NAUI Leadership Growth
On January 5th Rod Shroufe was our guest speaker on our NAUI Talk - Promotions to Make You Money. I received some great response from members on the importance of running courses for Instructors, Instructor Trainers and Course Directors as a means to grow and succeed. We will feature ideas to generate excitement and ideas on running these.
Below is the first in a series to help you know and grow.
Dive Safety through education has been NAUI’s motto since its inception. As NAUI Course Directors and Instructor Trainers, we are very familiar with the mantra. We understand it and we adhere to it but let us dive deeper into the implications of the meaning.
Our job as NAUI leaders is to mentor the next generation of NAUI Instructors. Good instructors start with us. Good instructors communicate clearly, are masters of their content, have great pedagogical skills, and set high standards for all of their students. They are, in fact, a reflection of us. It is OUR job to get the new instructor candidates to this point.
A recent Cline Study determined that “a lack of quality instructors or better training needed” was second only to “publicity/ visibility and advertising” when addressing the dramatic decline in the dive industry in the United States in recent years.
Last summer I had the opportunity to co-teach a two week, very intensive ITC with Tom Hemphill (NAUI#) and Jim Larsen (NAUI#). Although I have been a science instructor for 28 years and a scuba instructor for 20 years, my instructional experience pales in comparison to theirs. Collectively we shared over 100 years instructional practice with six instructor candidates. This was the best teaching and training experience of my career. Learning from their knowledge and wisdom and sharing our collective instructional experience created synergic learning for our candidates.
The takeaway is that it is our responsibility to continue to share, learn and grow as CD’s/IT's. This surely happens in these large, energetic co-taught ITC’s. Tom often describes ITC’s from the 1970’s and 80’s with 20-40 candidates and a dozen course directors and Instructor trainers. What an experience that must have been! The industry was energized and had a growth mindset. We can return these days of our industry’s growth and excitement and it starts right here, right now with us! We can pool resources, share expertise, learn from each other, and produce high quality instructors that will grow NAUI and grow the industry. We are all members of the NAUI family. We are all good teachers and communicators. Let us work together to grow NAUI by producing a new generation of instructors that can help turn the industry.