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Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by kidspot, May 17, 2005.

  1. kidspot

    kidspot Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Mililani, Hawaii
    I'm out snorkeling with my neighbor's 12 yr. old last week when I look over to see how she's doing and there she is doing a perfect frog kick... Now I've never said a word about frog kicks to her, or mentioned anything negative about a flutter kick (which is actually pretty good for snorkeling since you are well off the bottom and don't have to worry about air supply) But I tend to use a frog kick nearly all the time now as I like how relaxing it is, and now she has started copying me. I mentioned afterwards how well she did it and she looked at me kind of quizzically... "I was doing what?" ... She used a frog kick nearly the entire dive and didn't even realize she had changed her kicking style... Amazing how our actions around others influence them, good and bad, even when we are not intending to influence them.

    On a dive yesterday I looked over at my dive buddy (regular buddy) and here she was doing a beautiful frog kick as well. She had asked about it a couple of weeks ago, and I explained why I like it... I saw her attempt it over the past couple of dives, and now she's doing it beautifully. (btw - I am not an instructor and I don't attempt to teach diving skills.)

    Now don't think I am some kind of model diver - I am pretty new at all of this, and I know I have many weaknesses, (task loading while performing being the main one I'm working on at the moment) but I just wanted to point this out and encourage the instructors out there that their examples may end up speaking volumes more than their words... So if you're doing a good job - Keep it up! And if you're skills include bottom tilling or other bad habits that someone like me might decide to copy ... stretch yourself and give your students something better to strive for ...

    Aloha, Tim
  2. astrl

    astrl Nassau Grouper

    My frog kick has always been terrible. Even when I tread water, I use a modified scissor kick. My dolphin kick is awesome, though. :thumbs-up
  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Tavernier, Florida, United States (The Keys)
    Personally, I have trouble finding enough frogs to kick while submerged! :D

    That is way cool Tim. Whether or not you hold the certs to teach, divers will always be watching and immitating those who seem to "get it". Unfortunately they pick up our bad habits right along with the good! :wink:

    As some of you who have dove with me know, I clean the inside of my mask thouroughly with my tongue before each dive. Yes it is quite a sight (there is a pic of that somewhere on SB), but the even funnier sight was last fall as we were all gearing up on ScubaKevDM's boat... all of my ScubaDucks were doing it, and almost all in unison. It cracked me up to see my girlie girls and manly guys all with their tongues in their masks. Bwahahaha!!! Brought a tear to my eye it did! :D
  4. Divesherpa

    Divesherpa Instructor, Scuba

    Pete, I almost wet my pants on that one.
  5. DiveGolfSki

    DiveGolfSki Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NY, NY
  6. NWGratefulDiver

    NWGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Pugetropolis
    Students typically emulate what they are shown ... which is why excellent diving skills are so important in an instructor or mentor.

    Kudos to you Tim for being a good example ...

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
  7. Doc Intrepid

    Doc Intrepid Instructor, Scuba

    Ditto. The instructor can only provide tools. The student must take the tools and make themselves the mechanic. Good examples and mentors are where the rubber hits the road.

    Good job.
  8. H2Andy

    H2Andy Blue Whale

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NE Florida

    i would suggest a vacation at Cote d'Azur, or perhaps Cote du Rhone.

    however, just about any swimming pool in France will probably do just as well

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