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Jul 23, 2019

Meet Miss Scuba Belize 2019, Johnisha Ariola from Hopkins

A twenty-one year old advanced diver is heading to Malaysia to compete in the Miss Scuba International Pageant. She is Johnisha Ariola, a stunning beauty from Hopkins, Stann Creek District.  Ariola is preparing, learning the do’s and don’ts of the pageant, which seeks to highlight the marine environment. Ariola says she is feeling confident that with her background, she can make a difference. News Five’s Duane Moody caught up with her and has the following report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Meet twenty-one-year-old Hopkins resident, Johnisha Ariola. The six-foot tall Belizean beauty is an advanced diver with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science and has been chosen to represent the Jewel for the second year in a row in Kota, Kinabalu, Malaysia and compete for the world title of Miss Scuba International pageant.


Johnisha Ariola, Miss Scuba Belize 2019

Johnisha Ariola

“I am very confident going into this competition because of the people that are standing behind me. Thanks to Monique Lamb, she has been guiding me the do’s and don’ts and behind my back telling to practice or to do practice, to do research, modelling. I started scuba diving about three years ago; so I am an advance diver. I did biology and environmental science at school. I’ve always been into marine conservation. I did volunteer work with Fisheries Department; we did research and surveys and then I worked with OCEANA before and the Red Cross.”


Back in November of 2018, Belize’s first Scuba and Marine Conservation Ambassador to Malaysia Monique Lamb represented the Jewel in the international pageant. She shared her experiences.


Monique Lamb

Monique Lamb, Miss Scuba Belize 2018

“This pageant was not just one night of activities like the usual pageants. Let me just say that this was my first pageant so I had no idea what I was getting into. All I know is that I was confident in my work and who I am. It is twelve days of activities and it started the first day you land in Malaysia. They started to judge you base on your personality and how you deal with people. The second day, we got right into photo shoot; we went diving, come back and photo shoot. And they also judge you on how you treat the staff at the island resort. And we did several days of workshops, intense catwalk training. We did charity visits and also twenty-one different ocean warriors, females from all over the world.”


National Director Zenaida Moya believes that Belize, given its marine diversity and boasting the largest living coral reef as well as the Blue Hole, is closely being watched by the international organization and stands a good chance in the international pageant.


Zenaida Moya, National Director, Miss Scuba Belize

Zenaida Moya

“It’s also a sport. It encompasses scuba diving and scuba diving is a sport, not only recreational. People come from abroad—whether they are serious scuba divers or persons who want to enjoy and view marine life. They are what you call ocean warriors. Well you already have the ocean part, but they literally have a task. Their mandate is to promote marine conservation and promote the sport of scuba diving.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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