After passing my Instructor Exam(IE) and becoming an PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor I was super excited for the next step: specialties!
I decided to do my specialties and then on to my Master Scuba Diver Trainer(MSDT) as I wanted to expand my teaching ability as well as make myself more employable.
At DJL, popular specialties include the Deep, Wreck and Nitrox deal, especially among Divemaster Trainees(DMTs), so I decided to do those 3 as well as O2 provider as again it was a popular specialty amongst DMTs and also search and recovery.
After gaining my specialty teaching status and went on to do the DJL MSDT Internship which was their IDC Gold Package where you teach 25 people along side another instructor so you get to see how more experienced instructors teach. I thought this was a really good idea as not only would it allow me to gain MSDT level but also would mean I could get lots of tips on teaching courses as even though I was qualified, I felt nervous about teaching on my own.
I first taught a group of 6 open water students with Pete. I was lucky in that they were a really good and easy group to teach and no one had any problems, which was nice as it was my first group. Pete was really helpful in helping me with teaching classroom theory as I had never really done it before and also letting me teach the skills in the pool as it was something I had excelled in the IDC. I also did open water groups with Emil and Jo, and then my group with jo continued onto doing their advanced open water which I helped on as well as I thought it would be a good idea to learn to teach advanced open water from an experienced instructor like Jo. I really enjoyed teaching the advanced and so did another one with Russ and his group.
All in all, I am so glad I decided to do the MSDT internship at DJL. Learning to teach with other more experienced instructors gave me valuable knowledge on how to look after and teach groups, how to approach and deal with more nervous divers, and how to make students feel comfortable diving with you. I would definitely recommend doing it to any new instructor hoping to gain more experience teaching.
By Sophie B