Monday, July 4, 2011

It is Finished

I am happy to say that the two candidates are now Scuba Instructors. Their six months of hard work have payed off.

Now comes the real learning!

The card is just a piece of plastic, you are what is important. How you conduct yourself, the knowledge you command and the way you share it with others is the measure that is seen. Represent yourself well, represent those who trained you, well.

All eyes are upon you, everyone will be listening with keen ears. You can no longer dive without being viewed as a professional, an open water scuba instructor. Make sure what people see, is something they want to be.

Think back now to the beginning, to the time you wanted to learn of the underwater world. Remember the awe and pure joy! Share this and your love of diving with your students. If you do this, you can't go wrong.

Congratulations John and Arbrey! I expect you to be better, better than me! Be Safe and have Fun!

Friday, July 1, 2011

1 Jul 11 What was done

Classroom Teaching Presentations
Number Date Presenter Topic

1 23 Feb 11 JB Scuba Mask

1 23 Feb 11 AS Snorkel

2 16 Mar 11 JB Wet Suit

2 16 Mar 11 AS Buoyancy Compensator

3 23 Mar 11 JB Scuba Mask

3 23 Mar 11 AS Snorkel

4 23 Mar 11 JB Wet Suit

4 23 Mar 11 AS Buoyancy Compensator

5 30 Mar 11 JB Scuba Tank

5 30 Mar 11 AS Safety Skills

6 6 Apr 11 JB MOD

6 6 Apr 11 AS Best Mix

7 14 Apr 11 JB Best Mix

7 14 Apr 11 AS MOD

8 20 Apr 11 JB NOAA Oxygen Table

8 20 Apr 11 AS Equivalent Air Depth

9 27 Apr 11 JB Deep Diving

9 27 Apr 11 AS Search and Recovery

10 4 May 11 AS Boyle's Law

10 11 May 11 JB Boyle's Law

11 11 May 11 AS Charles Law

11 18 May 11 JB Amonton's Law

12 25 May 11 JB Negligence Flow Chart

12 25 May 11 AS Amontons' Law

13 4 Jun 11 JB Preventing Dive Accidents

13 4 Jun 11 AS Environmental Awareness

14 8 Jun 11 JB General Gas Law

14 8 Jun 11 AS Air Consumption

15 8 Jun 11 JB Preventing Dive Accidents

15 8 Jun 11 AS Buoyancy Compensator

16 15 Jun 11 JB Divemaster

16 15 Jun 11 AS MOD

17 15 Jun 11 JB Amontons' Law

18 22 Jun 11 JB Best Mix

18 22 Jun 11 AS Boyle's Law

19 22 Jun 11 JB Scuba Tank

19 22 Jun 11 AS Buoyancy Compensator

20 30 Jun 11 JB General Gas Law

20 30 Jun 11 AS Boyle's Law

Open Water Brief/Debrief
1 15 Jun 11 JB TSP

1 15 Jun 11 AS TSP

2 22 Jun 11 JB CSSP

2 22 Jun 11 AS CSSP

3 30 Jun 11 JB CSSP

3 30 Jun 11 AS CSSP

Confined Water Presentations

Number Date Presenter Topic

1 10 May 11 JB Partial Flood Mask

1 10 May 11 AS Alternate Air Share

2 17 May 11 AS Gear Don

2 24 May 11 JB Regulator Recoveries

3 17 May 11 AS Fin Don

3 1 Jun 11 JB Finning

4 17 May 11 AS Share Air

4 1 Jun 11 JB Hover

5 17 May 11 AS No mask swim

5 1 Jun 11 JB Scuba Rescue

6 24 May 11 AS Snorkel

6 7 Jun 11 JB Pike Skin Dive

7 1 Jun 11 AS Mask Clears

7 7 Jun 11 JB Surface Scuba Unit Remove/Replace

8 1 Jun 11 AS Neutral Buoyancy

8 7 Jun 11 JB Scuba Rescue

9 1 Jun 11 AS Scuba Rescue

9 21 Jun 11 JB Mask Clears

10 21 Jun 11 JB Hover

10 21 Jun 11 AS Share Air

11 21 Jun 11 AS Snorkel

12 23 Jun 11 AS Pike Skin Dive

13 23 Jun 11 AS Mask full flood/ remove/ replace

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last Night of Training Day 28 Academics

Tonight was the last night of Scuba Instructor training for John Branch and Arbrey Stiefer.

