When you become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you know you are going to change lives, open eyes and a door to excitement and adventure…check out these instructors accounts of how their first class of students made them feel.
Brian Ames - OWSI
“My first-time teaching was a PADI Open Water Class that was conducted over a 3-day weekend. I had three students in the class and two were in their late teens and the youngest happened to be my 12-year-old son. It was amazing to see the transformation over three days from watching their first breaths underwater to planning and executing a dive by Open Water Dive 4. My son had obviously heard me talking of the classes I was assisting with as a Dive Master and Assistant Instructor so he kind of had an idea of what to expect. I don't think it was a positive thing because he knew that he was going to have to remove his mask underwater and he was very nervous for those exercises. After the first day, we completed Confined Water 3. During confined Water 2 he panicked a little and had to redo it. I asked if he wanted to take a break and go after the others and he said "no" that he knew he could do it and he wanted to knock it out. From that point on he never had a problem. The two teenagers were fine and I think that added to the pressure on him as the youngest. It was so nice to watch them all become divers and proud seeing my son's anxiety turn in to pleasure. He now loves SCUBA diving and wants to come with me all the time. It was a great class with great students that also put in a lot of hard work and effort to make it through the whole course in three days. An experience I will never forget.”
Matt Staton – OWSI
“It felt good to jump right into it the Instructor Exam, teaching students on my own. It was different not having indirect supervision or assisting with an instructor. I felt good with the level of training that I received during my AI and OWSI classes as it felt like I knew what I needed to do. It doesn’t mean that I wasn’t a little nervous and even reviewed and triple check what I needed to do but it felt good to see the satisfaction on my students face upon completing his requirements to upgrade from Scuba diver to Junior Open Water diver. I did find it beneficial that I knew the student, participated in his Scuba diver training, and it helped that I knew the students weaknesses already. It also helped having senior instructors there to check over my review of the paperwork, answer questions, and provide assistance when I asked for it. Overall even though I had a tough student, he was a dramatic kid that let his own mind defeat him a lot but when he got the task his look of satisfaction was phenomenal!”
When you become a PADI Instructor, you not only enrich the lives of others, you enrich your own!
Jeff Currer – PADI Course Director
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