Sinai Divers
Today: A little Fitness test and first own presentations of the IDC candidates

Day Two

Today the candidates have a fitness test. They also will show their teaching skills during their first presentations.
As scheduled, the 11 instructor trainees are in the classroom at 8.30am Sinai Divers. As scheduled, the 11 instructor trainees are in the classroom at 8.30am. The size of the eyes of the participants indicate how easily they adapt to the program (according to Nancy the two Spanish guys arrived with very small eyes). The first two lessons today are about PADI's Discover Scuba Diving program and the current status of the diving industry. Instead of having a lazy day on the beach the participants are in the dark classroom.

Staff Instructors explain the swim testAround 12pm the candidates are allowed to hit the water. Everybody is pretty happy about the refreshing water even though it’s interrupted by the training program. Now the participants must pass a little fitness test − and Nancy’s team will give them marks for it.

After everyone has changed clothes the group gets a short briefing from the Staff Instructors on the beach. Once all IDC candidates are in the water equiped with mask, snorkel and fins and have given the OK sign, the test starts.

The candidates must snorkel for 800 metres in a specified area often used for confined water diver training. 800 metres are equivalent to16 lengths in the marked sea zone; during this time the snorklers may just take their head out of the water if they have lost direction.They are also instructed to swim with usual fin kicks, instead og using frog kicks.

OK

HugoThe spanish winnersFitness Test

The test starts and we watch it with Yasser, Hendrik and Doug from the beach. The three staff instructors count the lengths the candidates are swimming. In this way they can prevent anyone from leaving the water too early “accidentaly.” The weather conditions are perfect for the swim test: almost no wind or waves.

After the second lane the first candidate, a young woman, is giving up. “I’m still not feeling well,” she says a little bit frustrated as she leaves the water and hurries back to the dive centre. Nancy and the staff instructors encourage her saying there is time to do the swim test another day. “We know that something like this can happen” says Nancy, “so at the end of the course there is still time to repeat exercises.”

Results

Fifteen minutes later the first candidate hits the 800-metre mark and raises his arms in the signal OK. We are not surprised that Hugo from Spain wins the small competition. He is quite fit and today was probably not the first time in his life that he was swimming a race.

After 17 minutes Alvaro completes the double for Spain. Jane and Leeanne share the third position. To complete the the 16 lanes they only need one minute longer than Alvaro. Jane is obviously very proud and says with a mischievous grin, “Yeah today I showed these younsters their places!”

Special congratulations go to the two Egyptian candidates Ramy and Rashad. They bravely passed the test even though they are doing Muslim Ramadan, which means for one month they are not allowed to drink or eat between sunrise and sunset − not even a sip of water. Well done guys!

The participants do not have long to sit down and relax. Approximately 45 minutes after everyone has left the water the instructor trainers call everybody back into the classroom. By early afternoon there is another important lesson. The participants are shown how to present themselves and how to pass information optimally to student divers in their role as dive instructors.

The winners

Core Presentation

The candidates learn how to correctly advise clients and how to teach courses. Nancy’s team explain how dive instructors should present themselves to customers. Afterwards the candidates must independently prepare a small presentation. Sales skills are as important as the teaching skills. Topics are assigned by the course leaders. After the presentation the candidates get immediate feedback from the trainers in order to know the areas where they need to improve.

In the mean time, it is so warm the projector takes a little break by switching off. Hence the candidates continue their presentations without this helpful tool. Leeanne is well prepared. She is using a variety of objects to support her explanations. Her interaction with the other people in the room goes smoothly as well.

Peter's Core PresentationIn Peter’s presentation it is easy to see his experience as a TV presenter. Well-structured with a calm voice and excellent speech rate, he is leading the audience through his informative presentation − even his small jokes are placed well. His listeners are following curiously and Peter seems to have fun while doing his presentation. During the IDC the candidates have several occasions to do presentations and improve their skills in this area.

Tomorrow we will witness a role playing game underwater. One candidate is will act as the instructor and he has to keep control over his students. According to Nancy this is always quite interesting and fun.

Day 1: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 2: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 3: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 4: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 5: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 6: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 7: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 8: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 9: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 10: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 11: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 12: How to become a dive instructor?

Day 13: How to become a dive instructor?

Course Director: Nancy Abd El Wahab

Dive centre: Sinai Divers Dahab

(jdo/cat/mmd)

Published on: 09/21/2009

Tags: educationidcdahabegyptdive instructor

04/10/2011Cat and Dolphin playing together
02/22/2011New Egypt: Good discounts in Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt
09/07/2010Rescue 2010: The Lifesaving World Championships in Alexandria
02/08/2010Eudishow from 12th to 15th February in Bologna Fair
02/04/2010Update: Mares Nemo Air Quick Connector Recall
12/11/2009ICON HD: dive computer from Mares gets own website
12/03/2009New and improved Suunto website
11/29/2009Dive-Hive SEA LIFE TRACKER: Share your sightings with others!
11/24/2009From SEEMANN to SUBGEAR
11/17/2009World wide health careres ask for a little help
11/15/2009Fusion: New Drysuit from SCUBAPRO
11/11/2009New fins from SCUBAPRO: Jet Sport Fin
10/29/2009NHeO: New VR Technology dive computer
10/28/2009Hobby researcher found remnants of a swimming giant
10/17/2009Maldives politicians submerge: Special conference on climate change
10/14/2009Werner Lau in Sharm El Sheikh expands dive training
10/12/2009SCUBAPRO news: Bungee Straps that fit almost all fins
10/11/2009Nova Light 230: New diving torch from SCUBAPRO