One more long day at Rich Coast. Today not so much on hours but a lot of content. We passed through some new topics. Starting from Teaching Specialties.
Dive specialties were created to enhance divers abilities to some special circumstances, like Ice and Cave diving. The advantage for the diver is that they won’t be alone and you have knowledge to share. The goal is not to create experts divers but to raise interest and information. For them, the objective is to learn different techniques and skills so they feel more comfortable and can practice in a safe manner. Except for Project Aware / Reef conservation and Peak performance Buoyancy, you must be a PADI Specialty certified instructor to teach them, and this is a very important segment of the dive market since people are raising more interest in special kinds of dive, and it’s a great opportunity to promote the area you’re diving in, with wreck or deep dives for example
We also discussed about Project Aware: a non-governmental organization that helps to maintain the healthy of the oceans in the world. PADI also offers some specialties related to Project Aware, and some of them have no certification pre requisites, so everybody can applies for it. The keypoint of Project Aware is to attracts interest and make people believe that they can make the difference. You can easily market it by linking to other courses, like when the students finish the Open Water, they can apply straight away to the course, right after they are still fresh on the enthusiasm of the diving. You can also offer before a trip to a coral reef area that your are organizing or offer to youth organizations like schools and clubs. It’s really important to inform divers and nondivers about current stat of the world coral reefs and provide information about interaction with reefs while diving and snorkeling. Project aware provide books, guides, videos and manuals. You can also offer an optional dive or snorkel incorporating a CoralWatch monitoring activity.
One specialty that we will be able to teach after the IDC is the Peak performance Buoyancy course. The objective of this course is to teach divers how to fine tune neutral buoyancy and encourage them to practice skills and gain experience under your guidance. You only need to be an open water diver (junior applies to). One good aspect of the PPB for the DiveShop is that even an Assistant instructor can teach the course (with a Instructor available for consult and co-signing of an Instructor) and for the diver is that credit towards the Advanced Open Water Course later on. It’s also a good training for people who just purchased a new equipment and are still getting used to it.
For people that doesn’t wants to apply for a Divemaster course, there is another option that we discussed, the Master scuba diver program. This is the black belt and the top recreation diving rating, and will turn you into the “ultimate” diver. All you must have before apply is 50 logged dives, 5 PADI specialty diver certifications and PADI rescue diver. And whoever wants to apply for a Master Scuba Diver trainer you only have to hold at least 5 PADI specialty instructor certifications and have issued at least 25 Diver certifications.
In a short break, we discussed again some of the open water presentations and some last details on the CESA skill.
Later on we discussed the Open water course philosophy. The Open Water course will introduce beginning concepts, teach skills that allow divers to dive comfortably and make properly use of scuba equipment and encourage that there is more to learn. But a primary keypoint in the Open Water course is to have FUN. Having fun increases comfort level and enthusiasm and will persuade divers to dive often and get involved in. The reason why is the PADI open water diver course so popular is mostly because certification cards are accepted anywhere. Teaching the Open Water Course in a safe manner it’s important but also easy, if you stick to the PADI standards and structure.
Lots of information right? And still got some time in the end of the day to discuss some post training subjects. Like reasons why people stop diving and how to bring them back. Many times people stop diving because they don’t ask themselves the reason why. As soon as they notice that they haven’t been diving for a while, they come back to it, and it’s a matter of how to reach them back again!
Well, enough of information for today! Tomorrow we are back to the water to finish the confined water skills and in a few days we will start our open water skills! So tomorrow I come back with the IDC diary 🙂