For me my beginnings in diving, and my journey to get to where I am today, began when I took my open water diving course in November 2018 and instantly fell in love with the underwater world.
Since then I have gone on to complete a number of recreational courses to improve my diving and to learn more skills which open up more possibilities and prospects of adventure.
However, what I have since found as more important is as well as undertaking the recreational training courses is also completing personal diving.
This is something that Tracey "The Boss" is keen we all do, that is GO DIVING..., so instead of rushing from course to course, I have taken the time to go diving for fun and to practice the skills and apply the knowledge that I have gained in a practical non-teaching environment.
Initially I chose to do my diving with Dive Rutland as I lived locally, therefore it was convenient and easy for me to choose this is as my starting point.
It soon became very apparent that this was one of the best choices I could have possibly made.
After completing my rescue diver course approximately a year later, I decided that I wanted to sign up to do my Divemaster course and take my first step in to the realms of the professional ranks to teach diving to others.
The main reason I chose to do this was because I had found myself getting more involved with the club and trying to help out more and more, therefore it seemed logical to take this next step and do it officially. The reason that I chose to complete my Divemaster course through Dive Rutland was mainly because of the way they teach and treat their divers.
From day one I felt welcome and I could feel and see the passion that the staff had for what they do.
Throughout my training at Stoney Cove I have seen many other clubs and dive schools and some of the things that I have witnessed are both shocking and damn right scary and it was through seeing this first hand that I began to realise how good the training I had received was in comparison to some of the training that is currently going on out there.
When I signed up to my Divemaster course, I wanted to learn to teach the way I had been taught and I wanted to hopefully inspire and enthuse people as the staff at Dive Rutland had inspired me and to see people achieve the goals that they want to accomplish.
For me the ultimate goal is to get the divers we teach to want to dive the U.K. waters and not just be holiday divers, which is often ultimately decided on their experience here in the U.K. during training.
During my training and internship, I learnt a lot from the team at Dive Rutland and there was always somebody at hand to help me and answer any questions or concerns that I had and it’s fair to say I had many random questions and theories throughout my training, all of which I got an answer to including the crazy ones I had.
To train from scratch to become a Divemaster took me almost a year and a half. In that time, I have learnt valuable skills and techniques that have improved my diving enormously. Not only this, I feel that the compassion and drive that the instructors have at Dive Rutland has also been instilled in me and I treat all those who come through the door exactly as I was treated, in the hope that I can inspire and enthuse them as I was.
This now brings me on to a topic that I feel people should be aware of, the Zero to Hero Divemaster courses that are out there and especially those that seem to be increasingly popular abroad.
These courses claim to train you from scratch through all your recreational courses and onto the first rung of the professional ladder as a Divemaster all in one go and can take as little as 3-4 weeks.
Now let me ask you this, would you trust this person with your child in the water? Technically speaking they have the qualification and they are able to assist an instructor, but after 3-4 weeks of simulated training what do you think will happen if and when something goes wrong?
I know that I wouldn’t be confident to handle things in the water after just 3-4 weeks of diving. I have been diving now almost two and a half years and I believe that I am a good and confident diver and this is down to taking my time and learning correctly but also just diving.
The best way to get experience and confidence is to just go diving and this is exactly what I done. I joined the club and got in the water and this is the advice I give to all the new divers we have come through, I can’t stress enough how important it is to gain practical experience as it is this experience which gives you the confidence and the ability to deal with things.
When your comfy and confident in the water through the experience you have gained, then dealing with new divers and helping them experience the underwater world becomes much easier.
How long did it take you to have this feeling of comfort in the water?
For me I know it was a lot longer than 3-4 weeks to achieve this, so I question how can anyone be sufficiently confident and comfy in the water to deal with student divers after this short amount of time?
If you want quality training then I strongly advise you to train with Dive Rutland from beginner all the way to the highest professional qualification, they do it all.
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