Author: Asha Tanna
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A male chimp in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda photo ©Asha Tanna 2012

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The IE (Instructors Exam)

February 22, 2018

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Since starting the IDC (Instructor Development Course) there’s been hardly any downtime to catch my breath. The days have felt long and the nights longer with studying and homework. My homestay mum is up at the crack of dawn every day to cook a typical “Tico” breakfast for her husband. I sleep above the kitchen […]

Quepos

February 3, 2018

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Quepos is a beach town that lies around three hours outside of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. It’s my home for the next seven weeks and where I’ll be working and training for my scuba Instructor Development Course (IDC). At the far end of the town is the shiny newish marina with million dollar yatchs […]

Costa Rica

January 25, 2018

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Costa Rica has one of the highest happiness indices in the world for its population so it seemed like a great place to rendez vous with my parents. It dissolved its navy and military 80 years this year because the government decided it was better to spend money on health and education for its people […]

Eat, Sleep, Dive

January 25, 2018

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Anyone who has been on a live-aboard will understand the importance of good company. You’re living in unbelievably close quarters, sharing meal times and down time together. If it goes pear-shaped the temptation to drown your fellow shipmates is high. Out at sea, in confined spaces everything is heightened. Komodo in Indonesia was my first […]

Fierce Women

January 15, 2018

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I was recently interviewed in Guatemala about my life and adventures by a group called the Fierce Women’s Collective. Answering questions is a concept that is actually much harder for a control freak/journalist than I’d like to admit. If you ‘re interested here’s the link, click on it below. I think it makes a better […]

Belize

January 6, 2018

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It might only be next door to Guatemala but my God what a different culture exists in Belize. After spending two hours in the immigration line and a confused officer misreading my occupation as “DRIVER” not “DIVER” until I shook my fins at him I hurried towards the exit. I was the last passenger from […]

El Peten – Tikal

January 6, 2018

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I awoke bright eyed and bushy tailed on New Years Day. No hangover, no regrets and happy. Today was a travel day and at 9.30am I was due to be picked up and make the four hour journey to the airport to fly to El Peten. It’s famed for the incredible Mayan ruins deep in […]