As PADI Members we all want diver training and certified diver activities to be comfortable and safe.
Part of the joy of teaching people to dive and leading certified divers is knowing that we have helped our customer to be more confident and competent in the water. In 2018 we will be bringing you tips from the field from PADI Members on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. We will also share some insights from the QM team about common incidents and lessons to learn as well as common QM issues that we see in our work.
This month tips from the QM team: Run PADI courses as they are intended and described in the PADI Instructor manual and Guide to Teaching.
Vanessa – Quality Management Coordinator.
“Use a line on your CESA. Sounds like common sense but we do see cases of instructors deciding to run the CESA skill in their own way without a line”
Don’t shift skills, remove skills or modify skills.
Doing this can increase the risk for both your student and yourself.
For your student it is about physical risk. The way the CESA is described in both the PADI Instructor manual and the PADI Guide to Teaching has been developed and tested and undergone industry scrutiny. Many thousands of CESA’s are conducted this way every year without incident. Why would you modify what has proven to be successful and safe?
For yourself it is about both your physical risk and legal risk. If you can’t stop someone when you need to on a CESA and something goes wrong such as a fast ascent or a rescue situation then you yourself may face physical risk.
Secondly it is about your legal risk. Ask yourself this question “If an accident happened during this course how would I defend myself in court when I have changed the course?”
Donny – Quality Management consultant
“Waterskills assessments are crucial steps in the Open Water Diver training process. Skipping these assessments is like allowing someone to jump out of a plane without checking they know how to deploy the parachute.
PADI Open Water Diver students must be able to complete the 200m swim with no swim aids or 300m snorkel with mask fins and snorkel comfortably. They also need to complete a 10 minute swim/ tread. These are non-negotiable – they must be conducted and the instructor needs to feel a confidence that their student has a level of water comfort to enable them to manage themselves on the surface comfortably.
The PADI system of diver training is a well-established internationally recognised programme of diver education. The components and sequencing has been carefully considered and tested by the best educators in the industry. The system of training mitigates the inherent risks of diving as much as reasonably possible. The standards themselves become part of your defence if things go wrong. If you have not followed those standards then that part of your defence is reduced or lost.
From the Quality Management team at PADI Asia Pacific have a successful and safe year in diving for 2018.
Michelle Brunton, PADI Course Director and Manager of PADI Asia Pacific Quality and Risk Management.