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Category Archives: PADI Instructor Development
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
We’re running our next PADI Instructor Development Course at Emperor Divers in Sharm el Sheikh in May. I’ll start with EFR instructor course on the 22nd May. Then the courses will run right through until the PADI Instructor Exam on the 5th and 6th June.
Usually most people take a long term view to becoming an Instructor. Some book up a year in advance, and others a few months. This gives them time to make sure that they are fully prepared, revising all of the subjects and making sure that their PADI Standards knowledge is up to speed.
However, on this PADI IDC we have several “last minute” candidates! They still have time to complete my “Distance Learning” Preparation course, and still have time to get medicals and other administration in place.
But it’s also very exciting! in a very short few weeks time, they will be PADI Instructors. Not only will they have passed the Instructor Exam, but they will have all of the wonderful “Prior Knowledge” tips that have made so many instructors successful right from the start of their new life.
So, If you have the time, and you have the passion to become a PADI Instructor, give me a call and maybe you also can come and join the team! There is still time!
Kat has a wonderful life ahead of her in the following months.
In just a few days time, she is heading to South Africa for 5 Months where she will be leading dives in Shark infested waters!
Kat is fascinated by Sharks and is really looking forward to showing customers all of the different behaviours that Sharks exhibit.
Kat is also passionate to become a PADI Instructor. She will be joining our PADI Instructor Development Course Later this year at Emperor Divers in Sharm el Sheikh.
Today on the EFR instructor course, Kat got a “taster” by learning some wonderful psychology methods that top instructors use to teach their students.
Kat learnt that instead of trying to correct people, often it’s best just to “Allow People to Learn” She learned several techniques that encouraged this to happen.
Congratulations to Ant, Keith, David, Kevin, Will and Simon on passing their PADI Instructors Exam.
The 2-day exam comes after completing the Instructor Development Course with Platinum PADI Course Director Steve Prior at Emperor Divers, Sharm El Sheikh.
Special Congratulations go to Will Jones who has qualified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with Emperor Divers, Sharm.
Will learnt to dive while on holiday with his family as a 12 year old with Instructor Denis at Emperor Divers back in 2006.
Many guests will recognise him as he has been a familiar face around the Emperor Dive Centre in Sharm more recently having completed his PADI Rescue and Divemaster courses with us.
You may see Will in action around the Dive Center soon. After a couple of well earned rest days (and to recover from celebrating) he will start his instructor internship. He will get a chance to put all of the new teaching techniques into action and gain valuable experience.
After all the preparation, learning and practice the “Prior Knowledge Team” is feeling quietly confident about the PADI IE. Feelings of apprehension about the unknown quickly fade as the PADI Examiners put their minds at ease by saying “just do what you did during your IDC”.
First up, is the dive theory and standards exams. For some this is the most dreaded part of the IE, but all of our guys were pleased that they had taken our “Distance Learning” preparation and therefore found the exams fairly comfortable. Everyone passed with high scores and is glad to have that “in the bag”.
Next is the confined water presentations and skills circuit. The Team is eager to get going, to get wet and to get it done. Everyone passed with flying colours and now realise that we are half-way through the IE. We finish the first day in the classroom to give Knowledge Development Presentations. Hard to believe that at the beginning of the IDC some people said they feared this the most. Now they are all confidently teaching in front of a small group of divers. It’s been a long day but we end with all candidates successfully completing ¾ of a PADI IE. The Team is stronger than ever, and all go for a meal still wearing “Prior Knowledge” tee-shirts.
Day two of the PADI IE, and the rescue demonstrations are quickly completed and it’s just the Open Water Teaching Presentation to go.
The Prior Knowledge Team prepare by practicing briefings, using visualisation techniques and organisation sequences. It seems that they are right on track for passing. Sure enough, two by two they exit the water. All wearing smiles but all slightly bemused….is that it? IE??? It’s Easy.
Congratulations to Ant, Keith, David, Kevin, Will and Simon and thanks for a great IDC, lots of fun, lots of laughs and lots of uneaten oranges!!