Its day three of my latest Open Water course and there are clouds looming over head as we start the day. If you have been following any of our instructors on Facebook this week, you will have seen that we have been treated to some very rare weather. Rain, and lots of it. And just as a special treat, there was a thunderstorm as well, lighting up the Sharm sky beautifully. If you are currently looking out of your window at your latest downpour, I apologise, but we get really excited when it rains. Not only is it nice to feel the rain on your face, but it also adds an element of surprise to our day as Sharm is not really geared up for wet weather.
Water we can do, the sea is full of it, but on dry land it causes many unforeseen problems. Roads flood (no drainage), houses flood (balconies have no drainage) and even the dive centre has been known to flood! There’s nothing like trying to troop through your day, watching the sky emptying, dreading what has become of your house and its contents… Are there any electronics on the floor? Where’s the cat? Please tell me I left the Playstation on the shelf!
But today, at least, should be a dry day (fingers crossed). My student is a lady who is holidaying with her beach loving friend. Our sea front location means they are both getting what they want from their holiday. The friend chills out on the sand all day, as we walk in and out of the sea, leaving them to meeting up for lunch and coffee!Always stay close..its safer, easier and more fun!
We have worked hard for the last two days, so we have a very easy day today. With just the final exam to complete, I get to take it easy. I just have to sit and wait, and hope that I have shared enough knowledge and information to make this exam a breeze. The academic part of an Open Water Course is well structured and very thorough, with DVD’s, manuals and knowledge reviews used along the way to check that information is being retained. A big part of my job is to reinforce this information in a way that makes sense to the student. I tend to try to add real life stories or experiences to put information in context, in the hope that this will help them. For example, my student today has got confused regarding what action to take in the case of losing a buddy. The one minute rule is something no-one should forget, but in reality, people tend to think that one minute is not long enough, so overlook this as the correct method. To bring some ‘real life experience’ to the error, I carry out a tried and tested method to prove the point. I make my student walk in the opposite direction to me, along the promenade, for one minute and then tell her to turn around to ‘find’ me. It never fails to amaze students how far apart you become in ‘just one minute’. Today is no different, and I can guarantee it’s a practice she will never confuse again.
As that was the only question I had to go over, my student has passed with flying colours and the ladies have a cocktail on the beach to celebrate…. I might just join them!