|CrystalblueoceanSailing and Diving Around the World|
sailing and diving around the world
Got a mix of videos and pics for you guys :) The video shows the party we had for Adara, on her last day here at Cozumel Dive School. She finished the IDC program, and is now back in California. In the video, Adara is the tallest one, standing in the back. We did up a little BBQ for her. I think I mentioned everyone's name in the video- there was Adara, Jochem (DMT from Holland), Clara (one of my favs), Luca, Tracy, Tara, Nick, Damien (from France), Moe (from Canada), Zak, Meghan, Barbara (Meghan's mum), Ken, Jimmy, Steve, Tracey, Blake (DMT from Colorado) and Murillo (DMT from Brazil), and me (DMT from Toronto, Canada).
The third and fourth videos are there for those of you who are planning to do the Divmemaster program. At some point, you'll be doing 'brief and leads,' where you brief the dive group about the particular dive site you'll be diving at, and you'll be 'leading,' the group through the dive. It can be a little challeging, especially since we haven't really had enough time to actually get to know the details of the dive sites, but Dennis, the school's Divemaster, is always there, and is really the one that is overseeing, so we're really following him, anyway :) So, on this particular day, I was doing the brief and lead. That was my second time doing it, so I still haven't perfected it yet, but I put it up anyway because it's real, and it shows exactly what you guys will be doing as DMTs. You'll have a dive brief on the one of the slates in your DM pack, so you can read straight off the slate, but you will be expected to eventually be able to do it straight from your head. One of the many great things about Cozumel Dive School is they want you to take your time to get it right, so they encourage practice, and the instructors are always ready to work with us. In my case, I was told that we were going to La Francesa reef, so I quickly read a little bit about the reef and then went straight into the briefing. Naturally, you'll all have your specific points to work on. Being a DMT isn't just about learning to dive. The other fun part is learning the social aspect of being a DM, and it's something that I realized I needed to work on. Being a sea Captain, I take it for granted that my crew is simply going to do what I ask, and it's not tough to brief a ship's crew, and then watch them go about getting the taks done. As a DM, you're watching the students/fun divers all the time, to make sure they are comfortable, and to anticipate any problems/difficulties they might be having. In order to do that you obviously need to talk to them, get to know them, and clearly show them that you're open and available to them :) I'm a quite, unassuming kind of man, but that doesn't work as a DM, all the time. Often, a good chunk of time is spent getting to the dive site, so chit chat is expected, and you can certainly use the time to anwer any questions the divers have, review dive procedures, check gear, and to give them positive feedback. In my opinion, everyone should do the DM course. It's a life-changer, and you grow into a bigger, better version of yourself, whether you want to or not :):):) Mike Sobel and his team make it happen for you. It's what they're good at.
The brief and leads are fun, for many reasons, but one of the things I like is that some of the divers, usually the other DMTs, will do things like loosen their tank straps, or deliberately do other things that they wouldn't normally do on a dive, and you, as the DMT, 'leading' the group, have notice the things that are out of place, and 'solve/fix' the 'problem.' Blake, for example, loosened his tank strap so his tank was floating free, and I had to go over and slip the tank back into place, and secure it properly.
The last, heartwarming, video shows Zak Mayfield, one of the other DMTs, helping an Open Water student out through the surf, back onto the beach. This sort of fits in to what I'm talking about when I say there is a social aspect to being a DM. The pics and the vid express the care that is extended to your students when you're a DM. Zak is a young man from Ohio, and I really like him. He is a very fine man, and is planning on carrying on to become an instructor. He also happens to be one heck of an underwater photographer, and one of his photos, taken since he's been here in Cozumel, has been featured by PADI, on their twitter page. It is a shot of one of the wrecks, from a distace, showing Luca, one of the instructors, hovering just above the wreck. Zak is definitley someone to follow.