Tonight the Instructor Candidates presented Boyle's law, General Gas law and both gave a complete Open water Brief and Debrief. 

Both IC's show command of the knowledge, organization and innovation.

Saturday they will demonstrate to another Instructor Trainer and Course Director what skills they have and if they believe that each is competent to teach their own loved one.

No endorsement can be higher!

After nearly one half of a year of training, I believe these men are ready to become Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Saturday they will prove it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last week of Training, Day 23,24,25,26 and 27

Since the last posting much has happened.  Two academic and two water sessions completed with Gary Peacock (NAUI Instructor), Billy Hunter (NAUI Instructor) was also in attendence for some of the training.

In water presentations were given on:  mask clears, Hover, Share air, snorkel, Pike dive, mask clears with remove and replace.

Classroom presentions were given on:  Best mix, Scuba tank, Boyles law, BC, Nitrox MOD.

Last night we finished the final chapter, Chapter 18, The Business of Diving and did a final review of materials to be tested on.

Tomorrow night, polished and professional presentations.
Time to buckle down and do what you need to do!

Instructor check out this weekend at Clear Springs Scuba Park.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 22 Academics

This was make or break night.  It was a double Make!!!
In attendance tonight were Instructors Valorie Hearn and Gary Peacock.

The IC's presented the General Gas Law, Air Consumption, Preventing Dive Accidents and the BC.

I saw some real work that has payed off!  Now to finish strong!

For the next 2 weeks Instructor Gary Peacock will be manning the helm.

The IC's will give a New Leadership level presentation, 20 min. and a reworked Scuba presentation 10 min..  They will also give the open water presentation brief for scuba diving students, alternating between TSP and CSSP.

Things to concentrate on:
Polished and professional
Training aids
Correct terminology
Correct handouts
No negative or self demeaning comments
Practicing with board and training aids

Rework all your old presentations.  Write an outline and give to the Instructor over each topic.  Write out your confined water briefs.  Fine tune the Open water brief and presentation.

Some facts:  4 months of training, 19 weeks, 23 sessions, 15 classroom presentations, 7/8 confined water presentations, 1 open water briefing, reviewed the standards and procedures, risk management handbook, chp. 13 risk management and insurance, chp. 16 teaching theory and instructional techniques, chp. 17 Teaching NAUI diving courses and programs.

That is all!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 21 Pool session

Only one IC tonight.  On hand was Instructor Gary Peacock for critical evaluation.  The night began with a scuba bailout.
The confined water presentations tonight were on surface gear remove and replace, and skin dive Pike dive.  These were the best yet by John.  Of note, John treaded water the entire time he was presenting the skill.

The IC was fortunate to have a scuba diver, who was trying out some new gear, to act as his student.  The diver was run through the following skills:  mask clears, regulator recoveries and out of air share alternate air.  The diver then acted as a downed diver in the deep end for a scuba rescue.

After this the IC did a complete scuba diver skill set including hover.  He was then asked to remove his scuba gear underwater, swim out clearing snorkel, return dive down, ditch mask and fins, surface, recover mask and fins, surface, recover scuba unit.

Some lessons learned...
1. Short and to the point, is sweet.
2. Endurance training is helpful.
3. Even the best have off nights.
4. Instructors must be able to perform well under all circumstances.
5. Perseverance pays off.

That is all!  Big night tomorrow.  Make or Break night.

Day 20 Academics

Class was early but productive!

