One for the Girls

By Annabel Thomas

For The Bali Times

SEMINYAK ~ Restuning Sandini recently became the first female PADI OWSI in Bali. Restuning did her PADI Divemaster in January 2006, and went on to take the Instructor Development Course and Instructor Exam.

Restuning runs Bayu Cottages ( in Amed, on Bali’s northeast coast, with her husband. The hotel is idyllically located right on the sea and guests are able to take a wide variety of PADI programs while enjoying the whole “Bali experience.”

Minni Vansgaard, co-owner of Crystal Divers and the only permanent in-house course director in Bali, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Restuning. She has truly broken new ground in becoming the first female PADI Instructor in Bali. Restuning worked so hard – we wish her every success and are so proud of her.”

Restuning said, “It is just amazing to do the thing you love. The training I received was second to none, has given me new confidence and has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me. It was not easy to be both Indonesian and female but I’m so glad that I did this. It really is one for the girls.”

The writer is director of AquaMarine Diving – Bali.

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