The first time I saw the underwater world through a dive mask, I was captivated. I remember saying to myself ‘where has this been?’. I knew straight away that I wanted to understand more about it and spend more time within it. Everything I have done since has been with those goals in mind.
Naomi Westlake during her volunteering work in the National Marine Aquarium
A passion for the marine environment
Naomi Westlake (left) about to dive in Plymouth Sound
When it came to deciding where I wanted to study, I knew I wanted to come to Plymouth. It gave me the opportunity to study the subject I loved in a place renowned for its work within the marine environment, with the chance to get a commercial diving qualification.
Loving life in Plymouth
Embracing every opportunity
Naomi Westlake on the water near the University's Marine Station
We can sometimes have a very narrow perception of what the world is. Being open minded and understanding that your way of life differs from other people’s is really important. You gain a different perspective if you learn about not only the places you visit, but also the people who live there.
Time for a new adventure
A hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Picture by Kate Charles, Ocean Spirits Inc
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