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Monthly Archives: May 2011
Man of the Month!
Well done to Jason Linbourne of Gatwick Scuba. Jason became a PADI Instructor in March. He has already applied for MSDT! in such a short time, Jason has taught some Open Water courses, a Rescue Diver course, and many many referrals and specialties. Well done Jason, I’ll get back to you very soon with dates for our next IDC Staff Instructor course.
There is a question that I’ve been asked a couple of times recently. It’s:
“Do Instructors get certification recognition for DSD Leader?”
Actually up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know the answer myself. Which is why I thought I’d mention it here.
The answer is.. Yes they do! A DSD leader certification counts towards MSDT and Master Instructor. So if you’ve converted any DM’s recently, you could be closer to your next level than you think.
Janet has posted a new video to our website.
If you want to learn to become a PADI Instructor, one of the skills that you’ll have to learn is to tie a Bowline. So often people struggle with this knot. But of course like all skills, there is an easy way to tie it. Take a look at this video, you’ll be surprised at how easy this is!
Tony Groom contacted me a couple of weeks ago. Tony is an author now, but in his past life, he was a very active Navy Diver. He sent me a copy of his books: “Diver” and “In2Deep” (I was very proud that he signed the books with a message)
Of course I was very pleased to receive the books, and was looking forward to reading them.
I read Diver first. It was riveting! Tony’s life has been packed with adventure. He talks about life in the Navy, the team spirit and friends he made, the fear of battle in the Falklands, and the camaraderie while disposing of live bombs. He also talks of his life as a Sat diver. Despite the seriousness of the book, Janet often wondered why I kept laughing out loud. Tony certainly has a great writing style. I wrote and told him how much I liked his writing, he said that he used to get terrible English reports when he was at School!
In2Deep is a very exciting thriller. Again it’s a page turner. The hero Nick Carter finds himself in trouble right from the start of the book. He is an ex-Navy Diver illegally pillaging a wreck in the Mediterranean, and then gets caught up in very nasty company; so nasty in fact that they are part of a Terrorist plot which could devastate Europe.
I wouldn’t normally mention Books on this Blog!! But being a diver, I found both of these books very entertaining and also educational. Tony explains fundamental diving laws very easily, and in a way that most instructors would be envious of.
You can buy the books from Amazon, but if you also want a personalised message from Tony, you can buy from www.deep-sea-diving.com
PADI have sent me this certificate. It shows that I taught over 300 Instructor Level Certifications in 2010.
I really love my job, I really enjoy helping people to reach their dreams and to be the very best that they can be. I don’t do my job to get awards. But it’s really nice when it comes along! So many thanks to all my friends who have been so supportive, and especially to Janet, who works tirelessly developing our new materials.
Our new revised Video which makes those “lifting bag” questions so much easier to answer has been released today. Take a look at it. The old video had been on YouTube for a couple of months and had nearly 1000 views.