Diary of a wannabe Diving Instructor – Part 1

aysenurHi. My name is Aysenur and I want to be a PADI Instructor! To help me do this, I’ve just enrolled in the Instructor Development Course being run here at Sail Rock Divers.  It’s a 12 day course that should teach me everything I need to know to be able to pass the Instructor Exams and then embark on a new career! Much like Harry’s Divemaster Diary, I’ll also be writing the Sail Rock blog for the next couple of weeks, so if you are interested what is involved in becoming a Diving Instructor, or know someone who is, let them know about this blog and you can follow my progress.

Firstly, I’ll tell you how I ended up here. After passing my PADI Open Water course in 2000, I sadly did little with my qualification, until I came to Thailand and found myself on Koh Phangan, within reach of  the famous ‘Sail Rock’. I chose to dive with Sail Rock divers as it seemed a sign (and they seemed like a great dive centre!).

After seeing the way the centre was run and chatting with some of the guides, I decided that it was time to take my diving career a little further, and enrolled on my EFR and Rescue courses. My Instructor, Blue, made it all so interesting that it re-ignited my passion for diving, and with no particular plans in my head, I started my Divemaster.  What a great way to travel around the world, earning a bit of cash and getting paid to dive. My Divemaster course really showed me what it’s like to work in the industry, and I loved it. With no time restraints, I worked out I could stay and do the IDC and IE and be able to share my love of diving by not only guiding divers but actually teaching them!

And so, here I am.  I’m only a day into the course, and we are yet to hit the water, but already even the academics are building my enthusiasm (and yes, I realise how sad that sounds). As we breeze through Physics, race through Standards and start doing presentations, the dream is just that little bit closer.

I have a feeling it won’t be this easy for long!