Friday, June 13, 2014

CDTC Diary Day 3

Today started with review of some of the Instructor Level Training Standards to make sure we know the correct way to teach our courses followed by a workshop on evaluating Prescriptivie Teaching Presentations. Tomorrow we will be giving our own presentations to our fellow candidates so this was a good chance to make sure we've got everything in the right place to give a good presentation as well as get the points!!

Next we reviewed the new Open Water Diver Course and discussed the changes and went through the new skills now introduced in the course. My colleagues from PADI Americas Region have been teaching the new version of the course since early this year so it was good to hear from them how they teach things and how they conduct the parts of the course and has given me some ideas for when we start teaching it next month!!

After lunch we sat through a Marketing Workshop and we were assigned the task in our groups of setting up, marketing, promoting and selling our IDC's. We will need to do a pitch to James, one of the PADI Staff, to convince him that Team Green Stars IDC is the one that he wants to take over all of the other offers he is going to get from the other groups. Later this evening we had a team meeting over dinner to come up with some ideas and suggestions that will help us win first place and get the 1,000 points up for grabs to the winners - we don't know if points make prizes but we can hope!! During the presentation this morning Jaroen set up a Facebook Page for Green Stars to help with our marketing and by the time we had finished dinner this evening we have nearly 1,000 Likes!! We are rocking already.

After the marketing workshop we went off to the pool to give our confined water presentation in which I had a brain fart and forgot my demo - I'll nail it next time. The main purpose of the pool session though was for us to evaluate our team members performance and try to match the same score as the PADI Examiners in at least 3 of the 5 areas. We all nailed that so all was not all doom and gloom after my schoolboy error forgetting my demo - fool!!
It's pretty hot here so standing around listening while 7 people give presentations leaves us exposed to the sun alot so hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must. It is great fun but being out in the sun for long periods can also be very tiring.

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