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How did you end up pursuing an offbeat, unconventional and cool career such as diving?

Anisha Kumar’s typical day at work involves diving into the great blue to discover the mysteries of the ocean.

A naval background and a love for water, was what she grew up with. Her 24th birthday celebrations at Havelock Islands in Andaman Islands gave her the impetus to give up her nine-to-five job that was boring her to tears.

What do you do now?

Anisha Kumar is now a Instructor Developement Course (IDC) and staff instructor of the Professional Association of Divers Instructors (PADI) at Barefoot Scuba Havelock Island, and teaches and certifies scuba divers.

“Weekends are the busiest time for me. We have first timers and certified divers wanting to go back to the ocean for a dive,” says Anisha.

When she turned 24, scuba diving was one item on her list she wanted ticked off. So, she did a course at Havelock. In three months, she had given up her job and was back.

“If you are a first timer, we teach you how to breath underwater. Then, we take you into the ocean. For a certified diver it’s a party all the way,” she says.

What do you love about the job?

Scuba diving helps you see what lies under the blue waters of the ocean. There are many levels of certification starting with the PADI scuba diver course which is a subset of the PADI open water diver course. Anisha says, “Apart from teaching, one also needs to be up to date with technology and skills. So, I do a refresher and advanced course every once in a while.” Scuba diving instructors have to take care of underwater emergencies and be equipped to administer first aid. “As divers we need to stick our neck out and be prepared for any kind of stress. We also get paid to take care of people and it’s a part of our job to make their dive memorable,” she reiterates.

Anisha says dipping under water at night is mysterious and so alluring and no dive can match up to it. A whole new world comes to life under the glow of your dive light.

“The best news is that you don’t even have to wait too long. You can join the day you turn eight! Keep your certificates carefully and you have a career ready,” she says, as she leaves with her group for a day of diving and enjoying the sea and sand.

In India, diving schools are based at The Havelock in Andamans, Puducherry and Goa.