The instructors creed something every new instructor sees it, usually right after they pass the instructors exam. We have had many opportunities over the last years to see it play out. And this last weekend as we finished prepping another candidate for the exam I got to listen to a slightly different version of the instructors creed.
Course Director Kelly was talking about “our super power”. Now, I know you are thinking like some sort of Marvel comic books super hero. But, when you think about we do have a “super power”.
As a scuba instructor, I have the opportunity to see:
- Fear change to courage
- Faint-heartedness converted into accomplishment
- Timidity transformed into confidence
As a scuba instructor, I can:
- Open hearts and mindsto the hidden beauty of nature’s creation and our obligation to protect it
- Foster self-esteemin another person
- Teach thevalue of character and integrity
- Transformanother human being and change a life for the better and forever
Plus, we get to teach people how to become fish and breathe underwater. Pretty cool “super power” when you stop and think about it.
The first section of the instructors creed alone is a special moment. Many times we have had a student that starts with a discover scuba session and they think they can’t do it. Too claustrophobic or want ever. Then, they think maybe it isn’t that bad. Next thing they are in a full class. Still struggling a little, but you can see they are determined. Then that darn mask skill comes up. Somehow, someway they get that silly thing cleared of water. And again and yet they do it again. Still not liking that skill, but accepting it. More practice. Getting easier, but yet still. Then the magic happens. They find a way that works for them. BOOM! But they still don’t like it, but they got it. Now they are now sneaking off to the corner of the pool to practice some more. They don’t want us to see. But we do. We just watch, knowing that confidence is growing in them. The instructors creed is happening all over again.
Yep, maybe just maybe Course Director Kelly is right. We do have a “super power”