Hello everyone and sorry for the little pause in the blog. I have been a bit busy. . . ummm. . . teaching scuba diving and surfing. . . I know, I know, a swish life blogger leads a hard life. But never fret dear swish reader, you know I will always come back to you! I recently took my examinations to become a PADI scuba diving instructor and passed! I actually had a lot of fun during my exams. Ban's Instructor Development had thoroughly prepared us so when the time came to actually take the exams we could just chill, take a big breath, and show what we learned!
For the short version of this blog, check out our video here:
The first day we all meet up at Ban's in order to drive together to the exams. We formed quite an intense bike gang across the island, which was a bit humorous as we saw all the other schools driving together on the way as well.
The first thing that we did was our theory exams. There are five categories: physics, physiology, dive knowledge and the environment, recreational dive planning, equipment, and standards. We all passed our exams with flying colors and then went back to Ban's to prepare for the next day.
Day two of the exams started with academic presentations in order to demonstrate that we could effectively teach theory.
After our presentations we went to prepare for our open water exams which are the ones that generally incite the most fear in people. Each candidate is given two skills that a student would have to perform to pass a course. The instructor then goes through the skills with their "students" (other candidates) while the examiner assigns the "students" problems. The instructor must identify and correct the problems underwater as well as in the debriefing. There is no make up for this section so some people where a bit anxious.
It was a beautiful day out on the water and the whole entire Ban's and Sunshine crew passed with great scores! I think that our IDC staff was more nervous waiting on the boat than we were!
The third day involves confined water presentations and skill circuits. The confined water presentations are similar to the open water presentations, except that you have to be a bit more hands on and you have to demonstrate the skill first. Skill circuit is a round of skills that the candidate has to demonstrate in order to prove competency in the water. We were all a bit more relaxed this day and had a lot of good giggles while waiting.
Again the whole entire team passed with exceptional marks! After wards we had a lovely ceremony where we received our instructor certificates.
The ceremony was quickly followed by our IE party, where our lovely staff instructors who had taught us, supported us, and been excellent role models for the future instructors we would be. . . promptly got us tipsy. All of Ban's came out and we had a great time. Many thanks to Fishbowl Beach Bar for hosting us and throwing a lovely evening.
Becoming an instructor was a great time in my life. It is strange but not at all intimidating to think that I will now be teaching new divers. It has been quite nice to introduce people to a new environment and has actually reignited some of my joy for recreational diving. It is as a good friend and mentor once told me, "Take your time, enjoy it, and inspire minds. Who knows, you might be teaching the next cave extraordinaire, top marine biologist, documentary film-maker, or eco-wetsuit line owner." And that my dear swish reader, makes it worth every moment.
*I would like to take a moment to thank the staff at Ban's Instructor Development: Platinum course director Tim Hunt, Staff Instructors Lance & Laura Hiesinger, Azza Butler, & Craig Werger