Hey guys! So I just became an Assistant Instructor today with Ban's Career Development Center (5 Star PADI because they are pretty much awesome). I am taking the whole Instructor Development Course as well as the MSDT and my internship here at Ban's. The course has been some "serious fun" so far (see already learning the PADI language).
We have a great group from around the globe, but we are predominantly female this IDC! We are staffed by a large group including Tim Hunt (PADI Platinum Course Director), Marcel Van Den Berg, Lance Hiesinger, Laura Riding, Arron Butler, and Craig Werger from Ban's Tec.
The Assistant Instructors course involves several exams about PADI standards and theory from your divemaster days (physics, physiology, skills, equipment, and recreational dive planning). However the most interesting thing to me has been learning how to teach. You learn how to present skills to students who have never seen them before, first in a confined session, then on an open water dive!
It has been so much fun here at Ban's on the course so far and I think that it is because of this (and their dedication) that I pulled down some excellent scores during the Assistant Instructors course with the lowest being a 4.5 (out of 5) and mostly 5's! Whoot. Swish is rocking the IDC and having the best time doing it. Thank you to the staff and the lovely candidates for making this a great experience.
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