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William Arlidge
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William Arlidge
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Since a very early age I have had an affinity with the water. My family would often get me to relate my dream job to family friends. People would often expect a 5-year-old boy to have aspirations to become a fireman, or an astronaut, but would laugh in surprise when I would proudly state, “when I grow up, I want to become a marine biologist!”
I have always been interested in the interactions between animals in nature, and in July 2005 this led me to enrol at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marine Biology, with a second major in Ecology and Biodiversity. After completing my second year of university I found my true passion for the underwater world, I decided to do my Open Water Diver certification and was instantly addicted. I found everything about diving enthralling, it allowed me to enter into the environment that I had been studying on paper, to gain a first hand account of the ecological interactions that my lecturers had excitedly explained to me. Since my first breath taken on a regulator I was hooked, and I knew then that diving would play a major role in the rest of my life. After my Open Water certification I instantly signed up to do my Advanced Open Water Diver certification, adamant I hadn’t had enough.

Having finished my BSc at the end of 2007, I went on to begin my Masters of Marine Biology. Focusing on reef-building corals, looking at viral communities associated with corals in relation to environmental impacts. I was fortunate to undertake my data collection on Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific, and Coconut Island, Oahu, Hawai’i. Following my field research I became a dive club member of my local dive shop, and was offered an internship to complete my Divemaster. The experience that I gained via my internship was invaluable, making a number of valuable contacts and dive buddies along the way. During my internship I also undertook my Enriched Air Nitrox certification, opening the door to technical diving. I also volunteer with a program called Educating Kids About Marine Reserves (EMR) throughout the summer. I find volunteering extremely rewarding, as I feel that education plays a vital role in long-term conservation.

Whether diving in the warm waters of the Poor Knights, or in near zero visibility in Wellington harbour - I always try to take something new from every experience. The more I dive the more my love for the underwater world continues to grow exponentially, a passion that is inseparable from my want to make a difference in conserving the marine ecosystem. I feel prepared both in my diving skills and my mental attitude towards tackling the role of becoming the next OWU Australasian scholar. This is a role that I will take on with all the passion, enthusiasm, interest, and drive that I hold for the underwater world.
Website
www.owuscholarship.org/, owussaustralasia.org/
Member Type
Student Member
Country
New Zealand