S.C.U.B.A. (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus)Three years ago I enrolled in a course to learn the sport of scuba diving. Although at the beginning it seemed like a fairly straightforward exercise, it became apparent as soon as I entered the pool that I was out of my depth. All my confidence dispersed as the thought ÃÂOnly a fool would jump into the water purposely weighed down with leadÃÂ swam through my head. Once under water, panic well and truly set in. The thought ÃÂThis is not natural. Man is not designed to breath underwaterÃÂ constantly permeated my mind, drowning out all other thoughts.
The motivation to undertake this course started when a friend invited me to go diving for lobsters on the west coast of Tasmania. I was excited at the prospect but felt that correct training prior would be judicious; hence I enrolled at my local scuba centre to study for the Open Water Diver certification.
The course began with the instructor explaining to us the necessity of learning the required skills and facts which are deemed necessary for this sport, sometimes relaying dramatic stories of tragedy that resulted from panic, being unprepared or lacking sufficient knowledge or skills. We were supplied with a video, manual, study guide, dive log and dive tables, all of which I immersed myself in, diligently studying until I felt confident to answer the questions in the tests that were to come.
Scuba Schools International has a learning programme which they refer to as the ÃÂComfort Through RepetitionÃÂ teaching method (Scuba Schools International, 2001). Over a period of 6 lessons the instructor demonstrated all of the required skills necessary to minimise the likelihood of an accident, articulating clearly what it was he required us to comprehend, ensuring the lesson was being understood...