Be prepared to lug endless amounts of kit around, spend a lot of time bobbing up and down between 6m and the surface, and hold people's hands.
What does that mean?help with student diver flow,
What does that mean?
Best tip for a DM is to spend alot of time watching people, spotting problems and managing them in a way that prevents them re-occuring.
It's fine line ... sometimes you need to step in and fix the problem for the student where immediate safety is concerned, other times you have to be there to support the student whilst they fix the problem themselves.
A little game I used to play with other DMs was who could resolve the most problems. It requires you to be constantly assessing the situaion, pre kit up, during kitting up and then in the water. Always make sure you're closest to the problem so you can resolve it.
Be professional about this of course and always support your instructor....if the Instructor is talking ... shut up ... the students want to listen to them not you! However some students will find you more approachable than the instructor so use your judgement to give sound advice or defer to the instructor. Always let the Instructor know what you did .. especially at the beginning.
Make sure your own diving is squared away.
Officially, it means making sure the students are lined in the optimum position up ready for the next exercise, and then adjusting as required during the exercises.What does that mean?
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Unofficially I thought it meant sending them straight from the changing room to the till to pay for the kit you've just advised them is a 'must-have'! :teeth:Unofficially it means grabbing them by their tank valves and lugging them from here to there, then doing Barbara Woodhouse impressions .... SIT! .... STAY!!
Just a thought ...has your Instructor given you any advice on this?
Yes, he gave an in depth breifing about all aspects of the course....just wanted to draw on experience of others who have done it. any hints or tips or experiences they've had on the course.Just a thought ...has your Instructor given you any advice on this?
I would have imagined that your question would have been covered very early on by the person(s) training you.
Do not wreck your back by bending to pick up stuff when you are weighted up! Use your legs, down and up!Make sure that you can bend over and pick things up from the floor while fully kitted up. you'll be amazed at how many times you have to do this.