Presentation on theme: "Teaching the Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties"— Presentation transcript:
1 Teaching the Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties Creating Environmentally Responsible Divers
2 Overview Project AWARE – Goals, Standards and Marketing Peak Performance Buoyancy – Goals, Standards and Marketing
3 Project AWARE – Goals, Standards and Marketing What are the goals of the Project AWARE Specialty program?Offer divers and nondivers an orientation to plight of the world’s aquatic ecosystemsOverviews interdependent nature of worldwide water systemsExplores issues of coastal degradation, overfishing, pollution and degraded environmentsOffers solutions and suggestions for action by concerned individuals
4 Research into environmental education shows that it requires more than knowledge to change attitudes and instill a desire to take action. To turn concerned people into action-oriented conservationists, they must understand the issues as well as believe that change is possible.
5 Project AWAREGoals of Project AWARE Specialty Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline – Course Overview, A and BMake people aware of current and future threats to the aquatic environmentDiscusses personal responsibility and opportunities to get involved on local, national and international levels
6 Project AWARE How do you teach the Project AWARE Specialty Program? Become familiar with Instructor OutlineThe more you know, the better you can explain itRead the AWARE manualVisit the Project AWARE website –Get involved in environmental organizations and read environmental publications
7 Project AWARETeaching the program Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline – Course RequirementsBecause there are no prerequisite requirements, no minimum age requirement and no maximum instructor-to-participant ratio, your judgment is criticalAdjust scope to fit interest and age levelsRelate information to local environment and reinforce that change is possible
8 Project AWARETeaching the program Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline – Course RequirementsUse AWARE manual and globe or world mapIdentify vastness of earth’s water resourcesPoint out areas of fisheries concerns, coastal zones, coral reefs and degraded marine environmentsHave Project AWARE brochures , photos, diagrams, videos, posters, etc.
9 Project AWAREHow can you market and promote the Project AWARE Specialty Program?It’s a “program” because it has a wide variety of usesConduct as a course and offer completion cardsPresent in conjunction with other PADI courses or environmental projects and offer Project AWARE Certificates of RecognitionPromotional and marketing ideas in Course Overview section of Instructor OutlineSuccess is limited only by your enthusiasm and innovation
10 Peak Performance Buoyancy Goals, Standards and Marketing
11 Peak Performance Buoyancy What are the goals of the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Diver course?Buoyancy control is critical, yet a struggle for many diversAttaining buoyancy control appeals to a wide variety of divers
12 Peak Performance Buoyancy Goals of course . . .Teach divers how to set up and wear the correct amount of weightFine-tune neutral buoyancy underwaterImprove buoyancy control and body positioningSlow and control descents and ascentsEncourage divers to practice skills and gain dive experience under guidance
13 Peak Performance Buoyancy How is the Peak Performance Buoyancy course structured?Designed to be interesting, convenient and require a minimal time commitmentConsists of basic knowledge development and 2 open water divesMay be completed in 1 day
14 Peak Performance Buoyancy Course structure . . .Three knowledge development options:Preferred method — independent learning by watching PPB video and reading log insertNo PPB video — have divers read Peak Performance Buoyancy section of Adventures in Diving manual or Multimedia, and watch Adventures in Diving videoNo material — use Peak Performance Buoyancy Course Instructor Outline to deliver informationGo over completed Knowledge ReviewsPrescriptively elaborate on information
16 Peak Performance Buoyancy Course structure . . .Open water dives consist of weighting adjustments and buoyancy skillsDive One requirements same as Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure DiveConsider including confined water session (buoyancy clinic) as part of courseConduct buoyancy clinic as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with Scuba Review
17 Peak Performance Buoyancy Course structure . . .PADI AIs may conduct specialty under the direction of a PADI InstructorInstructor is available for consultation and co-signs diver Training RecordAllows AIs to ask questions or seek guidanceMakes it possible for divers to receive Adventure Dive creditConduct dives at night for divers with Night Adventure Dive or equivalent experience
18 Peak Performance Buoyancy How do you teach the Peak Performance Buoyancy course?Documentation requirements:Administrative paperwork – Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding, Medical Statement and Liability ReleaseUse Student Record FileUse Specialty Training Record to verify completion of course requirementsComplete and submit a PIC envelope for certification card
19 Peak Performance Buoyancy Teaching the course . . .Have a variety of weight systems available:Webbed belts and solid weightsBelts with pouchesWeight harness systemsAnkle weightsIntegrated BCD/weight system unitsVariety of buckle stylesVariety of weight stops/keepers
20 Peak Performance Buoyancy Teaching the course . . .Select open water site carefully:Recommended maximum depth is metres/30-40 feetFlat bottom area for practice – sand or platformContours and obstacles for depth changesLittle or mild water movementCreate an underwater obstacle course:Set up before dive and remove after divePVC pipe in a variety of shapesHula hoops ™Buoys or plastic bottles tied in a bunch
21 Peak Performance Buoyancy Teaching the course . . .Play buoyancy games or have buoyancy contestsOne finger balancingClose-up contestPassing the weightOthers . . .
22 Peak Performance Buoyancy How can you market and promote the Peak Performance Buoyancy course?Target Open Water Divers immediately after certificationPromote to Adventures in Diving program student divers interested in receiving specialty course recognitionOffer to divers who have purchased new exposure suit, BCD or weight systemPromote to divers interested in underwater photography or videography
23 Peak Performance Buoyancy How can you market and promote the Peak Performance Buoyancy course?Encourage divers with professional career goals to obtain demonstration quality buoyancy controlMarket as part of an “AWARE Diver” program with the Project AWARE Specialty, AWARE – Fish Identification course and Underwater Naturalist courseIdeas?