The IC's gave presentations on Preventing Diving Accidents and Environmental Awarness.  Fine tuning continues.  The is always room for improvement to make it polished and professional.  Good ideas were discussed for training aids.

We completed Chapter 17.  And we saw the Ubertube in action!

Next week, pool skin and scuba confined water presentations, Pool brief, demonstration quality displays of all skills.  Academics, make or break day on the 8th.  This will be the day to decide if you go forward or if more training is required.  Two presentations will be made, 1 professional level and one reworked scuba level.  The full brief for dive location will be made.  Lastly, chapter 18 will be covered, the business of diving.

Work hard, work hard now.  This is the critical time.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 19 pool

We worked it out this night! Instructors Gary And Billy were on hand for some feedback.
The evening began with a bailout, have to concentrate on demonstration quality. Spare mask check was made. The IC next did a gear and mask off buddy breath swim exercise. This was followed by gear removal and swim away.

The IC then gave there confined water presentations over mask clears and finning.this was followed by scuba presentation on hovering and neutral buoyancy.

The IC then did Mask off hover. Next, they demonstrated an ow scuba rescue.

Good class this night, but always room for improvement.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 18 academics

Tonight we had the talk...

The IC's were given the instructor evaluation requirements again. We went over the classroom presentation, the confined water presentation, the open water brief/debrief presentation requirements. I emphasized that all skills should be demonstration quality and the any skill could be asked of them.

We will decided on June 8th, to proceed to evaluation or not. This is a question that they must ask themselves and that I will evaluate on that day.

Classroom presentations were given on the Negligence flow chart and Amontons' law. We reviewed the standards and procedures.

Next week, we cover chapter 17 in the leadership manuel. The ICs will give a leadership level classroom presentation. They will also begin the brief/debrief for CSSP and TSP. Each IC will give one skin diver and one scuba diver confined water presentation.

Time to nut up or shut up boys! Study Hard starting now!
That is all.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 17 Pool Session

Tonight was a good night.  Lots of learning happened this night.  The two IC's were in attendence as well as Instructor Gary Peacock.

Skills performed: Scuba Bail out, Remove scuba gear under water with swim out, Ditch mask/fins/snorkel (MFS), breath hold swim 25 meters, dive and recover MFS, Pike dive to recover MFS, Pike dive to recover scuba unit, tread water with scuba unit with out air in BC. 

Two confined water presentations were given.  1 regulator recoveries and 2 mask floods. 
Following this, scuba unit was ditched and skin diving began.  After skin diving several hundred yards, the IC did an additional 100 yard tired diver tow.

A good night.  Learning points:  every skill should be demonstration  quality,  following the format and reading notes is good in the confined water brief, slow is good,
practice, practice, practice

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Private Scuba Training

My good friend Gary Peacock is offering private instruction. You can see more information by going to his website.

Gary Peacock NAUI Instructor Site

He has my highest endorsement!  I bet you are wondering why, right?  Well you could say I helped him on his path to becoming a most excellent Instructor.  So if there are any problems at all come see me, as I was part of his training.  Gary is doing what every instructor dreams, exceeding all expectations.

You can bet one thing for sure, I would not endorse him if I did not trust him with my most Loved Ones.  That Is the Best thing I can say.

He loves diving and teaching you to dive!

Day 16 academics

Tonight only one IC was available. In attendance was instructor Gary Peacock.

A presentation was given on Amontons law.

Serious headway is being made. Lots of suggestions were offered.

Correct terminology is a must! Some good ideas were tossed around for training aids.

IC's must have command of the master book, the leadership and instruction book, risk management and the S&P.

Next week confined water presentation on Tuesday,Wednesday another classroom presentation, leadership level. We will begin the S&P.

That is all!

Day 15 pool session

Tonight only one candidate was available. A good opportunity presented itself. A student in open water missed a class. The IC was given the opportunity to take over and present the confined water session. Things started pretty well, the prescribed format was followed... Initially! Then as we found out, old dive master habits die hard. The format must be followed, on everything, it is a confined water presentation.

