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Category Archives: PADI Staff Instructor
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.
Improve your teaching as a PADI Instructor, learn lots of valuable teaching tips.
Are you a PADI MSDT? Would you like to take the next step and become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor?
I have been told time and time again that the BIGGEST benefit to attending our Staff Instructor course is that you’ll find your own teaching become much more successful.
Using wonderful but simple NLP methods, you’ll find that your Students will learn faster, have more fun, and have far less problems with skills.
*You’ll be able to assist Course Directors on PADI IDC
*You’ll be able to evaluate IDC candidate assignments during IDCs
*You’ll be able to teach PADI Assistant Instructor Courses
The Staff Instructor course costs £345, plus PADI fees. It lasts for 3 days.
You’ll be amazed at the “Cut the Crap” approach that I take, and you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn. I’ll be running a NLP course for instructors alongside this course, so you’ll see all of the “magic” tricks that I teach on this course as well.
Once you have finished the course, you’ll be invited to assist me on any IDC. There you’ll see the whole process put into action, and be part of the success of IDC Candidates. You’ll always be made to feel very welcome. Assisting on future IDCs is a wonderful way for you to get updated with all of the latest teaching methods that I am using.
Please contact me if you need any more information.
One Day NLP Course AND PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course.
Are you already a PADI Instructor? Would you like to find ways to make your courses much more fun and effective?
If the answer is YES, then contact me to find out more about to our next One Day NLP course for PADI Instructors, or our next 3 day PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course.
The Staff Instructor course will be run on 9th 10th and 11th of May.
The NLP for Instructor course will be run on the 1oth May and will be incorporated into the IDC Staff Instructor Course.
The courses will be run in the UK.
PADI Staff Instructor Course
The Staff Instructor course will teach you how to teach PADI Divemasters to become Assistant Instructors. You’ll also learn how to “Score” people, just like your PADI Course Director did during your own PADI IDC.
However, probably the biggest thing that you’ll learn is how to improve your own teaching by using the NLP techniques that you’ll pick up during this course. You’ll be surprised at how your own teaching will improve if you apply these simple, fun methods. We won’t be going to Open Water during this course, but we will spend a few hours in a warm pool. You’ll learn lots of tips that I use when teaching a PADI IDC.
After the course, I’ll make you very welcome, if you decide to Staff on any IDC that I teach. It’s good for you to see the techniques used on “Real” IDC Candidates. and you’ll be able to see for yourself how PADI IDC Candidates rapidly develop through every day of their Course.
One Day NLP for Instructor Course
The NLP course will be held on the middle day of the IDC Staff Instructor course. The first half of the day will be in the classroom talking about different teaching techniques. We’ll discuss lots of common teaching practices that just don’t work! and we’ll be looking at some great alternative methods, that certainly do!
In the afternoon, we will be in the pool, putting into practice what we have learnt. You’ll see just how effective the choice of words that you use, and the choice of different behaviour greatly alters the way that people learn.
Costs and Dates.
The PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course will run on 9th 10th and 11th May 2013. the cost is £345. PADI will charge an application fee of £76.20 (incl. VAT)
The NLP for Instructor course will run on the 10th May 2013. The cost is £125.
In both cases, we will provide snacks, sandwiches and drinks throughout the day.
Teaching diving is a wonderful thing to do, but it’s only successful if the learner is enthused and motivated to enjoy their new and exciting life. So, during this PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course, we took apart the theory behind the techniques of teaching in the classroom, and teaching in confined water. We then put it all back together again using the most modern methods of psychology and life coaching. In effect we “cut the crap” which is still so prevalent with some “dinosaur” Instructors that are still teaching courses the same as they were 5 years ago or more. We were determined to make sure that our methods TAUGHT PEOPLE and not just taught courses. I have been so impressed by the passion shown by these 10 people determined to improve their teaching techniques.
Most of them are already very experienced Instructors, most of them working for Emperor Divers in Marsa Alam, Hurghada, El Gouna or Hamata. All of them very successful as Diving Educators.
The course was a resounding success, we had a lot of laughter and ended up with lots of new ideas, new inspiration and new motivation.
I’ll be teaching an IDC Staff Instructor Course in the UK on 18th 19th and 20th of January.
It’s not often that I get a chance to teach a Staff Course over the weekend, so let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
The Staff Instructor course is probably my most favorite course. On our website, we call this course our “Flagship” course. I include lots and lots of psychology that not 0nly helps you to teach your future Assistant Instructors, but will also help your own general Scuba Teaching.
The only pre-requisite is that you need to be an MSDT. that is that you have taught 25 certs and can teach 5 specialties.
Let me know if you’re interested in joining us, and I’ll give you more details.
I am currently making plans to teach an IDC Staff Instructor course in Marsa Alam at the beginning of March 2013. You’ll need to spend a week in Egypt, combining fun dives with learning how to teach Divemasters how to become Assistant Instructors.
The plans are not yet finalised, but please let me know if you’re interested in spending the week with a Platinum Course Director. It will be a lot of fun. The course is very motivational, you’ll find renewed inspiration and you’ll also find that your own teaching techniques will improve. I will be able to give you more details as soon as I know more.
Five PADI Instructors took their next step to become PADI IDC Staff Instructors. Over 3 days, Sanner, Ian, Rob, John and Richard delved into the psycological reasons as to why we teach people in the way that we do.
They learnt how to avoid certain areas when teaching new instructors, and they learnt how to improve teaching styles.
Of course they had a lot of practice with marking presentations, but they also had a deep understanding of why the scoring criteria was so important. During the course, we used the Prior Knowledge materials and learned how they can be usful in getting IDC Candidates better prepared for life as a Scuba Diving Instructor
Of course we had a lot of laughter and leg pulling along the way! It was fantastic to see everyone working together as a team. None had met each other before, but they soon formed a bond, an understanding formed by their common bond of being a PADI Instructor and their love of teaching others.
I am looking forward to seeing each of them on future PADI IDCs where they will experience the whole teaching process in action. They will see future IDC candidates grow in confidence and grow in ability on a daily basis – It’s a wonderful process that never fails to astound me!