So the study paid off. After a day in the classroom discussing demonstration techniques, the right things to say and playing with CPR dolls – Iím now an Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor. That means I can now (well when the paperwork has cleared) teach other people CPR, first aid and a few other things in-between. Teaching others how to save a life Ė what a great thing to do!
So the EFR training is just the beginning. After spending Saturday at home studying dive theory, yet again, the Instructor Development Course began on Sunday.
Itís just me on the IDC, which I was thinking is a good and bad thing. So far though, Iíve enjoyed the experience, Jilly is good company and I have no competition for top of the class.
I seem to be a lot calmer about the IDC than I was about the Divemaster. Iím not stressing out over the theory or pool skills or the upcoming 2 day instructor exams, well not yet anyway.
I guess I may be feeling calm as the first two days have been easy. Jilly has been doing most of the hard work giving me a ton of presentations. Iíve been learning about the business of diving, risk management, marketing and teaching specialities. Nice and stress free kind of stuff. Surprisingly, a lot of it is quite interesting and I have to rein in my tendency to get excited and start on the ďletís do thisĒ, ďwhy arenít they doing thatĒ?
Each day, weíve had a session in the pool. Jilly has been drilling me on demonstrating skills so that I am to PADI standards and make it all look easy. Itís been a fun environment, allowing me to improve my demoís and each time we do it I get more confidence – I know Iíll be able to become an instructor.
Tomorrow, ďDipsĒ will join in on the fun and games as well as another IDC student and his teacher. Weíll be in the pool practicing teaching as well as playing silly students.
Wish me 4ís and 5ís!SHARE