The end of three days of coaching resulted in a good long dive at Vobster Quay.
People criticise using inland quarries for diving, however in my personal experience I believe that using an inland quarry for diver training is a great facility, allowing for controlled development in usually a controlled environment.
I do train in the sea as often as I can, however often with the British weather, we can be cancelling, postponing or juggling locations to fit in around the conditions. With inland quarries, it’s predictable environment which allows us to practice new skills safely.
Once the skills are learnt, then go and dive them in the sea, ensuring that you build up experience so that the skills are natural to you. Nothing worse than doing a training course, learning new skills then going away and reverting to old habits, or in some cases being ‘bullied’ by older divers who are still using the skills and drills they learnt twenty years ago, to adopting their practices. It’s easier said than done, but best practice taught on courses is to agency standards and are in most cases based on the current best thinking from the industry leaders. So be bold, stay focused on what you’ve learnt on your courses, and keep practicing the new skills.
I love it when I see someone I trained a while after their training and they’re better than when I taught them, especially when that’s come down to them practicing and perfecting their skills.
I’m pleased to say that this week my student has grown, developed and adapted to new skills and ideas that will stand them in good stead moving forwards. Practice makes perfect, but only if what we’re taught was correct to begin with.
I’m now in Weymouth ready for a day with the family tomorrow.
Stay safe guys!