- Reaction score
- Nassau - Bahamas
- # of dives
- 5000 - ∞
So of the 100 OW certs you have given, you have had to not sign off on two, downgrade 12, and do numerous remedial trainings..... That's not a very good instructor success rate. Maybe you need some tips?
Its hard to gauge your tone on the internet so ill try not to take that as an insult,
double checking my stats. 117 OW. So some points,
- I personally believe that failing students is a sign of a good instructor not a bad one, i have failed students due to the fact they are unable to safely carry out a dive without professional supervision. In the specific instance of my first two students, I was there to teach them to scuba dive, not to swim. I am not a swim coach/teacher nor did we have the time to do so hence they were "failed" or more specifically, told to come back when they have learnt to swim.
- Downgrading, i would say most students fall into the category of believing that when they pay for a course they pay for a pass and plan their holiday as such, Many downgrades are because a student was unable to to pass a certain skill and being on a course of up to 8 people and on a time budget (boats have to be back for next trip etc) there is no time left for extra training, 2nd attempts etc.
- Remedial training, when your dives are timed to a boat schedule, someone having a few mintus trouble equalizing at the start can have repercussions on the training schedule. Many places i worked you literally had 50 mins at a site including jumping in and out. Whereas another place i worked, my current for example, a 70 minute training dive is not unheard of. having to do 5 x 45 min dives is still shorter than 4 x 70 minute dives and is not a reflection of the instructor per se.
- To pass the PADI course you must have mastery of a skill, this is very subjective but i am obviously either strict or crap at teaching but i emphasis from the start that the aim of the course is to enable the attendee (at open water level) to safely plan and carry out a dive dealing with trained for emergencies with another buddy of the same level. If a student is unable to meet what i believe is Mastery of a skill, they are given as much additional training (or remedial training if you will) until they are able to pass or we have identified what they need to do to pass in the future (i think i only had one literally spit the dummy and quite because they couldn't get something).
- Lastly , i will toot my own horn here, i am considered a good instructor, by companies i have worked for, commercial boat captains i have trained (i value their opinion), students who have progressed from my OW course to instructor, other instructors partners (i trained several), DMs who have asked me to teach their Instructors (had to explain i couldent) and my OWSI instructor. I believe there are very few cases where another instructor, with the same constraints as what i was teaching under could have had a different outcome.
Sorry i lied, i did take that as an insult.