Monday, November 27, 2006

IDC Days 5 and 6: Assistant Instructor!

I passed the General Practices Exam and am now officially a PADI Assistant Instructor! (So even if I flunk the Instructor's Exam, I still upped my rank from Divemaster!)
We did more Confined and Open Water presentations. It was cloudy this weekend, which was a blessing on my burny skin, but made us all cold. Solution? Briefings and Debriefings in the Hot Tub, of course! Oh it was difficult to be us!
I continue to do okay, but did miserably on my practice Physics test (again. 2nd Time, no improvement). Seems I will be re-learning Physics this week!

Monday, November 20, 2006

IDC Days 3 and 4

Well! The IDC progresses, this week with classroom presentations (scary!) and the beginning of some water work. We practiced our scuba skills to a "demonstration" level: Slow and easy and beautiful like a dance! We also presented our first "Confined Water" teaching presentations: Briefing, Demonstration, Problem-solving, and debriefing one particular skill.
The problem solving is the most fun, and the most nerve-rattling! Course Director Bob gives your "students" each a problem they need to have. You must catch the problem, teach the solution, and communicate effectively. It is rather fun, if I wasn't so scared that I will miss the problems during the Exam!
I did well on the Knowledge Review Classroom presentations: It seems to be all about jumping through the hoops and learning the system.

You are The Sun

Happiness, Content, Joy.

The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent.

Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way.

The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon's Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Monday, November 13, 2006

IDC Days one and two

This weekend I began the first two days of the PADI Instructor Development Course, in order to hopefully pass the two-day Instructor Exam in December, and be certified to teach Scuba Diving!
I'm taking the class with the immensely talented Course Director Bob Hajack, at Breeze Hawaii here in Kona.
So far I feel unprepared, inexperienced, and lacking in time and money. I hope that changes soon!