Donning gear at poolside, fin donning with buddy, giant stride entry, underwater gear remove and replace, surface r/r, alternate air share, mask clears, hover was all gone over with the student.

The IC did gear removal, air off, swim to surface, ditch m/f/s , 25 yard underwater swim with booties on, m/f/s replace, breath hold gear replacement.

All and all a good evening! Thanks for the evaluation by Instructor Gary Peacock.

Use a copy of the confined water format! That is all.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 14 academics

Tonight two of the gas laws were covered. Arbrey presented Charles law, John presented Boyles law.

Everyone has the format down. Now working on content and professional delivery.

We had the good fortune to have Instructor Gary Peacock present. He gave feedback on the presentations.

Chapter 16 was finally completed. This chapter involves in depth conversations about being an instructor and what it entails transferring your knowledge to someone else.

Realizing when your students succeed, you succeed. That the greatest achievement is when the student surpasses the instructor! This is when you have done your job. Instructors leave a legacy, a representation of themselves in their students. Make it a good one.

Next week, each candidate will present a confined water presentation. We may go over a few skills, demonstration quality. Work on some endurance and breath holding. Classroom will be two more presentations and taking a look at the s&p.

Let's go divers time get busy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 13 First pool session

Tonight each instructor candidate gave a confined water presentation, partial mask flood and alternate air source air share. They next performed a complete skill cycle. Their gear configuration was gone over. They finished up with swimming.

Some things were learned, preparing with notes, demonstrating to standard, carrying an extra mask. Conditioning begins.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 12

One diver was suspiciously absent...

Great presentation on Boyles law tonight.  Will finish Chapter 16 when all divers present.  Went over the student to instructor ratios tonight.

Expect to be in the pool next tuesday.  Each diver will give a confined water presentation on a single skill.

Next week, more presentations on the gas laws.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 11 Classroom Presentation to Advanced Scuba Class

Tonight the Candidates lectured and preformed a classroom Teaching Presentation to an Advanced Scuba Diving class.  The topics were Search and Recovery followed by Deep Diving.  It was the first experience with teaching to an actual class, not to just instructors!

I think a great amount of things were learned this evening.  Command of Knowledge, Preparation, Practice, Outline, Organization and following the prescribed format!!!

Another presentation was also given on Lift Bags.

Critical evaluation was additionally provided by Instructor Peacock.

Next week first Pool session with a confined water presentation.  This will be followed by classroom session where the divers will present a Leadership level or Master level class.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Confined Water Teaching Presentation

•Confined water teaching presentation criteria

–Skill introduction
•[3] Was the importance or value established?
•[3] Was a statement of student performance objectives made?
•[3] Was the general sequence of the activity provided?

–Skill Practice and Evaluation
•[3] Was the exercise organized, safe, and controlled?
•[3] Was there a clear and accurate demonstration?
•[3] Was practice time efficient and observed?
•[3] Were skill deficiencies and errors identified and prescriptive coaching and remedial practice provided for?
•[3] Was there adequate student participation vs. passive listening or watching?
•[4] Was good use made of assistant(s)?
•[4] Was the exercise conducted enthusiastically?
•[4] Were appropriate games used effectively?
•[5] Was the presentation imaginative and innovative?
•[5] Was the exercise polished, smooth, and professional?

–Skill Transition
•[3] Were evaluations of student performance communicated to students?
•[3] Were key points identified?
•[4] Was good performance praised?
•[5] Were suggestions for practice and improvement made?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Safety Skills




BC or BCD redeax


Day 10

Great night!  The divers lectured on Equivalent Air Depth and NOAA Oxygen exposure table.  The presentations were the best yet.

Chapter 16 was began.  Lots to talk about when it comes to teaching!

