Welcome to Beneath the Mirror

Welcome!  Firstly, thank you for taking the time to visit my site!

I am Jane Ruckert, thalassophile, photographer and lover of science, especially marine science.  Growing up in country South Australia, didn’t lend itself particularly well to getting a lot of ocean time.  I do remember the odd visit here and there to the beach, and like every young child, happily heading back to the car with my bucket full of sandy shells.  But like every budding young ecologist, my main love was Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries.  The Blue Planet was definitely my favorite.

I moved to Hobart, Tasmania, in 2011 to begin my Bachelor of Science, specialising in zoology and chemistry, and in 2012, undertook my PADI Open Water certification in Hobart.  University and life got in the way a little bit, and I didn’t get back in the water until 2014, when my husband, Sam, and I travelled to India, Laos and Cambodia.  I encouraged Sam to do his Open Water in Cambodia, and I jumped in with him and did a refresher course.  We then spent the next 2 days on a live-a-board dive boat, diving as much as possible!  I was totally hooked.

On our return to Hobart, we proceeded to gain our Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Enriched Air and Deep Speciality Diver certifications.  From late 2015, I volunteered 1-2 days a week in the dive office at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).  This opportunity led to me undertaking my Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) Scientific Diver certification.  Due to this certificate, I was able to gain casual employment at the Institute as a diver.  My dream was coming true, going diving AND getting paid for it!

These days I work full time at IMAS as a diver and coxswain.  When I get the chance, I go diving on weekends to take photos and relax.  My holidays generally encompass some sort of diving as well!  I hope you gain as much enjoyment perusing my blog, photo galleries and soon, podcast, as I do creating them for you.

Thanks for reading,

Jane

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