Paul JuraPaul Jura

My first scuba dive was in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2008, and I immediately fell in love with it. Advanced, Rescue and several Specialty courses soon followed. Since then I travelled to the Cayman Islands where I discovered the beauty of tropical water diving, not to mention the sun and warmth! With my sights set on a career in diving, I moved to the Red Sea of Jordan, and completed the Divemaster and Instructor courses in November 2009. To gain more experience as an Instructor I interned with Mermaids in Pattaya, Thailand. It was here that I learned of a small island called Koh Tao, that promised world class diving, spectacular surroundings and the best opportunity to develop myself as a diving professional. I am now working as a permanent freelance instructor, photographer and videographer at Seashell Divers.

Koh Tao has been my home since 2010 and I'm not going to leave any time soon. If you want to dive with me in paradise, send me a message now!

My Camera

As of May 2014, my camera is a Canon G16, in a Fantasea housing, with a single Inon Z-240 strobe. The G16 is a wonderful camera to use underwater. It has fast focus, shoots RAW, films full HD video, a single battery lasts two dives easily, and the image quality is excellent whether I'm shooting macro or long shots, wide or zoomed. The Fantasea housing gives me access to every operation on the camera, is a pleasure to use and looks stylish too. I'm very happy with the strobe, but of course I will be getting a second one as soon as I can afford it. It's all held together with an i-Das tray and arm system that matches the black housing, making the whole setup look sleek and professional.

Qualifications

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer & Tec Deep Instructor #261337

Specialty Instructor: Deep, Enriched Air, Digital Underwater Photography, Night, Wreck, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Naturalist, Multilevel, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE Fish Identification, Emergency Oxygen Provider

Tec Diver: Normoxic Trimix Diver, Trimix Gas Blender

Other: Equipment Maintenance, Compressor Operator