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SCUBA-L  September 1999, Week 4

SCUBA-L September 1999, Week 4

Subject:

Re: Training (Was Re: Reverse Profile?)

From:

Bjorn Vang Jensen <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 27 Sep 1999 14:48:01 +0700

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Chritian wrote:
 
> Provided that the newbies being educated to this standard are clearly
> made aware of their somewhat suspect new-found knowledge, that they
> _must_ continue the learning curve, I have no problem with it either.
>
> I do have a problem with believing that every instructor will
> always do this.
 
I haven't done a flame in a long time, and I thought I was above it by now,
but I've had enough!
 
You would be absolutely right in not believing that _every_ instructor will
do that. Why this is even worth mentioning, however, is beyond me. There is
NO teaching field that I can think of where you can expect EVERY MEMBER of
the field to do the same thing! For every great history teacher someone had,
someone else had a lousy history teacher, et cetera. Human beings being what
we are, you can NOT expect that this will be any different for diving
instructors, violin teachers, or any other instructing field.
 
If it sounds like I am upset, it is because I am. You take every opportunity
to rib diving instructors, yet you have no teaching experience of your own.
You constantly set the most stringent requirements, yet modify your position
on those requirements virtually every time you are challenged. Whether you
were certified by Jacques Cousteau or by Joe Instructor, it would be
refreshing to see something from you on this subject that didn't always end
in a stab at the instructor population as a whole, especially given that you
are taking stabs at something you know little about.
 
Bottom line: There are good instructors and bad instructors, good and bad
actors, good and bad priests, bricklayers, taxi drivers and engineers. Where
is the news in that ? You can change anything you want, Christian; Laws,
standards, teaching examinations, annual renewal requirements, rules and
regulations. But people are people, and people take the short-cut every time
they can get away with it. Can you change THAT ?
 
So what if diving is an activity that most people don't think long and hard
about before venturing into ? I bet a lot of list members didn't (myself
included, I started with an intro-course out of sheer boredom on a
vacation). Like Strike said, those who want to learn more will seek out that
knowledge. Those who don't really want to learn will retain enough to pass
the exam, then gradually forget it as they stay out of the water for too
long. Annual recertification is one possibility, but as a safety measure the
system has more holes than a sieve. Common sense and responsibility for
one's own actions are far better in the long run.
 
If you think that the general population of instructors is really as bad as
your frequent stabs would indicate, then YOU have the option to do something
about it, if you think that you are up to it (and it would appear that you
do). Step up to the plate, and redefine the standards of instructing (and
human nature while you're at it). Teach people according to your own
standards. It will earn you a lot more respect than armchair theorizing.
 
Like I said, I just had enough. I don't want a war, and if one erupts, I'm
not participating. I've said my piece.
 
Bjorn
http://www.bjornjensen.com

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