Emmanuelle and Mathieu, were joined by Bryan, Janice, Aisha, and Sean to make a mixed group of French, Malaysian and Singaporean would be divers. Five of these guys wanted to complete their Open Water diver course, while Bryan wanted to get his Rescue Diver certification and to mix in some fun dives while he was here.
The Open Water students were a group of mixed abilities, with some taking to scuba at the first breath while others were a little more hesitant. Mixed ability groups are always the hardest to teach. You have to give the slower ones the time and attention they need to get the hang of things, while trying not to hold the natural learners back.
It is a difficult balance to get right and although I tried, I was left with the feeling that it would have worked better if I had been able to teach them separately. However, nobody’s schedule would allow that so we all just had to make the best of things.
However my task was made much easier with the assistance of Bryan and one of the Divemaster trainees training with another instructor.
Bryan had already decided that he wanted to take the Divemaster course so he came along on all the Open Water dives. Although he didn’t actively participate, it is always good to have another pair of eyes and someone with some experience to watch over the group while I evaluated individual skills. It was also a good introduction to what he could expect as a Divemaster.
The Divemaster trainee came along for the open water dives from the boat and she did an excellent job of assisting both myself and my students. Her position in relation to the students was outstanding and she managed to help the students both on the boat and in the water with tact and understanding. I felt she had great potential as a future dive leader. Congratulations to both her and her instructor for a job well done.
In between times Bryan showed his innate learning abilities by mastering all the rescue skills at his first attempt. It is a difficult and demanding course, and it is probably the most physically demanding of the non-professional courses.
Well done Bryan, and thank you for bringing your friends along too!!