In my role as a PADI Course Director, I help candidates not only construct prescriptive teaching presentations but also develop their presentation technique.

A common sticking point for many of them is their ability to draw practical application to real diving circumstance, early on in the development phase of their training we’ll often help them out by providing examples and hopefully how we mapped out the connection between the topic and the example. Many seemed wowed by these quick-fire examples set by more experienced presenter but that’s the precise reason a rapid example can be drawn; experience.

Something that shows a clear separation between newer dive professionals and their more experienced colleagues is their ability to use an example. To draw upon varied examples of practical application and how they seem to conjure from thin air stories of their experience in a short time frame.

There’s no short cut to that experience but something we have to our advantage as humans is our ability to listen, learn and repeat.

I use to think that old instructor war stories were just bravado and bluster; in many instances they were but some became pure gold to me in my formative years as a PADI instructor. Examples of how they coped with diving conditions changing, students overcoming difficulty all the way to sales techniques they had used.

I changed those stories from the first person to the second; ‘A friend of mine was diving and…’, ‘I heard a great tip about…’ and appropriated them into my arsenal.

Having a bank of appropriate stories and examples will most certainly come with experience feel free to have the first entries to that bank be the experience of others that you work with, trained with or even follow on social media.

Once you’ve started collecting examples it’s just a matter of connecting the dots and that’s what we’ll be teaching you during your IDC.

Gaz Lyden.