Written by John Kinsella
There are dozens delights to distract you at the 2017 DEMA Show: shiny new gear, exotic dive destinations and great deals. But there’s one in particular that’s not only a delight, it is simply a great opportunity to grow as a dive pro – the debut of the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty. You have two good options to find out what it’s all about.
The best of these is the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Orientation on Wednesday, 1 November starting at 8:00am. This half-day program introduces the new PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty to PADI Course Directors and Instructors. In it you’ll learn techniques and effective approaches for teaching and supervising divers with physical and mental challenges. Through focused practice, you’ll improve your ability to adapt and strengthen your student-centered teaching ability. In addition, many of the concepts discussed apply to all diver training.
When you complete the orientation, you’ll be certified as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience (documentation of training/working with divers with disabilities) is verified. As a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor, you’ll be qualified to teach two courses: The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course to dive professionals and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.
The program is filling fast, so register today to secure a spot. The registration fee is $225 US. Contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to register.
If for some reason you can’t make the half-day orientation, be sure to go to the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Miniseminar. It’s on Wednesday, 1 November at 1:00pm and Friday, 3 November at 4:00pm. You’ll learn a bit about PADI’s newest specialty course and how it’s designed to enhance your teaching and supervision techniques to meet the needs of all student divers, not just those with disabilities. While the emphasis is on working with divers with physical and mental challenges, the techniques you’ll learn apply to teaching all divers as a way to personalize their diving experience in the PADI Open Water Diver course and beyond. Learn how making small changes to your courses will make a big impact on each diver’s scuba journey.
All PADI Miniseminars are offered free of charge. View the complete PADI Miniseminar schedule for additional programs, locations, times and details.