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What skills did your instructor model?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by *dave*, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. *dave*

    *dave* Instructor, Scuba

    As an instructor, I've always felt that presenting a solid model for the students to follow was part of the job. A big part of that is modeling trim, buoyancy control and efficient finning technique.

    This video was shot a few years ago during the third pool session and I use it as a demo of the skills that will be introduced to new students. The instructor is wearing rental gear, just like the students.


    Did your instructor model proper trim and buoyancy control during your course? Do you think it's important that they do?
  2. fisheater

    fisheater Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA
    Yes and damned yes!!

    First dive, I was trying to dive like my instructor. Still am.
  3. Fish in a Barrel

    Fish in a Barrel Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: St Louis, MO

    It can be frustrating learning a new skill. It's good to have a role model to show you not only how it's done, but also to show that it can be done.
  4. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    No, not at all. The first time I saw any of these skills was in my first attempt at Fundies, or video online.
  5. SubMariner

    SubMariner C'est Moi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: A Canuck Conch
    I'm a little confused as to what this video was supposed to represent.

    If it's that the Instructor had good buoyancy control/trim. Yes.

    Meanwhile, was this an actual confined water session where the Instructor was teaching these skills & then having the student perform them to pass that particular module? Or just some play sessions where the Instructor was just wandering around randomly having students perform skills?
  6. ERP

    ERP Solo Diver

    My instructor discussed trim and bouyancy and spent additional time on the latter in each of the pool sessions.

    Having said that he had no expectation of anyone in the class being able to display either, during the class.

    I didn't see what good trim and bouyancy control were until after I was certified, when I first dove with a GUE tech certified diver. I still say this single revelation (seeing a good diver) is what makes fundamentals such an epiphany for many of the people who take it.
  7. ScubaSam

    ScubaSam Sister of Shenanigans ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cave Country
    Amazingly true!!!!
  8. *dave*

    *dave* Instructor, Scuba

    In the context of this thread, it's intended to show an instructor who is not teaching from their knees and is modeling good trim and buoyancy control. Sorry for the confusion, I thought that was clear.

    All skills displayed in the video would have been introduced in the previous pools session, I don't do modules. Each pools session starts with skills reviewed shallow and again deep. The video would be the deep review.

    Why do you ask?
  9. tkdgodess

    tkdgodess PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Canada
    Did your instructor model proper trim and buoyancy control during your course? Do you think it's important that they do?

    Yes. He was excellent. I remember looking at him at trying to emulate him. My Dad took OW with me, and had been diving before uncertified, and looked nothing like the instructor.

    I DO model proper buoyancy and trim in my OW classes. My classes are usually 4 or 5 students with a certified assistant. There is LOTS of time to have them be horizontal, neutrally buoyant, and finning properly in the time I have in the pool. After we finish required skills I have everyone ascend, give a reminder to watch me & assistant, noone touch the bottom of the pool anymore, and swim horizontally. If they are told what I expect they will do it. My last class has 4 really natural, fit young people with great attitudes. I went home smiling, they made my job easy.
  10. FireInMyBones

    FireInMyBones Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Greenville, SC
    No, he did not. Not my OW Instructor. I did not see skills like that until my Technical training.

    I am grateful for instructors that demonstrate skill even in OW. I think it is very important that these skills be shown as early as possible.

    For some reason I can not "Thank" this post. So I will Thank you with words for this helpful post.

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