Personalised Dive Briefings. Communication at it's best.

Personalised Dive Briefings. Here is the script that I used for the opening sessions for the Team Teaching day at Scuba Dream.

Introductions: Who is in the room?

Good morning etc…. 
Who is here? 
– spend time “chatting” to each person, making them feel welcome – 
Staff Instructors, Instructors, Divemasters, Divemasters in training and Rescue Divers. 


Importance of Team Work

Analogy of Football team. 
Ask “Which player on the pitch is the most important?”
Answer – it depends.. sometimes the goal keeper, sometimes the striker, sometimes defence.
Each player on the pitch is supporting each other to reach the desired result. 
It depends on what stage of the match is being played. 

Same with teaching people. 
Everyone in the team is important, depending on the current needs. 

Today is about recognising the needs of each and every student as the teaching session progresses. 

Everyone is as important as each other. 

No “Hierarchy” when teaching. Everyone supporting

Quick Coffee Break

WHY? why are we here?

Good Question!! 
These sessions are Unique in the scuba diving world. 
Designed to make us all the best possible – Instructors, Coaches, Trainers, Mentors, Leaders…etc… 
Creating new lives for people, creating new lives for yourself. 


A Bit of History.

Steve Ousby, Janet and myself have seen a lot in our lives. 
Janet and I have worked in many dive centres around the world and have met many “mediocre” PADI Instructors. 

We’ve met some bad ones, many mediocre ones, some good ones and a few really great ones. 

We learnt from ALL of them. 
We’re anxious to pass over to you what we’ve learnt. 

The difference that makes the difference

We’ve identified what makes the difference. 
Although it seems like it’s the natural personality and character of the instructor that makes them great – these teaching skills can be learnt. 

These sessions are designed not only to let you know WHAT makes the difference, but simple and effective ways to show HOW to make the difference. 


We already started with teaching beginners

Many years ago we identified that beginners could be taught in a better way. 
In the same way that when learning to drive a car, a person firsts learns to move the car in a straight line at a desired speed, and then learns signals, turning, parking etc.. 
Same with learning to ride a bike.
We identified that it’s much more natural for a person to learn how to scuba dive around a pool whilst in control before moving on to taking out a regulator, and clearing a mask. 

Of course the whole Instructor team at Scuba Dream follow this process now.

The same now for PADI Instructors

So now it’s time to take this to the next level. 
Rescue Divers and Divemasters in the room will learn how important communication is, and how to identify and cater for each and every student. They’ll also learn how people learn.
When it comes to their IDC it will be simple and natural for them to follow the performance requirements of the course

What more is planned for future Team Sessions?

Write headings on board

Be able to communicate effectively

Well everything is communication. 
Today we’ll be talking specifically about communicating in a briefing for a skill. Making a personalised Dive Briefing.

Be able to Problem Solve

This is not only about solving problems for students. 
It’s about solving your own problems too. 

This day will concentrate on “Positive Coaching” and how corrective behaviour can be achieved without ever pointing out that someone has done something wrong in the first place. 

It creates so much confidence. 

The words that you use have such a huge impact on your Students.  both positive and negative. 


How to adopt a Winning Attitude

We’ll have a day talking about what we need to achieve when marking knowledge reviews or quick quizzes. 
There seems to be such a widespread misunderstanding of these sessions. 

How to deal with failure

We ALL fail! the MOST successful people in the world have failed more than most! 
They learn from their failures. 

It’s OK to fail. It’s OK for your Students to fail. The important thing is that you can grow from those failures. 
These Team Meeting sessions like to today’s are very SAFE PLACES to be. 
You need to recognise where your teaching can be improved. 
It’s about moving on, not about justifying what you’ve done before. 

It’s OK to own up to yourself as well as others when you’ve identified ways that you can be better. 


Developing Resilience

How to be a great PADI Leader/Coach/Instructor in a changing world. 


So (pointing at board)
This is what’s coming up for future sessions. 

Today we’ll concentrate on communications in a briefing. 
Later today, you’ll be in teams delivering a specific briefing in accordance with the specific needs of a student. 
Then later you’ll be delivering that very same briefing in accordance with the specific trait (maybe negative) of an instructor. 

It’s going to be a fun day.. 

let’s have a coffee.

Steve Prior's Online Courses

If you want to learn more about how to be a better instructor. Or if you want help on preparing for your PADI IDC, then take a look at our Online Courses. 
The one below is the Complete PADI IDC Preparation course that includes Theory, Standards, teaching in the pool and teaching in the classroom. 

Guide to PADI IDC Preparation
  • Steve has 25 years of experience in helping people pass PADI exams
  • He knows the importance of keeping current
  • Steve personally wrote all 700+ questions that you’ll use to monitor your progress
  • He shows you the same techniques he teaches on his Advanced Coaching Academy courses
  • Explains Dive Theory simply
  • Explains how to give Briefings, Debriefings, Demonstrations etc..  
  • He teaches in a friendly “non jargon” fashion
  • He has helped hundreds of people using his Distance Learning program
  • Lot’s of “ah ha!” moments
  • He updates all of his courses every year to reflect PADI’s changes
  • This is the only course that teaches Theory and How to teach in the pool and classroom
  • No Prior Knowledge necessary
  • Several Mock Exams written in the same format and content as the PADI IE exams