Why the training works
Congratulations to Becky, Maria, Sav, Martin and Stuart. The latest Emperor Divers PADI IDC in Sharm is off to a flying start with all candidates qualifying as EFR Instructors.
EFR Instructor Trainer Steve Prior says, “ I love to start the IDC by teaching the EFRI course as it is a great ice-breaker and sets a wonderful foundation for learning. I teach it in an interactive way which results in the class gelling as a team which means they are relaxed for the IDC .”
How the training works
“This course is perfect for candidates who are going to be instructors because it has a brilliant structure for discussing the concepts of learning,” says Steve, “There are also many opportunities for candidates to experience and learn positive coaching techniques, which they can use not only when teaching First Aid but also scuba diving, or any other skills for that matter.”
Our next EFR instructor course will be held in the UK on 14th June
Well done lads
Barry, Danny and Ian celebrate becoming EFR Instructors with EFRI Trainer Steve Prior.
They all found the course thoroughly entertaining and informative. Especially the interactive teaching methods and positive coaching techniques which they can use to encourage the confidence to care. I’d been looking forward to teaching Danny, Ian and Barry for a while now. They all have a fun outlook on life, and I knew that they would enjoy the teaching methods that I use.
They were a little surprised at how engaging a First Aid Course can be.
They arrived with the impression that First Aid Courses have a tendency to be a little boring where students might have to struggle to be attentive.
But after seeing the techniques that can be used, all three of them are now excited about putting these new ideas into practice. I’m looking forward to the possibility of seeing all of them on a future PADI IDC sometime. They will all make great instructors, they have exactly the right attitude that will make them very successful. Our next EFR Instructor Course will be held on 14th June 2013.
Today Karl qualified as an EFR Instructor and along the way, he picked up some wonderful psychological methods that top instructors use to teach their students.
Karl learnt that instead of trying to correct people, often it’s best just to “Allow People to Learn” He learned several techniques that encouraged this to happen.
Karl is an active PADI Divemaster from Essex so any new teaching techniques that come along are put straight into his teaching toolkit.
Karl hopes that his time commitments will allow him to become a PADI Instructor. He hope to be joining our PADI Instructor Development Course later this year at Emperor Divers in Sharm el Sheikh.
There is a recession! There is bad news everywhere! There is doom and gloom with every conversation.
How refreshing to see that PADI has opened up a wonderful, open, large, modern new office in Bristol, big enough to be the new EMEA centre, but also big enough for major expansion.
How refreshing to see that PADI are taking the industry seriously and taking huge steps to help the membership, and help the customers.
How refreshing to see new programs, new ideas and new media products. All designed to take our industry to new heights.
Plenty of room for expansion
Janet and I spent a wonderful day at PADI’s new offices in Bristol. I was very impressed by the building, the attitude of all of the staff and the positive comments made by all of the invited attendees.
New IDC Staff Instructors
Congratulations to Darren, Geoff and Istvan on qualifying as PADI IDC Staff Instructors.
Darren has been a scuba instructor and working full time in the dive industry for a number of years during which time he has built up considerable experience.
Geoff is teaching in the London area with Dive Wimbledon.
Istvan who is Hungarian, is currently teaching for Dive Force in North London and has found himself the “go to”instructor for eastern europeans who want to learn to dive.
PADI IDC Staff Instructors
During the 3 days we learnt a lot about how to structure an Assistant Instructor Course so that it is very effective. We learned how to ask future instructors how to demonstrate skills so that a clean simple message given. We learned how to score IDC Candidates in the classroom, pool and in Open Water, but most of all we learned how to have fun on all of our courses and to make sure that every course we teach is focused on the customer who is paying for the course.
Our Slogan has always been “Don’t teach Courses – Teach People” And throughout my life, I have been very successful as a PADI Instructor because I have followed this practice. My students have learnt quickly, efficiently and have remained motivated because my focus has been directed at each and every person, regardless of different personality types in the class.
Last Friday, I taught a group of experienced PADI Instructors how I did this. The day was packed with tips and suggestions on how to keep each student focused from the time that you first meet them right through their entire diving life.
NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programing. But of course the real question is: “Why is the choice of words that we use so important when we’re teaching?”
We all know that all top sportsmen use visualisation techniques to achieve their highest achievements. On Friday, we looked at some simple techniques to get your students to imagine themselves successfully reaching their goals. This makes your teaching incredibly effective and efficient. At the same time, the new diver remains focused and inspired.
Steve says, “I love teaching my NLP for Scuba Instructors course because I can take instructors who are already competent and capable and improve their performance. I get energised myself when coaching experienced instructors because we fire each other up with ideas to increase our teaching ability
In-water coaching session
“Talking theoretically about different ideas in the classroom is one thing. But it’s important to practice these new skills in our in-water coaching session because instructors get to try out their new methods and they have to “re-program” themselves before trying out the techniques on real student divers.”
Tracy, Geoff, Istvan and Darren are all smiles at the end of a successful in-water coaching session.
Please get in touch with me if you want to find out more of this, and need details of our next course.
There will be a very special event at Planet Scuba and it would
be lovely if you could make it. Next month it will be
their 10th birthday, and I would like to invite you to
come and join the party.
The celebrations kicks off at 10.00am on
Saturday 29th June at the Planet Scuba
Dive Centre, Bishops Stortford, CM23 5NZ. (We are a mere five minutes drive from Stansted Airport and we benefit from ample free carparking.)
AUP (Hollis /Oceanic ), blue o two, Mares, Ocean Optics
Photography and Scubapro have all said they
will be attending, and they will be bringing a
selection of their latest shiny toys for you to play with.
I’ll be giving a talk about becoming a diving professional,
whilst David Jones will be discussing Plastic
Come along for the BBQ and bring your
significant other. Non-divers, family and small
people are also very welcome. (We have
arranged for a Bouncy Castle and Face Painter
to keep them entertained).
It will be great to see you! Please RSVP to Planet Scuba by Friday 21st June.
How to contact them;
Stephen Manton # 615783
Planet Scuba (S-35028)
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development & Rebreather Centre
Unit 2, The Links
Tel: 01279 466011
Come and learn some fantastic teaching techniques on our next EFR Instructor Course. Not only will you learn how to teach other people first Aid Skills, but you’ll also learn some fantastic psychological teaching ideas that you can use whenever you’re teaching another person anything.
If you’re heading towards your PADI Instructor Development Course soon, this is an invaluable course to take.
Don’t hesitate to contact me to get more details.