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!!!