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Australian Anthony Eaton has recently completed our Premium Package Commercial Diving Course at The Underwater Centre Tasmania. Here he talks about his route into diving and his inspiring ambitions for the future.
What’s your background Anthony?
I’m 46 years old and I’m from Perth, Australia. I now split my time between Brisbane and Papua New Guinea.
After agricultural college, I did an apprenticeship
in boilermaker/welding, which took me to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to work in various gold mines. Within a few years I was managing welding crews, both in PNG and Australia and after a few more years I started my own crane repair company, which I have now been running for 18 years.
Why did you choose to train as a commercial diver and why at The Underwater Centre?
For most of my life I have worked on land, but I’ve always wanted to work in and around water, so when I found out about commercial diving courses at The Underwater Centre in Tasmania I decided it was the job for me! I made some enquiries and within six months I was on my way there to start the 12-week Premium Package, which includes ADAS Parts 1, 2 and 3. I chose The Underwater Centre Tasmania on the recommendation of a good friend and after my own extensive research into the best place to do a commercial diving course.
How are you finding the course?
I am currently just over half way through my Premium Package and am really enjoying it. The staff are all commercial divers themselves and really know their stuff. On the Premium Package I feel I’m really getting the best preparation possible for entering the world of commercial diving. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants an exciting and challenging commercial diving career.
What’s next for you Anthony?
My wife and I have been fortunate enough to be able to buy our own small island in West New Britain, PNG, where we have been hard at work building an eco-friendly holiday resort for the past four years. It’s called Ulaui Island and we’re very excited about it – it’s a beautiful place for visitors and we’ll run diving trips in the stunning coral reefs there as part of the experience. Once I complete my commercial diving course, we will be moving to the island for good and I will start my diving career working locally and overseas, as well as help with running the resort.