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Lorena 'Squirrel' Espin

  • Votes: 530

Submitted by: Lorena Espín

My name is Lorena, but you can call me Squirrel.

In 2012, I quit my desk job to pursue my dream of becoming a sitcom writer. Because I felt like my life was lacking in experiences to write about, I went to Australia to work and live for a year. Before my year was up and I had to come back to freezing Oh Canada, I travelled up Australia's East Coast. It was at this time that I went diving for the first time. Go figure: I've wanted to breathe under water since I was 8 years old, but didn't try it until I was 25.

I'm 26 now. And I have less interest in becoming a sitcom writer and every interest in becoming a Scuba Dive Instructor.

Since I returned to Canada, I have been bar-tending to save up money. My goal is to send myself to all those beautiful dive sites I want to visit, gain more experience, and enrol myself in the courses I need to complete in order to someday become an instructor. I'm very late in finding out about this contest but entering it is important to me. It's a huge if but IF I win, it would mean so much to me. It would mean that I can start pursuing my dream right away.

The dog in the video is named Sheba and she belongs to my brother. I love her very much, but if I should ever have to go somewhere exotic for a couple of months, she remains in good hands ;)

And if you're wondering why people call me Squirrel, it's because I kind of look like one!

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Comments (15)

Paul Douglas said:

Posted 2 years 33 weeks ago

Voting for you. Good luck.

Marta Wasylka said:

Posted 2 years 34 weeks ago


Lorena Espín said:

Posted 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks for the support guys! <3 And Richard, WOW! what a lovely compliment! I definitely have the passion for this so I am very happy it read on camera. I want to expose people to diving and inspire them to try it, so I am incredibly touched by your words.

Richard Whiting said:

Posted 2 years 34 weeks ago

Best of luck and blessings to you Lorena, it's been years since I've dived and I miss it though I'll get back into soon and listening to you talk about has been inspiring. I have found some of the most surreal, magical places while under the waves. I'm so stoked that you're pursuing a dream of yours, it's so very much worth it and the passion you put into diving will make you a wonderful dive instructor.

Alina Gotcherian said:

Posted 2 years 34 weeks ago

Lor - you would be the best dive instructor! Got my fingers crossed for you :) You deserve this.
Good luck!

Shane Lindsay said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

Voted!Mucho Lucko!!!

Suzie Lg said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

You got this girl! Love you and I am so happy you have found your passion in life and no one is more deserving than you! <3 <3 <3

Lorena Espín said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

Thank you for the support Anthony! Of course, I am happy to expose you and anyone to diving. I'm not as knowledgeable as I wish I was (and that's why I'm aiming to take these courses) but I would be happy to answer any of your questions as best I can :)

Anthony Dowhan said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

I totally feel you; I've been grinding at finding a place in my career, and I'm starting to realize what my job is starting to take out of me, it isn't worth it anymore !

I may just try diving myself, so thank you for the exposure, I'm going to look into diving myself; I need to find that calm beneath the waves, as you put it !

All the best! If anyone is more deserving, it be you !

Daisy Mayo said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

Hey squirrel! welcome aboard. All the best gal x

Lorena Espín said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

Thank you James!! That means so much coming from a kick ass instructor :) I'm touched by the support!

James Dunningham said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

Get in there Squirrel! You'll be a kick ass instructor, full of life. Which dive shop will you be doing your internship?

Jason Lucas said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

Heya Squirrel!!!! Welcome to the race to our dream!!! Wish you all the luck!!!

Lorena Derežanin said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

Hello namesake! :D Welcome to our super contest and good luck!

Robert Scales said:

Posted 2 years 35 weeks ago

Welcome to the Best Dive Job 2014 "Squirrel"! Please make sure to share your entry with all your friends, family and supporters! Your video entry is only the first step on your journey; until October 31st 2014 we want to see how you'll be promoting your campaign! Congrats on taking the first step in achieving your dream!

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