Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Day 6 Pool training

Day 6 started just like the other pool sessions=== Scuba bailout!

This was followed by each student performing a demo of all open water basic skills (except alternate air sharing). One student got lucky and did the demo in front of all of the other students. This diver received a critical review from the others immediately after removing the scuba unit, turning the air off and doing a swimming ascent.

The students breath hold surfaced dived to scuba unit and donned. A buoyancy demonstration was made. Each student then was required to achieve neutral buoyancy and hold without moving for 30 seconds.

The scuba unit was ditched and air turned off again. After swimming ascent a variation of one hand on the brick was performed. Each student did a surface dive to 12 to 13 feet and placed hands on the brick. This time, they were only required to stay down until they wanted to come up. After surfacing the next student went down and did the same thing.

This worked out well, the stress level was significantly lower with the time on the brick showing that.

Next the brick was transported, while breath holding, around the pool. Each student taking a turn. Again, low stress.

The students then did a surface dive to don their scuba unit. After donning, one student simulated being out of air and removed their mask. Another student then buddy breathed with them while swimming to the shallow end and returning. The students switched with the other simulating out of air and removing mask.

After this task was complete, each student buddied up and simulated out of air, alternate air sharing and swimming ascent.

Debrief of session was done in the water.

Once on the surface everyone exited the pool and began endurance swimming, all completed between 150 to 400 yards.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Day 5 Academics

The day started with an instructor presenting with student critique. Everyone followed with a new presentation. Immediate feedback was not given to the student as it was video recorded. The student will do a critical evaluation of the presentation and report back next session. The instructors will also critique the presentations at the next meeting.

This was followed by covering Teaching Theory and Instructional Techniques. This could be the driest reading, but the class discussion was better.

Empathy, Eye Contact; Pitch, Pace and Pause

Humor and the Hammer were all discussed.

Next session will finish teaching theory and instructional techniques.

The students are all "Crazy Cats"!

Video link to Presentations

If this video insert does not work see below.

This is the link to the presentation video. It is all one continuous video with M first, G second and T last. Sorry the quality is not great. It will be better on the next attempt.