So day 2 started off way better than day one. Everyone at breakfast was chirpy and enthusiastic - nerves all but vanished. We started off with Suzanne from PADI Bristol Office take us through the Project AWARE IDC Presentation that we can deliver to Instructor Candidates. Was so informative and interesting - did you know the biggest player in the shark finning industry isn't an Asian country - its Spain!!! They provide over 25% of the shark fin to the Asian market. I was shocked. We talked a lot about the importance of our role as Course Directors in protecting our underwater offices.
The morning carried on with mock Knowledge Development presentations from the PADI staff which we all marked to practice our evaluation techniques. This was so valuable all the unanswered questions I have had over the years to do with marking candidates have been answered. I think I learnt a lot but was also nice to know everyone else in the world seemed to have the same questions.
The afternoon started with how to counsel students in ways to make them feel OK about their progress then it was off to the pool.
The pool didn't start the way you would probably think - it started with absolutely taking over the kids water park and having a individual photo shoot coming down the slide then team photos under the big bucket of water that drops on you - creating a conducive learning environment they called it.
We then went through Rescue Exercise number seven where they demo'd for us techniques and tips for this exercise. Again really valuable but good to know we are doing everything correctly here.
Lastly we did some mock marking of confined water presentations. Was great to see how some of the skills are conducted by the best of the best from PADI - I might be in a bit of trouble though - I handed out a Star 1 to the Instructor for breach of standards! Hope that doesn't come back to bite me - PS he totally deserved it.
Well that's it for today, tomorrow we start marketing and my first presentation! Confined water skill - LPI removal underwater.