Now What??

As a recreational diver: You finished your rescue diver class, good for you! Great job! Six months later do you remember what you learned? Do you practice during dives with your buddies? Do you practice in the pool? Or are you one of those awesome divers that have done it once and now can preform it perfect every time? Now that you finished your rescue diver certification, have you considered going to the final step on the recreational ladder and becoming a Master Scuba Diver? All you need to do is have 50 logged dives (we know, twist your arm already because you got into scuba diving because you like to stay dry, right?). Then complete 5 (five) dive specialties, where you will have the opportunity to learn more and practice more skills. The important part to remember is: Never stop learning... Never stop practicing... You never know when you're going to need your emergency skills. As a professional diver: So you've got 100 dives under your belt. You did an IDC (Instructor Development Course) and completed the IE (Instructor Examination). You're a scuba instructor now! Congratulations and great job!! Now I have just one question... What kind of instructor are you going to be? I don't think there is anyone that would say "I'm going to be a horrible one." Don't teach the bare minimum, teach the maximum! Give more to the student than you got, even if your instruction was top of the line. Keep learning, even as an instructor. Learn another way to dive, even if you might never dive that way again. Take a class from someone even if you know how to perform the skill or are already able to teach the class yourself. Get into discussions with other instructors about teaching and see another person's point of view. Call your dive agency and ask their interpretation of a rule, don't just take someone else's word for it. Look it up! Teach because you love to dive and want to pass on your knowledge to others who are eager to learn. Or do nothing... Just my .02 Until next time, stay wet my friends… Kevin Merrow-blogger

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Raise the curtain for the new Deep Narcosis Scuba blog!

Clap. Clap. Clap…Hello and welcome to the new Deep Narcosis Scuba blog. We hope to attract people who ask questions about everything scuba diving and want to learn more and perfect their scuba diving experience. Kevin is originally from Connecticut with stops all over the US and Michelle spent most of her life in Missouri. We fell in love with scuba diving on our honeymoon in Jamaica and kept diving when we returned to our home at that time in Missouri. We moved to the Phoenix area in 2007. When we came to the Phoenix area from Missouri we left behind a dive shop that we felt was the perfect balance between a home away from home and a retail establishment. The very first time we walked in the scuba shop doors, we felt like members of the family. This made it difficult when we started looking for the perfect shop in the Phoenix Valley because our new shop had very big shoes to fill and our shop in Missouri set the bar pretty high. We went into every shop within 30 miles of our future home and felt a little like Goldilocks. This one was too commercial, that one wasn't friendly enough, and so on. Over the years, we became associated with several shops and still never quite got the same experience as we had in Missouri. When we decided to go forward with our business, we wanted to keep that family-like environment and attract like-minded people that care about safety and continuing their diving education. We love to check out all of the new information that is out there and we have decided to focus on people that are interested in precison scuba diving. Precision scuba diving just means that we are continually learning and experiencing something new. We try to be better divers with every new dive. Here’s where you’ll find the latest & greatest news on everything about precision scuba diving – from cool product/service updates to our clients (yes, there are wildly interesting people running around that we will try to feature). Along the way, we’ll try to make this blog a touch more interesting to read than your refrigerator’s user manual. So bookmark this blog, email to a friend/colleague or add our RSS feed, and let’s pump up the volume on news at Deep Narcosis Scuba. And of course, we’d love getting your feedback on precision scuba diving and this blog — and what you want to see discussed (and showcased) in the future. Until next time, stay wet my friends… Michelle Merrow- blogger

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