Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Training is officially over. Friday begins the Instructor evaluation. It is a three day event. This will take place in New Braunfels, Texas. The Comal river will be the site of open water evaluation.

These many months have brought many changes to the three divers;
Mike, Gary and Tina

It is my hope that the transition from divemaster to instructor has been one of discovery and enjoyment. I think I can say with certainty that becoming an instructor is not the end, but rather the beginning. It is a license to learn--- everything!

For me, I expect each to complete the evaluation as a formality only. An opportunity for a course director to see thoroughly trained and knowledgeable instructor candidates who only need a signature to become scuba instructors.

The greatest joy a teacher can have, is seeing the student become a better teacher than he or she is. I fully expect and look forward to this.

Good Luck this weekend. But as I like to say "Luck is not a factor".

You three have sacrificed much to be where you are. I recognize this. Make it worthwhile.

Dean Pennington II

Day 26,27,28

The final days of training.  

26 meeting in the man room, went over all three presentations

27 all candidates present, each did 2 presentations, one did three

28 Pool- went over area brief
confined and open water brief

Each person completed all open water skill sets.  Had some general chill time and worked together as a team.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Day 25 Academics

This session was dedicated to presenting two topics each. General scuba and Nitrox.

The candidates did well, the fine tuning continues.

Next session will cover these two topics and a gas law!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Day 24 Academics

This session was dedicated to nitrox presentations.

Each Instructor candidate presented what was supposed to be a 10 minute talk on PO2, Best Mix and Maximum Operating Depth. The topics went from about 14 minutes to almost 30 minutes!

The information was good. I think so fat can be trimmed. With repetition and polish they should all be great.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Day 23 Academics

Everyone was briefed on the latest developments with the IQC.

Each candidate gave a 10 minute presentation on a open water topic. These included; the anatomy of the lung and overexpansion injury, the body and the effect of pressure on the air spaces, and pressure and its effects as it applies to scuba diving.

Let us just say that the presentations went a little long!

Many good suggestions were given for improvement. It is coming down to polished and professional.

More presentations on thursday.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Day 22, Pool Session

This was an exceedingly good pool session!

The presentations were excellent.  It is getting more difficult to be critical of the demonstrations as they are approaching demonstration quality.

Several skills were demonstrated including, rescue, alternate air, remove and replace scuba unit underwater, mask clears, regulator recoveries, buddy breathing, fin pivot, hover.

After the demonstrations free time was allowed for practice.  Most did breath hold activities, skin dive ditch and recovery etc... .

It was a good night.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Day 21 Academics


The candidates presented a variety of types of presentations. In that some were short 5-8 min, some were long 10-15 min.

Everyone was critiqued by 3 instructors.

They have come a long ways. No it is just a matter of fine tuning the material, then practice, practice, practice.

Crunch time. 25 days to evaluation.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Day 20 Pool Training

This was a very productive session indeed!

The candidates did in water presentations. It began with presentation and demo of back roll into the water. Next, alternate air share. Some additional stressors were added.

The candidates, did well.

This was followed by a scuba rescue. The candidates demonstrated the skill while describing it to the students.

Everyone did exceedingly well. Time was left over to practice additional skills.