Meet UK based PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Natasha Robinson, one of our first Dive Business Management graduates. We caught up with Natasha to find out more about her experience and what she wanted to get out of the course.
On 10th September 2016 I started my PADI Instructor Development Course with Course Director Steve Prior. This wasn’t an ordinary IDC – we were amongst the first to participate in the new combined PADI IDC and Oxford Cambridge and RSA curriculum (OCR) Level 3 Dive Business Management course!
This was a perfect course combination allowing me to not only become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor but also achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Dive Business Management, giving me the skills I would need to run a successful dive business.
The Dive Business Management course consists of online self-study in addition to classroom based workshops. There is a good cross over between the IDC sections and the OCR modules. For instance the modules Principles of Business, Managing Physical Resources, Manage a Project and Procure Products and/or Services built very nicely onto the IDC chapters on Marketing Diving and the Business of Diving.
Another key part of the Dive Business Management course was learning about how to manage staff professional development. We explored how employees have different needs depending on their work motivation, their tenure in role, their own personal aspirations and how being aware of these helps adapt your management style to avoid conflict and be a more supportive and successful manager.
During my IE on 3rd – 4th December 2016, my IE Examiner, Erika Hoffman, assessed our wet and dry presentations for our OCR portfolio – another good example of how closely linked the courses are. The IE was a busy but overall enjoyable weekend and I was thrilled when Erika finally shook my hand and congratulated me on becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Over the following weeks I worked through the remaining on-line topics, ready for final evaluation. On 9th January 2017, White Rose confirmed that I had successfully completed my OCR Level 3 Diploma in Dive Business Management!
Incorporating the OCR Level 3 Dive Business Management course with the IDC equipped me with skills needed to run a dive business. My Course Director also found the experience rewarding and is excited about the new elements we can bring to teaching to help better develop future instructors.
Since completing my IE, I have been working with Ocean View to see how my Dive Business Management diploma can be used to support them and my teaching schedule. Getting involved in the business side of diving interests me just as much as teaching, so I am excited about my future and where my diving career will take me!
– Natasha Robinson