Next session we will finish chapter 16.  The Instructor Cand. will present to the advanced class next wednesday.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Academic Areas of Study

Standards and Procedures
Risk Management Handbook

Leadership and Instruction Book
   Chapter 13   Risk Management and Insurance
                16   Teaching Theory and Instructional Techniques
                17   Teaching NAUI Diving Courses and Programs
                18   Business of Diving

You have been over Risk Management Handbook and chapter 13.  We will begin chapter 16 at the next meeting.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Skills and Endurance

Watermanship Skills:

You must demonstrate the following:

A. Swimming skills:
-Swim 450 yards (407 m) nonstop, any stroke(s), within 10 minutes.

-Swim underwater 25 yards (23 m) on one breath -- no dive-in or push off.
-Transport another person of similar size 50 yards (46 m).
-Demonstrate survival swimming for 20 minutes (tread water, float, "drownproof", etc.)

B. Skin Diving Skills:
-- Using snorkeling equipment, swim 900 yards (823 m) nonstop, within 18 minutes.

-- Skin Diving Ditch and Recovery: Surface dive to the bottom in at least 8 feet (2.5 m) of water; remove and place on the bottom mask/snorkel and fins; surface and rest briefly; surface dive, recover and don all gear, surface with the mask and snorkel clear of water upon surfacing.
-- Skin Diving Rescue: Enter the water; swim 50 yards (46 m); retrieve a diver simulating unconsciousness from a depth of at least 8 feet (2.5 m); stabilize the victim on the surface; initiate and continue simulated in-water rescue breathing while transporting the diver 50 yards (46 m) to an exit.

C. Scuba Skills:
-- Scuba Lifesaving Transport: Transport an inert scuba diver 100 yards (91 m) on the surface within four minutes. The airway of the diver being transported should be maintained clear and protected at all times.-- Buddy breathe (sharing a single regulator) with another diver while swimming horizontally underwater for four minutes. Each buddy (in turn) is to be without a mask and the donor of air for two minutes during the swim. The receiver of air retains their mask on their face.

-- Scuba Ditch and Recovery: Descend to the bottom in at least 8 feet (2.5 m) of water; remove and place on the bottom mask/snorkel and scuba unit. Shut off air, swim 25 feet (7.6 m) horizontally; ascend exhaling; rest briefly; dive and swim horizontally to the equipment; recover and don the equipment; ascend breathing normally. The total exercise is to be completed within five minutes.
-- Scuba Bailout: Enter water at least 8 feet (2.5 m) deep carrying mask/snorkel, fins, weight belt, and scuba unit (air shut off and regulator purged); settle to the bottom; assume a stationary location, and don equipment. Throughout, maintain control and possession of all gear. After donning all gear, surface normally and tread water at the surface for five minutes without using the BC floatation, snorkel, or scuba.
-- Scuba Equipment Exchange: First diver submerges in at least 8 feet (2.5 m) of water wearing complete diving equipment. Second diver submerges wearing only wetsuit and weight belt. While buddy-breathing, the second diver receives and dons mask/snorkel, fins, and scuba/BC unit from first diver, and the pair make a buddy-breathing horizontal swim of 25 yards (23 m). Both buddies are to remain submerged until the final ascent, which is to be made after switching to alternate air source air sharing. The exercise is to be completed with all equipment in place within five minutes.

Day Nine

Big Update here.  The Instructor Cand. did well on Saturday teaching CPR, AED and Oxygen administration.  The class was not violent, but had tendencies...

Long day with all of first aid lecture then test to immediately follow!  We did eat Hamburgers and swim later that evening.  Anti-freeze was used, so there was no problems with the temperature.

Thursday night was class night.  The boys suffered through some history on Nitrox and the Fathers of it,  Dick Rutkowski and Morgan Wells PhD, at least two of the modern fathers with civilian applications!

They then gave presentations on MOD and Best Mix.  Things are coming around, times were kept down and focus sharpened on the topic!

Next session they will present on Equivalent Air Depth (EAD) and the NOAA Oxygen exposure chart.  Chapter 16 Teaching Theory and Instructional Techniques will be covered in class.

