In 2018 the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management team continues to bring you tips from PADI staff in the field on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. This month we heard from Territory Director Thomas Knedlik.
“As dive professionals working in an industry that is extremely fun and rewarding we easily gain self-esteem and confidence. With this self-satisfaction in mind, we need to ensure that we don’t fall into the trap of complacency, we must focus on the process instead of just the outcome; training divers to become comfortable and confident, not just meeting minimum requirements. By continuously evaluating, developing and adapting our own skills and knowledge we can ensure that diving remains fun, rewarding and enjoyable for generations to come.”
Teaching is one of the most rewarding things we can do. There is nothing better than seeing the look on a newly qualified PADI Diver radiating with pride and achievement. Sometimes however, this moment gets lost when we have to deal with pressure. This pressure could be to get the job done quickly or to skip certain skills because “they don’t really matter”, for example. This “one off” breach of standards could quickly build and occur time and time again.
Complacency builds on complacency, you see someone cut a corner, get lazy about how a skill is performed and before you know it others do it too. They copy you and we quickly go from a culture of safety to a culture of concern. We all want to be at the top of our game as instructors and stay there. We want our students to tell others how well the course went, how much fun they had, how they mastered their buoyancy and how much cool stuff they saw. All this comes through your dedication and commitment to your job. It should never be about getting someone through something but building an experience they will never forget.
On occasion we need to check ourselves. Remember why we chose this career. What is it we love doing and why? If you are getting bored with the same thing day in day out only you can make positive changes. Take a new course yourself, venture into a new challenge in diving. With PADI Freediver growing in popularity maybe this is something to expand into? Have you always wanted to try technical diving? Maybe now is a good time to give PADI TecRec a go. Regenerate your love for diving in a new and exciting way.
Review your own knowledge and keep up to date with Training Bulletins and read The Undersea Journal. Attend PADI webinars and seminars that are being held all across Asia Pacific. Ultimately don’t let complacency get the better of you. You want to keep it the fun and rewarding career you signed up for.
Until next time, we wish happy and safe diving for all.
Quality Management Consultant
PADI Quality Management