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 Age Is No Barrier As Bai Accomplishes Dream

 Age Is No Barrier As Bai Accomplishes Dream
Jasoni Bai on board Tavewa Sea Bus at Lautoka wharf on August 26, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
August 29
10:00 2018


It did not take long for Jasoni Bai to accomplish is dream.

Mr Bai, 24, had maneuvered his way to achieving his dream as cap­tain of a ship.

Originally from Yaqeta, Yasawa Islands, the Lautoka man is always fascinated with the sea especially when where he comes from is sur­rounded by the tranquility of the Yasawa waters.

The young captain of the Tavewa Sea Bus said that the experience last seven months has been quite over­whelming and he couldn’t have ex­pected any better.

Tavewa Sea Bus departs for the Yasawas on a regular basis carrying cargo and passengers.

“This is a totally new experience for me to captain the boat every day to my home land,” Mr Bai said.

He said that life at sea begun at quite an early age for him as he used to accompany his elders on tradi­tional fishing expeditions out in the open sea.

“I have been brought up as a sea-farer right from the beginning and that’s what I know. I also did holiday jobs on boats,” he said.

He attended the Fiji National University to complete his studies in “Master Engineering Class 6”.

He has worked for some resorts in Malolo prior to beginning this new journey as the young captain.

Mr Bai said that everyone had been really proud of him back at home in the Yasawas.

He stressed that the safety of the passengers was a priority and he always made sure passengers were not only travelling comfortably but also observed procedures to ensure their safety.

“We have to look after the passen­gers especially the first timers in case they get sea-sick,” he said.

He said being at sea was the best place to be at and taking it as a pro­fession was even better.

“I would encourage everyone to do what you want to do in life. It does not matter how young you are—nothing will stop you,” he said.

The Tavewa Sea Bus departs at around 8.30 in the mornings and returns to the Lautoka wharf in the evenings.

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