UTD Journal Volume 1, Issue 10, December 2013 | Page 4

CLASS REPORT: UTD INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE HURGHADA, EGYPT OCTOBER 2013 By Alain Najm, UTD Instructor #110 I have been diving for the past 15 years, and have been an active instructor with different agencies for 10. Being passionate about SCUBA diving, and even more passionate about teaching, I have always looked for ways to improve my skills and those of my students. Lately, I started feeling that there was something missing; I kept feeling that the curricula I was teaching were lacking major inputs regarding both personal skills and the right diving attitude: I found myself certifying more “follower” divers than “thinking” ones. This is where I stumbled into the UTD website. And without even meaning to, I had many of my concerns answered in a 10-minute movie clip featuring AG and Jeff, the founders of UTD, talking about instructors’ crossover to UTD. I was immediately hooked and subscribed for the crossover in less than 24 hours. At the same time, I sincerely hoped that I had not fallen to yet another marketing scheme. But boy how wrong was I to be doubtful: the IDC even exceeded all those promises!! Let me try to paint a picture for you: • Online classrooms and Skype sessions: it cannot get any clearer and user-friendly than this; and you get to do it at your own pace. The online material gave me ALL the information I needed about UTD history, philosophy, standards and procedures, the role of an instructor and what is expected from him. On top of that, skype sessions I’ve had with Jeff completed my learning experience as I was able to discuss first hand any question. In a nutshell: the learning cycle is complete. • In-water IDC: perfecting my skills, although a crucial parameter in passing the course, felt secondary during this phase of my training. The focus was more on HOW TO convey my teachings to the most challenging students. I got to learn all the tools I needed to