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Monthly Archives: March 2011
Alan spent a couple of days brushing up on Physics, Physiology, RDP, Equipment and Skills and the Environment. He is planning on becoming a PADI Instructor very soon. He realises that his Theory needs be right up to speed so he booked the two day Preparation Course in addition to Distance Learning. Alan tells me that he feels much more comfortable now about his IDC.
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Sara, Matt and Alan had a great time learning how to become EFR instructors.
Matt is a PADI rescue diver and is making plans to become a PADI instructor later this year. He is very excited about his new life, and enjoyed learning the wonderful teaching tips and tricks that EFR instructors use. He particularly liked the positive coaching techniques, where you can correct people without ever even hinting that their efforts were not up to the performance requirements.
Alan also found these techniques interesting, but I think that I have created a problem for myself!! Alan is planning to do his IDC in the very near future, and he now thinks that when I tell him that he has done very well, he will think that I am using Positive Coaching to correct him!!
Sara is not a diver, so we spent a lot of the time apologising to her for using scuba diving analogies, or just plain non stop talking about our passion of being underwater. Sara has an interesting life ahead of her! She will be teaching First Aid to large fleets of Lorry Drivers. Sara is Spanish and speaks excellent English, but I’ve got a feeling that she might be learning some new words soon!
The New Horizons PADI IDC started on 11th March for Charlie, Jason and Paul.
They soon got into the swing of things and were joking and laughing right from the beginning. Paul showed his acting ability, and kept us amused from start to finish.
John Harvey and John Mitchell were both staffing thePADI IDC and gave great help to the candidates.
We started by settling down with an orientation session and then discussed various teaching techniques.
The next day, we learnt all of the tips and tricks that instructors use to make sure that the information given in classroom presentations stick! All of the team agreed that they learnt a lot about teaching.
The first pool session was a lot of fun and we finished off by having a DSD Workshop. This gave everyone a great chance to mess around, and give their team mates loads of problems!
The fun continued to open water. By now the camaraderie had built into great teamwork. The weather was great! Despite being early March, the sun was shining, and the water didn’t seem as cold as the 6 degrees that our computers were showing. After a couple of dives, and some welcome hot chocolate, the team were ready to practice some Rescue Skills
After a quick demonstration, using both pocket masks, and mouth to mouth, the candidates did their best to ignore their numbed fingers and went on to prove that they could save each others lives!
By the end of the day, all three were unanimous in agreeing that they had learned so much during their PADI IDC and they felt that they were more than ready for the Instructors Exam.
Hannah, Tracy and Craig are now qualified to teach more instructor level courses, but more importantly, they have picked up tips and philosophies to help them teach all their future students even better – all while having a good laugh! Congratulations guys.