The candidates will have the opportunity to work with an Advance Scuba class, in the near future.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 8

The nights class started with a discussion on in water blackout, shallow and deep.  Chapter 13 was completed.  The candidates each did a presentation on nitrox, best mix and max operating depth.  It was a learning experience!  There was a guest instructor, Gary Peacock.  His insights were invaluable!

The Instructor Candidates will be teaching cpr, O2 administration and AED this Saturday.  The first aid class begins at 0900 at the Casa Pennington Learning Center (aka the man or pool room).  Burgers and drinks will be provided after class.  Lunch is on your own at one of  the local Lindale establishments!

Next week the Divers will discuss another topic in Nitrox, bare bones and 10minutes max!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My underwater swim!!!

I just want to scream it from the mountain top....I DID IT! The underwater swim that is!!! That was my last and final skill to complete for my divemaster training! If I were a girly girl I would have been jumping up and down, but that's not me...bul let me tell you my insides are doing just that!!! I owe many thanks to several people but Dean Pennington got me through this swim. He worked with me tonight on my breath hold until I was able to hold it for one minute underwater (in one night...I started at 15 seconds) and then and only then did we start to work on some swimming. Half the length of the pool, after a few time we ended up in the shallow end.... and this time Dean wanted me to go the the break and a little i ask if I feel i can make it all the way can I go ahead and go for it, Dean being Dean said "well sure you can, you can do anything you want"! So I did a little ETF Tapping Therapy (to get to my happy place) and off I went... as Dean explained i had plenty of oxygen and it was just my brain tell me I need to breath from the carbon dioxide build up and guess what he was right....I did it!!! Yay!! I can't even put into words how it makes ne feel to accomplish the title "DIVEMASTER"!!! What an awesome feeling (i will help others with those same fears i had but always want to dive) There are a few people I need to thank besides Dean for believing in me.. 1st my brother Robbie Kirkpatrick...Thanks for believing you big sister can do anything, my instructor Gary Peacock for even putting the notion in my head to get on the fast track to divemaster and for not giving up on me when I know it would have been eaiser, Billy Hunter, owner of Scuba Steve's for being sick that day and closing the shop (that was my here's your sign moment) and for believing in me and not giving up and last but not least John Branch, I could not have done it without you....thank are a great divemaster (soon to be instructor) and we could all learn a lot from you!!! Look out world you have some new divemasters in town!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 7

Tonight John and Arbrey presented on the Scuba Tank and Dive safety.  Chapter 13 from the leadership manuel was discussed.  Hypercapnia was also discussed.

The Instructor Candidates will be teaching part of the upcoming First Aid/CPR/AED/O2 administration class.  I will present on shallow/deep water blackout next week.  The remainder of Chapter 13  will be completed and presentations made on Maximum operating depth and Best Mix.

Day 6

Presentations were reworked and done on mask and snorkel.  In addition new presentations were done on wet suit and BC.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 5

The evening started with a "lessons learned" from the open water check out. Both Candidates were put into leadership supervisory postitions and charged with running the show with DMC as their support. A lot was seen, heard and discussed. It was an eye opener on many levels. The instructor candidates are learning, sometimes it is the school of hard knocks.

Presentations were given on wetsuits and BCs. Some real progress is being made. The refinement process continues.

We also discussed the requirments sent to us by the area representative.

We ended the night finishing up the Risk Management Handbook.

Next week, both presentations will be reworked and presented again.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Characteristics of a Good Instructor

Safety of the Student
Global Awareness

Safety of the Student
Situational Awareness

Safety of the Student
Command of Knowledge

Safety of the Student
Exemplary water skills

Safety of the Student
Leader by Example

Safety of the Student
Love of Water

Safety of the Student
Inspirational Teacher

So what does all this mean?  #1 is always the safety of the student.  It goes without saying that this is paramount.  At the beginnning, in the middle of and at the end of training.  How do you ensure student safety?  Global awareness, the ability to see the whole picture, knowing what is going on and where it is happening.  This allows the instructor to have "eyes in the back of his head" so to speak.  While thinking globally the instructor must have situational awareness.  This is the ability to discern what is happening right now with intuiative knowledge of cause and effect.  Instant realization of what might or will happen in a given set of circumstances.

