Some time ago PADI asked if I would be willing to be one of the PADI Technical Field Consultants and help PADI develop the Rebreather and Tec CCR courses.
Over the past year I have had the privilege to work for PADI helping to run the Launch Programs for the Rebreather Instructor and IT and Tec CCR Instructor and IT courses.
These programs have been spread as far and wide as USA, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, UK, Philippines, Egypt and Germany.
Each has been great fun and a wonderful opportunity to meet PADI members I would probably not have done otherwise.
The courses have been really well received with all the participants thoroughly enjoying them, saying that they had learned a lot but also admitting they were hard work!
PADI Tec 40 CCR IT Course,Thailand
The courses involve the candidates in Knowledge Development presentations, a Waterskills assessment, Confined Water Teaching presentations and Open Water Teaching presentations. We also had the chance do so some real diving with them in the simulated course assists.
Some of the candidates said they felt as nervous as their IE when giving the presentations (I think I would have done too) but the programs were designed with development rather than assessment as the goal (although of course we had to make sure that all the candidates were up to speed and meeting the standards) so we always made time to work with the candidates rather than just assessing them.
For me the most rewarding part was how many candidates told us how much they had learned in the short space of the course and how better prepared they felt to go out and and deliver what is a really excellent set of PADI courses.
The programs have undoubtedly been a success as can be seen by the number of candidates who are now actively teaching both the Rebreather and Tec CCR courses.
The PADI Launch Programs are nearly at an end but if you want to learn more about becoming a Rebreather or Tec CCR Instructor or IT you can contact your PADI office.
Although the launch programmes are nearly done I am running some more Instructor courses and the dates will be up on this blog in the next few days.