We are thrilled to have Laura be our first guest blogger. Laura was a staff instructor and taught me during my PADI Instructors Development Course. Make sure to visit her facebook page: Scuba Diving with Lance and Laura.
A Little Bit About Laura
Living life to the fullest, Laura has travelled the globe seeking new experiences and making each day count. As a professional Dive Instructor in the British Virgin Islands her job is her passion, combining her training in Zoology with her love of teaching.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever – Jacques Cousteau
Life's a Beach!
By Laura Hiesinger
"Making my swishing debut I thought I’d tell you a little about life as a Dive Instructor in the British Virgin Islands. Originally from Liverpool, England the Caribbean is now my home away from home and I have to say I prefer the warmth and blue skies to the rainy days back home any day. I actually left home after finishing University in 2007 and was supposed to travel for a year until I did my open water course and saw my first view of the underwater world, it completely changed my life, I had found my true passion in life! I did some traveling throughout Asia and then decided to become a professional Dive Master and then with a firm love of teaching already in place it made so much sense to become an Instructor. Everything just clicked into place and I've never looked back. After working around Asia and Australia for a couple of years I fancied a complete change of seascape and took the leap to the Caribbean and it has been a spectacular year here so far.
I live on the small island paradise of Virgin Gorda nestled in the turquoise clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. We are famous for homing nature’s little secrets of breathtaking lush green vistas and stretches of white sandy shores making it is easy to enjoy life at the slower pace of island time with the flavor of the Caribbean - Rum!
The BVI hosts a wealth of rich coral reefs and wrecks to explore and I get to take divers to experience this kaleidoscope of color on a daily basis along with the awesome team at Dive BVI. Loving my time here, great diving and teaching is a dream just head in off the beach to do skills watching the Green Turtles swim by to check us out, how can you not fall in love with diving daily after that? Other days are spent guiding divers and running the boat to a pick of any of our 100 top dive sites, a favorite being the wreck of the RMS Rhone which sunk in a hurricane in 1867.
On days off this island is an adventurers dream with an immense selection of activities to get the adrenaline pumping. I love to go bouldering through the geological wonder of colossal granite rocks that make up the Baths National Park, an epic place to snorkel too. Island hopping is a must here too, so many sailing opportunities and uninhabited island to explore it’s hard to sit still. To keep up the fitness levels I love taking a super sweaty hike to one of our many viewpoints or work the upper body with some stand up paddle boarding or kayaking. Our sunsets are out of this world and there is no better way to round off the day in my opinion than with a BBQ on the beach with friends or some tranquil sunset yoga, bliss!
I’m a lover of all things eco hence my affiliation with the wonderful Swish Suits and this place has a plethora of opportunity to get involved with the local environment and community. From helping run a marine biology program for high school students to gain hands on experience of species identification, counting, Turtle tagging and coral replanting to helping cleaning up and preserving the island for future generations with community work.
I’ve loved every second of my last year in the BVI and have many more experiences ahead here to tell you all about. Let’s Swish it Caribbean style."
For more information about diving, conservation, awesome underwater life (and for information on how to take a scuba course with her!) visit her facebook page.