With this in mind, we strive to nurture an inclusive and friendly learning environment where every diver feels free to openly seek assistance, ask questions, and obtain any help they may need at any time. We teach that making sound diving judgements, including asking for input and respecting your own ability and comfort levels, is to be commended.
We ensure that every student we teach knows that gaining the next certification level is only the beginning. A certification card in the pocket becomes useless in time unless skills and scenarios are practised regularly so that they are fluid and comfortable even under stress, and if divers do not gain real and valuable dive experience at that level in a measured and thoughtful manner.
So how do we help divers achieve this? Our teaching team remain totally available post qualification. We have an open door policy, and our divers can call or visit us at any time - we'll do our very best to help.
We provide a weekly Club Immerse pool session during which any of our divers can work through the assigned skills practice as part of the group, work individually on their own skills or practice with new kit or configurations, or take time with a staff member to work on areas of their choosing.
We also arrange Club Immerse diving virtually every week end, and diving trips and home and abroad, at cost and without payment of membership fees or payment of surcharges. The sole reason that we arrange these trips is to ensure that our divers have every opportunity to continue their diving, and can get varied real life diving experience in a non-threatening and relaxed environment.
In addition to the standard renewal of EFR qualifications, rescue divers who are qualified with or working for the School are also eligible for a free rescue skills refresher scheduled on a yearly basis with our professional staff. This ensures that these critical skills are comprehensively revisited on at least an annual basis, with more frequent practice as part of the Club Immerse sessions actively encouraged.
Our staff also regularly head out diving with our qualified divers on an individual basis, to provide feedback or work on areas where a diver is less comfortable in a more personal setting and away from any formal course. It can be as simple as just building dive confidence or perfecting trim in a new configuration, or as involved as running multiple scenarios for a qualified self reliant diver. It doesn't matter how simple or complex, we are there to assist.
We know that despite all best intentions, or for other personal reasons, sometimes divers stop diving for periods of time and then decide to restart. In these circumstances our staff offer full scuba review sessions which comprehensively review all of the foundational scuba diving skills. Again though, we continue to make staff available following the designated review session to continue to work on any areas of weakness or improvement identified, and to help you back into open water diving in a supportive environment.
Importantly, our staff practice what we preach. We ensure that our entire instructional team are actively teaching, and diving, regularly. We seek frequent feedback from students and divers. We hold internal peer appraisals of each staff member's teaching. We also work with external instructor trainers and examiners to review and feedback on the work of our instructional team. Our staff continue their own diving education and building their own personal diving experience, seeking the input of mentors at home and abroad to continually improve and grow as divers.
And why do we do all of this? Because we know that if we instil these values in our divers then they will be better and safer divers, and they'll enjoy scuba diving a whole bunch more. After all, most instructors get their kicks from seeing broad underwater smiles from happy, contented and competent scuba divers.
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