A few weeks ago I was asked by the BBC to be part of a very special program called The Conversation in which Kim Chakanetsa presents a conversation between two women from different cultures about their paths to success in the same field. Over a dozen women from almost as many countries were interviewed for the program and it was an absolute honour to be selected.
We talk about everything from how we got into maritime archaeology, to what it is like being a female on a dive boat (think ‘bikini crisis’) to dive safety, motivations and much much more.
For me, the best part about the whole experience was getting to know Jo Sakhanaprasit and to hear first-hand how a girl from the mountains grew to be Thailand’s first female maritime archaeologist (and how two women from different parts of the world who are like chalk and cheese and who have never met have had remarkably similar experiences).
So, if you have any interest in diving, shipwrecks or maritime archaeology, please tune in and tell us what you think. You can play the program in Soundcloud (link above) or find it online here.
A big thank to the BBC World Service, Producer Joanna Impey, Presenter Kim Chakanetsa and of course, Jo, for making this such a wonderful way to pass the time.
Thanks also to fab photographer Michaela Skovranova for the cover image. It is another one for our dive into Pittwater on Sydney’s northern beaches.