The past few days have been really intense. I’ve been really focused on studying, so the blog had to wait a bit.
So, to recap. In the last days we’ve covered a lot of subjects. We’ve done a few classroom presentations, with various results. I’ve passed each time though, which is really cool. I’ve started to grasp the concept, and each presentation gets easier to prepare and do.
We’ve covered teaching in confined water, marketing diving, equipment, RDP and physics.
We’re also “done” with the open water course, so we’re now talking about the rescue course. And that’s by far my favourite. I love it, it’s a really fun course to do and assist on, and I’m starting to see that it’s even more fun as a teacher.
The physics was the part I really dreaded. I’ve been so bad at it my whole life, partly due to bad teachers and me not really caring. But it’s different now, since it’s concerning a subject I really enjoy, which is diving.
We’ve been taught to not overthink the subjects too much. It’s actually really easy once you get into the mindset, and I have to agree. I’ve struggled with it for so long, and not even during my divemaster I really got it. But when Minni started to explain the different parts of it, something clicked in my head, and things started to make sense to me.
All it takes is a really good teacher.
And understanding the physics of diving isn’t just helpful when you’re diving or teaching. Everyday use is just as cool.
As for example, do you know if you’re supposed to use boiling or cold water to make ice the fastest? I always thought you should use cold water. It seemed logical. But if you use boiling, the molecules move around faster, which means it’s going to cool down easier, and form ice.
Who knew, huh?
We’ve also started talking about teaching in open water. Yesterday we went out to Sanur channel to do a few skills, where Minni showed us the easiest way to control students in open water, using a descent line. We practiced CESA among other things, and it’s really starting to get to me. I really love this.
After the skills we split up to do a Project Aware: Dive Against Debris. Something I’ve done many times before, and something that’s really important if we’re going to keep our oceans alive.
We spent a total of about 90 minutes under the surface, checking out fish and collecting rubbish.
Felt really nice to go out and dive in open water again, it’s been some time!
Today we’re doing classroom presentations, some sales workshops, and talking about General Standards and Procedures. Not that much fun to discuss, but really important as were gonna be working with it every day after the IE.
And, tomorrow is our first, and only, day off. We’ve been told that we absolutely cannot study at all tomorrow. We need to relax, clear our heads, get some sleep and just enjoy ourselves.
So, I’m going out for a fun dive with some friends. That’s gonna be really awesome.
Tonight is also Diver’s Night here at Crystal Divers. Every Wednesday they put on a bit of magic show, from the one and only Magic Toto, one of the instructors here, and we get 50% off the whole menu. And since we’re off tomorrow, I reckon it’s gonna be a late night. Socialising with other candidates and instructors is a really big thing here, and it’s just as important as studying.
But that’s all for now. I’ll make sure to take time to update more often, but I can’t really promise anything. The schedule is really tight, and we’ve got a lot of studying to do in our free time.