Category Archives: Instructor Training

Certificate of Excellence

I have to say I kind of lucked out this year.  I heard early on, that PADI was running a competition, the Instructor with the largest number

Certificate of Excellence for Continuing Education
Certificate of Excellence for Continuing Education

of Master Scuba Diver Certifications, and/or the largest number of Continuing Education certifications for their are would win $200.00 for use at PADI.  So, I went to it, teaching every course I could possibly get set up.  I taught Deep, Drysuit, Sidemount, EFR, and a large number of Instructor level courses.  My record for one course was Jan’s Rescue course, where I had 6 students, who had to take the EFR and I also taught them the Emergency Oxygen Provider course.  All in all, I earned 18 certifications for one course with 6 students.

Now I know what you are thinking….if I am doing this large number of courses I must be cutting corners, and if you know me, you will know that is not the case.  I will go that extra mile, for the student.  For example, when we do a Deep course, we do two classroom sessions, one with the presentation that covers Awareness, SAC rates, Failures, Positioning, Advanced Fining Techniques and many other skills.

During 2013 I was also selected to attend the PADI Course Director Course, I was selected of ne of the 42 people who could attend.  I went

Ken Dunlop is Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Certifying the Most Master Scuba Divers in all of British Columbia
Ken Dunlop is Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Certifying the Most Master Scuba Divers in all of British Columbia

through a competition against all of the other Master Instructors throughout the world who applied.  This course was taken in the Dominican Republic for 13 days.  Excellent training.

If you are interested in becoming a PADI Professional, let me know.  I currently have 4 IDC’s planned for 2014.  Remember we will go that extra distances to ensure you successfully complete your Instructor Examination.  Stop by GoPro-Uw Explorers and sign up now!!

New Sidemount Instructors

Tori & Alex
Tori & Alex

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to congratulate Tori and Alex for becoming our New Sidemount Instructors.  Tori, a former Capilano University Professional Dive Instructor candidate who has returned to Ocean Quest to take her Sidemount Instructor program and Alex has come all the way from Germany!

Monday night was the Classroom session where we covered the PADI Standards for the Sidemount Instructor course, as well as practicing the dry skills that will be introduced to the students the pool night.  Everyone did a great job, and had the opportunity to present some of the skill sets that they will teach in their own Sidemount courses when they are instructing.

Wednesday night we went to SFU Pool where we spent 2 1/2 hours practising the skills for real, and each of the Instructor Candidates were tasked with teaching a couple of the various skills that they will be teaching in the ocean.  This is the time where we learn to perfect the skills so we have roll-model like skill levels.

Sidemount Class
Sidemount Class

Friday and Saturday were Ocean days where each candidate had to teach two of the three dives that the the users levels would be learning.  Each candidate was put to the test, fixing errors and making sure that the dives will run safely.  After being put to the test, everyone was able to make the cut!! Well done to everyone!!  Amy, Nathan, and Chantal need to complete their Ocean dives yet before certification.

Interested in taking the Sidemount Instructor course, contact Ocean Quest for more details.