“Why I want to change my life and become a PADI scuba Instructor”
Hi! I’m Dave Bizant, I live and breathe scuba diving! Diving has challenged and rewarded me from my Open Water Course in 2006 through to my current Divemaster program in 2011. My dream is to live and work diving so I can open the door for others to see the amazing creatures and diversity of life living under the waves.
Home: Canberra, Australia. University: James Cook University, Townsville Australia. Money: Horse Racing! I work in a betting agency! What I do: Dive for work or work to Dive, It’s one or the other. What I enjoy: Watching a stressed or anxious diver become settled enough to start pointing at fish in amazement.
Looking at the competition it seems unlikely that a soon to finish Uni student who seems to go diving quite regularly would be a good choice for such an awesome opportunity. I guess the reasons I should win would be my commitment to the students I would eventually be teaching. As a PADI instructor I would strive to be the best, safest and most fun instructor out there! Diving is meant to be fun so an instructor with a positive attitude and commitment to the PADI ideals and standards provides a great intro into the
sport and culture of diving. My Blog skills and photography skills are the other bonus, I think I can tell a half decent yarn and I know I can take some all right photos (as you can see hopefully). So they are my winning features hopefully they can get me over the line, if not will see you in the water some time!
Attempting to enter the correct mindset of a PADI professional is my most recent challenge, It is not only dive skills, ability and physical fitness that make a great Dive Instructor, It’s the interpersonal skills, role modeling and ability to inspire the students to want to learn new skills whilst reassuring them and making them feel safe and ultimately competent underwater.
How much of this comes from natural talent or can be learned I’m unsure. I desperately strive and hope I can achieve this.
A Rescue diver gets the itch to teach: Buddied with a novice diver, an older lady who does not seem confident, The skipper prepares her as I enter the water. I yell from the water “Check her BCD has air in it”, no response, is he testing me? Is he testing her? She hits the cold water, instantly her hand goes up waving side to side, something’s not right. I grab her tank valve, inflate her BCD fully and reassure her. Her breathing slows as I tow her to the anchor chain and we easily descend down the line into the big blue for two fantastic clear dives. A great sense of achievement fills me.