Institute with teaching him management skills and practices that he employs in his current role, where he says the culturally diverse guests have helped him improve his understanding of other cultures. Divers have come from as far away as the UK, USA, Russia, Noumea and Czech Republic. As for Vanuatu itself, it goes without saying that it is an idyllic work environment.
"There are many highlights to working in Vanuatu. The people of Vanuatu, Ni-Vanuatu, are a caring and friendly people who are very accepting and open to others. They make a visitor feel very welcome. My workmates have become an extension of my family and vice versa," Adam says.
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