Angelina Pilarinos

Hi my name is Angelina, I am 28 years old and I’m originally from the U.S. but I’ve been living in Australia for the past year and a half. I have a background in photography; while I was in college I took an underwater photography class, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. I got certified in New York in 2013 and then I graduated and started a job in NYC, so I wasn’t scuba diving at all. 2 years later I quit my job and started traveling solo for 7 months, that’s when I started diving again. I quickly realized I could put my two passions together and decided to pursue a career as an underwater photographer.

The next step was to do my divemaster so I went to UDC in February 2017. After becoming a divemaster I moved to Australia and started working as an underwater photographer and divemaster in Port Douglas. My life wouldn’t be the same if I had never taken that class in college. I can’t imagine not working in the scuba diving industry now. Scuba diving has changed my life for the better and I am so grateful to all the people that have helped/influenced me along the way. Thank you!

How I’m being the difference?

How i´m being different?

Hi my name is Angelina and I work at the Great Barrier Reef.
I am an underwater photographer and divemaster.
I have the privilege of working for Calypso Reef Cruises, ex Port Douglas, Australia.

Every day I get to take people out to the reef and show them the largest reef system on this planet! I get the amazing opportunity to show people the sheer beauty and life on the reef.

Me and my team are ambassadors for the reef, we educate people by giving snorkel tours, doing reef chats, and giving them a first hand experience on what the reef has to offer through scuba diving and snorkeling.

At the end of the day seeing people’s smiles on their faces and hearing how amazed they were by the reef makes my job worthwhile. I hope that every single person that walks off the boat at the end of the day realizes how important our reef systems are and has learned at least one new thing about the ocean.

While working in the divemaster/snorkel guide role, I get the chance to show people massive coral structures, clown fish, sharks, turtles, cuttlefish, nudibranch’s, the list goes on and on.

While working as a photographer on board, I take photos of people with the corals and if they’re lucky enough maybe a turtle will show up and grace us with its presence. These passengers take home the photos of themselves enjoying the reef and then post them to social media and hopefully tell their friends and family what an amazing time they had. By sharing their photos, videos and first hand experiences out on the reef it is one step closer to making more people aware that the Great Barrier Reef is still alive, and we should be doing everything we can to make sure it stays that way.

There is an unfortunate mindset that the Great Barrier Reef is dead, that statement is just not true. While the reef is still alive it is still under a lot of pressure from many environmental impacts; seeing it in person is really what opens people’s eyes and starts a conversation to make change. Although the reef is far from pristine, it is still one of the best managed and healthiest reef systems on this planet.

As well as taking photos of my customers, I also photograph the corals and marine life at the reef every chance I get; posting my photos on social media and trying to show as many people as I can what a beautiful wonder the ocean is.

I work to make sure my passengers have a great day, and I strive to show people that the Great Barrier Reef, the worlds largest living organism, still needs our help and is worth our time and energy.

I made this video to give you a glimpse into what I see at work, hopefully it inspires you to come to Australia and see it for yourself!

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