Why I Love Teaching Scuba Diving
My name is Natalie and I have been teaching people to Scuba Diving for over 11 years now.
I remember learning to dive myself – it is a very clear memory, I had many fears, struggles and problems to overcome during my Open Water Course and my Advanced Open Water too.
I believe that because of my fears of learning to dive, it has actually served me in teaching others to dive.
When I am teaching diving I get such a sense of achievement, I teach all levels of divers from beginners to professionals, my list of courses for myself to learn is endless too, if we believe we know everything that’s not true, its endless and a continual learning curve, everyday actually! Life is work in progress
When I see people learning to dive and continuing it fills my heart with joy, I really enjoy teaching Open Water and then to watch them grow and progress throughout the next courses. The pride and happiness each diver feels is intense, overwhelming, each course just feeding them more information and confidence, each course reminding them to take care and reminding them to be safe underwater!
No question is too small, no question is stupid as we have heard them all before, I think it helps to really emphasise this, I also ask people to leave their ego and embarrassment at the door! This is necessary in any extreme sport!
Because I was such a nervous and uncertain diver it helps me to really get inside my divers heads and thoughts, just by looking at someone you can really see and tell a lot of what is going on inside the mind.
Some people have never been in the ocean or have never even snorkelled, these are the guys I love to teach, they really get so much out of it, it’s very emotional at times, that’s what I love and that’s what makes me feel super happy about what I am doing in my life.
I prefer to teach in rough weather with low visibility, it really prepares the divers that the ocean needs to be well respected, it prepares them for wherever they will go next, the ocean is unpredictable, it can be rough and unforgiving, so we need to respect all the time where we are, underwater!!
I just wanted to share what I love doing, what I get from teaching people to dive, when those feelings end I will hand my fins and mask up, but for now and the foreseeable future, I am excited to keep climbing the scuba ladder and to continue to learn and share all that I do with my students!
Scuba J all the way!
Natalie E Alderton.