Command of the knowledge.  How can you teach someone something you don't know?  Students smell this like a shark smells blood.  If you don't know it, you can bet you will be asked about it.  A professional will take it upon himself to acquire the knowledge.  But it takes more than getting the information.  You have to understand it AND be able to teach it.  This is two totally seperate actions and abilities.

Exemplary water skills.  This is demonstrated to the students with your every movement.  When they see you in the water, they are seeing demonstration quality skills done without apparent thought or discomfort.  They see how it should be done!  You are Leading by Example.  You not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.  You are able to perform every skill you ask for, demonstration quality.  You as the instructor demonstrate this by maintaining a level of fitness that allows you to do all the endurance tasks, whenever.  Your words of conservation and safety are followed by the same actions, with and without students.  Someone is always watching.

Love of water.  Simply seen by your ease and comfort in the water environment.  Not only are you one with the water, but you use it to your advantage.  This cannot be faked.  It is readily apparent if you have it or if you don't.  When you love the water you do not fight it or struggle.  Your movement and actions are smooth, unhurried, comfortable.  You will have a palpable calm when in it.  It will be noticed.

Inspirational Teacher.  Lofty words certainly.  Just look back at what and who drove you or inspired you to be where you are at, in this very moment.  This is inspiration.  Transferring your love of the water, your knowledge of scuba diving, is the trick.  Be that guy, you know, the one that makes you try harder.  The guy who somehow encourages you to do more, to research, to learn, to teach.

Big talk to read here, I know.  I myself am constantly striving for all of these characteristics.  I want to be that guy who you trust with your most loved ones.  I want to be that guy who is always the buddy you can count on under water.  I want to be like the instructors who taught me.  I want to take the best and make it my own.  I want to have a legacy of safety. 

I want you to be that guy as well.  I want you to be the guy, the instructor who teaches me how to dive. better.  I want you to be that memorable instructor who first taught me the brand new diver how to dive, the right way, the safe way.  I am unable to forget you, because you are the best diver I ever saw!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 4

Tonight was the first presentation night.  The topics were snorkel and mask.  The evening started with "Why I Dive".  Video was captured tonight so the instructor candidates can see just what exactly the students and I am seeing.  We ended the night, late again, working our way through the risk management handbook.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day Three

Tonight the Instructor pre-qualification test was gone over in detail.  This was a good measure of where the diver Instructor Candidates are and ultimately showing them where to concentrate their studies on.

Next week we go over risk mangement Hand book.  The candidates will do a 5 to 10 minute classroom presentation on mask and snorkel. 

They will also give a brief talk on "Why I Dive".

The Talent
The Tools

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 2

Talked at length about Instructor Training.  Requirements, training and testing.

A presentation was made following the classroom presentation format.  It was gone over minutely, dissected and discussed.  We also discussed the reasoning behind the format.

Each candidate discussed the reasons why they wanted to become instructors.

The students were given the pre qualification test to take at home.

And so it begins...

Monday, February 7, 2011

We have another Taker!

Arbrey Stiefer has chosen to begin Instructor training with John Branch.  I am excited at the prospect of having these two advanced to Scuba Instructor.

Divers, are you ready?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

First night

And so a new Instructor Candidate begin the pathway to Instructor tonight.

We went over the requirements to begin training.  Training outline for what is expected and how to prepare.

A pre-qual test was given.  We will go over this next meeting.

Superior Leadership and Instructor training are founded in the “Loved One” concept. That is, it is only those we would trust to train our loved ones to dive that we graduate at any level and especially so for leadership and instructor certification.

Good Luck!