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Shops that give a good education vs. a title

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by rydog, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. the_shadow

    the_shadow Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Enschede, Netherlands
    Exactly this. To be fair, I started my SSI DiveCon classes with 50 or so dives, but the classes lasted me around 9 months with weekly classes to improve our own skill level, teaching skills (in and out of the water) and how to assist with teaching. After an internship with two OW classes, we were certified, but it takes a good while longer to be a good, self confident DM/AI. After two years I decided to take the next step and go for full instructor. This was, for me at least, another process of four months of weekly classroom and pool trainings.

    The basic skills can be taught in a short timespan, but it takes longer before they're a second nature. The difference I see between myself or other instructors and new DiveCons at my club is huge, ranging from group awareness and skill level to way of demonstrating/explaining and management.
  2. rydog

    rydog Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Placencia, Belize
    Thanks all for the replies. I am currently at rescue diver and since my original post have tipped over the 100 dive mark. I know its not the 1000's that others have but being landlocked makes it a little tough to excel there. True, there is a local quarry but damn! its cold.

    I like the idea of the internship path, pretty much what I am looking for. Several months are not enough to be completely proficient I know but i've gotta start somewhere! The social media/tank inspections/captain/and taking a foreign language are all great suggestions and I am either currently working on those or plan on it.

    People have mentioned costa rica, cozumel and utila/roatan, all are in the region I would like to teach in and I will check out those groups. Knowing I am looking for an internship and possibly future employment, are there any other suggestions?
  3. randytay

    randytay Master Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: USA
    Come intern with me. LOL!
    rydog likes this.

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