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Karen Barnes

Buddies Owner
IDC Staff Instructor

I always knew that I would become a diver! I qualified in Egypt in 2000. If I hadn’t have been in the middle of buying my first flat, I would have never gone back to the UK. I loved the freedom that Diving gave. Viewing the marine life in its natural habitat is a sight I believe everyone should have the chance to see. Under the sea is a different world completely, it’s so relaxing and no one dive is the same. Every dive is a different experience, from the marine life to the wrecks, it’s just amazing and from the moment I got in the water for my first dive I fell in love with it.

At first I was only planning to be a warm water diver, taking my holidays in Egypt, Turkey and hopefully places like Mexico, Thailand and ultimately wherever my budget would allow. Then as my love for diving grew, I realized that I no longer wanted to remain in the UK. I wanted to make my hobby my profession. I became an Instructor at Gildenburgh Water in 2005 and loved it. Gildenburgh was also where I met Martin, and found that he had the same views. We left England in 2007 and headed to Malta. And I guess the rest is history! One of the main reasons we chose Malta to settle in is the fact that it offers diving all year round. It also has some fantastic dive sites, giving a wonderful variety between shallow scenic dives, such as at Anchor Bay and the Santa Maria caves, and deeper wrecks such as the Rozi and the Um el Faroud. Aside from diving I found the people to be friendly and the scenery to be breathtaking. It really is a beautiful island.